#IFA18 – Just like desktop PCs, laptops come in a variety of configurations and lineups, ranging from budget offerings aimed at students, to more pricey offerings with more powerful hardware aimed at professionals who need that kind of power on the go. If you fall into the latter camp, then ASUS might have something for you.


At IFA 2018, ASUS has taken the wraps off its latest ZenBook Pro laptop, the ZenBook Pro 14. This is the company’s latest “high-performance professional” laptop that features what ASUS is calling the ScreenPad. This is basically where in place of a trackpad, ASUS has replaced it with a full-color touchscreen that lets users interact with the computer, but also apps via the ScreenPad itself.

If this sounds familiar, you could think of it being similar to how the Nintendo 3DS is setup, or if you’re looking for a more recent example, earlier this year at CES 2018, Razer unveiled Project Linda which used the Razer Phone as an attachment to a laptop that doubled as a secondary display and a trackpad. It’s an interesting concept but whether or not it will catch on remains to be seen.

As for the rest of specs, the ZenBook Pro 14 will use an Intel Core i5-8265U processor but can be configured to use an Intel Core i7-8565U. It will feature a 14-inch Full HD display, up to 16GB of RAM, SSD storage options, and will also come with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with up to 4GB of VRAM.

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