Asus ZenBook Pro Duo Review
By Banu Athuraliya
Asus unveiled a captivating laptop that caught everyone’s attention last year at Computex. The reason why this particular laptop caught everyone’s attention is because the laptop has dual screens. Not just any dual screens – it has dual 4K touch screens with a suite built in to make the most out of the laptop. I have been using the Asus ZenBook Pro duo for over 6 months now and let me share with you my experience. I have also made a detailed video about this along with an unboxing video, if you would like to see this laptop in action you can check it out at www.youtube.com/androdollar to get an idea about what this machine is capable of.
If you actually show the ZenBook Pro Duo to someone it’s quite possible that they might tell that this is one of the most innovative things that they have seen in a while. The main reason for that is not having the secondary display, it’s how Asus has gone ahead and implemented some amazing features to it to make the maximum out of it. The dual screens aren’t new to laptops; we have seen dual screen implementation before. But most of those were half baked implementations but this one looks like a pretty solid implementation on the dual screen. It’s not just the screen that lets you access a few settings or tweak a few things here and there; this is like a completely different screen that you can make use of to do whatever you want. One of the main reasons why I personally like the dual screen implementation on this is because the main display is also a 4K display and the secondary display and the icing on the cake is that both screens are touch screens.
ASUS designed the ZenBook Pro Duo for the heaviest users of dual display setups – creators and graphics professionals. For its main display, ASUS spared no expense to make it the very best in specs and features. The main display is one of the very few 15.6-inch touchscreen OLEDs that has a Pantone Validated colour gamut that covers 100 per cent of the demanding DCI-P3 spectrum, meaning that it is extremely colour-accurate. And being an OLED display, it has a wide 178- degree view angle and produces extremely rich contrast of 100,000:1. In fact, it is also one of the first displays to be certified for VESA Display HDR’s True Black 500 standard.
For heavy work I used the secondary screen as an assistant display. Let’s say maybe if I’m using Adobe Lightroom, I can have all of my pictures on the top part of the screen but at the bottom I can just have the grid of pictures that I can select from and view on the primary screen. Same goes when it comes to video editing - I can have the full video playing up here on the main screen so that I can see it completely and at the bottom I can actually have the timeline so I can easily scroll around and check it out and edit accordingly. Not only that I even used it while gaming, so while gaming this thing does a pretty good job managing a lot of thing even when it’s given a heavy load. When I’m playing some game on the primary screen, I can still use the secondary screen to watch a YouTube video, a film or something else or if I want to refer some document. Even if you use something like Adobe Photoshop quite often your gonna love this screen for its colour accuracy and the performance in this laptop can push it so it’s really great for you to use this for a lot of creative work. So basically, this device is a creative professional’s dream computer.
Like I mentioned before, the implementation of Asus with the ScreenPad+ secondary display is one of the main features why this laptop really stands out. Asus has actually provided a suit of extremely useful functions that improve your productivity and it really adds to the experience. There’s actually an action menu that is built in so if you go ahead and click on the title bar of and application window and if you start dragging it, a set of 3 icons will quickly appear and you can switch between either of those.
I also noticed that the keyboard on the ZenBook Pro Duo is quite good especially thanks to this wrist rest it has. I really enjoyed typing on this and appreciated the numeric number pad that appears on the side. The audio system on this is tuned by Harman Kardon and for me personally the sounds were quiet good but I would have preferred if this machine actually had louder speakers, especially when I was playing games I really wished this machine was able to put out more sounds so at that point I quickly went ahead and connected to my Bluetooth speaker and got the maximum out of it but I would’ve really preferred if this machine came with more louder speakers maybe next time around Asus can improve on that.
Another cool thing I enjoyed on the ZenBook Pro Duo is the face recognition feature that this machine has built in to it. So even though this doesn’t have any type of fingerprint scanner that wasn’t a big deal for me because this machine was able to recognise my face, and Asus even told me that quiet secure it was really fast so it was able to capture my face without much trouble so I was able the get into Windows without wasting much time all I had to do was hit on that power button and wait for the device to power on since it’s already running some powerful SSDs inside the machine was really fast to respond to all of the things overall with the power of Windows hello as well the face recognition on this was really great to use and the best part of it was it even worked in the dark.
Thinking about the practicality of a device like this, I personally see myself using this as a desktop replacement to be frank with you, because at 2.5kg the ZenBook Pro Duo is definitely not a light laptop and the best part of it is for you to make the maximum out of this machine, for you to get the best performance you really have to have it plugged on. What is awesome is that if you want to take it around, you can. Your desktop could also be your laptop and not just another laptop a cool looking laptop that will grab everyone’s attention with the best specs. Spec wise, coming in with an i7/i9 processor, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1TB SSD the ZenBook Pro Duo is a beast and I recommend you to check this out if you’re looking for a laptop that packs all the power along with portability and much more. What all these specs mean for you is that this laptop can handle anything you throw at it, whether it is a hardcore game or complex video editing project. If you’re interested in pricing, you can check out my video at www.youtube.com/androdollar where I discuss that in detail and you can see and experience the performance of this laptop up-close to really understand how impressive this machine is.