Life & Technology – 2GB 24th Feb, 2024

ASUS Zenbook Duo UX8406 2024 – Am I seeing double? (computer review)

 I mentioned during the radio show today that innovation continues in the design of Laptops and Notebook PCs.

The ASUS Zenbook Duo UX8406 2024 is a good example. Its a 14” vertically stacked dual-screen OLED laptop with an Intel Ultra 9 Evo processor. As ASUS likes to say, “Let’s Duo it”. But there is some cool features in the design of this model that I think are worth a look. Also, it may be something out of your budget now, but all good things in Technology flow down the pricing scale over time.  

First Impression – Seeing double – Exceed 

From the outside, it looks like the rest of the Zenbook models with the signature line patterns across the lid. But open it up, and it shows an excellent piece of industrial design. It has everything from the identical bright and colourful vertically stacked Lumia OLED touch panels to the integrated kickstand, excellent magnetic keyboard and protective cover.You open it up and determine how you want to use it today. Clamshell landscape mode with magnetic keyboard covering the lower screen (the keyboard uses POGO pins and BT – clever).Dual screen landscape (with/out keyboard or use the on-screen touch and keyboard) using the integrated kickstand.Dual Screen portrait 40-70° viewing angle – ditto.Flat screen – The 180° hinge expands the visual workspace to a massive 19.8”.There is also an MPP 2.0 (Microsoft Pen Protocol) stylus with a magnetic Snap-on. Use the case/cover for a 12° angle. 

Read the entire review here.   
Guests and Topics on the Show

The Zenbook Duo is a cutting-edge laptop that redefines multitasking and creativity. Featuring a revolutionary secondary OLED touchscreen display, it offers unparalleled productivity and immersive experiences. With its sleek design and powerful performance, the ZenBook Duo sets a new standard for portable computing. We invited Bradley Howe Head of Consumer, ASUS ANZ who talked about this amazing laptop.  

Read our in-depth review of the Zenbook Duo here 

Australia is Getting Savvy With Satellite Design and Development 

This week I attended an event with Space Machines, satellite company that is partnering with other Australian tech companies like Advanced Navigation (who I also spoke to at the event).  Space Machines Company celebrates the launch of Optimus, their first orbital service vehicle (OSV), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Optimus, the largest single satellite produced in Australia, weighs 270 kg and measures 1.5 m by 1.5 m by 1 m, with a customer payload capacity of up to 500 kilograms. Space Machines Founder Rajat Kulshrestha describes Optimus as a “space taxi” and “roadside assistance” in orbit, providing ferrying and on-demand services like repairing, refuelling, and upgrading space infrastructure.  Boreas X90: a revolutionary navigation system for Optimus is developed by Advanced Navigation, it combines resilience and precision in a compact design. With rigorous testing, it emerged as a space-grade marvel, featuring digital fiber-optic gyroscope (DFOG) technology for unparalleled accuracy. We invited Rajat Kulshrestha on the show to talk about this innovation.  

Roadside Assistance In Space: The Launch Of Optimus And Boreas X90  

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