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ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo analysis: the 4K dual-screen notebook tries to be the ultimate notebook

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo analysis: the 4K dual-screen notebook tries to be the ultimate notebook

By  Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-09-18 821 0

Recently, ASUS officially launched the ZenBook Pro Duo dual-screen notebook. Although the new machine looks very futuristic, it is clearly not as practical for everyone. The biggest change from the predecessor ZenBook Pro 14 is the embedding of a 14-inch 3840 x 1100 resolution sub-display that splits the entire C-face with the keyboard touchpad.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo  

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, technical specifications

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo has a weight of 2.5 kg and a thickness of 2.4 cm, although in hand the sensation that transmits us is of greater weight and thickness.

 

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo (UX 581)

Screen

15.6" OLED 4K 16:9 tactile

ScreenPad Plus 14" IPS 4K tactile

Processor

Intel Core i9-9980HK 
Intel Core i7-9750H

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 6GB GDDR6

Memory

Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz

Storage

1TB PCIe x4 SSD

Battery

71Wh Li-Po,19.5V, 230W

Sound and camera

Cortana microphone, Alexa, Harman Kardon certification, IR webcam

OS

Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro

Dimension and weight

359 x 246 x 24 mm ,2.5 kg

Conectors

Thunderbolt 3 USB C, 2 USB 3.1, HDMI, audio

Connectivity

Intel WiFi 6 Gig+, BT 5.0

Price

From 2999 euros

 

The exterior is "very ASUS", with an impeccable finish in brushed aluminum with the typical pattern of Zenbooks that evoke different shades of blue depending on the impact of light on the surface.

A highlight of the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo is the opening system, which makes the stand to raise a few degrees the keyboard, which is always thankful in a laptop because it will provide a more comfortable typing position, a more ergonomic display as well as more adequate cooling to allow the passage of air under the equipment.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, reduced connectivity

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo  

 

Despite the thickness and size of the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, we found the connectivity of the equipment to be poor. On the right side we can find the audio output, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port (DisplayPort) as well as a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A.

Already on the left side is the power input for a huge proprietary charger, an HDMI 2.0 output and a second USB 3.1 Gen 2 type A port.

Wireless connectivity is well covered with Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax).

As for the webcam, it includes IR with Windows Hello support and the microphone system is prepared for use with both Cortana and Alexa. And the sound system is certified by Harman Kardon but is not above average in either sharpness or full power.

In reality the options were not many because the cooling system for the second screen already covered much of the two sides.

This side cooling system with fans is almost always in operation if we have the ASUS ScreenPad. It is true that it hardly introduces noise but both the lower screen surface and the sides where the hot air is extracted are uncomfortable areas when they are heated after a long period of use of the equipment.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, a productive 4K dual display

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo  

The main screen of the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo is a 15.6 inch HDR touch panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, with reduced but still present frames, 16:9 format and a very high quality. It is a 100000:1 contrast panel, with high brightness, amazing sharpness and 100% DCI-P3 color space.

The second screen occupies just half of the area that is usually used for the keyboard and touchpad. It has 4K resolution (specifically 3840x1100 pixels) and an equivalent diagonal of 14 inches although in a longer format, which makes it better used with several applications open in it than exclusively with video playback, for example.

Unlike the top one, it has a matte finish, which, from the usual viewing angle, causes it to lose some strength and visualization. It's logically tactile.

The second screen can not only be useful for creative tasks such as video editing, photo or video. A simple user, if he wanted to invest in such a curious team, could make the most of it.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, an unusual keyboard and touchpad

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo ​ 

In the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo, the keyboard occupies only the lower half of all the space normally allocated to this element. That design that places the keyboard where the trackpad and wrist rests usually go makes it look more compact, but it's actually a full keyboard layout.

The strange keyboard layout can be solved with a removable wrist rest, but not with the touchpad.

ASUS solves it in part by including a removable wrist rest that greatly improves the experience, so it is almost essential to have it in place when we are working continuously with it or if we have this equipment enabled as a main device at home or the workplace.

With this arrangement of the screen and keyboard, the touchpad is banished to the right side of the keyboard, just where a full keyboard would find the numeric zone.

Verdict

The performance is consistent with its excellent interior, perhaps oversized for the main purpose that we see this computer is none other than being a laptop that replaces a desktop for creative tasks and where the productivity of a second screen is key.

That portable desktop positioning is so for two main reasons: the need for a mouse and the addition of a wrist rest for the keyboard if you want to work in long productive sessions.

But without a doubt the best with the ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo has been given to us by the combination of its two screens, both of great quality, and that, with still some way to go in compatibility with applications, offers a productive and addictive way of working.


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