Asus has up to date its dual-screen ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Duo Pro laptops at CES 2021, and though the present is occurring nearly this 12 months, Gadgets 360 was capable of spend slightly time with a demo unit. The ZenBook Duo sequence now has up to date internals and an auto-tilt mechanism that raises their secondary screens to a extra snug viewing angle. The unique ZenBook Duo sequence was first unveiled at Computex 2019, following which Asus confirmed off its ROG Zephyrus Duo based mostly on the identical tough design, however with a raised secondary display to assist with airflow and ergonomics. That little modification has now made its manner again into the ZenBook lineup, and it does make a fairly large distinction.

The large secondary display, which Asus calls ScreenPad+, stretches out throughout the width of the ZenBook Duo’s decrease half. It matches the horizontal decision of the principle show as a way to deal with it identical to a second monitor that is aligned vertically somewhat than horizontally. With the unique ZenBook Duo, the ScreenPad+ was flat and according to the keyboard, which made it slightly laborious to make use of. When I reviewed that laptop computer, I discovered myself hunching and leaning ahead very often. The new mechanism solves that downside to an extent.

Asus combines its ‘Ergolift’ hinge motion, which raises your entire decrease deck, with this new auto-lift mechanism, in order that the ScreenPad+ angles itself mechanically if you open the lid. The angle goes as much as 7 levels and isn’t adjustable past that. Thankfully, the raised panel does not obscure the underside of the principle display at any angle. My demo unit got here with a stylus, and the ScreenPad+ didn’t flex or bend when pressed down on.

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The mechanism feels stable sufficient however it seems as if it might get broken in the event you attempt closing the laptop computer’s lid with one thing like a pencil by accident wedged below the ScreenPad+. There should not be a lot hazard of pinching a finger however it could be a good suggestion to deal with this laptop computer gently. I’m slightly cautious of mud and lint because the hole is comparatively slim and appears like it is going to be laborious to scrub, however Asus does embrace a protecting sleeve.

Both the principle show and the ScreenPad+ have matte finishes which cut back reflections to some extent. The resolutions are 1920×1080 and 1920×515 respectively. As for the interior {hardware}, we now have an 11th Gen Intel ‘Tiger Lake’ CPU with built-in Intel Xe graphics and an non-compulsory discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU. My demo unit has 32GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD, however actual specs will fluctuate.

The ‘Ergolift’ hinge raises your entire decrease deck, whereas the brand new mechanism additionally tilts the ScreenPad+


The ZenBook Duo UX482E has an Intel Evo sticker, which suggests it has been designed to fulfill a set of necessities by way of weight, efficiency, and battery life. It’s 16.9mm thick and has comparatively slim display borders, with house for a webcam within the typical spot. Asus claims 17 hours of battery life, and this laptop computer might be charged over USB Type-C.

There are two Type-C Thunderbolt ports and a full-sized HDMI port on the left, plus one Type-A port, 3.5mm audio socket, and microSD card slot on the correct. The keyboard structure is improved, in comparison with the primary era, and we now have a extra smart arrow cluster plus the Shift keys are in the correct place. There’s nonetheless a vertical trackpad which is not going to go well with left-handed customers. In phrases of consolation, the keyboard is correct on the decrease fringe of the physique which might develop into uncomfortable over time.

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The ZenBook Duo (2021) has an improved keyboard structure however the trackpad will not be snug for everybody


Asus has improved its software program, and you’ll simply transfer packages from one display to the opposite. You can arrange batches to launch quite a lot of packages and have them tile mechanically on the 2 screens. Both are touch-capable so the ScreenPad+ can perform as a management floor in some software program.

All in all, Asus appears to have refined the design of its unique ZenBook Duo sequence, and the brand new mannequin ought to be extra sensible for on a regular basis use. Information about pricing and availability in India is not recognized but. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for information of when it launches in India.

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