If you want some extra screen with your screen, then Asus’s new dual screen laptop is probably right up your street.
The new Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop has a 15-inch 4k touchscreen – and what it calls the ScreenPad Plus, a 14 inch so-called secondary screen. If that wasn’t enough for you, the trackpad, located on the right-hand side of the keyboard, also doubles as a number pad . It brings the total number of screens to three.
The laptop is specifically designed for multi-tasking. You can have a to-do list open while you work, a chat window as you play a game, or a video call open while you browse the web.
The rest of the ZenBook Pro Duo's specs are pretty good as well. Its main screen is a 15-inch 4K OLED panel, and the laptop can be configured to have up to an 8-core Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. It also has a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack, as well as two big cooling vents, one on each side.
A smaller option, the Zenbook Duo, is also to be released. It has a 12.6-inch secondary screen but is much the same as its larger sibling.
These are not the only products with an innovative approach to screens. The ZTE Axon M from 2018 is a phone with two screens. It folds out like a book, and two apps can be run at once. Unfortunately this didn’t go down well with reviewers – tech site Pocket Lint acknowledged its good qualities but still referred to it as a “hot mess”.
And the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition phone has a front and back screen, both HD, and incorporates several pop up cameras to boot.
As for laptops, HP launched a dual screen gaming laptop earlier this year to great fanfare. Again, this had the express aim to help you multitask – you can play a game with the main screen while using a smaller screen embedded in the body of the laptop to stream on Twitch or chat to friends.
The ZenBook has no price range or release date as of yet - we're definitely not expecting this one to be in best budget laptop price territory - but Asus has said it will launch the product later this year.