Image 1: Asus refreshes its ZenBook (Pro) Duo by integrating the Zephyrus Duo hinge

Asus refreshes its ZenBook (Pro) Duo by integrating the Zephyrus Duo hinge

Asus continues to expand its portfolio of laptops by unveiling refreshed versions of the ZenBook Duo 14 and ZenBook Pro Duo 15 at CES. These new 2021 models feature more recent components while improving certain aspects such as the ‘secondary screen or cooling system.

If the concept of ZenBook Pro Duo dates from Computex 2019 (we had also tested it on this occasion), it benefits this year from some improvements, in particular at the level of the secondary ScreenPad Plus screen. The latter in fact retrieves the hinged mount found on the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 or the brand new ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE. The 14-inch diagonal Ultra HD touchscreen is still IPS type, while the main 15.6-inch diagonal 4K touchscreen uses OLED technology. This is of course always Pantone certified, a guarantee of excellent color reproduction.

A refresh of the ZenBook Pro Duo

Inside, Asus has chosen to use “old” Comet Lake H processors, more specifically the Core i7-10875H or Core i9-10980HK. No Tiger Lake model, therefore, or Ryzen 5000 mobile processors just presented by AMD. We are better off on the graphics chipset side since we find in all cases a GeForce RTX 3070 mobile with 8 GB of GDDR6, replacing the RTX 2060 of the first ZenBook Pro Duos. We can also find up to 32 GB of DDR4-2933 memory and 1 TB of storage space (M.2 NVMe).

WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, an infrared webcam, two USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3 compatible), a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, an HDMI 2.1 port and a combo audio connector complete the package. The 8-cell battery finally displays a nice 92 Wh, which gives hope for very good autonomy. With its weight of 2.4 kg and its always reasonable dimensions (359 x 249 x 21.5 mm), we get the trifecta.

ZenBook Duo switches to ErgoLift AAS Plus hinge

On the side of the ZenBook Duo, we find the same base as its predecessor, but here also with some new features, in particular, once again, the hinge for the secondary screen.

Image 2: Asus refreshes its ZenBook (Pro) Duo by integrating the Zephyrus Duo hinge

On the screen side, this ZenBook Duo 14 has a 14-inch Full HD main screen, based on an anti-reflective IPS panel with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and Pantone certification. Tactile, this screen can be used with a stylus (4096 pressure levels). The secondary ScreenPad Plus screen, also touchscreen, displays a diagonal of 12.6 inches for Full HD definition.

The components benefit from a welcome refresh, with in particular the integration of an eleventh generation Intel processor, more precisely a Core i7-1165G7. Its IGP Iris Xe is supported by a small GeForce MX465 with 2 GB of GDDR6 memory and a maximum of 32 GB of LPDDR4x-4266 memory. The storage part is entrusted to an M.2 NVMe SSD with a maximum capacity of 1 TB.

No big surprise in terms of connectivity since there is a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, an HDMI 1.4 output (only), a combo audio connector, a memory card reader and – above all – two compatible USB Type-C ports Thunderbolt 4. The keyboard of this ultraportable has keys with a stroke of 1.4mm, and WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 controllers and an infrared webcam complete the package. The 4-cell battery (70Wh) allows this ZenBook Duo 14 to display a contained weight: 1.6 kg on the scale, for very reasonable dimensions of only 324 x 222 x 16.9 mm.

The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo OLED (otherwise known as UX582) will be available in Q2 2021 starting at € 3,299, while the ZenBook Duo (UX482) will be available from March starting at € 1,799.

Yannick Guerrini

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