Asus ZenBook 15 (2019) hands-on evaluate: ScreenPad involves the usual ZenBook vary
It looks as if solely yesterday that Asus unveiled a brand new lineup of ZenBook and ZenBook Professional laptops at IFA 2018; now, right here I’m at Computex 2019 in Taipei, trying out the all-new 2019 ZenBook vary.
The large information this yr is ScreenPad – a miniature touchscreen show constructed into the touchpad. The unique implementation was first seen in final yr’s ZenBook Professional vary, and an up to date model has now been included into the 2019 ZenBook 13, 14 and 15, plus the 13in and 14in variants of the ZenBook Flip. A brilliant-sized model of the ScreenPad will also be discovered on the newly-announced Asus ZenBook Professional Duo.
I’ve been getting hands-on with the ZenBook 15 (2019) at Asus’ Computex 2019 occasion, so right here’s every part you’ll want to know concerning the 2019 Asus ZenBook 15 and ScreenPad 2.zero.
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Asus ZenBook 15 (2019) evaluate: Key specs, worth and launch date
- 15in “frameless” NanoEdge 1,920 x 1,080 (Full HD) show
- As much as Intel Core i7 CPU
- As much as Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q CPU
- As much as 1TB PCIe SSD
- ScreenPad 2.zero
- IR digital camera
- UK worth: TBC
- UK launch: TBC
Asus ZenBook 15 (2019) evaluate: Design, key options and first impressions
At a look, the brand new ZenBook 15 appears to be like no totally different to the final one – however that’s no dangerous factor, as a result of the 2018 model was a shocking laptop computer. It retains the title of “the world’s smallest 15in” laptop computer, since no different producer has managed to greatest its spectacular 92% screen-to-bezel ratio, and it has the identical aluminum chassis with steel spun end, the identical ultra-slim profile and the identical elevated keyboard design.
Upon nearer inspection, nevertheless, you’ll discover one thing totally different concerning the touchpad: it’s kind of glassy, like a display screen. And that’s as a result of it’s certainly a tiny, tiny display screen, which gives a further area in which you’ll show an software or net web page.
By swiping left and proper in smartphone style you’ll be able to scroll via purposes on the ScreenPad, whereas utilizing a multi-finger gesture blanks it out, so you need to use it like a regular touchpad.
I’ve to say, I didn’t just like the ScreenPad after I first noticed it at IFA 2018. I discovered it too small and too fiddly – and sadly that is still the case with this next-gen model. The instructions don’t at all times work, and it’s all too simple to unintentionally open up purposes, which shortly will get annoying. ScreenPad 2.zero is activated and deactivated with the F6 button, and after slightly preliminary experimentation I believe most individuals will depart it switched off.
Certainly, I’m confused as to whom the ScreenPad is aimed toward. Who needs to observe a video or browse the net on a touchpad-sized display screen that’s greasy with fingerprints (as a result of it’s a touchpad) once they have a wonderfully good 15in show proper above? Not me. Nonetheless, the ScreenPad 2.zero is extra power-efficient than the unique design: Asus has achieved this by making it dGPU-free, lowering its impression on the laptop computer’s battery life.
Talking of GPUs, the Asus ZenBook 15 (2019) may be geared up with as much as a Nvidia GeForce 1650 Max-Q, alongside the newest Intel Core i7 CPU and a 1TB PCIe SSD. That’s good, but it surely’s not a big enhance over what was provided on the ZenBook 15 (2018). We are able to additionally assume that, like earlier ZenBook fashions, the brand new ZenBooks will provide Full HD shows at a minimal.
Asus ZenBook 15 (2019) evaluate: Early verdict
The large information concerning the ZenBook 15 (2019) is the addition of ScreenPad 2.zero – however frankly, I really feel that this truly makes it much less interesting. It undeniably gives one thing new over final yr’s mannequin, however so far as new Asus laptops go, the ZenBook Professional Duo is by far the extra fascinating.
I’ll be updating this hands-on evaluate as extra info turns into out there, so be careful for that in addition to our full evaluate, which is able to land as soon as the brand new ZenBooks hit UK shores.