Asus’ new laptop has a touchscreen trackpad


(rock music) – How many screens does your laptop have? Because if you have the
new Asus ZenBook Pro, you actually get two. That’s right, the ZenBook
Pro has two screens on it. Even though it’s this very traditional clamshell style laptop. Now, as you can see, Asus actually put a full color touchscreen
in the track pad. It’s basically a 5.5 inch
1080p smartphone screen that’s turned on its side and embedded right into the track pad. Now this isn’t the first
time we’ve seen this idea. But this is the first one that you can actually go out and buy. This isn’t a concept device
or custom built machine. Asus is actually selling this thing. And if you really want to, you can buy it. Now, I say if you really want to because you really
shouldn’t buy this laptop. It’s just not a great computer,
crazy trackpad screen aside. The panels are flexible, it’s covered in fingerprints in seconds, the battery life is abysmal. And even though it has Core i9 processor, the poor thermal management means you don’t get to take
advantage of all that power. It’s basically not something you want to spend 23 hundred dollars on. But the trackpad here,
now that’s interesting. So let’s talk about it. Now Asus is calling it the ScreenPad. And it functions as both
a standard Windows 10 precision trackpad and a touch screen. It has a smooth matte finish and it supports all of the
standard multi-finger gestures you’d expect on a modern Windows computer. You can even turn the
screen part off entirely and use it just like you
would any other trackpad. But if you do use it as a touchscreen, there’s few different
things you can do with it. You can use it to control music
playback, as a calculator, as an app launcher, or even
in place of a number pad. There’s a calendar mode that syncs with the Windows 10 calendar app so you can see upcoming appointments. If you’re using an Office
app, like Word or Excel, the ScreenPad will pull
up a customized toolbar that gives you quick access
to things like font styling, layout tools, spreadsheet
functions, and more. My favorite thing that the ScreenPad does is give me quick controls when I’m watching a
YouTube video in Chrome. I can adjust the volume, toggle
captions, go full screen, and even skip ads right from the trackpad. Perhaps the craziest
thing you can do with this is extend your main Windows
display down to the trackpad. So it’s like the world’s smallest secondary computer display. Now that’s wild, but I don’t know why
you would ever do that. Because the buttons, and labels, and text are just way too small. Now you might be wondering, what happens to your cursor control when you’re using the ScreenPad
as a full screen toolbar. And, it turns out, nothing, actually. The ScreenPad still let’s
you move the pointer around and click, just like a normal trackpad. Even when it’s displaying
a full screen toolbar. Now there’s some things that
don’t work all that well here. But they could be fixed really easy. There’s apps for controlling
both standard music, that’s on your hard drive,
and to control Spotify, which is pretty cool. But, for some reason, Asus
removed all of the standard media controls for play, pause, and skip, from the function row of the keyboard. So to quickly pause
music, or skip a track, you have to either switch
to the full Spotify app, or go down to the ScreenPad,
select the app you want, and then tap to skip, or
pause, or play, or whatever. It’s super cumbersome and it
feels like it was designed to force you to use a
ScreenPad instead of the much easier way that exists
on, like, every other computer. And, though tracking is pretty good, and the multi-fingered gestures work well, the whole ScreenPad itself
is kinda loose and wiggly when you touch it or click on it. Which makes the whole
thing feel a lot cheaper than its 23 hundred dollar
price tag would imply. But, aside from those issues, which I think are all
pretty easily fixable, I actually really like what Asus did with the ScreenPad here. Now, it doesn’t interfere with the way you expect a standard trackpad to work. But it does add convenient shortcuts, right at your fingertips,
whenever you need them. Now, obviously, there’s not
a lot you can do with this. And there’s plenty of
room for improvement, and new features, and
apps, and integrations, and things like that. But the basics are here and
they’re done pretty well. Now, hopefully, next time
that Asus tries this idea, it puts a ScreenPad in a better laptop. Hey, thanks for watching. Now this laptop is pretty futuristic. But what’s really futuristic
is the whole house we built for our Home of the Future series. Go check them out at YouTube.com/TheVerge.

100 thoughts on “Asus’ new laptop has a touchscreen trackpad

  1. They better add a trackpad on off switch near it. Becuz if this is the case. It will be annoying af to click Fn+the key to turn it on off all time

  2. Why are manufacturers always trying to put core i9 in laptops? There too power hungry and hot, like apple "fixed" the macbook pro issue by disabling 70% of the cores and underclocked it, so the i7 version now performs better just go with i7 please

  3. My laptop hast three screens, one in the the cover like a tablet, two inside if you open it, second is the main screen also touch screen, the third is the keybaord which is also touch screen.

  4. If Apple will do the same after a decade, the tagline would be, "The future is here and this is the best mabcook apple have ever created. #JustAppleThings
    Btw I am writing this comment from my MacBook pro :p

  5. Asus is losing it ……
    I have been a client for 14 years. , was waiting for something different .
    But this is totally BS .
    This company needs a new mind..
    This company is big in everything
    But still have the mind that will never ever listen to the people ..

  6. Unfortunately, the only uses that I would want out of this are using it as a secondary display and putting the 3DS or WiiU touchscreen down there in emulators. And I'm not sure how well this would run those two emulators.

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