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ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX481 14" Dual-Screen Laptop

NEX score 72%

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Product Overview

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 14 UX481 is a flagship dual-screen laptop that reinvents the conventional clamshell form factor by adding a full-width ScreenPad Plus and a touchpad / numpad that resides to the right of the keyboard.
Having won numerous awards for their innovative design and boost in productivity as a result, the ZenBook Pro Duo 14 UX481 features modern, glossy aluminum chassis, great ergonomics, and powerful internal components.
The namesake of the UX481 is the second screen named ScreenPad Plus: It brings new possibilities to interact with the laptop. With the bundled stylus, it brings virtually limitless possibilities. The numeric keypad / touchpad combo solution is elegant as it is utilitarian.
A unique advantage of the ZenBook Pro Duo's new form factor is the raise of the ScreenPad Plus when the lid is flipped open: This opens a large vent that significantly improves heat management, allowing the device to pack a lot of power in a more compact chassis.
Alongside the 14-inch model, ASUS also introduced the 15.6-inch ZenBook Pro Duo 15.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Long battery life
  • Fantastic keyboard and touchpad
  • Bright, vivid second display
Cons
  • Keyboard layout could be better
  • Only one USB-C port

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Gorgeous 14-inch display
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Keyboard and trackpad are uncomfortable
  • Only one M.2 storage drive
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • ScreenPad Plus can get warm at full volume
  • Nothing in particular
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Secondary Display

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 + 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 + 1x HDMI 1.4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x MicroSD
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4-Cell 70Wh
Camera | Front
HD camera with IR function to support Windows Hello
Colors
Celestial Blue
Form Factor
Dual screen clamshell laptop

Dimensions

Bezels
90%
Size | Depth
223 mm / 8.78 inch
Size | Height
19.9 mm / 0.78 inch
Size | Width
323 mm / 12.72 inch
Weight
1.5 kg / 3.31 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Brightness
300 nits
Display Diagonal
14"
Display Type
IPS
Gamut
100% sRGB
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)
Secondary DisplayResolution
1920x515

Function

Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
9th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U, i7-10510U, or i7-10710U
Touch Screen
Optional on the main display, standard on the ScreenPad Plus
Touchpad
12.6" FHD ScreenPad Plus

Performance

Durability
MIL-STD 810G
Key Travel
1.4 mm
Memory | Capacity
8 or 16GB soldered
Memory | Type
LPDDR3 2133MHz
Power Supply
65 W
Storage
Up to 1TB PCIe Gen3 SSD

Production

Debut
2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following***:
The screen was fine for productivity work as well as entertainment. Viewing angles are good and we always like a non-reflective panel. The sound is quite loud and expansive, but it does distort quite badly at full volume. This isn't really a gaming laptop, and the discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU is barely adequate for 3D graphics.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Keyboard and trackpad are uncomfortable
  • ScreenPad Plus can get warm at full volume

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
With both displays turned on, the ZenBook Duo lasted for 9 hours and 44 minutes in our battery test. It took just 5 seconds to complete the task, which equates to a transfer speed of 958.4 megabytes per second. It's practicality over picture quality when it comes to the 720p webcam on the top bezel.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 14-inch display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The ZenBook 14 UX433 has a 12.6-inch secondary matte touchscreen that Asus has dubbed the ScreenPad Plus. It offers the same screen width and PPI as the primary display for a true 1:1 dual-screen experience. Asus advertises 72 percent NTSC or full sRGB coverage for its ZenBook Duo laptop. The secondary display covers only 59 percent of sRGB and AdobeRGB.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim and light design
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Only one M.2 storage drive

tomshardware[4]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
With just the main display on, the Asus ZenBook Duo lasted 11 hours and 50 minutes. If you aren't happy with the 10th Gen Intel i7, Nvidia MX250 graphics, 1TB SSD and 16GB of memory, you'll have to look elsewhere. The keyboard and touchpad are very cramped thanks to the area usually occupied by the keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Dual Screen Laptop Review. [ndtv]. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/reviews/asus-zenbook-duo-ux481-dual-screen-laptop-review-india-launch-price-2118411. 2019-10-18. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Asus ZenBook Duo (UX481) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/asus-zenbook-duo-ux481. 2020-05-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Like The Apple Touch Bar, But Better: Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Laptop Review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Like-The-Apple-Touch-Bar-But-Better-Asus-ZenBook-Duo-UX481-Laptop-Review.463186.0.html. 2020-05-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 Review: Dual-Screen Ultraportable. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-zenbook-duo-ux481. 2020-05-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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