ASUS last year introduced the ZenBook Pro with a touchscreen
trackpad called a ScreenPad. Today at the Computex, as part of
its thirtieth-anniversary celebration, the company announced a
new range of laptops along with ScreenPad 2.0.
The original ScreenPad on the ZenBook Pro was found to have a
bad interface and it had its own issues. The ScreenPad had to
be set to 50 percent brightness which reduced battery backup to
just four and a half hours.
With the new ScreenPad 2.0, ASUS has worked on these issues.
The mini screen now uses CPU’s integrated graphics that
allow the device to save 2.5 times more power than its
predecessor. The battery backup has now improved to 9 hours.
You can now also draft Windows app from the main display to the
touchpad and process is now significantly faster. The ScreenPad
2.0 comes with a 5.65-inch display.
The company has worked on the interface by making it more
intuitive and behave more like a smartphone OS. New Home and
back button have been added at the bottom of the screen along
with shortcuts to launch your favourite tools.
Users will be able to reorganize the app grid on a smaller
screen by dragging the apps or delete by long pressing them and
tapping the “X” which appears over the jiggling icons.
ASUS has also added a new button on the bottom left of the
screen to let you activate trackpad mode. The company is
also working on a new feature that will allow customers to
quickly trigger the trackpad mode by swiping three fingers
across the panel.
The company has confirmed that the ScreenPad 2.0 is expected to
arrive on the ZenBook 13, 14, 15, and the ZenBook Flip 15 this
year, as well as the less-premium VivoBooks S14 and S15.