REVIEWS: ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482 – two displays in a smaller package – Introducing the ZenBook Duo UX482

Witnesses may remember the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV, which I reviewed last year. It was a relatively special laptop with two displays, ASUS later released a game variant Zephyrus Pro Duo, where the secondary display tilts for a better viewing angle and also under the display live fans that suck air through the gaps. ASUS has decided this year to release a scaled-down version of the standard large model, which we may look at later. The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 is based on the Intel evo platform, so it is powered by Intel Tiger Lake processors, and it is possible to have an additional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics card, which is basically a modified GeForce GTX 1650 connected via four fourth-generation PCIe lines. The model tested today is without additional NVIDIA graphics and only the Intel Iris Xe 96EU will suffice. A minor problem is pricing and availability, both of which are unknown to this model at the moment, which makes some evaluation somewhat difficult. However, I was able to measure performance and other parameters without this data. The tested piece has an American keyboard layout and it is possible that other configurations will be sold in the Czech Republic in terms of CPU / GPU / RAM / SSD configuration. Reportedly, there will also be a configuration with 8GB of RAM, to which I can only say “For God’s sake, why?”.

So the configuration looks like this:

  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 – 2,8GHz, Turbo až 4,7GHz, 12MB L3, 28W TDP, 10nm, 4C/8T
  • 32GB LPDDR4X-4266 CL36-39-39-90 1T
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics 96EU
  • 14“ AU Optronics B140HAN06.B, 1920×1080 IPS dotykový panel, 400 nitů
  • 12,6″ BOE NV126B5M-N42 IPS, 1920×515 IPS dotykový panel
  • Samsung PM981a 1TB PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD
  • Intel AX201 NGW (802.11ax + Bluetooth 5.0)
  • 4 cell 70Wh baterie
  • 65W USB-C power adapter
  • Windows 10 Pro v2004

As a small attempt, I tried to shoot a short video when I returned the laptop in the physical branch of ASUS, I did not have a script or something like that, the video is really shot for the first good, perceive it more as a supplement to the written review. Of course, I would appreciate some feedback, next time I will probably prepare a script, or at least some points to talk about.

The notebook traditionally lives in a cardboard ASUS box, inside we find a smaller box and a fabric case with a magnet, in which we can hide the ZenBook Duo 14. The cover is quite useful, especially if you do not have a laptop compartment in your backpack / bag / backpack / suitcase.

Inside the second box we find the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 itself, a USB-C 65W power adapter, a drawing pen and also a stand for a notebook. The USB-C adapter can supply several different voltages, so it can also supply various phones and tablets, specifically it supports the standard 5/9/15 / 20V set. I did not use the stand under the laptop, it is used to lift and tilt the laptop towards the user. The drawing pen is also from ASUS workshops and supports 4096 pressure levels, while the ZenBook Duo 14 itself has two touch screens, so we can draw on both with the same pen.

Now it’s time for the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 itself, the primary display has a diagonal of fourteen inches, the dimensions of the entire notebook are 324x222x169 millimeters, the tested piece weighs 1.57 kg, which is not bad for an all-metal notebook. ASUS has decided to make more or less the entire body of the notebook from aluminum in blue, which is perhaps closer to green. Unfortunately, these surfaces are fingerprint traps. The quality of processing is very high, everything fits well, it doesn’t throw anything anywhere.

The lower lid holds a total of nine screws in place, five of which live under rubber covers. I didn’t disassemble the laptop this time, as the day was quite hectic and I simply forgot about it when I returned. However, we do not replace many components inside, RAM and CPU are soldered on the board, leaving one M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe slot and batteries.

The port equipment corresponds to a thin ultrabook, on the left side of the notebook we find a large HDMI output and two USB-C ports that provide ThunderBolt 4, DisplayPort output and Power Delivery. Note, however, that there is one TB4 controller and both ports share the connectivity of four PCIe Gen3 lines.

On the right side of the notebook we find a USB-A 5Gb / s port, a 3.5 mm audio combo jack, a microSD card reader and LEDs signaling the power status and battery charging.

Personally, I would rather appreciate a large SD card reader and at least one more USB-A port. Interestingly, the laptop does not have a socket for a Kensington lock.

Opening the notebook automatically tilts the secondary display, while the main display cover lifts the notebook up, a feature that is slowly expanding into many ASUS notebooks. Tilting the secondary display, called the ScreenPad +, is very important because the CPU cooling fans sit under this cover and suck in air through the gap between the display and the notebook body. I certainly would not run the docked laptop in the closed state, as the fans will not have access to the air for suction. ASUS also introduces the use of a 10mm wide heatpipe, which covers the entire processor and removes heat from the processor more efficiently. At the same time, better fans and a smaller motherboard were used.

The keyboard is moved forward, similar to the Duo 15, however, the keyboard has been reduced and the touch numeric keypad in the touchpad is also missing. During use, such a reduced keyboard sometimes made me angry, as did the touchpad, several times it happened to me that when using the touchpad blindly, I pressed the right cursor key instead of the left touchpad button. For physical touchpad buttons, ASUS has a small plus for me, I prefer such a solution rather than a full-click clickpad. Above the touchpad sits the power button, touchpad switch, and ScreenPad + power switch.

ScreenPad + sits above the keyboard, it is a secondary IPS touch screen with a resolution of 1920×515 pixels, from the system’s point of view it behaves like a second monitor living below the main monitor. I was a bit scrolled by Intel drivers here, after installing the latest version 27.20.100.9126, ScreenPad + switched to fixed mode with 800×600 resolution, so I preferred to downgrade back to version 27.20.100.8935. ScreenPad + also supports the touch pen, which can be found in the package. The panel used is somewhat atypical, specifically the BOE NV126B5M-N42 panel is used.

ScreenPad + also has a special program in Windows, in which we can configure the brightness, keyboard lock, connection to MyASUS and also a special OSD that appears when dragging a window in Windows, so we can quickly spread a program over both monitors or move to ScreenPad +. ASUS has also prepared a program in which it is possible to configure your own control panel, for example for Adobe Photoshop and other programs. The idea is that the secondary display serves as a control panel for various programs, we can configure various buttons, handles, wheels and so on. This GUI then calls functions such as Photoshop or another program. The second display will probably be appreciated mainly by content creators, I was glad to have somewhere to put the sensors from HWiNFO and observe temperatures, cycles and so on.

The main display has a fourteen inch diagonal, 1920×1080 resolution and is full touch. It is a high quality panel with a luminosity of 400 threads and 100% sRGB coverage. The panel used is manufactured by AU Optronics, the designation is B140HAN06.B. Above the display is a standard 720p webcam and an infrared camera that can be used for Windows Hello.

In terms of power limits, the ZenBook Duo 14 is willing to hold 28 watts on the processor even at longer loads, although it drops to some 24 watts in the AVX2. The memories are standard LPDDR4X-4266 and we have exactly 32GB available, which is currently the maximum possible amount.

Software

Not much was pre-installed on the laptop, which is good, but there is also the obligatory trial version of McAffee and MS Office 365. We can both uninstall them immediately and use other alternatives, most people can do with built-in Windows Defender and LibreOffice, , whether 365 or a box. ASUS Dial Control Panel Toolkit is also installed to configure your own control panel on ScreenPad +. Of course, there is also the MyASUS program in which we can install drivers, find out the warranty status, run diagnostics, or change some special settings.


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