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Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo Oled Review: A Dual-Screen Laptop

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Screen

Asus has used this dual-screen design factor for some time. As with previous Duo versions, there is a 14.5-inch display on the top and a 12.7-inch display on the rear of the keyboard deck (the ScreenPad Plus). Below that screen is a keyboard that reaches all the way to the front of the deck, and to its right is a little touchpad.

The 14-inch Zenbook Duo model from the previous year could only angle the secondary screen upward by seven degrees. The profile of the 2020 model was much less steep.

The very first iteration of the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo was a fascinating topic of discussion. It was something that had never been done before, but it did have several significant drawbacks, one of which was the way in which the secondary screen was arranged on the main deck.

Display

Now, let's have a look at the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED from the year 2022. It boasts the world's first 14.5-inch 2.8K 120Hz OLED touchscreen display, according to the manufacturer.

It's a massive panel that has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a maximum brightness level of 550 nits, and it has a maximum brightness level of 550 nits. It has a maximum brightness of 500 nits. This laptop consists almost entirely of a screen.

Design and Construction

The Zenbook Pro Duo 14 OLED has a gorgeous design and weighs 3.74 pounds while having a thickness of only 0.70 inches (17.9mm) and measuring in at its overall dimensions (1.7kg).

In terms of ports, we have an audio jack on the left, two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports on the right, and a single USB-A port in the middle of the device. The charging port, HDMI output, and a single SD card reader are located on the back of the device.

Specs

CategoryZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED

OS

Windows 11 Pro

Processor

12th Gen Intel Up to Core i9-12900H

RAM

Up to 32GB LPDDR5-4800

Graphics

Up to NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti laptop NVIDIA Studio drivers

Storage

Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

Display

14.5 inches 16:10 aspect ratio 2.8K resolution OLED, touch, 100% DCI-P3, Dolby Vision, Pantone validated, TÜV Rheinland low blue light 12.7 inches Touch, 120Hz, 500 nits

Pen

ASUS Pen 2.0 4,096 levels pressure sensitivity

Ports

Two Thunderbolt 4 USB-A HDMI 2.1 SD card reader

Audio

Dolby Atmos Smart Amp Four microphones AI noise cancellation

Wireless

Wi-Fi 6E

Security

IR camera Fingerprint reader Camera shutter

Battery

76Wh

Dimensions

0.70 inches (17.9mm) thin

Weight

3.74 pounds (1.7kg)

Hardware and Performance

We're looking at quite the laptop for performance, with an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics processing unit. In addition, the evaluation model that we received came equipped with 16 GB of LPDDR5-4800 RAM and a 1 TB M.2 solid-state drive.

Benchmarking results will give you a decent idea of how well it will run, despite the fact that it does not have the most advanced configuration available. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, the 12th Generation Intel Core Processor, the LPDDR5-4800 RAM, and the quick M.2 SSDs are some of the additional attractions of the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED.

ASUS didn't see the need to make many changes to the initial design of the laptop because it was already so well received by customers when it was first released in 2022. The laptop now sports a new logo on the lid of the device.

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Gaming Performance

In spite of the fact that it utilises Studio Edition drivers and the fact that this ZenBook was not designed with gaming in mind in the first place, I fully anticipate that many of you will use it to play games on occasion. This is because of the hardware and the quick response and refresh of the OLED display.

Noise, Heat, Connectivity, Speakers, and More

The thermal module that Asus chose to use in this instance is a bit unconventional in that it consists of two fans and two heatpipes. This design functions effectively and enables consistent performance throughout a wide temperature range.

However, the fans are quite noisy, reaching up to 50 decibels when operating in the Performance mode. The Standard mid-level profile has noise levels that are more tolerable at 43 dB, but the Whisper mode keeps the fans at levels that are lower than 30 dB, but as a result, it severely restricts the possibilities of the system.

Because the components are hidden away under the ScreenPad, and the temperature in the keyboard area rarely gets above 35 degrees Celsius, there is no reason to be concerned about the device's performance in extreme temperatures.

This laptop comes equipped with the most recent generation of WiFi (6E) and Bluetooth (5.2), all of which are powered by an Intel module. During the period that I've been using the laptop, I haven't experienced any problems with the laptop's wireless connection.

The sound quality is acceptable for everyday use, which includes watching movies or listening to music; nonetheless, it is not something to boast about. When the Enhanced Audio setting in Windows 11 is enabled, these speakers reach an average loudness of 77-78 decibels when measured at head level. They provide adequate mids and highs, but have very little bass, which makes them to sound somewhat tinny when the volume is turned up.

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Battery Life

The ZenBook Pro 14 Duo UX8402 series incorporates a battery that is larger than the standard for its category, measuring in at 76 Wh.

However, there are two 120Hz monitors here, in addition to a very power-hungry Intel platform, so you shouldn't get your hopes up too high for long runtimes.

Should You Buy It?

You really ought to purchase this if...

  • You need a laptop with a lot of power for creating content.
  • You want the option of using a second screen.
  • You want to make use of a stylus.
  • You are looking for a breathtaking OLED display.

You shouldn't purchase anything if you...

  • Need close proximity to a power outlet.
  • Don't need a secondary screen.
  • Don't need a touch screen.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Maina Wilson

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