Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 evaluate: A dual-screen laptop computer that

What I like most in regards to the ZenBook Duo 14 is that you simply actually cannot inform from the surface of the laptop computer what you may see whenever you elevate the lid. Regardless of opening and shutting it numerous instances at this level, I nonetheless get a kick out of seeing its secondary 12.6-inch touchscreen rise from above the keyboard to fulfill the underside of the principle 14-inch show. One display flows into the following and, with the assistance of Asus’ software program, that slim show turns into extra helpful than you may suppose (and positively extra helpful than Apple’s Contact Bar). There are just a few compromises that include the design, however they may simply be value it.

Like

  • Helpful dual-display design
  • Wonderful efficiency and battery life
  • Lively pen and case included

Do not Like

  • Keyboard, touchpad structure may take some adjustment
  • Reminiscence is soldered on

The ZenBook Duo is on the market in two variations, a Professional Duo 15 OLED and the Duo 14 reviewed right here. The Professional Duo 15 OLED may have as much as a Tenth-gen Intel Core i9 processor, with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 discrete graphics and as much as 32GB of reminiscence when it arrives in April. The Duo 14 has both Eleventh-gen Core i5 or i7 processors, elective Nvidia MX450 discrete graphics and as much as 32GB of reminiscence. Costs begin at $1,000, however the configuration I examined is $1,300. That converts to about AU$1,695 and £950. 

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Value as reviewed $1,300
Show measurement/decision 14-inch 1,920×1,080 contact show; 12.6-inch 1,920×515 contact show
CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7
Reminiscence 8GB 4266MHz LPDDR4X (onboard)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512GB SSD
Networking IEEE 802.11 a/g/n/ac/ax wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.0
Connections Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (x2), USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot
Working system Home windows 10 House 64-bit (20H2)

The Duo 14 has a 14-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel touchscreen paired with a 12.6-inch, 1,920×515-pixel touchscreen. Each panels have a 400-nit brightness, however the 12.6-inch display has a matte end and appears slightly dim by comparability until you are wanting straight down on it. 

On the Duo 14’s predecessor, the smaller display, formally known as ScreenPad Plus, was flat on the physique so that you needed to crane your neck some to make use of it. Now, with its new hinge design, the display angles as much as 7 levels. It offers you a greater viewing angle but in addition will increase airflow and creates a smaller hole between it and the principle show. It isn’t seamless, however as a result of the frames on each screens are slim, it is just like working with two exterior shows facet by facet. 

App home windows can move from the highest show to the underside. 

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A greater second display

Home windows acknowledges the ScreenPad Plus as a second show, so you need to use it for no matter you’d use a second display for. It is nice for something you’d usually lose sight of whilst you’re engaged on one thing full display on the principle show. For example, I put Slack, Outlook and Spotify on the ScreenPad Plus whereas I labored on the principle show. Asus’ ScreenXpert 2.0 software program can routinely resize as much as three home windows on the ScreenPad to suit evenly throughout it. You may also flick home windows between screens together with your fingertip, which is form of enjoyable. There’s additionally a devoted button above the touchpad to maneuver home windows up and down.  

Asus additionally has a bunch of utilities for the ScreenPad Plus accessible by an onscreen contact bar. You’ll be able to, for instance, launch a quantity pad or, with a three-finger faucet, flip it into a large touchpad. You may also write on it with the included lively pen if it’s essential to jot down a fast notice, signal a doc or simply need to doodle. I used to be a bit frightened about placing an excessive amount of stress on the ScreenPad with my hand whereas writing however the metallic hinges held agency and you’ll simply disable each the touchpad and keyboard whilst you use it.  

Though the hinge design lifts the rear of the laptop computer up some, Asus additionally consists of an attachable stand to elevate it even greater that folds flat when not in use. 

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A brand new Management Panel app for the ScreenPad Plus offers you customizable dial, slider and button decks for Adobe Artistic Cloud apps. Open Photoshop, for instance, and it will load a instrument deck of your personal design on the ScreenPad. It is type of like a supersized Contact Bar on a MacBook Professional, however significantly extra helpful and with better flexibility. Even for those who’re not utilizing Adobe apps, the ScreenPad is a superb place to place instrument palettes for different inventive software program. 

Get slightly, give slightly

The 12.6-inch show turned out to be handier to have than I initially thought. Even for those who by no means use it for something apart from seeing messages that are available in or altering your music, it is good to not should always change between home windows whenever you’re working. 

The keyboard and touchpad actually really feel cramped in comparison with a standard 14-inch laptop computer. 

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The trade-off for the additional show, although, is the keyboard and touchpad. First, the touchpad is small and slender and I often hit the proper arrow key as a substitute of the touchpad’s left button. And there is the matter of it being to the left of the keyboard. For those who’re transferring to the Duo 14 from a typical laptop computer structure with the keyboard on the high and the touchpad on the backside, muscle reminiscence won’t be your pal. Desktop customers or anybody utilizing a mouse recurrently may have a neater time of it. 

The keyboard feels a bit cramped to me, but it surely may simply be that it looks like I am being shoved to the left by the touchpad. It does have a few keys which are decreased, just like the Enter and Backspace. Additionally, since it’s on the backside, there is no such thing as a keyboard deck and, therefore, no palm rests. The raised again finish of the keyboard helps right here, although, as my wrists extra comfortably rested on my desk whereas typing. 

The hinge lifts the keyboard on the again. 

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There are a few different issues to pay attention to. Whereas the battery life is usually glorious, the second show will reduce into your time away from an outlet. On our streaming video take a look at, the Duo 14 hit 9 hours, 6 minutes of battery life with each shows set to 50% brightness. With simply the 14-inch high-efficiency panel on, although, it made it to 11 hours, 57 minutes. A button to the left of the facility button helps you to rapidly flip off the 12.6-inch panel so it is simple sufficient to energy it down and avoid wasting battery. It could be good for those who may lay the display flat for these instances when it is not in use, however it’s all the time angled up when the Duo 14 is open.

Total efficiency was proper the place it needs to be in comparison with different Eleventh-gen Intel Core i7 laptops we have examined. Nevertheless, if you are going to be utilizing this for content material creation, you may be higher off ready for a mannequin with the Nvidia GeForce MX450 discrete graphics. Additionally, reminiscence goes as much as 32GB, but it surely’s onboard and cannot be upgraded. For those who want 16GB or 32GB, ensure it is a part of your preliminary configuration.    

Asus features a pen and laptop computer sleeve with the Duo 14. 

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One final minor level: The ZenBook Duo 14 is heavier than your common premium 14-inch laptop computer at 3.5 kilos (1.6 kilograms) however all issues thought of, that is nonetheless mild and pretty skinny at 16.9 millimeters (0.7 inch).  

Except for the second show, this can be a stable 14-inch laptop computer, with a pleasant foremost show with an IR digicam, glorious efficiency and an extended battery life. In the long run, if you may get previous the keyboard and touchpad structure, the second show actually does come in useful, particularly for those who’re a heavy Adobe person, from Photoshop to Illustrator to Premiere. 

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA-AH77

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer E-book RS

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R20 CPU (multicore)

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer E-book RS

Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA-AH77

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain take a look at (minutes)

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer E-book RS

Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA-AH77

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch)

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch) Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer E-book RS Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325EA-AH77 Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 1TB SSD
HP Envy x360 13 (2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 2.3GHz; AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 512MB Radeon graphics; 256GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch) Microsoft Home windows 10 House (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-1057G7; 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Plus graphics; 512GB SSD

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