When you see a high-end laptop designed for makers and artists with a compact form factor, it’s a rare sight. It’s much less likely that you’ll see a computer with two displays for increased efficiency. Those who study the industry know that such laptops are aimed at a very specific demographic – players, enterprise consumers, and casual users. It’s a remarkable sight to see a high-end laptop made for creators and artists with a small form factor. You’re much less likely to see a screen with two monitors for improved productivity. Many who follow the industry know that these laptops cater to a very narrow demographic: gamers, business users, and casual users.
The 14-inch FHD IPS display version with 16GB RAM, Core i7-1165G7 SoC, NVIDIA MX 450, 1TB storage, and a 14-inch FHD IPS display costs ₹134,990. The one without the NVIDIA GPU cost ₹129,990.
The architecture and presentation of the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 go hand in hand. We’ve seen and used similar versions in the past, so it’s not a novel shape factor for the Taiwanese tech company. But it’s the sheer refinement that Asus seems to have perfected over the years that makes this one stand out.
Asus is surely getting better at this generation-over-generation, with dual displays, compact profiles, simple ports, and a decent heat dissipating architecture. The width is comparable to that of any other laptop in this category, and the weight is manageable (1.5kg to 1.6kg).
Despite this, the computer seems to be a small workstation. 32.40 x 22.20 x 1.69cm are the proportions. However, despite the fact that it has a second screen and an open region underneath it, as well as a dynamic structure running underneath it all, it is not a delicate device. Since it meets the US MIL-STD 810H military-grade standard certification, the system should be able to withstand routine use. That’s such a good thing to have.
The main display is a 14-inch IPS canvas with touch gestures, FHD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution, and a 16:9 aspect ratio that is familiar to developers. The anti-glare coating contributes to this, and it performs well even while operating outdoors. You still get above-average 400nits brightness ratings and, most importantly, 100 percent sRGB coverage with Pantone Validation, ensuring the most realistic graphics for designers and developers. Finally, stylus support is included for a more detailed workflow.
With the show plate, Asus has left no stone unturned. Some will request a QHD resolution, but as we have been saying for years, a QHD panel in 14-inch screen size would make no visual difference and will increase the price. The 12.65-inch IPS panel on the secondary screen, dubbed ScreenPad+, has been improved with 1920×515 pixels and stylus support. But that’s not it. The ScreenPad+ takes multitasking to a whole new dimension. Not only can you get an additional screen to see at least four windows at once (the ScreenPad+ has the main screen and three window support), but you also get the ability to switch windows with one button, making it simple to lock the keyboard and enter the multi-windows screen.
It even has a control panel that allows you to navigate applications with a single click from a customizable selection and can use the entire ScreenPad+ as a touchpad if you don’t like the smaller-than-usual touchpad on the bottom right corner.
The machine we got was equipped with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 32GB LPDDR4X RAM, and Intel Iris X graphics from the 11th generation. It’s also worth noting that you won’t find this in India. You’ll get a variant with 16GB RAM that’s slightly less powerful. There are also other SKUs available, such as one with a Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU. A 1TB M.2 NVME PCIe 3.0 x 4 SSD is also used. All of this sounds fantastic on paper, and it is no different in practice. Aside from video streaming, you can open several heavy apps and run taxing applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve, and others.
These are undoubtedly suited for designers and engineers, but one concern that might emerge here is whether, if anyone is actually intending to do heavy work and need good usability with several displays, as the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 does, he or she should instead purchase a less expensive Intel 11th-gen powered laptop with 16GB RAM and two additional monitors to attach via Thunderbolt or HDMI.
Screenpad+, on the other hand, comes with a slew of functionality, as we’ve already stated. The windows swap functionality, the ability to open applications easily from the control center, and the fact that you have an extra screen to do the rest of your job whilst binge-watching Netflix were all useful to us. However, from the perspective of a photo/video editor or a developer, ScreenPad’s support for various applications seems to be minimal. According to the company, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Lightroom Classic applications are supported by the latest Control Panel app in ScreenXpert 2.0 and ScreenPad+.The problem is that it hasn’t changed in years, and no new big developer has joined the team. As a result, Asus’s client base is narrowing evermore.
On the plus hand, the keyboard output was excellent, with key movement times comparable to those seen in conventional laptops. Yes, the keyboard is a little more crowded than normal thanks to the ScreenPad+ and the touchpad on the right side, but we had no problems. There is no palm rest, but typing is simple since the keys are close together and the fingers aren’t overworked. The Harman Kardon tuned speakers sounded amazing and were noisy thanks to the arrangement that echoes and amplifies the sound.
However, with two displays and a chipset that generates a lot of electricity, the laptop is bound to generate heat. However, Asus has a history of doing an excellent job of heat dissipation in its products, and it has done so again this time. The new Active Aerodynamic System Plus on the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 uses the company’s tried-and-true ErgoLift hinge mechanism and a tilting ScreenPad Plus to improve airflow by 49 percent. It also has a dual-fan configuration to keep the heat under control.
This performed well for us because the ScreenPad+, screen, and keyboard remained cool during the day. Given that the airflow is guided from underneath the ScreenPad+ to the main display, this is impressive. If you touch the underside, though, you can feel the sun. Heating would undoubtedly have an effect on performance, as seen by the rise in time required to make a 4K film, but the way Asus has attempted to monitor thermal performance could be superior to what rivals are currently doing.
Finally, there’s the battery life. As we previously said, Asus is attempting to hit developers and editors who need to get some serious work completed when on the go. When it comes to portability, the battery performance is also significant. You should expect this laptop, like any other high-end performance laptop, to drain the battery quickly. The ZenBook Duo, in principle, has a 70Whr, 4-cell Li-ion battery, which is on the upper end of the spectrum. However, in real-world testing, the laptop lasted for more than 8 hours on average by using both the main screen and ScreenPad+. If you plan to work for more than 4 hours with ZenBook, you may need to bring a battery.
Fortunately, the My Asus software allows you to adjust the output settings so that battery use is minimal. If you want to save battery life, you can also run without the ScreenPad+.