Dual-screen Asus Zenbook Pro 15 is the Apple Touch Bar alternative for $1700
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After making a splash at Computex 2018, the innovative ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is now widely available online and in Best Buy stores for users to see firsthand for themselves. The laptop is notable for having a 5-inch 1080p IPS secondary display that doubles as a traditional trackpad.
Two SKUs are available with a very wide price difference between them. The less costly UX580GD SKU includes a Core i7-8750H CPU, GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, 512 GB SATA III SSD, and Windows 10 OS for $1700 USD. Meanwhile, the second costlier UX580GE SKU includes a Core i9-8950HK CPU, GTX 1050 Ti GPU, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and Windows 10 Pro for $2300 USD. The 4K UHD touchscreen, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 71 Wh battery are otherwise identical between the configurations.
We recommend checking out our full review on the dual-screen ZenBook Pro 15 for our take on its unique features. In short, we find it inherently more useful than Apple's Touch Bar for everyday tasks but with an involved learning curve. It's definitely worth checking out in person to see if the ScreenPad is worth the investment.
Users uninterested in the ScreenPad can still opt for the ScreenPad-less ZenBook Pro 15 UX550 as it shares the same chassis design as the UX580. A third UX580 SKU with a Core i5-8300H CPU will likely come at a later date as Asus is currently listing the model with Core i5, i7, and i9 options.
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK, 2.9GHz 12MB Cache, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz (UX580GE-XB74T)|
Intel® Core™ i7-8750H, 2.2GHz 9MB Cache, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz (UX580GD-BI7T5)
|Display||15.6” NanoEdge LED-backlit 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) capacitive multitouch with 100% Adobe RGB, color difference Delta-E <2 and 178°wide-view technology|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro (UX580GE-XB74T)|
Windows 10 (UX580GD-BI7T5)
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 (UX580GE-XB74T)|
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 (UX580GD- BI7T5)
|Main Memory||16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
|Storage||512GB PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSD (UX580GE-XB74T)|
512GB SATA III SSD (UX580GD- BI7T5)
|Connectivity||2x2 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi|
|Interface||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™, with Thunderbolt™ 3 support|
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x audio combo jack
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x microSD card reader
1 x DC jack
1 x Fingerprint Reader
|Audio||High-quality stereo speakers (with smart amplifier)|
Harman Kardon-certified ASUS SonicMaster Premium audio system
|AC Adapter||Output: 19V, 150W|
Input: 100V-240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz universal
|Dimensions||14.37 x 9.88 x 0.74 in|
365 x 251 x 18.9mm