The full-size silver-backlit keyboard of the ZenBook Pro offers impressive 1. Power to fuel your imagination. Our review unit came with a 15. Add to the elegant aesthetic an almost solid-as-a-rock build quality, with a lid and chassis bottom that stubbornly resist bending and twisting. In case you want to toggle the top row of keys between HotKeys and Function, there's the Asus Keyboard HotKey Utility. The ZenBook Pro copied 4.
Tactile feedback is still average with an acceptable 1. This superslim NanoEdge bezel provides a screen-to-body ratio of 83% — so you see more display and less frame. Power to create your dreams. Mostly, that's because of the ScreenPad, a display that's tucked beneath the ZenBook Pro's trackpad. Then there was the Extension Display mode, which adds a second display where you can drag apps just like you can with an external monitor. Extension Display mode is where the touchpad really shines. Its precision-crafted solid-aluminum unibody with its iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish features elegant Rose Gold diamond-cut edges that perfectly complement the gorgeous new Deep Dive Blue color scheme.
That said, this thing has a 15. Please check with your supplier for exact offers. Last but not least is the ScreenPad. In the end, the ZenBook Pro 15 is fast enough for casual gaming sessions, but you expect some significant throttling. In a few instances, I found that the two-fingered scroll would sometimes lock if I was speeding through long-read articles too quickly on Chrome — an issue temporarily avoided by clicking on another tab and then going back to the one you were reading, an effective, if not exactly elegant workaround.
To try and make things even more productive, Asus has thrown away all notions of a traditional laptop trackpad and replaced it with a second screen, which it calls the ScreenPad. The touchpad display also becomes difficult to see especially when in Extension Display mode where text and icons are usually very small. Not everybody needs a ScreenPad, but plenty of people would want one. If Asus can work out the bugs, the ScreenPad could be a nice innovation. Asus adds a year of accident and spill protection to its standard one-year warranty, which is a real plus. No-compromise productivity A laptop this powerful deserves an exceptional keyboard. It features palm-rejection technology for ease of use, and supports multi-touch gestures and handwriting input.
The ScreenPad is at its best when showing off the handful of built-in tools it ships with. This super-slim bezel measures at its narrowest point, giving ZenBook Pro 15 an incredible 83% screen-to-body ratio— so you see more display and less frame. Working under shade is still the ideal condition if outdoor use is unavoidable. I hit 117 words per minute in the 10fastfingers. We recommend that you check with your local dealers for the specifications of the products available in your country.
For now, while there are only a few programs that take advantage of the ScreenPad, it certainly looks to be more than just a gimmick. Is there a better alternative? As a result, alternating between the trackpad display and main display can feel a bit cumbersome without an external mouse. One gets the benefit of Apple controlling the complete package - reliability of an integrated system. The MacBook Pro and ZenBook Pro 15 scored high marks in our reviews, and are among the best premium laptops on the market, but which is right for you? This feels odd at first because users are accustomed to tapping files and folders on Windows tablets and touchscreen laptops. The matte surface on the Asus touchpad screen is comparatively smoother for cursor control and it actually feels more or less like a standard Ultrabook trackpad, but this comes at the cost of a very grainy screen. The first of its two operating modes is the ScreenPad mode, which offers mini-apps like a calculator, music player, and number pad that are ostensibly useful additions. Charging from near empty to full capacity takes about 1.
That's something you'll have to deal with in any laptop with dedicated graphics. Needless to say, the Touch Bar has been largely disliked. Products may not be available in all markets. But combined with its lower half, the system clocked in at 11:34, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro posted a time of 10:21. The backlit keyboard on ZenBook Pro 15 offers impressive 1. Despite the additional hardware and complexity in design, the ZenBook Pro with ScreenPad retains the same dimensions as the previous generation while also packing an incredible-sounding audio experience certified by Harmon Kardon. I was more impressed with the ScreenPad apps that served as companions to commonly used software.
This turns the touchpad screen into an external secondary display with Windows recognizing it as such. After graduating with a B. The biggest drawback of the ScreenPad becomes obvious after a few minutes of playing with it. Surprisingly enough, it's actually quite useful and more than just a novelty. It's a tad less comfortable than Microsoft's excellent Surface offerings, but at least it's miles ahead of Apple's stiff and flat MacBook Pro design. And for now, the ScreenPad is too buggy and limited to live up to its potential. If you want to access the standard function keys F1-F8 simply use the Fn key combination.