Gadget Review: ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) is a powerful and elegant dual-screen laptop


ASUS is one of the names you will always hear if you want to know about some of the best computing and handheld technology devices in the market. It is known to be a largely competitive laptop and mobile phone brand among its competitors in the Nigerian market.

Thanks to its durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal that captivates the attention of users and the general public.

The ASUS 2021 ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) is 2021’s version of laptop technology. Like its other brands, the ASUS 2021 ZenBook Duo 14 has taken user satisfaction notches higher with a wide range of new unique features that will gain the attention of brand and competitor advocates.

This laptop should be the first on your mind whenever you need a laptop upgrade. Before you ask, let’s take a look at some of the features that come with it.

New Decade, New Device, New Design

Gadget Review: ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) is a powerful and elegant dual-screen laptop
The Ergolift design lifts the screen pad to a comfortable angle

This ZenBook edition has further reminded us that 2021 promises a whole new decade of innovation. The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is an evolution of laptop design when compared to previous specs. Here’s how: The laptop is positioned at a more comfortable dimension enabling you to work faster and more efficiently – you might not even experience work stress.

Thanks to the ErgoLift and AAS plus hinge that lift the screen pad to an angle that makes it seamless for every user’s hands to type seamlessly. Here are some additional features that make the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 a device to behold:

There’s more to it than meets the eye

The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is the proof that sophistication means beauty. The body of the device comes in a Celestial Blue finish and that’s because it is made from aluminum alloy and magnesium aluminum alloy combined to give it the trademark ZenBook glossy pattern which speaks, elegance and efficiency. 

Despite the distinct components that form this device, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is 16mm slim, weighing only 1.6kg. That’s 50gr lighter and 3mm slimmer than its previous grades.

Dynamic Display

Multitasking can be a tedious and stressful task; even at times where you have loads of deadlines to meet. That’s not the case with the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 which has an interesting ScreenPad technology majorly comprising the main display and an AAS Plus screen extension which can detach from the screen and elevate at a 7 degrees dimension.

The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 screen promises a dynamic display especially for multi-tasking

Asides the interesting ScreenPad functionality, the brightness level of the screen is something to watch out for. The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 screen works at a 14 nits brightness level; which promises reduced reflections in bright environments and increased brightness in dark environments.

In the same vein, the device comes with a new and improved ScreenXpert UI and improved shortcuts to the numerous apps which the laptop possesses.

Hinged on Functionality

The reason why the main display screen can go beyond flexing to lifting itself for a better view, the ScreenPad can elevate at 7degrees, and both screens capable of still working together is because of the hinge.

The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes with a versatile hinge for maximised movement

The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes with a versatile hinge that incorporates 3 linked structures and minimizes coaxial movement. Despite this, the hinge is strong enough to drive thermal efficiency and last as long as you desire.

A Second Screen for Improved Airflow

The AAS+ feature in the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 does two major things: gives you an extra screen and gives your device a reason never to overheat.

Whenever you open the laptop, the secondary display screen opens at a 7-degree angle as the main screen opens, giving your monitor enough space for have some air. Interestingly, this new makeup increases the level of airflow through the device by a whopping 49%.

Hi-Tech Thermal Technology – Taking a deeper look into the components of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14, you’ll discover numerous reasons why the laptop never overheats. From 2 fans with each containing 59 blades to a Ø10mm heat pipe, your laptop has a super-efficient ventilation system that prevents heat.

A look at the ScreenPad Plus

There are loads of amazing features on the Screenpad Plus

Control Center – The second screen of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 has some interesting features that would captivate your attention. With the easy to navigate Control Centre, you can switch which side of your screen you want your Control Center UI to appear.

The Control Center UI makes it possible to customize your taskbar to feature the commands you want it to show. You can also decide to hide the taskbar on the Control Center UI.

Launcher – Instead of going deep into various files and sections in your laptop to access an app, the Launcher feature makes you locate your apps and use them on the spot – including your most visited ones. You also have the room to add or delete apps from this section.

Control Panel – This device has a Control Panel app that syncs with ScreenXpert 2.0, making you use apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, LightRoom, After Effects, and Photoshop more seamlessly.

The control panel is an apps haven. Literally.

This Control Panel works in such a way that once any app is opened, the app opens a panel suited for the other apps within the same family as the app opened.

For instance, if Adobe Photoshop is opened, the Control Panel opens a panel that enables you to access other Adobe tools (After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Light Room easily).

Action Menu – Inasmuch as the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes with a dual screen, there is an action menu that helps you stay on track of all your tasks on the device. The Action Menu usually appears once a new window is opened in a floating short-cut format with the ViewMax and Switcher Options. 

The Switcher option enables you to determine where your new window should be on the ScreenPad. Once you click on the Switcher, you’ll see 4 options for how your ScreenPad should be displayed. The ViewMax option enables you to merge all the work you’re doing on the main screen and the secondary display to form one large comprehensive display.

Comes in TouchPad mode – The ScreenPad comes with a Touchpad functionality that enables you work without your keyboard. From the settings section of your device, you can tap the ScreenPad button and the touchpad will automatically activate.

Frameless Nano-Display – For the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 display, there is a lot that meets the eye. The device has a screen-to-body ratio of 93%, thanks to the NanoEdge Slim 4mm bezels positioned on all 4 sides. The laptop comes at a maximum brightness level of 400 nits at any angle as well as a PANTONE and Rheinland certification which makes the device safe for the eyes.

Specifications That Stand Out

ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes in 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors with each model capable of supporting up to 32GB memory and up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD as well as Thunderbolt™ 4, a full-size HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, along with a 3.5 mm audio jack and a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, for a complete set of modern high-speed connectivity.

The 2021 ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 has passed Intel® Evo™ platform certifications, which guarantees it’s a well-rounded ultra-portable laptop with snappy performance, all the latest technologies and long battery life.

Intelligent Performance TechnologyThe ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes with an in-built technology that boosts the power settings of your CPU from 15 Watts to 25 Watts giving your device optimal performance. The AIPT (ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology) helps your laptop manage power consumption by adjusting the rate of power consumption according to temperature and workload. 
Wi-Fi PerformanceThe strength of your Wi-Fi feature has a huge impact on the strength of your internet connection. The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes with an in-built Wi-Fi Master technology that makes wireless transmission faster and stable no matter the distance between your device and the source.
Hardware ConnectivityThe ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 comes with multiple connection ports for any hardware related connection. The device has a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A Port, MicroSD Card Reader, Audio Jack, HDMI, and 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports giving you the flexibility of connecting with any kind of gadget.
17 hours Battery LifeThe battery life of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 2.0 is as optimal as it should be. You can use the device for at least 17 hours without connecting to a power source even if you’re running heavy workloads with the device. Additionally, it has a fast-charging functionality that makes your battery rise from 0% to 100% within the twinkle of an eye.
A webcam with your positionWhen using the webcam, you don’t need to slouch or stretch to capture your face. The device’s webcam comes at the perfect angle, thinnest lens, and well positioned cable to capture you in a picturesque manner.
Amazing AudioThe laptop comes with an audio that has an in-built Alexa Smart Assistance. It has an AI assisted noise elimination component that enables you have a seamless experience if you’re video conferencing in a noisy environment. The speakers are certified by Harmen Kardon, making the audio pure and perfect.
Get all the help at My ASUSThe ASUS ZenBook Duo also gives you access to the ASUS portal for information that can guide you on how to use the device, fix any issues, and also explore the additional features of the gadget.

Technext Newsletter

Get the best of Africa’s daily tech to your inbox – first thing every morning.
Join the community now!

Register for Technext Coinference 2023, the Largest blockchain and DeFi Gathering in Africa.

Technext Newsletter

Get the best of Africa’s daily tech to your inbox – first thing every morning.
Join the community now!