With a top lid that’s 97% screen, ASUS‘ aluminum unibody laptop has all but dispensed of its display bezels. There’s a tiny webcam bump-out, but that’s a smart tradeoff. The computer maker also says the 13.9″ laptop is the world’s slimmest to sport discrete graphics.
ASUS’ Project Precog is a laptop with two symmetrical touchscreens as its main output and input interfaces – no keyboards, no touchpads, no palm rests. It’s like the peak of a 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid, though it remains to be seen how practical such a device can be.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE has a 5.5″ touchpad that’s actually a second display. It has native apps like providing touch controls for Microsoft Office, a calculator, and a media player, and you can actually extend your display to it as well. Drops 7/2018 for $2299.
Nvidia’s Big Format Gaming Display is meant to be a 4K TV for gamers. It has a 65″ 4K HDR screen with 120Hz refresh rate and compatibility with G-Sync technology. It also has Nvidia’s Shield streaming built-in. Look for BFGDs from Asus, Acer and HP in 2018.
Until we get bezel-less displays, multi-monitor setups will have borders. But ASUS thinks it has devised a stopgap solution. Its Bezel-free Kit is a set of transparent peripherals that clip onto monitors where their seams meet. Its lenses bend light to hide the displays’ borders.
The 15.6″ ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC is the world’s thinnest and lightest portable 1080p monitor, at only 8mm thick and weighing just 1.8lb. It gets power and data via USB-C and can be used in both portrait and landscape modes as either a mirror or a second display.
ASUS applies their svelte aluminum styling to a versatile convertible. The ZenBook Flip measures 13.9mm thick, and its 3200×1800 touchscreen can smoothly rotate from laptop to easel to tablet. Despite its thickness, it still has USB 3.0, USB Type C, and Micro HDMI ports.
The Zenfone 3 Deluxe is an Android phone with a 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED display, an all-metal body with a nearly invisible antenna, a Snapdragon 820 CPU, up to 6GB RAM, up to 256GB storage and a 23MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus.
The ZenBook 3 has Apple squarely in its sights. It weighs just 2lb and is just 0.46″ when closed, making it lighter and thinner than a MacBook. Yet it packs serious specs, including a 12.5″ 1080p display and up to a Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Drops Q3 2016 for $999+.