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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 going on nearly this yr, Gadgets 360 was in a position to spend slightly time with a demo unit. The ZenBook Duo collection 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 collection 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 big 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 so that you could deal with it similar 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 onerous 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 robotically whenever you open the lid. The angle goes as much as 7 levels and isn’t adjustable past that. Thankfully, the raised panel would 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.

The mechanism feels strong sufficient nevertheless it seems to be as if it might get broken for those who strive closing the laptop computer’s lid with one thing like a pencil by chance wedged underneath 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 slender and appears like it is going to be onerous to scrub, however Asus does embrace a protecting sleeve.

Both the principle show and the ScreenPad+ have matte finishes which scale back reflections to some extent. The resolutions are 1920×1080 and 1920×515 respectively. As for the interior {hardware}, we’ve an 11th Gen Intel ‘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 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 satisfy a set of necessities when it comes to weight, efficiency, and battery life. It’s 16.9mm thick and has comparatively slender display borders, with area for a webcam within the traditional spot. Asus claims 17 hours of battery life, and this laptop computer may 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 technology, and we now have a extra wise arrow cluster plus the Shift keys are in the correct place. There’s nonetheless a vertical trackpad which won’t swimsuit left-handed customers. In phrases of consolation, the keyboard is correct on the decrease fringe of the physique which might turn 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 applications from one display to the opposite. You can arrange batches to launch a lot of applications and have them tile robotically on the 2 screens. Both are touch-capable so the ScreenPad+ can operate as a management floor in some software program.

All in all, Asus appears to have refined the design of its unique ZenBook Duo collection, and the brand new mannequin must 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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