Briefly Tested: The Technology Tips of the Week





In a nutshell is the spice: In the technology tips of the week presents interesting products that it has tried and found to be good. Let's start with a very special laptop, a cheap Apple Watch alternative and wireless ear listening with a great price-performance ratio.


Asus Zenbook Pro Duo

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<p class= The Asus Zenbook Pro Duo is a powerful laptop with a second display above the keyboard.

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The Asus Zenbook Pro Duo is not only a very powerful 15-inch notebook with a top processor and graphics chip, it is a very special laptop because the device has a 14-inch display above the keyboard .

Unlike the brilliant 4K AMOLED main screen, it has a matte finish to avoid reflections, such as the e-mail prog ram, web pages or tool palettes and has the magnificent upper display free for image editing, office application or browser. With the second screen of the Zenbook Pro Duo, everything is possible, which you can do with an additional display. There are also specially adapted apps for the second screen, including Spotify.

Touchpad on the side

The touchpad is located next to the keyboard on the Zenbook Pro Duo. Again, there is a useful extra: You can fade in a keypad. Because the keyboard ends at the rather high bottom edge of the laptop, the Zenbook Pro Duo gives you an extra palm rest. In addition, Asus lends the depending on the equipment up to 3000 euros expensive laptop with a stylus that works on both displays.

The Zenbook Pro Duo is expensive, but it's not a nasty office device. With its excellent and very color-true main screen, the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo is above all an ideal work tool for image editing or video editing.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 15.6 "4K UHD NanoEdge Bezel Touch, Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD , GeForce RTX 2060, Innovative Screenpad Plus, Windows 10 Pro – UX581GV-XB74T, Celestial Blue

EUR 2,706.96

EUR 2,706.96

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Amazfit GTS

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<p class= The Amazfit GTS will sold with different colored silicone bracelets

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The approximately 135 Euro expensive Amazfit GTS looks very similar to the Apple Watch. You could almost call it a copy, but then as a pretty high quality. Because the device has a very nice, 1.65 inch AMOLED display with sharp 442 x 348 pixels and an aluminum housing. The bottom with charging pins and heart rate monitor is only made of plastic. The Amazfit GTS is waterproof (5 ATM), works in Bluetooth 5.0 and has a GPS module on board. Overall, the watch makes a valuable impression and is pleasantly light at around 25 grams without a bracelet.

The smartwatch can be used with Android and iPhones; in the test, it was paired with the Google Pixel 4 XL. There are no own apps, the clock is mainly used to display at a glance time, weather, heart rate and other information and notifications. This works perfectly, but you have to fight a little bit through the settings.

Long runtime

The Amazfit is quite sporty, tracks walking, running or cycling. There is also a "behavioral detection", which recognizes nothing independently, but in which one can start the recording of a corresponding training session. In addition, the Amazfit measures the pulse occasionally or regularly, records the data and warns the wearer when the values ​​are exceeded or undercut or if he sits too long. You can choose what information you want to see on the display, there are also many alternative dials.

The running time of the Amazfit GTS is remarkable. Up to 14 days, the device comes from the manufacturer without charging station. Extrapolated from the short test results of determined values ​​about eleven days – not bad.

Overall, it can be said that the Amazfit GTS is not nearly as diverse as the Apple Watch, but for 130 euros but a good alternative to clunkier smartwatches or less attractive Fitbändern represents. However, the app has room for improvement.


Amazfit GTS

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Anchor Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro

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With the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro, Anker has wireless earphones in its huge assortment, which for 150 Euros is a really good price This starts with the charging case, which does not have a hinged lid, but a more sophisticated sliding lid, and you can also charge the box not only via the USB-C input but also inductively.

The splash-proof earphones themselves are relatively large, but have an appealing design. Anchor comes with many stoppers and wings, so they should sit well and close in each ear. If that works, you will be rewarded with a sound that is excellent for this price class. He is wonderfully transparent and detailed. The basses are very powerful, but do not thump, the mids keep the upper hand. In addition, there are clear heights that are pleasant even in the tops. Class is also how the Liberty 2 Pro distributes instruments in the big room. Negatively, there is only a fairly distinct noise in pauses.

Easy control

Playback is controlled by buttons on both earphones. In the settings you can specify that a long press raises or lowers the volume instead of starting the digital assistant. The keys are easy to find and much less complicated than touch pads.

Class is the stamina of the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro anchor. They last up to eight hours, which the short test confirms. In addition, the charging case still reserves for another 24 hours. What's missing are sensors that automatically stop playback when an earphone is removed.

The associated app is concise and useful. Among other things, it offers an equalizer with numerous presets. The highlight, however, is the individual adaptation to the hearing of the wearer. It's not quite as detailed as Beyerdynamic's, but it makes the difference between good and very good sound. The earphones are convincing in telephone calls by a good noise reduction.

In the 150 Euro class you will hardly find better wireless earphones at the moment. The sound is great, the stamina is strong and you can also load the case of the anchor Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro inductively.

Anchor Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Bluetooth headset, wireless earbuds with Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture, in-ear studio performance, 32 hours of battery power personalized EQ

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