ASUS ZenBook Pro

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ASUS unveiled a line of new ZenBook Pro laptops at Computex in Taipei, and they all have a 5.5″ ScreenPad instead of a normal touchpad. The ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) will hit stores in July, priced from $2,299, and best of all, the display doubles as a touchpad with support for Microsoft’s precision drivers for Windows 10 gestures. That’s right, there’s a toolbar up top loaded with an app launcher, including built-in support for YouTube, Spotify, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Or, you can use it to mirror a smartphone on your PC with the ASUS Sync app. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more informaton. Click here for a few bonus images.

“The smaller 14-inch ZenBook Pro has one of Asus’ ErgoLift hinges, the purpose of which is solely to elevate the keyboard for a more natural typing posture. I can’t say how much of a benefit that is in long-term use, though I don’t see Asus sacrificing any other design element for it, so I’m fine with its inclusion. Given my preference for smaller laptops, I did find the 14-inch ZenBook Pro the much more appealing of the two. In terms of specs, it has a lower ceiling than its larger sibling, maxing out with a Core i7 CPU, a GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, USB-C ports without Thunderbolt 3, and an IR camera for Windows Hello instead of the fingerprint sensor of the Pro 15,” reports The Verge.