ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 – The Best Dual Screen Laptop
One of the most beautiful characteristics of the modern technology industry is that over time. Innovations and new concepts descend into the “masses”, ie more affordable price categories. We are right in the middle of one such process, where ASUS is making its fantastic Duo laptop. Concepts with auxiliary screens are more and more accessible, perfecting the complete ecosystem at the same time.
ASUS has also brought its new generation Duo concept with two screens. Ie the main, standard screen and an auxiliary one called ScreenPad (Plus). The focus is on mobility, battery life, a new hardware platform that drastically raises the level of performance. As well as the multitasking, capabilities brought by the presence of an auxiliary screen. How successful was that?
The laptop is still very thin and light for its dimensions. Especially considering what is “packed” in it. Only 1.6 kilograms seems almost unreal because this is a laptop with an auxiliary screen and an accompanying mechanism that lifts it off the ground. ASUS has noticed that the auxiliary screen would have an additional level of usable value. If it could be raised at a certain angle so that the angle. At which it stands becomes larger than the angle of opening of the main screen. Ergonomically speaking, the approach makes a lot of sense. And also, contributes to a more uniform design.
The laptop looks extremely elegant and above all – solid. Luxury materials have been and remain a recognizable feature of the ZenBook family, so there is no exception here. The ZenBook Duo 14 is made of an alloy of magnesium and aluminum. And the subjective impression of the production is at the maximum level. With a thickness of only 16.9 millimeters, many rivals cannot boast. And let’s not forget the auxiliary screen and its mechanism. ASUS has refreshed the hinge design. Which looks stronger than ever, and the ScreenPad Plus can raise to an angle of 7 degrees.
The same goes for the Ergolift AAS (Active Aerodynamic System) mechanism on the underside, which raises the underside. This can improve both laptop ergonomics and cooling. The mechanism designed in this way has up to 49 percent better airflow. This is by no means negligible, on the contrary. It allows ASUS to implement another solution in the field of hardware. This brings us to the next significant innovation.
Namely, the ZenBook Duo 14 is based on the new Intel Evo platform. Finally, we have a significant shift in performance, in every sense. But also a manufacturer that can accompany it with quality innovations that contribute to maintaining that performance at a high level over a longer period. ASUS has drastically improved the cooling system. Using two fans with a higher number of fins. Compared to the previous generation (59 vs. 43) and a large 10-mm heat pipe. With a reduction in the surface of the motherboard to circulate air even better. What do all these numbers mean in practice?
ZenBook Duo 14 uses the latest, 11th generation Intel Core platform, ie Intel Core i7 Tiger Lake U processor with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. Finally, we have the transition from 14-nm to 10-nm. But also an extremely important feature is that the numbers are hard to conjure up. Namely, all the described improvements allow ASUS to keep the processor clock significantly higher under load. The manufacturer combines all this under ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT). And in practice, we can maintain long periods of operation at high clock speeds.
When the CPU dissipates 28. Instead of the declared 15 W. In practice, this means that Core i7-1165G7 with the basic 2.8 GHz not only throws up to over 4 GHz (maximum 4.7 GHz) easier. But also lasts much longer at high clocks. Unlike competitors who often last only a few tens of seconds under load. Another huge shift comes in the form of Intel Iris Xe graphics which is significantly faster than all the “integrates” and according to our results. It is somewhere between Nvidia MX250 and MX350 laptop graphics, which is more than correct.
Memory and Connectivity
The presence of as much, as 32 GB of fast DDR4 memory. As well as an ultra-fast NVMe SSD, with Samsung’s 1 TB signature in the sample used for display. Should be understood conditionally, as we expect sales versions to vary and arrive in various combinations. In the package, we also found a laptop case. As well as a folding kickstand, which serves as a kind of folding stand. That further facilitates the placement of the device at a certain angle about the surface.
The laptop is equipped with a large number of ports. Although we would like more “standard” USB connectors. We find only one USB 3.2 Type-A connector, but that’s why we have two USB-C with support for Thunderbolt 4, or 40 Gbps transfer. But also everything else that these ports bring, from parallel connection to the power supply. There’s also Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support. So you can enjoy all the benefits of state-of-the-art wireless technology. Great speakers are signed by Harman / Kardon company.
The large 14-inch FullHD (1920 × 1080) screen comes with a Pantone certificate. For accurate color rendering and a TÜV Rheinland Eye Care certificate for harmless eyes. But also very interesting additional features. First of all, there are Nanoedge thin screen frames, thanks to which even more front surfaces are covered (93 vs. 90 percent). Then, we have a situation that the consumption of the screen in low light is only 1 W. And as many as 400 nits are available. So the display is very clear in bright lighting conditions. Finally, the screen is touch-sensitive, allowing this type of interaction as well. Which ASUS further emphasized by delivering an active pen in the package.
Thus, we have various possibilities of interaction. And the use of the device in a way that suits the user. When we add ScreenPad Plus to that, we get a wide range of options. Especially, when we include improvements to the whole concept. As soon as we saw, the dual-generation laptop in the first generation. We realized that there was plenty of possible applications and room for improvement. And we knew that ASUS would use more and more potential for multitasking over time. So now the auxiliary screen uses ScreenXpert 2.0 software with a new and redesigned Control Panel application.
It is now possible to adjust and customize the sliders and keys completely. So in addition to launching applications and switching them to the auxiliary screen. We can use functions such as zooming, brightness adjustment. Switching various toolbars in various software solutions. Including Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Lightroom Classic. So, there are many ways to use this auxiliary space, more than ever before. ASUS has demonstrated the possibilities of multitasking. With two screens through cooperation. With one of the best guitarists of today (Herman Lee from the Dragonforce group). Who composed guitar riffs on a laptop like this. Although from the ROG series, the principle is the same.
How long can you expect a device like this to last? As always, a lot depends on the method of application and use. But ASUS has again moved the boundaries in the new series and installed a Li-Pol battery. With a capacity of 70 Wh (compared to 67 Wh in last year’s model). We managed to achieve a full 15 and a half hours of autonomy. Depending on how you use the computer and how much you load it while working on the battery.
One thing is for sure. It will easily withstand full working hours. Unless you load it very hard, but then just plug it in. The battery supports fast charging from 0% to 60% in just 49 minutes. And the 65 W charger with USB-C end means you can take only one charger with you and charge various mobile devices (ZenBook Duo 14, mobile phone, tablet (). So even in that sense, you have less to worry about.
Great laptop for a tough year! It is an impression that is imposed and that is inevitable. If you expect 2021 to be something much better than the year behind us. You are wrong. Instead of letting go of fate, arm yourself adequately if you can. The ZenBook Duo 14 is a device that is versatile, innovative. Ready for any challenge, and therefore receives our warm recommendations.