The main draw of the ASUS Zenbook Duo 14 will certainly be the signature dual screens. Our review model is the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E, which you’ll be able to find here. Let’s not pre-amble too much and get right into the machine.
The laptop has a pretty understated design. It looks clean, sleek and minimalistic, in a solid colour with the ASUS logo on the back lid. At 1.69 – 1.73cm thick, weighing in at 1.53kg, it’s not bulky and will easily slip into your bag and won’t feel like you’re carrying a brick around. Due to the Ergolift Hinge, there are some rubber bits sticking out when the monitor is closed. It could be a cause for concern if they come off, so some care is advised.
The hinge does enable the ScreenPad Plus to lift up on opening the lid. Not only does this make the screen easier to see and use, there’s more space given for airflow. An additional stand is provided to further increase the space between the bottom of the laptop and the surface you have it on for that Maximum airflow.
In terms of ports, there’s:
- HDMI 1.4
- USB Type-A
- 2 x Thunderbolt for power and display delivery
- 3.5mm headphone jack
While simplicity is nice, these are simply not enough ports for more flexible use, more or less limiting you to just one other external accessory. There’s also no apparent indicator to inform you if the laptop is charging or otherwise. The LED on the power button doesn’t light up with the cable plugged in, where it might otherwise stay alight for whatever reason.
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE PAD
The ZenBook’s portability results in a really compact keyboard and mouse pad layout, with minimal gap between keys on the keyboard. Given time, you should be able to get used to the size, and you would need to due to the lack of ports not affording you more options for a full-sized external keyboard. Besides that, the ZenBook’s keyboard is almost entirely silent and is white back-lit, though even on the brightest settings, you’re unlikely to notice it much.
The Fn key has two modes: Hotkey Priority and Function Key Priority. You can toggle between the modes by pressing Fn + ESC, with the Fn key lighting up for Function Key Priority mode. It’s probably more redundant than anything, as you can just hold the Fn key for the Hotkey Priority mode.
The mousepad is positioned on the right side, vertically-oriented, setting it apart from typical center-bottom placements. You have more space for vertical movement, but it’s clearly not designed with lefties in mind.
MAIN DISPLAY AND SCREENPAD PLUS
The main display supports up to 1080P resolution, IPS-level sRGB 100% panel for more vibrant colours, which is pretty good for a 14″ screen. It’s not going to go head-to-head with a 2K / 4K display, sure, but it makes up for it in more flexibility, supporting touch screen and Stylus pen input.
The secondary ScreenPad Plus is a 12.65″ ( 1920 x 515 ) display and is IPS-level, also with Stylus pen input support. It makes the Duo part of the ZenBook 14 Duo, a second screen with functions including handwriting recognition and designed to make creative work easier when it comes to photo and / or video editing. In this respect, it functions excellently. The ease of access is helped by two keys above the mouse pad in relation to the ScreenPad Plus; one is for a quick swap of windows on both displays, and the other is for turning on / hiding / turning off the secondary screen if you need to save on battery.
They’ve given you the ability to turn off the secondary screen to save on battery, but honestly, that would be a pretty rare occurrence if at all. On initial boot at 50 to 55% battery and various tests 2.5 hours later, it was still holding on at 10% battery.
While the speaker is on the bottom of the laptop, the design is as such that there remains an opening for the sound even when you lay it flat. It’s pretty good quality with accurate stereo effect, so if you’re less of a discerning audiophile, this will suit you just fine.
Overheating? Not in the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E’s house. Throughout the benchmarks and game tests, it never went over 70 degrees Celsius. That ErgoLift Hinge and airflow space at the bottom of the laptop and the ScreenPad Plus keeps the machine from sizzling the ol’ palms.
The built-in suite is pretty much for you to fiddle with a variety of settings so tinker with it as you please, be it from battery charging plans or performance profiles.
Our review ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E model has an Intel Core i7-1165G7 for the CPU and Intel Iris Xe Graphics for the GPU. It’s not meant to be a gaming laptop per se, but it’s still incredibly good for the productivity market. You can check the scores below:
Throwing on some games, we have:
COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE
On default high settings, the laptop can run at an average 34 FPS, with occasional dips to 25 FPS. On the lowest settings, it goes along at a steadier 55 – 60 FPS, sometimes 40 FPS.
RISK OF RAIN 2
Considering all the particle effects as runs go on, the game was tested at its lowest setting for an average of 40 FPS. Sparks won’t really be flying, but you can play it without issue.
At the lowest settings, the game crawls along at 7 FPS, with a random spike to 10 FPS. Needless to say, don’t.
The game is quite well optimized for PC, and runs at a modest 30 FPS on average using the lowest settings.
The ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is geared towards assisting in creative production, specifically for editing and isn’t gaming focused. Thus, it can be surprising that it’s capable of running a variety of games, like a competitive FPS and even a very recent release, though granted they are also accordingly well optimized for PC.
Helping its incredibly portable design is its massive battery life. Benchmarking isn’t the lightest process around, and yet it holds up really well. Furthermore, the cooling ensures one less accessory to bring, even as it lacks in overall port variety.
If you’re looking for a great productivity companion with the occasional gaming session, the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E will be an excellent option.
|(Free upgrade to Windows 11, when available)
|Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor 2.4 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz, 4 cores)
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 Processor 2.8 GHz (12M Cache, up to 4.7 GHz, 4 cores)
|Intel庐 Iris Xe Graphics,NVIDIA庐 GeForce庐 MX450,2GB GDDR6
|Touch screen,14.0-inch,FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9,IPS-level Panel,Anti-glare display,LED Backlit,400nits,sRGB: 100%,Pantone Validated,Screen-to-body ratio: 93 %,With stylus support
|ScreenPad™ Plus (12.65″ 1920 x 515 IPS-level Panel Support Stylus)
|8GB LPDDR4X on board
16GB LPDDR4X on board
|512GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
|1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2x Thunderbolt™ 4 supports display / power delivery
1x HDMI 1.4
1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
Micro SD card reader
|Keyboard & Touchpad
|Backlit Chiclet Keyboard
|HD camera with IR function to support Windows Hello
Built-in array microphone
with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support
|Network and Communication
|Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax)+Bluetooth 5.0 (Dual band) 2*2
|70WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion
|TYPE-C, 65W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 3.25A, 65W, Input: 100-240V AC 50/60GHz universal
|1.57 kg (3.46 lbs)
|Dimensions (W x D x H)
|32.40 x 22.20 x 1.69 ~ 1.73 cm (12.76″ x 8.74″ x 0.67″ ~ 0.68″)
Battery health charging
Function key lock
Link to MyASUS
|Office Home and Student 2019 included
|US MIL-STD 810H military-grade standard
|BIOS Booting User Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (Firmware TPM)
McAfee LiveSafe™ 30-day trial
IR webcam with Windows Hello support
|Included in the Box