Dual screen laptops are a recent innovation that is catching on, a rather expensive novelty but is it worth buying one?

It seems that one of the latest trends that is popular is that of working on device screens. For smartphones and tablets the idea apparently is to fold them, roll them up, make everything smaller until there’s no need for it.

The era of dual-screen laptops begins (photo Asus) – Sjbeez

But even when it comes to laptops there seems to be the idea of ​​having to expand the work space as much as possible without creating the equivalent of a refrigerator to carry around. There are two categories of dual-screen laptops. On the one hand there are those who have completely eliminated the keyboard area.

In practice they are a sort of double tablet which therefore allows you to work with different configurations depending on your needs. And on the other hand there are laptops which, by modifying the keyboard area, allow you to have a second screen. A convenience that however can hide some pitfalls. Before you get caught up in the purchase there are some considerations to make.

Why should you buy a dual-screen laptop?

Products born a bit as experiments, dual-screen laptops have become a new product sector that is slowly gaining its audience. The configurations, net of the creativity of the designers, are essentially two: a laptop in which the entire part where the keyboard and trackpad should have been located is replaced by a screen on which the keyboard can be made to appear and which, if necessary, it works like a tablet or a configuration whereby the keyboard, which is notoriously moved towards the hinge to allow for the presence of the trackpad, drops, freeing up a band of space which is used as a second monitor.

Laptop with second screen? A growing trend (photo Asus) – Sjbeez

Having more space to open multiple windows at the same time is unquestionably a convenience that many are relying on to work better. But what could having a second screen above the keyboard actually be useful for? This is a product that can be used, for example, if you work with photo retouching or video editing software, which notoriously have an impressive amount of menus, tabs and control graphs that need to be kept open at the same time and which could therefore be directed to the second screen, leaving the main one free to have a wider preview.

But these are still products in which ergonomics have been sacrificed to make room for the second screen. Finding one that is comfortable to use may therefore not be easy. At the moment the solution that seems the best is the one that was prepared by Asus with its Zenbook Duo, in which the trackpad has been moved to the side in the keyboard area.

If you use your laptop to do photo editing or to work with graphics or modeling programs you will rarely do so using the trackpad and will therefore still have other tools to navigate the software but the layout of the keyboard in the Zenbook Duo is currently the most comfortable one. Keep in mind that these are objects that cost on average over 1500 euros and are therefore not products designed for everyday life.