In May, Asus pulled the wraps off a very cool laptop computer at Computex called the ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581). The big feature of that machine was the full-width 14-inch 4K ScreenPad Plus touchscreen sitting under the display, above the keyboard. When the machine was announced, the two big mysteries were the launch date, and pricing; both of those questions have been answered.
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is available now in two different models. The entry-level machine is the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581GV-XB74T), and it sells for $2,499.99, and the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581GV-XB94T) sells for $2,999.99. The difference between the two versions is hardware. It's worth noting that while the entry-level machine is in stock, the high-end machine is listed as back-ordered or out of stock everywhere we checked despite the release saying it is available now.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo (UX581GV-XB94T) uses an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor and 32GB of RAM. The other version offers a Core i7-9750H and 16GB of RAM. Both of the notebooks offer a 15.6-inch OLED 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution screen and the 14-inch ScreenPad Plus 4K UHD touchscreen. Graphics are via an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.
Both versions of the notebook also have a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD, Bluetooth 5.0, and WiFi 6 with Gig+. Connectivity options include a single Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, HDMI, an audio combo jack, and a DC input. An array microphone is integrated supporting Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition, and the audio system is Harman Kardon-certified.
Power for both machines comes from a 71 Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery. Dimensions are 14 x 8 x 0.9 inches and the notebooks weight 6.4 pounds. These machines run Windows 10 Pro and present a Windows-based option to a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The base notebook can be purchased from Amazon, Microsoft Store, Newegg, and other locations.