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ASUS debuts new ZenBook Duo | Pro Duo, VivoBook, ExpertBook and Chromebook laptops at CES 2021

ASUS has launched a wide variety of new laptops at CES 2021, including ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482), VivoBook S14 (S435), ExpertBook B9 (B9400 vPro), Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500), Chromebook CX9 (CX9400), BR1100 for education and the TUF Dash gaming laptop.

According to co-CEO Samson Hu, the new lineup pushes the boundaries of design and innovation to deliver ultimate mobile computing experiences. 

“This year’s lineup continues that legacy by elevating productivity and entertainment to new heights across a range of products, empowering users to achieve the incredible — to Be Ahead in an ever-changing world,” Hu said.

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Intel’s 11th Gen Core processors and Intel Evo and vPro platforms offer uncompromising performance, connectivity and foundations for innovation powering the latest PC experiences.

Asus also launched its portable ProArt Display PA148CTV and ZenBeam Latte L1 projector. The full catalog of new ASUS innovations released during CES 2021 can be accessed here

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ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582)

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ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) is the next-generation, ultra-powerful 15-inch laptop equipped with the new tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width 4K secondary touchscreen that works seamlessly with the main 4K OLED HDR display for effortless multitasking.

The powerful ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is powered by the latest generation Intel® Core™ i9 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 laptop GPU graphics. It is also validated as an NVIDIA Studio laptop — the ultimate laptops for content creators. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU is powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, delivering silky-smooth graphics and supercharging video-editing and 3D animation applications with the power of real-time ray tracing.

It’s ScreenPad Plus incorporates an auto-tilt mechanism that automatically raises the rear of the secondary display by 9.5° for improved readability and to reduce potential glare. 

The full set of I/O ports features two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C® ports, and the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) takes wireless speeds to the next level for ultra-smooth connections. Additionally, with a 1 TB PCIe® 3.0 X 4 SSD and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED accelerates workflows and optimizes productivity.

The frameless screen design features a 93% screen-to-body ratio for more immersive visuals. The brilliant 4K OLED HDR touchscreen delivers ultra-vivid colors and deep blacks with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, which is reflected by the VESA DisplayHDR™ True Black 500 certification. Also, the touchscreen is PANTONE® Validated, ensuring superb color accuracy for graphics professionals.

ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482)ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) is a 14-inch Intel Evo-verified laptop and also comes with the ASUS ScreenPad Plus. ZenBook Duo 14 packs heavyweight performance into its slim, 16.9-mm profile with a powerful combination of 11th Generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris® Xe graphics or the option of NVIDIA GeForce® MX450 discrete graphics. ZenBook Duo 14 also features ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which works with the 11th Generation Intel processors to optimize performance: using Performance mode, users can enjoy a performance boost of up to 40% compared to a similar standard laptop. 

With the same auto-tilt mechanism as UX582, the secondary display on ZenBook Duo 14 is tilted by 7° for improved readability and to reduce potential glare. The laptop provides a superbly immersive viewing experience, offering ultraslim bezels, an expansive 93% screen-to-body ratio and a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display that is super-bright at up to 400 cd/m2. ZenBook Duo 14 is PANTONE Validated for professional-grade color accuracy and offers a wide 100% sRGB color gamut. It is also TÜV Rheinland-certified for low blue light, so it is comfortable to use for long productivity sessions.

Its battery life promises an exceptional 17 hours for all-day productivity, and a USB-C Easy Charge feature for versatility. The ZenBook Duo 14 has a pair of the latest Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C ports to support Power Delivery and DisplayPort, and the 40 Gbps bandwidth enables users to connect an external 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. ZenBook Duo 14 also features WiFi 6 (802.11ax) that is enhanced with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology.

Evolved user experiences on the new ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED and ZenBook Duo 14

Both ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) and ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) feature upgraded ScreenXpert 2 software, which introduces powerful and intuitive new features to streamline workflows. 

Both models also premiere ASUS Control Panel, a fully customizable app on ScreenPad Plus that revolutionizes creative workflows. ASUS Control Panel gives users precise and intuitive control of creative apps, including brush-size adjustment, saturation, layer opacity and more. Control Panel currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro and After Effects, and compatibility will be expanded in the near future. 

The stylus included with ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED and ZenBook Duo 14 enables yet another layer of interactivity for users, and ScreenPad Plus provides high-precision 4096 pressure-level stylus support for an ideal writing or drawing platform. 

ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED and ZenBook Duo 14 are engineered with the new Active Aerodynamic System Plus (AAS Plus), which uses the ErgoLift hinge and auto-tilting ScreenPad Plus to increase overall cooling airflow by up to 49%.

VivoBook S14 (S435)

The new VivoBook S14 (S435) is an ultralight 14-inch laptop that is Intel Evo™-verified. The lightest 14-inch VivoBook model runs the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB memory, and Intel Optane™ Memory H10, VivoBook S14 can handle any workload.

It comes with up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD for superfast storage and fast boot times and near-instant data access. VivoBook S14 also incorporates the new ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which delivers up to a 40% performance boost while conserving battery life, enhancing cooling efficiency and ensuring quiet operation.

The exterior of VivoBook S14 features classy diamond-cut edges, a sleek Deep Green all-metal chassis and the unique VivoBook lid logo. When the lid is opened, the bright yellow color-blocked Enter key takes center stage. Its frameless four-sided NanoEdge display and a 90% screen-to-body ratio provide incredibly immersive visuals. The display is certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light emissions, so it is easy on the eyes during extended use.

At only 1.3 kg light with a sleek 15.9-mm profile, the ultrathin VivoBook S14 is designed for premium portability. The VivoBook S14 features ultrafast Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports that support fast charging, data transfers of up to 40 Gbps and connections with one external 8K or two 4K UHD monitors. There are also USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and USB 2.0 ports as well as a microSD card reader, enabling users to easily connect peripherals, displays and projectors. 

ExpertBook B9 (B9400 vPro)

ExpertBook B9 is the world’s lightest 14-inch business laptop. Verified as an Intel Evo platform laptop, ExpertBook B9 delivers premium performance and responsiveness, efficient battery usage and stunning visuals. The 880 g model has a 33 Wh battery, and the 1005 g model has a 66 Wh battery with all-day battery life for continuous, portable productivity. ExpertBook B9 also meets the industry-leading MIL-STD 810H U.S. military test standard.

With the rise of remote work, modern business professionals have increasing telecommuting needs. For exceptional remote work experiences, the new generation of ExpertBook B9 provides the latest Intel vPro™ Platform, which enables seamless data security and easy remote management by IT administrators.

ExpertBook B9 comes with up to the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processors with built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics for serious performance and visual excellence. It also has up to dual 2 TB SSDs with RAID 0 and RAID 1 technology provides improved data reliability and faster operation. ExpertBook B9 features Intel WiFi 6 and ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology for quick connectivity.

In terms of security, ExpertBook B9 offers a Kensington NanoSaver™ lock for keeping the laptop physically secure, and an optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip stores passwords and encryption keys for added security. Also, an infrared camera and smart proximity sensor enable fast biometric face logins.

Each ZenBook, VivoBook and ExpertBook in the 2021 lineup is equipped with ASUS Two-Way AI Noise-Canceling technology to enhance communication experiences. ExpertBook B9 also features quick keys that enable fast, convenient sound and noise-cancelation control, plus Harman Kardon-certified speakers for exceptional sound.

Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)

ASUS Chromebook CX9 is powered by an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics and has a lightweight chassis with nimble performance for exceptional remote work experiences. Ultrafast WiFi 6, Harman Kardon-certified dual-speaker audio and an anti-glare FHD display offers an enhanced user experience to help optimize the workday, from anywhere. Additionally, the four-sided frameless 14-inch NanoEdge display on ASUS Chromebook CX9 provides an immersive, near edge-to-edge viewing experience for enhanced productivity.

ASUS Chromebook CX9 meets industry-leading MIL-STD 810H U.S. military test standards, and it features a durable, ultralight magnesium-alloy chassis that is 16 mm thin and around 1 kg light. 

It’s I/O ports include cutting-edge Thunderbolt 4, as well as standard USB Type-A and HDMI outputs for comprehensive connectivity.  

For business-grade protection, ASUS Chromebook CX9 is secure by design, offering Titan C security for storing sensitive information such as passwords and encryption keys. Furthermore, Chromebook CX9 automatically receives software updates every six weeks to ensure data is safeguarded with the latest protections. With Chrome OS, users enjoy uninterrupted workdays and increased productivity while IT overhead is reduced. Also, ASUS Chromebook CX9 comes with a fingerprint sensor for password-free login and a webcam shield for added protection.

ASUS BR1100 for education

The 11-inch ASUS BR1100 is the ultimate learning companion with an ultra-tough chassis, intelligent features and an easy-to-manage design that is ideal for distance learning. BR1100 is built ready for everyday knocks and drops with an ultra-tough design that features a rubber bumper surrounding all four exterior edges, military-grade durability and a spill-resistant keyboard. With two designs to choose from — convertible and clamshell.

The convertible model features a garaged stylus to enhance taking notes and drawing, and multiple modes offer flexibility while learning. Additional designs to accommodate young learners include an antimicrobial keyboard frame and a TÜV Rheinland-certified display for eye protection.

BR1100 leverages the all-new Intel Pentium® Silver processor to deliver the performance for a smooth experience with apps and learning tools and the connectivity and graphics for distance learning. The BR1100 also delivers this with the ASUS Two-Way AI Noise-Canceling Microphone and a noise-reducing camera for enhanced remote lesson experiences. It also provides ultrafast, stable WiFi 6 connections and includes a webcam shield and a microphone mute key for privacy. The 42 Wh battery enables all-day battery life, and a 4G LTE option provides mobile internet connections for added portability. 

For connectivity, it comes with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI slot and a microSD card reader. It has 16 GB of RAM and the storage option of up to a 128 GB eMMC and a 1 TB M.2 SSD for videos, music and school documents.  

For easy on-site servicing, ASUS BR1100 has a modular design that enables quick access to key components for enhancing the efficiency of IT maintenance and minimizing downtime.

Chromebook Flip CX5 (CX5500)

ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 is a groundbreaking new laptop that expands the capabilities of Chromebooks for cloud entertainment. It is the first 15.6-inch Chromebook Flip to be powered by an 11th Generation Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, and the laptop features WiFi 6 connectivity, ASUS WiFi Stabilizer technology and dual Harman Kardon-certified speakers. With support for Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce NOW on Chromebook Flip CX5, users have access to a seemingly endless world of gaming. 

The 57 Wh battery in Chromebook Flip CX5 provides battery life of up to 12 hours, and the laptop also delivers up to 16 GB of memory, storage of up to a 512 GB SSD and a microSD card slot for expandability.

ProArt Display PA148CTV

ASUS ProArt Multi-Touch Display PA148CTV is a 14-inch FHD IPS portable monitor designed to efficiently enhance the workflows of content creators. The display features ASUS Dial and Virtual Control Panel for streamlining creative processes with shortcuts and programmable hotkeys, which enhance ease-of-use with Adobe creative tools such as Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere and Lightroom Classic

Virtual Control Panel on ProArt Display PA148CTV provides an adjustment dials, sliders, buttons and wheels, delivering programmable hotkeys that enhance the precision and detail of creative work. ASUS Dial is a physical dial at the rear of the display that allows users to control compatible Adobe software and Microsoft Surface Dial features, enabling adjustments while staying focused on the task at hand. The integrated on-screen display (OSD) controller allows for performing further monitor adjustments quickly and easily.

PA148CTV offers a host of ports to cater to the needs of content creators. The two USB-C ports deliver audio, video and power input over a single cable, while the micro HDMI port provides connectivity to a wide variety of input sources. A tripod socket allows for mounting the display onto a tripod, and an adjustable metal kickstand props the display up to deliver ideal viewing and working positions, making it perfect for work on the go. 

ZenBeam Latte L1 projector

ZenBeam Latte L1 projector enables users to take their favorite movies or music on the go. The projector introduces a new cylindrical mug-shaped design, which enhances sound transmission while providing a compact footprint. It is also the first projector to offer a fabric exterior, which enhances audio with increased sound penetration and gives the design a comfortable, homey feel. The exceptional design of ZenBeam Latte L1 has been recognized with a CES 2021 Innovation Award, a Good Design Award 2020 and a Taiwan Excellence Award 2021.

ZenBeam Latte L1 features a user-friendly remote control, and a built-in battery offers up to three hours of battery life on a single charge for portable use. It casts imagery with a 300-LED-lumens light and has a projection range of 40 to 120 inches — so it can also be used in rooms with limited space. With support for Aptoide TV, users can enjoy their favorite streaming apps on the expanded screen of a projector. Also, users can project their mobile phone screen via wireless mirroring with ZenBeam Latte L1 for broader viewing options. 

A Harman Kardon 10-watt speaker is included and connects via Bluetooth® to accompany projection visuals with incredible audio. The speaker can also serve as a portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers up to 12 hours of audio, and the projector features three audio modes — Movie, Music and Gaming. 

TUF Dash

The TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop is super-slim, lightweight and easy to carry, so it is ideal for on-the-go or around-the-house use. Up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and a GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU blitz through games with power to spare for serious work.

A gaming panel with up to a 240 Hz refresh rate on the Dash F15 offers gamers the same edge as esports athletes, with a 3 ms response time that reduces motion blur to make fast-paced target tracking more precise. It has a Thunderbolt 4 port connecting to docks or external GPUs. An expansive battery offers up to 16.6 hours of video playback, so gamers can unplug and unwind anywhere and later reload with convenient USB-C charging. 

Advanced cooling enables the Dash F15 to fit top-tier processors in a super-slim form factor. Voice chat is crystal clear due to new Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation technology. This advanced technology removes a broad range of unwanted background noise from both input and output audio, meaning that both the user’s voice and incoming communications are fuzz-free.

Milcah Lukhanyu
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