We check out Asus’ new dual-screen notebook.
When I first saw the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581G’s dual screens, I initially thought it felt like a gimmick but upon spending weeks with the notebook I realized its true potential as a great multimedia companion.
The main highlight of the UX581G is the dual 4K screens: one glossy 15.6-inch main screen (3840-by-2160 pixels) another matte display called ScreenPad that acts as the second screen (3840-by-1100 pixels). The awesome main display is a joy to work with – colors are detailed and text is ultra-sharp. The second display, which Asus calls ScreenPad Plus, can be configured as an extended display or it can open up small windows of your most used programs.
The idea here is that the second screen can help productivity by giving you an extra screen that isn’t on the side of the monitor but below it. With some software, extra functions can be added below and within reach, without having to minimize windows.
On a typical day, I would be using the UX581G to do my work on the main screen while I have Spotify open on the ScreenPad Plus and another window to view my Twitter timeline. The UX581G’s beefy hardware is able to handle all of it, which also gives this notebook some serious computing power.
Inside the UX581G you will find a 9th-generation Intel Core i9-9980HK processor running at 2.40 GHz, a generous 32 GB of RAM along with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. These specifications already put it on the top tier list for excellent performance on a notebook, so it’s no wonder that the UX581G impressed us with its performance.
The UX581G’s external aluminum finish is striking, different from the usual boring black exteriors of some notebooks. Opening the screen will also lift the keyboard – this function, called ErgoLift, is a common feature on most Asus notebooks that gives you a more ergonomic typing position and also helps cool down the notebook when it’s in operation.
There’s also a full-size keyboard located below the second screen, and while it felt cramped it didn’t affect the way I was using it. The trackpad is located on the right, which also cleverly turns into a numeric keypad with one press. Since the keyboard is placed at the bottom, it can be awkward to type on, but thankfully Asus included a palm rest that houses just below it so you can start typing with ease. This notebook also has a built-in Alexa light bar that lights up whenever you speak to it.
Asus has also been generous with ports on the UX581G. On each side, you’ll find USB Type-A and Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, and HDMI ports. Also included is an infrared camera that also doubles as a face-scanning tool so you can log in easily to Windows 10.
Since both the dual displays on the UX581G support touch, you can navigate your way around Windows 10 using your fingers. The problem though is that both screens are fingerprint magnets, so Asus has included a pen that you can use as an alternative. It features 1,024 pressure levels, and it worked best when scribbling notes on the screen or doodling silly drawings when I’m bored.
Given the crazy hardware that Asus has placed inside the UX581G, you’d be certain that you won’t have a problem breezing through apps and even some games. Heavy applications like Photoshop and Premiere Pro opened up without a hitch and rendering images and videos were fast and snappy.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 inside also meant that the UX581G is more than capable of playing games. Forza Horizon 4 along with Rise of the Tomb Raider both yielded frame rates around the 45 fps mark, which should be well above the playable limit.
While the dual screens on the UX581G are excellent – but it does make a big impact on battery life. I’ve gotten around 4.5 hours on basic usage, and that time decreases when I started playing games and other graphics-heavy content. Considering that this notebook weighs around 2.5 kilograms, it’s the type of device that you’ll just leave on your desk, so you don’t always have to worry about battery life since you can always leave it plugged in.
Overall, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581G is one awesome piece of hardware inside and out. The dual screens are useful and performance is top-notch, making it worth every dirham.
*The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581G will be officially available at GITEX Shopper 2019 and will retail for 13,999 AED.
+ Dual 4K displays are utilized properly
+ Incredible performance
– Battery life could be better
Final Rating: 4.5/5