With each generation, ASUS is improving its dual-screen laptops – we took a look at the latest version.
The names of ASUS laptops are getting longer and longer: in the case of the test subject Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED, for example, the most important characteristics have been condensed into the name. What we’re talking about, then, is a high-end laptop meant for power users, fit in a 14-inch size range, with two screens. The series with the short code name UX8402 can be considered the millennium (the first demo was released by We saw it at Computex 2019), its predecessor, UX482, at CES in early 2021 introduce himselfthen without the Pro suffix and a 16:9 motherboard. Our test subject is actually an update of this device with a new platform and improved screens, and not only does it offer much higher performance, its two screens also produce more similar colors, despite their technology different.
While most of the new features are on the inside, ASUS hasn’t left the new Zenbook Pro 14 Duo’s exterior look the same, so the entire device has become somewhat flatter. One element of this is that the hinge mechanics have changed, the ErgoLift is gone, and the secondary screen rises differently when the device is opened. Let’s say we don’t notice much of this when sitting in front of the machine, but it helps that thanks to the infinitely increased viewing angle of the bottom panel, the colors don’t shift a bit, no matter where we look.
Thanks to the new design, the thickness of the bezel surrounding the screens has decreased even more, which has the added advantage that instead of 16:9 we now get a main screen with a 16:10 ratio, without increasing the size of the device – the size of the new model is 324 x 225 x 19 mm , compared to the previous model 324 x 222 x 17 mm. The weight has increased somewhat, in the case of the model we tested with the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, we can expect 1.75 kg – the increase can partly be attributed to the battery with a capacity increased to 76 watts.
Of course, the magnesium-aluminum body still has a perfect design, is dark gray and silky smooth, and only moderately collects fingerprints. The casing is basically unadorned, and the lid has only the current ASUS logo in a small size. Due to the double screen, the arrangement of the controls is still different from the average, so the touchpad is located next to the keyboard – this is not entirely ideal from the point of view of ergonomics.
The slightly weak range of connectors on the sides is definitely 2022: on the far right we can see two Thunderbolt 4 interfaces, which can also be used to charge the device, and they also support the 100W USB-PD standard. The USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A interface awaits behind it. On the left side – behind the vents – only a built-in 3.5mm jack is placed, but an HDMI-out connected to the dGPU and microSD card reader is placed on the back edge. Here we also find the standard charging connector, which is also used by the 180W adapter supplied from the factory.
The bottom of the machine also has a lot of rubber grips and vents (the latter are supplemented by inserts under the ScreenPad), opening them is quite difficult, but we do not lose much, since the expandability is minimal due to the RAM soldered to the motherboard.
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