Asus ZenBook Duo (2021) UX482E Dual Screen Laptop First Impressions

Asus ZenBook Duo (2021) UX482E Dual Screen Laptop First Impressions

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 comfy viewing angle. The original ZenBook Duo series was first unveiled at Computex 2019, following which Asus confirmed off its ROG Zephyrus Duo primarily based on the identical tough design, however with a raised secondary display screen to assist with airflow and ergonomics. That little modification has now made its approach again into the ZenBook lineup, and it does make a reasonably large distinction.

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

Asus combines its β€˜Ergolift’ hinge motion, which raises the complete decrease deck, with this new auto-lift mechanism, in order that the ScreenPad+ angles itself mechanically whenever 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 primary display screen at any angle. My demo unit got here with a stylus, and the ScreenPad+ didn’t flex or bend when pressed down on.

The mechanism feels stable sufficient nevertheless it seems to be as if it may get broken for those who strive closing the laptop computer’s lid with one thing like a pencil unintentionally wedged beneath the ScreenPad+. There should not be a lot hazard of pinching a finger however it might 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 will probably be laborious to scrub, however Asus does embody a protecting sleeve.

Both the primary 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 inner {hardware}, we’ve got an 11th Gen Intel β€˜Tiger Lake‘ CPU with built-in Intel Xe graphics and an non-obligatory discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU. My demo unit has 32GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD, however actual specs will differ.

The ‘Ergolift’ hinge raises the complete 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 when it comes to weight, efficiency, and battery life. It’s 16.9mm thick and has comparatively slim display screen borders, with area for a webcam within the ordinary spot. Asus claims 17 hours of battery life, and this laptop computer will 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 proper. The keyboard format is improved, in comparison with the primary technology, and we now have a extra smart arrow cluster plus the Shift keys are in the proper place. There’s nonetheless a vertical trackpad which won’t go well with left-handed customers. In phrases of consolation, the keyboard is correct on the decrease fringe of the physique which may turn out to be uncomfortable over time.

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


Asus has improved its software program, and you may simply transfer applications from one display screen to the opposite. You can arrange batches to launch numerous applications 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 needs to be extra sensible for on a regular basis use. Information about pricing and availability in India is not identified but. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for information of when it launches in India.

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