If you’re looking for a performance notebook with two screens, Asus offers the new 2021 ZenBook Duo series, which includes a full 15-inch model and a more affordable and compact 14-inch notebook.

This article focuses on the latter, the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482. We’ve spent the past few weeks with an identical model in stores and have summarized our thoughts and impressions in this article.

This isn’t Asus’ first attempt at a compact two-screen laptop. I also tested the previous generation and I didn’t really like it, so I was curious to see how this 2021 model would improve. Whether you should get a dual-screen laptop remains to be seen, as you’ll have to make some compromises to offer this experience in a 14-inch chassis. It’s thicker and heavier than the average 14-inch ultrabook with similar specs, for example, and it’s also clunky when not used on a desktop, as the keyboard and touchpad are hidden under a second screen.

At the same time, this ZenBook Duo features two touchscreens with finger/stylus support and is a capable implementation of Intel’s 11th generation Tiger Lake hardware. This is the third generation, with optional Nvidia MX450 graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and a 70Wh battery, which is more than the commercially available 14-inch chassis.

So if you’ve decided that a dual-screen ultrabook is what you want, below you’ll find all the details you need before you get started with this 2021 ZenBook Duo.

Specifications by test – Asus ZenBook Duo UX482EA

Asus ZenBook Duo UX482EA
Screen 14.0 inches, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, matte, contactless, Au Optronics B140HAN06.B
12.6 inches, 1920 x 515 px, IPS, matte, contactless, BOE NV126B5M-N42 panel
Processor Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 4C/8T
Video Intel Iris Xe
Memory 32GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz (soldered)
Storage 1 TB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD (Samsung PM981)
Link Wireless 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 1x USB-A 3.2 gen1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 1.4, microSD card reader, headset/headset
Battery 70 W, charger 65 W
Size 322 mm or 12.72 inches (W) x 222 mm or 8.78 inches (D) x 17.3 mm or 0.68 inches (H)
Weight 1.57 kg (3 lbs) + 3 kg (charger and cable), EU version
By the way.., White backlit keyboard, 12 ScreenPad Plus, HD webcam, IR welcome camera

Design and construction

The main change from the previous generation ZenBook Duo is the fact that when you open this laptop, the secondary screen is now slightly raised, the same mechanical implementation was first used in the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo.

This is an improvement in two respects: It tilts the screen slightly towards you, allowing you to see the displayed information better, and it also allows Asus to draw fresh air into the thermal module from the bottom of the screen and, to a lesser extent, from the bottom, resulting in better air circulation and higher temperature/noise levels. However, the thermal system still blows hot air into the main screen, which we will discuss in the next section.

Even with this version, you are still looking at the second screen at a sharp, shallow angle, which always leads to distortions in contrast and brightness. So you still have to pull on the laptop to read the contents of this second screen properly, especially for small details and small text. Overall, though, the experience is a significant improvement over the previous generation and is further enhanced by the fact that Asus has given the 2021 model a second, much brighter panel, which also compensates somewhat for the steep viewing angle.

Plus, Asus adds the odd stool that you can stick to the bottom of the laptop to push it even higher, as you can see in the photos below. I didn’t give it a chance at first, but it’s really useful and pushes the second screen in a way that makes it much more practical and easier to read. I don’t know how this stuff will age if used every day, especially since it doesn’t seem to adhere perfectly to the metal back of the laptop, with the thinner adhesive part on the top coming off the first day. Asus needs to find a way to address this aspect and make sure it doesn’t disappear over time.

Back to the laptop: Both screens feature a touchpad and, on the ZenBook Duo, a matte surface for a consistent user experience with reduced glare and reflections. Asus also stuck the cutest Intel Evo sticker here, it’s tiny and placed in the corner of the ScreenPad.

Separate screens aside, the ZenBook Duo is well finished and designed, with a dark blue color scheme and a magnesium main frame combined with an aluminum cover. It gets stained easily, but overall, there is no reason to complain about the construction and appearance of this laptop.

The practice, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. The design uses an Ergolift hinge assembly, which means the main body lifts up on small rubber feet at the bottom of the screen when the laptop is in use. Although small, the rubber feet provide a good grip on the desktop surface, and the angled design supports the ScreenPad’s viewing angle and allows for better air circulation under the laptop.

However, the angle of the main screen is limited to about 145 degrees, and I prefer the 180-degree screen of a laptop. Plus, this ZenBook Duo is not as compact, thin or light as most other 14-inch models of this generation. B. Asus has created its own series of ZenBook 14 UX425, which we will mention from time to time in this article.

Overall, though, I think the position of the inputs, pushed by the placement of the second screen on the chassis, will tip the balance for or against this laptop. I liked using it on my desk, as long as I had enough room to place my hands properly on the sliding down keyboard. However, with this design, you have to push the laptop about 10-12 inches away from you, so the screen is further away from your eyes, making it seem like I had a computer with a smaller screen during the time I spend with it. By comparison, a standard-sized laptop brings the screen closer to your eyes.

And while it’s perfect on a desk, it’s also awkward in a small space or on your way to work when you actually have to T-rex your hands to type. I also don’t like using the couch when I’m lying on my back and standing up, because of the keys that I occasionally hit on my clothes and the limited angle of the screen that prevents me from looking directly at the screen.

These aspects, combined with the striking feeling that comes after a while, are the reasons why this ZenBook Duo series is not for me. A practical design is preferable to two screens. At the same time, you can’t avoid this design if you want a dual-screen laptop, and I can understand why some of you prefer it to the traditional form factor.

Finally, I should add that the IO here is pretty good, with only one USB-A slot, but two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, both on the left edge, a full size HDMI for video output, a micro SD card reader and a headphone jack. There is also an IR greeting camera at the top of the screen, but no finger sensor. Asus has also implemented an electronic shutter for this main camera.

Keyboard and trackpad

So besides the practicalities described above, the keyboard are other compromises with this product.

At first glance, the keyboard looks like a normal laptop keyboard, but once you start using it, you’ll feel surprisingly cramped, and that’s because the keys are smaller and shorter than normal. Normally Asus installs 15×15 mm (or 16×15 mm) keys on ultrabooks, while here we are talking about 14×13 mm keys. It may not seem like much, but it makes a big difference, especially if you have big hands or chubby fingers.

My hands are medium sized, so I’ve gotten used to it. Typing on this keyboard is like typing on a desktop keyboard with a short stroke with no armrests, so you have to slide the screen back to place your hands correctly on this keyboard, with the offset down. The keys, on the other hand, are comfortable in the hand and I enjoyed the feedback and the fast, quiet operation. It’s a shame that Asus had to settle for a tight draw here, otherwise it could have been a nice font like the traditional ZenBook 14.

The keys are illuminated with bright, white LEDs that light up fairly evenly. However, a lot of light falls through under the hoods, which is rather annoying. On the positive side, the automatic backlight shutdown, which can be turned back on with the press of a button, as well as the physical lights Asus has set up for CapsLock and Fn+Esc Lock.

The click pad is clamped and hidden on the right side. I like the feel of the surface, but there’s almost nothing to do with such a narrow design, which is almost a third of the standard size of a paperweight these days. More gestures than two-finger scrolling are virtually impossible, and even moving the cursor around the screen requires complicated finger gymnastics. I love the physical touches, but they are gentle, resilient and quiet.

Screen

Asus has updated the two screens of the new generation ZenBook Duo 14 UX482.

The main unit is 14 inches in size and has an FHD resolution with a claimed brightness of 400 bits and 100% sRGB colors. My unit is much darker, only about 300 seats, so it’s harder to use outside. The included Pantone calibrated profile can be blamed for this, calibration generally affects the overall brightness of IPS displays.

This is what we got during our tests with the X-Rite i1 Display Pro matrix:

  • Panel HardwareID : Optronics AUOA48F (B140HAN06.B) ;
  • Coverage: 99.3% sRGB, 70.8% AdobeRGB, 73.3% DCI-P3 ;
  • Measured range: 2.21 ;
  • Maximum luminance at the center of the screen: 313.92 cd/m2 per power supply ;
  • Minimum brightness in the center of the screen: 16.10 cd/m2 at mains voltage ;
  • Contrast at maximum brightness : 1309:1 ;
  • White dot: 6800 K ;
  • Black at maximum brightness: 0.24 cd/m2 ;
  • PWM: No.

And this is the secondary 12.6-inch screen:

  • Panel HardwareID : BO-BO0921 (NV126B5M-N42) ;
  • Coverage: 60.2% sRGB, 41.5% AdobeRGB, 42.7% DCI-P3 ;
  • Measured range: 2.24 ;
  • Maximum brightness in the center of the screen: 428.21 cd/m2 per power unit ;
  • Contrast at maximum brightness : 1521:1 ;
  • White dot: 6700 K ;
  • Black at maximum brightness: 0.28 cd/m2 ;
  • PWM: N/A.

The color palette is much more limited, which may make a difference for some of you. Good clarity and contrast help, even if you still have to look at it from a sharp angle.

The two screens can be touched with your finger and operated with the supplied stylus. Be sure to remove the battery protector when you take the pen out of the box, or it will not work. You can use the pan to sketch, doodle or write, but I feel like your hand needs improvement, it’s not very good at the moment.

Asus has also been working on its ScreenPad software to add additional features that people will actually use, and this is explained on their website. As far as I know, application support has not been finalized yet, but I imagine it could be useful in Photoshop or other software that allows you to change some of the tools and sections here on this second screen. The question is whether Tiger Lake’s equipment is adequate for such loads.

Hardware and power supply

Our test model is the high-end variant of the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA, powered by an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor with Iris Xe graphics, combined with 32 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 1 TB of fast SSD storage.

This is a retail unit supplied by Asus for the purpose of this review and tested with software available from early February 2021. (BIOS 206, MyAsus application 2.3.11.0).

In terms of specifications, the Duo UX482 is based on Intel’s Tiger Lake hardware platform from late 2020, with options for 4C/8T i5 and i7 processors, coupled with Iris Xe graphics integrated on the optional Nvidia MX450 dGPU. Our device is only an Iris Xe, but it has larger memory and a fast Samsung PM981 SSD.

Everything but the memory is soldered to the motherboard, but there’s a catch: the warranty sticker on the SSD, at least on the version available in this country. Asus, please stop! The parts are relatively easy to access, but note that most of the screws have small rubber caps that you will need to carefully remove to be able to put them back in place later. Inside, you’ll notice that Asus has placed a heating pad on the SSD that touches the back of the laptop and helps maintain temperature on a drive that moves so fast. But what is this sticker, Asus?

On the software side, the ZenBook benefits from the standard MyAsus application to manage power profiles, battery and screen settings, updates, etc., while audio is managed with AudioWizard.

You can choose from three power/temperature profiles:

  • Power – allows the processor to operate at 25+W under sustained load, causing the fans to rise to 40-42dB ;
  • Balanced – allows the processor to operate at 19+W under sustained load, with fans down to 35-37dB ;
  • Whisper – limits CPU power to 12+W in favor of lower fan noise, up to 30dB.

The balanced profile keeps the fan mostly stationary under light load and quiet under heavy load. The laptop is perfect for daily multitasking, video streaming, text editing and more on Balanced, it is a bit slow on Whisper multitasking.

For more complex tasks, we first test CPU performance by running the Cinebench R15 benchmark 15 or more times per cycle with a 2-3 second delay between runs in performance mode.

The i7 runs on high power and spins a few times, then stabilizes at a constant power of about 25W, clocked at ~2.9GHz and 68-72 degrees Celsius. In this test, the fan rises to about 40-42 dB at head height, and the laptop delivers over 750 points. This is an above-average implementation of the Tiger Lake i7-1165G7, which operates at excellent temperatures in this demanding test.

We also tested the laptop in Balanced and Whisper mode. The balanced limit for the i5 processor is about 19 watts and above, with quieter fans and lower temperatures, while Whisper lowers the limit to 12 watts and above on both, with fans up to 30dB. Finally, the laptop operates at more than 25 watts of power when not in performance mode. All these results are shown in the table below.

To illustrate: The i7-1165G7 of this ZenBook Duo runs on a fairly high continuous power of 25W. That puts it ahead of something like the ZenBook 14, but it will eventually be paired with the VivoBook 14, both of which are built on similar hardware.

Compared to the previous ZenBook Duo 14 UX481, the UX482 scored 20% higher in this test, but the 4C/8T-i7 processor can’t keep up with the AMD Ryzen 6C and 8C processors under this load, with the 4800U Ryzen 7 performing twice as well.

We also verified our results by running the longer and more difficult Cinebench R20 test and the dreaded Prime 95 test, and in both cases the processors stabilized at around 25W in the power profile after a brief initial boost.

Additionally, 3DMark Voltage runs the same test 20 times per cycle, looking for fluctuations and performance degradation over time under a combined CPU+GPU load, and this notebook failed by a very small margin. This indicates that the power decreases slightly as the heat increases, which makes sense given that the platform will run at higher power for a while and then stabilize at 25W power, which crosses CPU/GPU frequencies.

You can also find some reference results here. We’ve run all the tests and reference performance profiles with this ZenBook Dupo UX482 and put the Zenbook 14 UX425 next to it in reference format for comparison.

UX482 – Intel i7-1165G7 UX425 – Intel i7-1165G7
3DMark 13 – Fire Explosion 5293 (Graphics – 5832, Physics – 13692, Combined – 2026) 4445 (Graphics – 5107, Physics – 10201, Combined – 1578)
3DMark 13 – Night attack 17370 (Graphics – 22348, Processor – 7679) 13877 (Graphics – 17755, Processor – 6202)
3DMark 13 – Temporary Spy 1826 (Graphics – 1653, Processor – 4517) 1596 (graphics – 1455, processor – 3560)
3DMark 13 – Wildlife 12323 11480
Engine Overlay – Environment 1080p 3250 2787
Uniengine Overlay – 1080p Extreme 1099 960
Handbrake 1.3.3 (encoding 4K to 1080p) : 24.23 fps on average 20.31 fps average
PassMark 3992 (CPU: 12318, 3D graphics: 3931, HDD: 22317) 5478 (CPU: 12421, 3D graphics: 3377, HDD: 11914)
PCMark 10 5064 (E – 10209, PP – 6757, DCC – 5108) 4670 (E – 9612, P – 6576, DCC – 4373)
GeekBench 5.3.1 64-bit Mononuclear: 1555, multi-core: 5646 Mononuclear: 1489, multi-core: 5288
CineBench R15 (best mileage) CPU 946 kb, single-core CPU 227 kb CPU 838 m3, single-core CPU 213 m3
CineBench R20 (best mileage) CPU 2195 kb, single core 544 kb 1789 cc processor, 515 cc single-core processor.
CineBench R23 (best mileage) CPU 5154 kb, single-core CPU 1505 kb
x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit 66.31 frames per second 84.04 fps

We also performed tasks on workstations with the same performance profiles :

UX482 – Intel i7-1165G7 UX425 – Intel i7-1165G7
Blender 2.90 – BMW Auto Scene – CPU Calculation 8m 8s 9 million euros
Blender 2.90 – Classroom Level Calculator 22m 54s 27m 33s

Not surprisingly, the ZenBook Duo 14 outperforms the ZenBook 14 in all tests because this model allows for more power (25W, compared to 19W for the ZenBook 14). We expect performance improvements of 3-5% for single-core CPU benchmarks, 5-15% for multi-threaded CPU benchmarks and 10-20% for GPU benchmarks.

However, let’s not forget that we are still talking about a low-power platform based on an Intel 4C/8T processor and an integrated GPU. So while this is an effective use of this type of material, you need to make sure that you buy it with the right expectations in terms of what it can and cannot do.

We also ran a few DX11, DX12 and Vulkan games with performance profiles, FHD resolution and low/low graphics settings. Here’s what we got:

Core i7-1165G7 + Iris Xe UX482 – i7-1165G7 25W UX425 – i7-1165G7 19W UX481 – i7 + MX250 IdeaPad 7 – AMD R7 + Vega 8 26W UM425 – AMD R7 + Vega 7 13W
BioShock Infinity (DX 11, low preset) 83 frames per second (58 frames per second – 1% drop) 70 frames per second (40 frames per second is 1% too low) 76 frames per second 81 frames per second (58 frames per second – 1% drop) 66 frames per second (50 frames per second is 1% less)
Dota 2 (DX 11, best preset appearance) 64 frames per second (54 frames per second or 1% less) 56 fps (44 fps – 1% low) 53 frames per second (40 frames per second is 1% less) 39 frames per second (28 frames per second is 1% less)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, low preset, no AA) 32 frames per second (20 frames per second is 1% less) 26 frames per second (18 frames per second is 1% less) 23 Executive 28 frames per second (24 frames per second is 1% less) 21 frames per second (17 frames per second is 1% less)
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, lowest preset) 83 frames per second (59 frames per second – 1% drop) 65 frames per second (47 frames per second – 1% drop) 53 frames per second 33 frames per second (24 frames per second is 1% less) 45 frames per second (36 frames per second is 1% less)
CBC: Most popular (DX 11, lowest preset) 60 frames per second (56 frames per second or 1% less) 60 frames per second (46 frames per second – 1% reduction) 60 frames per second (46 frames per second – 1% reduction) 56 frames per second (34 frames per second – 1% drop)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Volcano, lowest preset, no AA) 35 frames per second (22 frames per second – 1% drop) 28 frames per second (16 frames per second, or 1% less) 38 frames per second (22 frames per second – 1% drop) 27 frames per second (16 frames per second is 1% less)
Strange Brigade (Volcano, low preset) 56 frames per second (46 frames per second, or 1% less) 44 frames per second (28 frames per second is 1% less) 41 frames per second (36 frames per second – 1% drop) 37 frames per second (32 frames per second – 1% drop)
  • Dota 2, NFS – recording with MSI Afterburner in game mode ;
  • Games BioShock, Far Cry 5, Middle Earth, Strange Brigade, Tomb Raider – recorded with reference utilities enabled;

As in previous tests, the hardware stabilizes at around 25W in performance mode in games, split between the CPU and GPU. We expect temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit as well as reliable performance, but not the best that can be expected from this platform when running at higher power. Which, by the way, is very possible here.

By switching to the balanced profile, the fans run quieter at 35-37 dB, compared to 42+ dB in performance mode. This also affects fps, although the power limit has been lowered to a constant value of 19W, which affects both CPU and GPU speed.

Overall, this is one of the most balanced implementations of the Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 hardware we’ve reviewed to date, thanks in large part to the notebook’s thicker chassis and a thermal module tuned to the Nvidia MX450 dGPU, which not only makes i7 and Iris Xe graphics sweat even at 25W power, making performance superior to most other Tiger Lake ultrabooks currently available.

Noise, heat, communication, loudspeakers and other

Asus has used a more advanced heat engine here than in its other ZenBooks, with two fans grouped together on one side and the CPU and GPU aligned on a thick heat pipe on the other.

Our model has no GPU, so the heat pipe is only responsible for tempering the CPU, which it does very well. In fact, Asus could raise the power limit to 28+W without affecting the day-to-day experience, as we currently only see CPU temperatures between 60 and 60°C under high load, so there’s still plenty of wiggle room.

The exterior of the laptop also stays cool. The fans are turned off during basic operation, especially when you select balanced mode, even when plugged in, and increase performance by up to 42-43 dB during demanding power tasks and games. This level is slightly higher than other modern ultrabooks, but it’s not bad for performance mode, and you can always balance it to have less audible fans at around 35-37 dB.

As for outside temperatures, expect 30-40 degrees with daily use, slightly warmer, but keep in mind that the fans are mostly idle and quiet. The warmest parts go up to mid 40’s with slack on the back, but only the low 40’s on the inside. The keyboard looks much cooler in this case than in a standard ultrabook because it is separate from the components.

Although the exhaust here still blows hot air into the screen, the cold-running internal components help prevent the panel from getting as hot as it does on other ZenBook Duo 14s, so this shouldn’t be an issue with this ZenBook Duo 14.

 

*Daily use – Netflix streaming on EDGE for 30 minutes, balanced mode, fan 0-35dB
*Games – Far Cry 5 streaming for 30 minutes, power mode, fan 42-43dB

For network connectivity, this notebook is equipped with the latest generation Intel AX201 WiFi 6 module. It worked well with our platform, and the signal and power remained strong at 30 feet, with obstructions in between.

The audio signal is sent through a pair of stereo speakers that drive the sound through the bottom grilles. The angular shape of the D panel causes the sound to bounce off the table, and the volume is moderate – up to 78-80 dB at head height, but I’ve noticed vibration distortion at higher volumes, so it’s best to keep it at 60% or less.

Sound quality is good for everyday use, but certainly not by much, with a major shortcoming at the low end that Asus has so far tried to compensate for by processing in DTS-compatible applications that use the default music profile. As for the other ZenBooks I’ve tested recently, I’d rather stop the treatment. This not only makes the sound clearer, but also reduces the volume to a maximum of about 74-76 dB at head height.

Finally, I should mention that there is an HD camera at the top of the screen, ideal for the occasional call, but always of poor quality.

Battery life

The ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 includes a 70-watt battery, larger than a conventional 14-inch notebook. Depending on the type of work you do and whether or not you use a second monitor, you’ll have to travel different distances, but in general, this laptop should last you a while.

Here it looks with the main screen set to 120 nits (~60 brightness) and the ScreenPad enabled and set to 50% brightness.

  • 8W (~8+hours of use) – Google Drive text editing, silent mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 8W (~8+hours of use) – 1080p full screen video on Youtube in edge mode, whisper mode, screen set to 60%, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 7W (~10 hours of use) – Netflix full screen in edge mode, whisper mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 13.5 W (~4-5 hours of operation) – Display in edge mode, balanced mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON.

It also tells you what to expect if the ScreenPad is disabled :

  • 6.5 W (~10+hours of use) – Full screen 1080p video on Youtube in edge mode, whisper mode, screen set to 60%, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 5.5 W (~12+ hours of use) – Netflix Full screen Edge mode, Whisper mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON ;
  • 12 W (~5-6 hours of operation) – Display in edge mode, balanced mode, 60% screen, Wi-Fi ON.

With the ZenBook Duo UX482, this model comes with a compact 65W charger that connects via USB-C. It’s a one-piece model with a compact brick and a long thick cord, and it takes about 2 hours to fully charge. However, fast charging allows you to charge to 60% in less than an hour.

Prices and availability

Meanwhile, the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 is already in stores in some regions, but only in the UX482EA variant with Iris Xe graphics.

I expect a starting price of around $1300 in the US for a mid-range model with an i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, and 1750 euros for the same model but with 16GB RAM in Europe. All models come with a handle and a protective cover.

Some US stores are also offering i5 + 8GB RAM + 512GB SSD configurations for $999, but these are out of stock. It’s a good deal if you can actually get it for that price.

There is no information yet on the MX450 and ZenBook Duo UX482EG configurations.

We’ll let you know as soon as we know more. In the meantime, check out this link for prices and configurations in your area.

Conclusion

As I’ve mentioned several times in this article, the ZenBook Duo is not a 14-inch laptop like the others. The main selling point is the dual-screen configuration, combined with a capable hardware implementation that works well and is cool, as well as long battery life and good inputs.

So don’t expect more than a solid experience of daily multitasking and maybe a little programming/photo/video editing where the extra screen may be useful, but performance may leave something to be desired. So if you need good performance for working or gaming on a two-screen computer, I’d opt for the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 instead, even though it’s a bigger and more expensive product. We will try this in the near future.

Let’s get back to the ZenBook Duo: There are drawbacks to this form factor that detract from the laptop experience. The keyboard is located on the bottom of the case and is only comfortable while lying on a desk, but less so when walking or kneeling. Plus, the keys are sturdier than on regular 14-inch laptops, which those of you with big hands should know.

You should also think about something that may seem trivial at first glance, but to me is not. Since you have to shift this laptop to place your hands comfortably on the downward-sliding keyboard, the screen will be further away from your eyes. That’s why this ZenBook looks like a computer with a smaller screen used in everyday life, in between a 12-inch and a 13-inch.

After all, you also pay extra for this laptop compared to a traditional single-screen computer with similar features, and in return you get a heavier and bulkier computer.

It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth selling everything. Our review ends with a 4 out of 5 for this ZenBook Duo 14, but only if you consider it for what it is: the only compact notebook on the market with two usable screens, with points deducted for the cramped keyboard and impractical design in some environments. Compared to a regular 14-inch laptop, it would score even worse, but since you should only look at this ZenBook if you want two screens anyway, I don’t think a broader comparison is useful here. Either take it for two screens and accept the compromises, or take one of the many good traditional form factors instead.

This ends our review of the 2021 Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482, and I’d love to know what you think of it. Let’s talk downstairs.

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Andrei Girbea, editor of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been involved in mobile computing since the 2000s, and you will find mostly reviews and detailed tutorials written by me here on the site.

frequently asked questions

Is the Asus ZenBook duo worth it?

If you spend your days editing videos or just want more screen space without buying an extra monitor, the ZenBook Duo is a great choice. For $1,500 (half the price of the ZenBook Pro Duo), the Duo offers high performance, long battery life, and a second functional display in a beautiful design.

What is the quality of the Asus ZenBook 14?

The Asus ZenBook 14 is a reliable notebook thanks to a few successful features. For $799, you get a colorful display, strong mid-range performance, and a pair of surprisingly powerful speakers. The keyboard is also very comfortable and the battery life is relatively good.

When was the Asus ZenBook 14 released?

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