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The main features of Asus ZenBook Duo 14 have both selling points and disadvantages

The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 has received high ratings in many key departments, but it is obviously related to the second screen – if you are looking for a useful monitor, then it is a good choice for your next laptop, otherwise you May want to see something else.

Second screen-if you want to use it

Long battery life

Compact, thin and light notebook

Second screen – if you don’t use it

Strange keyboard layout

Relatively weak graphics performance


The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 for 2021 follows the same

, And only focus on the game, but the price is more affordable. If you like the design of the Duo laptop, then this will provide you with a cheaper entry point.

Moreover, dual-screen design is indeed the biggest topic here: if you don’t like these two monitors, how powerful the laptop is, how to find the clarity of the screen, or how to position it, are of no avail. The device can last a long time between battery charges.

Our comprehensive Asus ZenBook Duo 14 explains everything you need to know about this extraordinary laptop, and whether it is a good fit for your purchase-from the laptop performance you can expect to all the ways to use an additional monitor.

Did we mention the second display? The pictures attached to this review may give you a better idea of ​​what we are dealing with here, but between the 14-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel main touchscreen display and the keyboard, Asus squeezed another 12.65-inch 1920 x 515 touch screen. Windows sees it as the second display, so you can drag any windows and applications onto it, but Asus sees it as a place for quick shortcuts and redundant dialogs, and these dialogs don’t have enough space. Housed in the main window. Show. As far as this laptop is concerned, this is a big problem, because it may be the only reason you bought this laptop, or it may be the main reason why you didn’t buy a laptop.

For example, you can keep the chat window open on the second screen, while running the zoom call in full-screen mode on the first screen; or, you can open the image editor on the first display, and then add some The toolbox moves down to the second display; or you may want to always watch the video when you are busy with other things; or you can manage the Spotify playlist on one screen and everything else on the other screen. The second screen of ZenBook Duo 14 has many potential uses, but honestly, we can't really see ourselves using any of them extensively. With such an unusual feature, it's fair to say that your mileage may vary.

Of course, Asus has been producing laptops for a long time, and ZenBook Duo 14 feels sturdy and well-made. Even with two displays, the hinge and closing mechanism are sturdy, durable, and reliable. Considering how much technology is actually installed here, its thickness is also very light. The magnesium alloy surface treatment adds a first-class visual effect, while the display frame is very thin (and also managed to hide the camera) – in fact, we prefer to use a 16:10 higher screen on a laptop, but here we use it The 16:9 widescreen option is gradually being developed to provide better services for your widescreen movies.

The connection ports are very suitable – two Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, one USB-A port, a microSD card reader, an HDMI 1.4 output socket and a 3.5 mm combo audio jack – and we found that the typing experience is soft , Responsive, the texture layer of the buttons definitely makes people feel very high-quality. But there is no solution: using the keyboard and shrunken trackpad is a bit awkward at first, but at best you will find that it takes some time to get used to. If you cannot adapt to the abnormal settings quickly, you may even end up plugging in a separate mouse.

This is a laptop with complete specifications: our review unit (Model UX482E) is equipped with the 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 32GB RAM, Intel Iris Xe Graphics and 1TB SSD. Some variants of this configuration are available-including the discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU for enhanced image and video editing, and the less powerful (and cheaper) 11th generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU-but just the laptop we have As far as computers are concerned, there is absolutely no problem in accomplishing various tasks. In addition to high-end games, ZenBook Duo 14 will provide you with a good service in terms of performance (if you are a gamer, you can use other ZenBook Duos).

When it comes to handling large files, handling multiple browser tabs, and running multiple demanding applications at once, laptops will never miss it. We did notice some heat buildup on the bottom of ZenBook Duo 14, and the fans did increase beyond what we might want (although they are relatively quiet), but overall, most users (except gamers and video editors) – it Will be more satisfying than the performance provided by this dual-screen Windows 10 laptop.

ASUS includes a ScreenPad Plus utility on the second screen, which has proven to be quite useful: you can deploy it to quickly switch applications between displays, for example, to set a shortcut panel, or use a stylus to Feel free to write in the text input. It is then displayed in the application and web page fields on the main display. All of this has left a deep impression, and there is no doubt that the extra screen is useful-we are just not sure whether the slender and slender panel on the ZenBook Duo 14 can fully justify it.

As for battery life, which is always important, under normal usage, the battery life of a laptop will be doubled (thank you for using the 11th generation Intel chip). If you are out of the office one day, even if you have two monitors to run, you don’t have to forget to charge it (if you want to save battery, you can turn off the second screen). In our two-hour video streaming test, we maximized the brightness of the primary display, dimmed the brightness of the secondary display, and set the volume very low – from the point of 100% to 82% down to approximately 10-11 hours of flow overall time.

It is difficult to make a clear judgment on the Asus ZenBook Duo 14: Do you want a laptop with a quirky secondary display to store things like Photoshop? Well, this is the clear leader in the field. Do you like the form factor of a standard laptop? Then, this device won't interest you at all. Are you not sure if you need an additional screen? In that case, it's complicated...but we suspect that more people will find other monitors confusing rather than inspiring.

In fact, we really like to attach a second screen to the computer because it offers many possibilities for multitasking. The same is true for the additional display, but its size and shape limits the functions you can use it to a certain extent-this means that the keyboard (especially the trackpad) is reduced and awkwardly positioned. Because of the way it is assembled, it is not really a laptop to be used on an actual lap.

In addition to the second display, the Asus ZenBook Duo 14 is well-made, very well-made, and is definitely a leader in fashion products. Considering that it has two screens to start up, it uses some top-notch internal components and provides a very impressive battery life. Occasionally it does get louder, and creative professionals may be looking for higher resolution displays. At the same time, gamers will need more services from the GPU department.

For Asus ZenBook Duo 14, apart from the trade-off caused by the second display, there is actually no big problem-this is both a selling point and a drawback. We are happy to use it regularly and give it high scores in many important laptop categories, but before buying, we also recommend that you carefully consider whether you need an additional monitor and how to use it. You will want to use it. Check out the widgets on this page for the latest online transactions, but based on the return you get, the price of the laptop is competitive.

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