zenbook pro 2018On its grand event for Computex 2018, ASUS unveiled the latest iteration of its high-end consumer notebook, the Zenbook Pro 2018, which now comes with Intel’s 8th Gen processor, and take note, a touchpad that also works as a multi-purpose secondary screen.

zenbook pro 2018The ZenBook Pro 2018 still bears the company’s signature design that’s found on its Zenfone series. The device comes in two variants -the  15.6-inch model has a  4K UHD display, and is powered by a Core i9 hexa-core chip, while the latter has a Core i7 quad-core processor under the hood. Both can have up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD.

zenbook pro 2018In terms of graphics, the 14-inch model has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, Max-Q. That means that the laptop can remain slim while still hosting a very capable graphics card for your performance cravings.  The larger one on the other hand, has an even more powerful GTX 1050Ti.

zenbook pro 2018Unlike an ordinary TouchPad, the ScreenPad is in fact, a 5.5-inch FHD Panel, and can now work as an extension of your display, where you can drag and drop a window. It also works as a calculator interface, a music player, and more.

The larger model also comes with Thunderbolt 3 support. That means you can connect an external graphics card dock such as the XG Station Pro, to significantly improve the device’s capability.

ASUS ZenBook Pro 2018 Specs
 ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580)ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480)
CPUUp to an 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HKUp to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U
RAMUp to 16GB 2400MHz DDR4Up to 16GB 2400MHz DDR4
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe x4 SSDUp to 1TB PCIe x4 SSD
Display15.6-inch 4K UHD Touchscreen
100% Adobe RGB, Delta E < 2
14-inch Full HD Touchscreen
Supports Color Accuracy
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
ConnectivityUSB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 Support
802.11ac Gigabit-class WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C
802.11ac Gigabit-class WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
Windows HelloFingerprint SensorIR Camera
Dimensions368 x 251 x 18.9mm322 x 225 x 17.9mm
Weight1.8kg1.6kg

 

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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