Asus introduced their new flagship range of laptops- Asus Zenbook Pro 14 and Asus Zenbook 15. The most innovative and eye-catching feature of the new range of laptops is a 5.5-inch, as big as an average modern-day smartphone, touchscreen in the place of a regular trackpad.
The 5.5-inch touchscreen trackpad packs a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It basically has three primary modes, which are switched by pressing the F6 key.
1. Screen pad mode
In the screen pad mode, the touchpad features small icons to utility apps such as calendar, calculator, controlling media such as music etc. It functions as a regular trackpad until you pull down from the of the screen that icons are revealed.
2. Extension Screen
In extension screen mode, the touchpad essentially becomes a second screen. Its usability is limited by your imagination. Use it view a video while you’ve got important stuff on the main screen, use it view color pallet while working on a creative software or use it to even play a game.
3. Normal Trackpad
The display shuts down and it works like a traditional trackpad.
While you might expect the usability of the traditional trackpad to be reduced via the touchscreen implementation, the truth is that it only adds the usability. Moreover, it functions as a regular trackpad that you use to control the cursor despite the mode you’re in. The touchpad has a nice matte finish which avoids glare. Moreover, Asus is also working with Microsoft to integrate office shortcuts in the touchpad. It’s also open to developers who can program custom apps for the touchpad.
Apple MacBook Pro, which stands as the main rival against the Asus Zenbook Pro 15, also has a touchpad situated at the top of the keyboard. It is, however, horizontally longer and offers much less accessibility as compared to the Zenbook Pro 15.
The official specs of Asus Zenbook Pro 15 list an Intel Core i9 CPU, a 4K LCD display with optional touchscreen, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics and up to 16 GB of ram.