ASUS ZenBook Duo evaluate (2021): A greater dual-screen pocket book for

Regardless of seeming like a fast branding alternative, the Zenbook Duo lived as much as that Evo badge in my testing. Our evaluate unit featured an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU with solely 8GB of RAM, however it nonetheless felt snappy as I juggled a number of apps directly. To be sincere, I might actually solely advocate the Duo with 16GB of RAM to actually maximize your multitasking potential. However I used to be nonetheless capable of run dozens of browser tabs, Evernote, Slack, Spotify and YouTube throughout each screens with none hassle.

Intel’s Xe graphics additionally proved worthy, scoring practically 4,000 factors larger than final 12 months’s mannequin in 3DMark Night time Raid. I did not have an opportunity to do a lot gaming on the Duo, however that rating alone makes it clear it will be capable to play a low-impact title like Overwatch. NVIDIA’s MX450 ought to provide extra GPU energy, however I have never been capable of take a look at that but. Extra vital than video games, although, is the ZenBook Duo’s uncooked computing energy. Its vastly improved PCMark 10 and Geekbench scores make it clear that Intel’s Tiger Lake {hardware} is a serious improve. It additionally lasted 11 hours and 40 minutes in our battery take a look at, which is near many ultraportables, although 5 hours lower than the XPS 13. 

For essentially the most half, I discovered the ScreenPad Plus to be much more helpful than final 12 months, just because I might see it higher. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bit too quick for a lot of apps. Technically, you’ll be able to run three tiny home windows side-by-side, however I discovered that too small to be helpful. As a substitute, I usually had an internet browser or a productiveness app like Evernote up on the principle display, whereas two different apps sat under. More often than not, it was a mix of YouTube and Spotify on the ScreenPad Plus for simply controlling media (and a pleasant solution to sneak in my favourite YouTube channels whereas working).

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