Asus today at Computex announced the interactive ScreenPad
feature for Windows 10, and the
ZenBook Pro 15 is the first laptop to support it. ScreenPad
is an innovative and interactive feature available only on
select hardware configuration. A laptop would need to come with
a smartphone-sized touchscreen in the place of the regular
touchpad to support ScreenPad.
As you might have guessed already, the ScreenPad feature is
hardware-dependent and you won’t be able to enable it on your
It’s an attention-grabbing feature, and I was surprised by how
well implemented this feature is. Asus ScreenPad is
somewhat better and advanced than Apple MacBook Pro Touch
Bar, which has several limitations. This feature is
potentially useful on Windows 10 device and it also works
like a regular touchpad.
Asus is calling it as the world’s first smart touchpad
because its sort of smartphone that’s integrated with your
computer’s hardware. Let’s see what ScreenPad is all about.
Meet the Asus’ new innovative jaw-dropping ScreenPad for
First and foremost, it’s a regular touchpad with 5.5 inches
screen and 1920 x 1080 resolution. It’s placed right where you
would the touchpad on your laptop, but it’s more than a simple
touchpad, it’s a ‘feature’ that plays multiple roles. Asus
cares about the durability of its laptop, so the company has
covered it with a glass to resist typical scratches, and
it makes it easier to use.
In simple words, the touchpad plays the role of a secondary
bar, and it can also bring some part of the Windows 10 desktop
to the touchpad, so it’s sort of dual-screen integration. The
touchpad or the ScreenPad can be customized with apps and
shortcuts, creating what’s more of an advanced version of
Interestingly, you’ll be able to control several kinds of apps
from the ScreenPad, and it obviously depends on the
availability of apps as well.
Asus has also integrated an app launcher into the ScreenPad,
that means you’ll be able to access several apps and platforms
including YouTube. You can play back videos as well, but you’ll
need to download an extension, that too from Google Web
Store. I was pleasantly surprised by how useful this
‘gimmick” feature is, and the experience isn’t really terrible.
The feature can be accessed by pressing F6.
The ScreenPad, which itself is a touchpad with a matte finish
and Asus has also reduced the glare. The look, feel and
experience of the ScreenPad is as good as the regular
Microsoft and Asus both worked together to improve the
ScreenPad feature, and you can also access the Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint, thanks to the Office integrations.
It’s an interactive display with helpful functions, the pad can
also function as a controller for music and video, you’ll be
also able to control Spotify. The compatible apps would become
available for download in the Microsoft Store (formerly Windows
Store), making it easier and quicker for users to find new apps
Asus is also committed to the app platform for ScreenPad, and
the company will also release a ScreenPad developer kit.
The ScreenPad is interesting, interactive and innovative. It
remains to be seen whether this initiative will flourish or
not. What do you think of ScreenPad? Let us know your thoughts
in the comments below.