Let’s take a look at the improved ZenBook Duo 14.
The Asus Zenbook Duo 14 UX482EG delivers improvements that make one of the unique dual-screen notebooks that truly delivers on form and function.
Last March, we reviewed the Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 that was a cheaper alternative to the more expensive ZenBook Pro Duo. This year, Asus has launched a new and improved ZenBook Duo in the form of the UX482EG that brings subtle but welcome changes that make it a great performing dual-screen notebook.
From the outside, the UX482EG already feels premium – right from the Celestial Blue finish that is made from magnesium-aluminum alloy. It only weighs 1.6 kilograms too, which allowed me to bring it anywhere as a portable workstation especially now that I spend most of my working days outside the office.
The highlight of course on the UX482EG is the secondary ScreenPad Plus display that now boasts an improved UI and features that make it a more essential part of the notebook rather than just being an option. Compared to the UX481, the UX482EG now features a new hinge design that now lifts the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus by 7 degrees. This means you have improved ergonomics on the secondary screen, letting you see more comfortably as you use it.
The UX482EG also supports Active Aerodynamic System (AAS+) that offers 49 percent improved airflow. This improved cooling solution happens when the secondary screen opens up, allowing for more airflow to go inside and cool the component that can help sustain performance.
Moving back to the ScreenPad Plus, we initially wanted more improvements on the secondary screen when the first ZenBook Duo came out, and thankfully we finally got a brand new Control Center UI that is definitely faster. The Control Center allows for easier access to certain functions and can be easily configured and customized.
Various tools on the Launcher are still present, including apps like Handwriting and Control Panel for enabling adaptive functionality with some Adobe apps. My favorite is Number Key, which instantly turns the ScreenPad Plus into a numeric keypad for inputting numbers easily.
What’s more, you can also turn the ScreenPad Plus into a massive touchpad with a new Touchpad mode. This makes it easier to navigate the notebook, considering the touchpad on the right bottom corner can be too small to use (unless you use an external mouse).
The main screen is a Full HD 14-inch touchscreen NanoEdge display and features a 93 percent screen-to-body ratio. The screen now has an improved 400 nits of brightness, and it looks even better on different viewing angles. What’s more, it works more flawlessly with the ScreenPlus, giving you various options on placing windows on the main or secondary screen.
It’s easy to use as well, after learning the actions I’ve managed to organize my windows in a seamless workflow similar to what I would normally do with two screens. It also made it easier for me to place windows thanks to the touch screen and with the matte finish on the display, I didn’t have problems with smudges and fingerprints.
You’ll also get various connectivity ports that surround the UX482EG. There’s HDMI, USB, MicroSD, 3.5mm, and USB-C that is also used for charging. The USB-C ports are located on the left side, though it would have been preferable to have another port on the right side to make it easier when the plug is on the other side.
On the inside, the UX482EG is powered by the 11th-Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU that also comes with 16GB of LPDDR4X 4266MHz RAM and a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD while the graphics is handled by an Nvidia GeForce MX450. There’s also support for Wi-Fi 6 as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and a webcam. The UX482EG also features the Asus Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT) that can boost the CPU power setting and can dynamically optimize power consumption.
On day to day use, the UX482EG did not have trouble keeping up with the numerous tasks I put it into. For example, I used it on a busy day at the office that involves checking and answering emails, uploading content to the website, cleaning up images on Photoshop as well as doing some light editing. The ZenBook Duo didn’t experience any hiccups, and all of this is happening while I was conveniently listening to my playlist on Spotify that’s docked on the ScreenPad Plus. It even played some Steam games in decent playable quality.
The 2021 ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482EG will be available starting today at major retailers in the UAE including Jumbo, Sharaf DG, Emax, E-City, Virgin Megastores, Computronic, and e-tailers Amazon, Gulf Micro, and Al Ershad for 5999 AED.
+ ErgoLift support that lifts the ScreenPad Plus
+ Impressive performance
+ Great sound output
– None to mention
Final Rating: 4.5/5