ASUS ZenBook Duo: A dual-screen laptop from the future

We return with the analysis to personal computers, we have not had a standard unit on our analysis table for a long time, so I imagine this is a good time. We have in our hands a product that generated a lot of expectation at the time of its launch, and that is that it is a turn of the screw to productivity and everything we had seen so far. We tested the new ASUS ZenBook Duo, a laptop with two screens that seems to come from the future. Of course, these types of products can significantly increase our productivity, don't you think?

As we usually do, we have accompanied this in-depth analysis with a video for our YouTube channel in which you can see how this ASUS ZenBook Duo performs in real time. I advise you to take a look because that way you can check the unboxing and take the opportunity to subscribe to our channel.

Design and construction materials

ASUS has decidedly committed to innovate, to take risks, something that laptop manufacturers did not seem to want to do, in a clear commitment to the traditional laptop or directly to convertibles. This ZenBook Duo gives a twist, puts aside the fashion of convertibles and bet on improving the traditional model with interesting news. That has made us find a laptop that is more like a workstation, with some measures 323 x 233 x 19,9mm, which is not particularly compact.

Our green unit is quite eye-catching. We have a non-slip system at the bottom that imitates leather and is padded, you can see the detail and precision in the construction of this laptop that we could include within the high range. We have a total weight of 1,5 Kg, Therefore, despite its considerable weight, it does not seem to be an impediment to its daily transport.

Technical characteristics

As we have said, this ASUS ZenBook Duo aspires to be a workstation, which is why they have decided to go for proven hardware with considerably high performance. Therefore we have a processor Intel tenth generation Core i7 (i7-10510U). To execute the tasks it is accompanied by 16GB of memory DDR3 RAM at 2133 MHz which, without being the most "top" on the market, offers quite good performance. For its part, highlights the storage, 512 GB PCIe third generation that has given us about 1600 MB / s of reading and 850 MB / s of writing, considerably high and certainly make the device move light as the wind.

As for the connectivity not far behind, we bet on WiFi 6 Gig +, Although in the tests it has offered stability, I miss something more range, I imagine it has to do with the situation of the antennas. We also have Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless file transfer as well as accessory deployment. The connections are not there, since we have enough physical ports that we will talk about later.

Connection ports and autonomy

We start with autonomy, we have a battery of 70Wh composed of four Li-Po cells. This is undoubtedly one of its added values, we find an easy working day to face being completely disconnected from the electrical network (around 8 hours of autonomy has given us in the tests). This is undoubtedly the most attractive point in my opinion given its character of a "classic" laptop and designed to work. Obviously the use of the second screen or the performance of the graphics card will have a lot to say about the autonomy.

I am surprised that they do not bet on USB-C as a charging method, however, no missing connection ports on this device:

  • 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2
  • 2x USB-A
  • 1x HDMI
  • 3,5mm Jack In / Out
  • MicroSD card reader

Certainly enough, I'm still betting on HDMI as an indispensable port for all laptops and it seems that ASUS is still quite clear on that.

Two screens and a pencil as a hallmark

We have a first panel of 14 inches and few frames that work at a FullHD (1080p) resolution certified by Pantone and with sRGB. This screen offers a high brightness and good quality with a matte coating that allows us to work in adverse conditions. The main screen has been one of the most favorable points in our analysis.

We continue with the lower screen of 12,6 inches but clearly ultra-wide, the ratio of inches between one and the other is not representative. This screen has a noticeably lower brightness than the top one. It is tactile and compatible with the included pen, this will be used mainly with extended desktop although we can take advantage of the news included in the ASUS software to add shortcuts, a calculator and other interesting sections that will increase our productivity. Be able to edit photography, editing video or working with multiple documents at the same time on this ASUS ZenBook Duo has been a real pleasure.

As for the pencil, honestly I have not finished doing to him. It is not particularly light and also intuitively ended up using your finger to interact with the touch screen. I imagine that it is an added product that will attract more to certain user niches. Any accessory never hurts.

General performance and multimedia consumption

Speakers are signed by Harman Kardon and its microphones have C compatibilityortana and Alexa in an integrated way. In addition, we want to highlight the webcam IR sensor that will help us to identify ourselves and get the most out of the product. That said, we find an exceptional multimedia consumption given the quality of the screen and the sound, this is clear at high and low volumes, we did not find noise and we could say that it is one of the best integrated speakers that we have seen in a laptop.

For its part, in terms of performance, we are clear that betting on a more powerful or current graphics card would have opened more doors and it would not have penalized the price excessively. It is definitely not designed to play, but it edits photography with ease, but I would have preferred another graphic in this price range. On the other hand the keyboard has great travel and backlighting but a design that is difficult to adapt to, as well as the size and position of the mouse practically force you to bet on an external mouse.

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ASUS ZenBook Duo
  • Editor's rating
  • 4 star rating
1499
  • 80%

  • Design
    Publisher: 70%
  • Screen
    Publisher: 87%
  • Performance
    Publisher: 85%
  • Autonomy
    Publisher: 90%
  • Portability (size / weight)
    Publisher: 75%
  • Price quality
    Publisher: 85%

Pros

  • I like the bet on the double screen and a traditional laptop
  • Great autonomy and without the absence of essential ports
  • A good SSD and RAM to match the price
  • The multimedia experience is very satisfactory

Cons

  • I think they should have gone for a superior Graphics Card
  • Lower display lacks brightness
  • The pencil is not well resolved
 

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