- Asus announced four new laptops at CES.
- They are part of the ZenBook, VivoBook and TUF series.
- Laptops are primarily aimed at professionals as well as gamers.
At CES 2021, Asus has already given us several compelling announcements around the ROG brand, but that’s not all Asus has up its sleeves. The brand has unveiled several new laptops aimed at professionals, gamers, as well as everyday users who demand a little more from their devices.
The first is the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), which has a secondary display that the company calls ScreenPad Plus. It sits right above the keyboard, offers 4K resolution, and sports an automatic tilt mechanism that automatically lifts the back of the screen 9.5 degrees for better readability. The secondary display is supposed to take your productivity to the next level, although not everyone will find it useful.
When it comes to power, the device packs the Intel Core i9 processor under the hood along with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. That means it should handle just about any task you throw at it with ease. Other specs and features include 1TB of SSD storage, a 4K display, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a stylus that comes in handy for designers and other creative professionals.
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, less powerful, and slightly cheaper, the new ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) may be more to your liking. It also sports a secondary display like its big brother that works well with the 14-inch Full HD main panel. It is powered by the Intel Core i7 processor and comes with the Nvidia GeForce MX450 / Intel Iris Xe GPU.
The battery is rated at 70Wh and should be good for around 17 hours of use, according to Asus. The laptop is thin (16.9mm), light (1.6kg) and designed for mobility. It doesn’t come with a stylus in the box, so you will need to purchase one separately if you need it.
Next is the VivoBook S14 (S435), a 14-inch laptop that may not have a secondary display but still powerful enough to handle demanding tasks. It has an Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris X graphics and 16 GB of RAM. There’s enough storage for the average user thanks to the 1TB PCIe SSD. The laptop is quite compact, offering a 90% screen-to-body ratio, and weighs just 1.2kg. It’s also equipped with a few Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports and a microSD card reader, among others.
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The latest new Asus laptop announced at CES is aimed at gamers and is called the TUF Dash F15. The display sports a refresh rate of up to 240Hz and a response time of 3ms. There’s a Thunderbolt 4 port on board that lets you connect things like external GPUs, while the battery provides over 16 hours of video playback. There is no shortage of available power, as the laptop has an Intel Core i7 processor under the hood with a GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
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The TUF Dash F15 is also quite robust despite its slim profile. Asus claims that it is resistant to daily bumps and knocks as well as extreme temperatures, so you can use the laptop in a bit harsher conditions.
Pricing and availability for the four laptops have yet to be revealed. We’ll be sure to update this post once we know more about this topic, so be sure to stay tuned.