Even though a good few doubted them, the Asus 2021 ZenBook fleet is driven by dual-display models. However, we were even more pleased with the new gamer TUF machines.
The two-display ZenBook Duo also paid tribute in our test lab, but due to the different panels, the forced interface and the immature solutions, we couldn’t fully enjoy the innovation, especially as we sometimes looked at the very scary price tag.
Nevertheless, Asus recorded the launch of the Duo models as a great success, selling a lot, so a sequel was guaranteed. Fortunately, the manufacturer did not forget about the classic ZenBooks either, and the TUF line, which is not so successful in Hungary and is considered a cheap gamer, was renewed.
This year’s ZenBook Duo machines (one of which has been with us these days) arrived in the absolute upper house of the ZenBook, where they tried to repair most of the unpolished parts. The clear top predator is the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED, from the name of which two things can be faintly guessed:
we get two displays on the one hand and an OLED panel on the other.
The latter is a particularly important development, in addition to which the NanoEdge (near zero coffee on all four sides) display is 4K resolution and HDR capable. Below this is a 14 “ScreenPad Plus, which can now be folded out, more precisely, it opens 9.5 degrees automatically when the lid is opened. Of course, both panels are touch-sensitive, and the bottom is capable of up to 400-bit brightness (the top is higher). OLED pampering is guaranteed for the main panel, the size of the lower ScreenPad Plus is so special that Asus did not make it as a separate OLED, so we are expected to encounter an IPS here, which raises some questions (such as how to reconcile the two display colors).
The smaller sibling is the ZenBook Duo 14, for which we unfortunately have to give up OLED, the resolution is only FHD, but the machine is only 16.9 mm thick, it can hold up to 17 hours on a single charge and in the same strong top configuration as the 15 model. available.
Of course, both machines are offered by Asus with the best components available. This includes an Intel Core i9 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 GPU (fixed on the 15-inch version, RTX 3070), a large NVMe SSD, and plenty of RAM. The large 15-inch model will initially come with a 10th generation Intel Core CPU, while the 14-inch model will have the 11th generation (as soon as the full 11th generation Core series becomes available, the 15-inch model will also switch). ). Wi-Fi 6 and other extras aren’t left behind either, and it’s no big secret that both models meet Nvidia Studio specifications. We don’t know about prices yet.
Our secret favorite
We absolutely agree that dual-display notebooks are exciting, but if we had a choice, we’d rather stick to the classic form – which of course gets all the extras of the big brothers. Well, we’re probably not alone with that, because Asus also thought about that category. The latest ZenBook 13 OLED is a classic laptop 1, i.e. with a display, but this display has an OLED panel and FHD resolution. The 13.9mm thin and 1.1kg notebook lasts 13 hours with a breath and is powered by the latest Intel CPU or AMD Ryzen processor, so
performance is guaranteed to be no problem.
The alu enclosure will have as much RAM, lightning-fast NVMe SSD, and even Thunderbolt 4 ports as you might think. The hybrid Flip series isn’t left off the menu either: the Flip 15 will even be available with a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU based on 11th generation Intel.
The world is for TUF
We are looking for more affordable machines than affordable gamers, because TUF is the one that represents the best price / value ratio (no wonder we can find these machines on the top lists of domestic sales). The big novelty here is the TUF Dash F15, which is a 19.9 mm thick, 2 kg but bloody gaming machine with an impressive interior. In addition to the 11th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, it is not the MX or GTX 1650 GPU that sweats 15-20 fps, but the latest games are running on a brand new GeForce RTX 3070 graphics chip. The new display also fits well with this, which is capable of 240 Hz (and not with TN technology!) After the 120-144 Hz panels of the previous generations, has a response time of 3 ms and 100% sRGB color space coverage. You can finally enjoy Type-C PD charging on a TUF line, and if you manage to fully charge your gamerlaptop, you can use it for up to 16.6 hours for work or study.
Of course, this is just one of many configurations, so in the spring you can even request a new TUF machine with an AMD Ryzen 9 5000 CPU, Thunderbolt 4 ports will be available, and standard USBs will also jump to USB 3.2 Gen2. The new TUF Dash F15 most closely resembles last year’s G14 wonder machine, which is very good news because we liked it very easily, plus the TUF inscription that adorns the cover of the current Dash F15 looks very good.
Hopefully we’ll get one or two of the new GeForce RTX 30 GPU-equipped TUFs to test soon, too, and then we can finally test what the new Ampere chip is capable of on the mobile front.
Obviously, most of you are curious about the prices, but we haven’t received any information about them yet. If supply isn’t stagnant (this is a big problem in the laptop market right now) and prices aren’t flowing, there could be new models around March already that aren’t expected to cost 1.5x as much as the RTX 20th generation.
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