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Asus ZenBook Duo UX481FL review (Core i7, Nvidia MX250) – different, not better

Asus ZenBook Duo UX481FL evaluate (Core i7, Nvidia MX250) – totally different, not higher

All through the final decade, Asus got here up with new designs and prototypes just like the Taichi, the PhonePad or the water-cooled ROG, amongst others. None of them caught, although, on this recreation of throwing mud on the wall, and but Asus didn’t quit.

The ZenBook Duos are their newest innovation, fashionable laptops with two shows. They’re out there as both a full-power 15-inch mannequin (ZenBook Duo Professional UX581), or a extra compact and extra inexpensive 14-inch variant (ZenBook Duo UX481), and we’re going to take a better take a look at this latter possibility on this article.

We’ve used the ZenBook Duo UX481FL as considered one of our day by day drivers for the previous Three weeks, and gathered our ideas down under.

It’s an fascinating and distinctive pocket book in contrast to another in its class lately, however I really feel that the advantages of that secondary display screen battle to justify the loss in ergonomics on what ought to be an all-round ultrabook.

Asus calls this “the laptop computer of tomorrow”, however I’m not satisfied it’s. It s does cater to creatives greater than to the common purchaser, however I might have a lot most well-liked it to observe on the footsteps of the ZenBook Professional UX480, as a compact efficiency ultrabook with maybe a sooner processor and GTX 1650 graphics.

Specs as reviewed – Asus ZenBook Duo UX481FL

Asus ZenBook Duo UX481FL
Display screen 14.Zero inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, matte, non-touch, Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2 panel
12.6 inch, 1920 x 515 px, IPS, matte, contact, BOE NV126B5M-N41 panel
Processor Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7-10510U CPU
Video Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX250 2GB GDDR5 10W (10DE 1D52) (Nvidia 441.08)
Reminiscence 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz (soldered)
Storage 512 TB M.2 PCIe x2 SSD (SK Hynix BK501 HFM512GDJTNG-8310R)
Connectivity Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.Zero
Ports 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C Three.1 gen2, HDMI, microSD card reader, mic/headphone
Battery 70 Wh, 65W charger
Measurement 323 mm or 12.72” (w) x 223 mm or eight.78” (d) x 19.9 mm or Zero.78” (h)
Weight Three.42 lbs (1.55 kg)+ .66 lbs (.Three kg) charger and cables, EU model
Extras white backlit keyboard, 12″ ScreenPad Plus, HD webcam, IR Whats up digicam and near-field mics

Design and development

The ZenBook Duo is strong and durable. It doesn’t bend or flex or squeak in any method, so you may confidently throw it in your backpack and lug it round daily. It additionally appears good, very similar to you’d count on from a premium ZenBook, with a brushed metallic exterior (that exhibits smudges pretty simply), a matte metallic underbelly and an all-screen inside. Very similar to the opposite present Asus notebooks, that is designed to satisfy the MIL-STD-810G army requirements for reliability and sturdiness.

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With the addition of the secondary display screen, the keyboard has been pushed down, with a slim clickpad on its proper aspect. Nonetheless, as a result of general compact footprint of this ZenBook Duo, Asus couldn’t accommodate a full-size keyboard, thus the structure feels quite cramped and brief, with an influence on the typing expertise.

In actual fact, this ZenBook Duo jogs my memory of the unique ROG Zephyrus from 2017 in day by day use. Meaning it’s nice on a desk or different flat surfaces, however cumbersome on the lap and just about terrible on the tighs, whereas leaned in mattress or on the sofa, as a result of lack of any arm-rest. Personally, I discover this difficult to simply accept in an ultraportable. I’d quite get a full-size 15/17-inch laptop computer for desktop use, but when I have been to go along with one thing extra compact, I’d need to have the ability to comfortably use it in all kinds of circumstances.

In principle, the secondary display screen ought to compensate for the loses in keyboard ergonomics. In real-life, although, it doesn’t for me, and I’ll get into extra particulars within the Display screen part down under.

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Ergonomics apart, the Duo makes use of the identical Ergolift hinge design we’ve seen on different 2019 ZenBooks. It lifts the main-chassis on rubber ft positioned on the backside of the display screen, permitting for a barely inclined typing place and improved airflow beneath. That’s good, however there are additionally two points with this design: the display screen can solely lean again to about 140 levels, and the exhaust blows scorching air immediately into the underside of the display screen, which might result in issues down the street.

In actual fact, as you’ll see down under, that panel portion is the most popular a part of this laptop computer whereas operating demanding hundreds, and that’s much more problematic on condition that Asus went with a matte panel on this pc, ditching the layer of protecting glass out there on the opposite ZenBooks. In all equity, there’s additionally a bigger hole between the exhaust and the display screen on this ZenBook Duo, however that doesn’t appear to assist that a lot.

You must also know that you simply’ll want each fingers to carry up the display screen on this pocket book, as a result of the hinges are just a little stiff and there’s no knob or recess on the entrance lip to seize the display screen from. On prime of that, the rubber ft on the underside fail to supply correct grip, so that you’ll really push the laptop computer away for those who’ll attempt to catch on the display screen to carry it up with a single hand.

These apart, the Duo UX481 is a reasonably compact and moveable pc, however at Three.four lbs and practically .eight″ thick, it’s nonetheless heavier and thicker than the extra conventional 14-inch choices on the market.

At the very least the ports choice is fairly good, although, with 2x USB-As, HDMI and an USB-C port, however not excellent both. There’s nonetheless no full-size card-reader, no Thunderbolt Three help, and no USB-C charging.

Keyboard and trackpad

The design didn’t go away sufficient room for a correctly spaced keyboard on this laptop computer. Down under I’ve put the ZenBook Duo UX481 subsequent to a regular 14-inch laptop computer and subsequent to my 13-inch Dell XPS 13, for comparability, which exhibits you that the keyboard space is each narrower and shorter on the Duo.

Even so, this structure is just not utterly unhealthy. The primary-set of keys are 15 x 13 mm , in comparison with the 15 x 15 mm on most different implementations, in order that they’re shorter. They’re additionally extra cramped, with much less house between every keycap, and that makes the implementation an enormous no for these of your with bigger fingers. Then there’s are additionally the miniaturized Operate keys like BackSpace, Enter and particularly the precise Shift, which is positioned behind the Up arrow key, like on some Razer Blades.

Surprisingly, although, I used to be in a position to sort in rapidly on this pocket book, and averagely precisely. The keys’ general suggestions is correct down my alley, and solely the cramped structure takes a toll on accuracy.

Nonetheless, I might solely be capable of sort on this factor on a big desk, with correct arm help, during which case typing on the ZenBook Duo feels quite a bit like typing on a compact desktop keyboard. Asus additionally consists of some form of arm-rest folio, however we didn’t get it with this evaluate unit so I can’t inform if it makes any distinction. However, the shortage of any arm-support makes typing on the lap or in different cramped circumstances a complete ache, and that’s the primary cause why I don’t like this form of design on a transportable pc.

Earlier than we transfer on, I’ll additionally add that the keys are backlit, with white LEDs and three ranges of depth. That is additionally a really quiet typer, so it received’t draw consideration on the library or in quiet workplaces.

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As for the mouse half, Asus applied it to the precise of the keyboard, and it’s tall, very slim and likewise just a little cheesy. By default, a whole left to proper swipe solely strikes the cursor midway across the display screen, so that you’ll have to regulate the sensitivity to make it faster. It doesn’t matter what, although, there’s no method round the truth that the floor is minuscule. I additionally observed that it did not register gentle faucets, which makes the expertise much more irritating.

The bodily click on buttons are fairly good, clean and quiet, however on account of their small measurement you’ll should carry out finger gymnastics to hit them along with your thumb, that’s why I might have a lot most well-liked if faucets would have labored the best way they need to.

The ZenBook Duo doesn’t get a finger sensor, nevertheless it does get an IR digicam on the prime of the display screen, with help for Home windows Whats up.

Total, the inputs on this laptop computer are a compromise I discover very onerous to simply accept. That secondary display screen is a pleasant addition, however I don’t assume it’s sufficient to justify for the cumbersome keyboard structure and touchpad design.

Display screen

What makes the ZenBook Duo distinctive is the truth that it will get two screens: a regular 14-inch 1920 x 1080 px major show, in addition to a secondary 12.6-inch 1920 x 515 px display screen on prime of the keyboard. They’re each IPS and pretty good in high quality.

Nonetheless, the primary display screen is matte and non-touch, whereas the secondary display screen helps contact and will get a non-glare coating on prime.

Right here’s what we measured with our Sypder four sensor for the 2. First, the primary 14-inch panel:

  • Panel HardwareID: Chi Mei CMN14D5 (N140HCE-EN2);
  • Protection: 99% sRGB, 70% NTSC, 72% AdobeRGB, 76% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.21;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 291 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 800:1;
  • White level: 7000 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: Zero.36 cd/m2;
  • PWM: N/A.

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And right here’s the secondary 12.6-inch display screen:

  • Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE087F ( NV126B5M-N41);
  • Protection: 64% sRGB, 41% NTSC, 44% AdobeRGB, 45% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.15;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 242 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1042:1;
  • White level: 8100 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: Zero.23 cd/m2;
  • PWM: N/A.

Each panels are fairly good, and each could be additional calibrated. Listed below are our profiles for the primary display screen and for the ScreenPad.

The primary ChiMei panel will get uniform and correct with calibration, and the 72% AdobeRGB gamut protection makes it OK for color-accurate work, however not ultimate. The ScreenPad, then again, has a major default Blue tint that you simply’ll wish to tackle, and whereas it impresses with the blacks and distinction, coloration replica is mediocre.

Home windows sees these as two separate screens stacked on prime of one another and means that you can choose totally different scaling choices for every. I’ve pushed them each to 125%, as I discover the whole lot simply too small for my eyes at 100%.

In precise use, the ScreenPad does just about what another secondary display screen can. You may push numerous kinds of content material into smaller home windows down right here, however Home windows is just not effectively optimized for such slim shows. For example, I might have most well-liked the choice to set Youtube or Phrase full-screen in a window, and never on the whole Screenpad, to do away with the undesirable tackle bar and menus that eat into the vertical house. Asus additionally presents some additional ScreenPad apps, like a NumPad or a drafting board, in addition to companion apps for Workplace applications and Spotify, very similar to with their common ScreenPads 2.Zero we’ve seen on different ZenBooks. Their use is restricted, although, and I’d wish to see additional app-support from different third get together producers.

One different factor that bothered me was the truth that you’re all the time wanting on the ScreenPad from a slim backside angle which impacts the perceived brightness, distinction, and colours, even with the brightness pumped all the best way up. The panel is IPS, however nonetheless displays severe shiting when watched from a 40-60 levels backside angle, as proven within the footage under. That angle is even sharper than on a daily laptop computer, given the truth that it is advisable place this ZenBook additional away from you so as to ergonomically place your fingers over the shifted keyboard.

These apart, the ScreenPad can also be a touchscreen, and it’s complicated that the primary display screen isn’t. I discovered myself poking on the matte panel very often after utilizing the contact on the ScreenPad, solely to keep in mind that’s not going to work.

Asus additionally bundles the ZenBook Duo with their battery-powered energetic Asus Pen. It’s ergonomic and feels good within the hand, however really utilizing it on the ScreenPad for drawing and taking notes proved just a little problematic. To begin with, palm-rejection must be improved, because the display screen usually registered my hand whereas resting it on the contact floor, so as to take notes. After which, you must be certain that to disable the keyboard when making an attempt to take notes or drawing on this Screenpad, as in any other case your hand will contact the keys and trigger all kinds of negative effects.

Backside level, I don’t assume this slim display screen is effectively fitted to taking notes and precise work in my case, however maybe for those who’re a creator or graphic artist you would possibly really feel in another way. In that case, although, the higher-tier Zebook Duo Professional 15 is perhaps a greater possibility. When you can afford it, that one will get two bigger screens, nicer panels, and considerably extra highly effective .

, efficiency and improve choices

Our ZenBook Duo UX481FL is just about the configuration you’ll discover in retailer, with the quad-core Intel 10th-gen Comet Lake Core i7-10510U processor, 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 512 GB SK Hynix SSD and the Nvidia MX250 graphics chip with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Our pattern ran on BIOS 206 and Nvidia 441.12 drivers, the newest out there as of mid-November 2019. It’s a pre-production unit supplied by Asus for the aim of this evaluate, however based mostly on our findings, we’re assured it performs similar to the models you’ll find in shops (with potential enhancements on account of up to date software program).

The CPU, GPU, and RAM are soldered on the motherboard, however the storage is upgradeable. Our unit got here with a mid-range SK Hynix PCIe x2 SSD, however the M.2 slot helps sooner PCIe x4 drives as effectively. Getting inside is a reasonably straightforward activity and requires you to take away the again panel, maintain in place by a handful of screws seen across the sides.

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The Comet Lake i7 is a reasonably newer processor, however beneath only a doubtlessly higher-clocked replace of the widespread Core i7-8565U, with comparable efficiency, however some aspect enhancements and baked in help for sooner wi-fi.

As for the graphics, the ZenBook Duo UX481 solely will get the 10W Geforce MX250, the identical we’ve seen on the ultraportable ZenBook UX392 and ZenBook UX343. Given the elevated measurement of this laptop computer and its ZenBook Professional UX480 predecessor, I might have anticipated a extra succesful GPU, maybe the GTX 1650 Max-Q or at the very least a higher-power MX250. I reckon Asus went with this method so as to preserve thermals at bay, because the parts are positioned beneath that secondary show and also you wouldn’t need them to get too scorching and have an effect on the panel over time.

With this type of , the ZenBook Duo UX481FL handles on a regular basis chores simply, whereas operating cool and utterly quiet. Asus presents each a Silent and Auto fan profile within the MyAsus app, however we saved our unit on Auto on a regular basis, as Quiet takes a toll on efficiency in demanding hundreds. The logs under provide insights on the CPU/GPU speeds and temperatures with on a regular basis use.

The Core i7-10510U Comet Lake processor can also be a nice selection for extra demanding hundreds as effectively. We take a look at the CPU’s efficiency by operating Cinebench R15 for 10+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, which simulates a 100% load on all of the cores. Usually, moveable implementations of this CPU return excessive scores for the primary run, however decrease ones as soon as warmth builds up and the processor must clock down to deal with the thermal and energy limitations.

On our take a look at unit, the i7 settled for frequencies of two.5+ GHz, a TDP of 17+ W, temperatures of 65-67 levels Celsius and scores of round 580+ factors with out of the field settings.

Additional tweaking is feasible by undervolting the processor, with Throttlestop, as XTU doesn’t help Comet Lake. Our unit solely ran stably at -60 mV, which translated in frequencies of two.7+ GHz, 17+ W TDP, 67-68 levels Celsius and scores of 625+ factors, as proven within the photos under. The CPU’s efficiency on battery was glorious as effectively, with the CPU stabilizing at 15 W TDP in our loop Cinebench take a look at, which isn’t the case with many different ultrabooks.

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All in all, the i7 inside this ZenBook Duo 14 carried out just a little bit higher and ran cooler than the i7 contained in the extra compact ZenBook 14 UX434 we’ve reviewed a couple of months in the past. That was anticipated, given the marginally larger TDP restrict and ampler thermal module. However, the identical i7-10510U did significantly better within the bigger 15-inch ZenBook 15, the place it was allowed to run at a good larger TDP. This conduct could be additional improved with later software program updates, although, if Asus chooses to take action.

We additionally ran a couple of mixed stress checks on this laptop computer. 3Dmark Stress is a mildly taxing load, and the UX481 handed it with flying colours each with inventory and undervolted settings. Undervolting didn’t have a major influence on both efficiency or temperatures. Luxmark is a extra demanding take a look at, and on this case, the CPU clocks down aggressively to just one GHz, whereas the GPU runs completely nice. This consequence means that long-term CPU+GPU hundreds will take a toll on this setup, one thing to contemplate for those who’re this ZenBook as a possible compact enhancing rig.

Subsequent, we’ve included a set of benchmarks, for these of you interested by numbers, which we’ve run on the Greatest-Efficiency energy profile in Home windows, with default voltage settings:

  • 3DMark 11: 4034 (Graphics – 3634, Physics – 9203);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 2797 (Graphics – 3007, Physics – 11516);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1014 (Graphics – 896, CPU – 4022);
  • GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1276, Multi-core: 4439;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 828 cb, CPU Single Core 192 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1541 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.Zero 32-bit: Move 1 –192.05 fps, Move 2 – 45.54 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 92.95 s.

Then we reran a few of the benchmarks on the -60 mV undervolted profile, which allowed for a small enhance in CPU associated checks and, as anticipated, no modifications in GPU scores:

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 2799 (Graphics – 3005, Physics – 11947);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1021 (Graphics – 900, CPU – 4339);
  • PCMark 10: 4522 (Necessities – 9533 , Productiveness – 7377 , Digital Content material Creation – 3568);
  • PassMark: Score: 4996, CPU mark: 11357, 3D Graphics Mark: 2743;
  • GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1272, Multi-core: 4525;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 889 cb, CPU Single Core 200 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1587 cb, CPU Single Core 470 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.Zero 32-bit: Move 1 –198.68 fps, Move 2 – 48.58 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 86.15 s.

Each the CPU and GPU rating effectively, principally as a result of the CPU runs at excessive TDP/frequencies for short-to-medium bursts, sufficient to make sure these strong leads to short-term demanding hundreds. As advised by the Cinebench and LuxMark checks, although, the efficiency finally drops in longer-duration demanding periods, because the CPU settles for a TDP of round 17 W, which is only a bit above its 15W norm. In comparison with the extra compact ZenBook UX434, the ZenBook Duo scores larger within the CPU checks, however different compact laptops just like the Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon enable the CPU to continually run at larger clocks on their Max Efficiency profiles, one thing I might have anticipated from this ZenBook as effectively, given its elevated thickness and focusing on.

As for the GPU scores, the Duo just about matches the ZenBook 14 constructed on the identical 10W variant of the MX250 chip. Each the CPU and GPU run cooler although in demanding hundreds, and at larger clocks, as you’ll see within the subsequent part.

The GeForce MX250 10W is the bottom stage dGPU of this era, however you’ll nonetheless wish to know the way it tackles video games. We ran a few DX11 and DX12 titles on our test-unit, on FHD decision and Low particulars, and compiled our findings within the following desk.

UX481FL – FHD UV UX434FL – FHD UV
Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset) 76 fps 77 fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, TAA) 23 fps 23 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset) 53 fps 50 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Low Preset, FXAA) 32 fps 32 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off) 27-37 fps 27-38 fps
  • The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps in marketing campaign mode
  • Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities

The ZenBook Duo offers a a lot smoother gaming expertise than the ZenBook 14s we’ve examined, even with out-of-the-box settings. Ther efficiency stays fixed and doesn’t degrade over time. Undervolting solely permits the CPU to run at barely larger clocks, with minimal influence over the efficiency and temperatures, however I’d nonetheless advocate it nonetheless.

Our pattern additionally carried out very effectively on battery, as you may see down under.

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As talked about earlier, we ran all these checks on the Auto fan profile from the MyAsus app. There’s additionally a Silent possibility that retains the followers quiet on a regular basis, nevertheless it’s not meant for demanding hundreds, as on this case the GPU thermally throttles rapidly. It’s additionally probably not wanted for on a regular basis use both, because the Auto profile does a superb job at preserving the followers quiet by itself.

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All in all, the ZenBook Duo UX481 performs effectively for what it’s. Nonetheless, I might have anticipated a better CPU setting, much like what Asus presents on the ZenBook 15 and different OEMs provide on their premium ultraportables. I might have additionally anticipated a beefed-up GPU, given how this laptop computer is supposed to focus on creators on the go which would want that type of efficiency whereas touring. One side this pocket book aces is the flexibility to carry out effectively whereas unplugged, which binds on that actual want, particularly when paired with the bigger battery than you’d usually discover on such a pc.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The ZenBook Duo UX481 partially inherits the thermal module design from the 2018 Zenbook Professional UX480. It nonetheless will get two compact followers, however Asus went with a devoted heatpipe for the CPU, a a lot thinner heatpipe for the GPU and a good thinner one for the VRMs.

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Given the truth that the UX480 cooled a 35W GTX 1050 Max-Q, I’d reckon this might have additionally cooled at the very least a 25W MX250, if not a 35W GTX 1650 Max-Q, if Asus adjusted the thermal design up, as a substitute of downsizing it.

As it’s, this cooling system handles the i7 and 10W MX250 flawlessly. Each parts run cooly with day by day use and demanding hundreds, after which followers don’t ramp previous 40 dB, making them just a little bit quieter than on the ZenBook UX434. Nonetheless, the panel’s backside center half, which is the closest to the exhaust, reaches temperatures of 48-52 levels Celsius whereas operating video games, and I worry that would negatively have an effect on the panel over time.

With informal use, the followers relaxation principally inactive, and solely often kick in with multitasking. We additionally haven’t’ observed any coil whine or different varieties fo digital noises on our pattern, which was in a position to run completely quiet. Nonetheless, that’s not a assure you received’t get any such noises in your models, be certain that to hear in rigorously.

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*Every day Use – streaming Netflix on EDGE for 30 minutes (followers ~ Zero-38 dB)
*Load – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes (followers ~ 39-40 dB)

For connectivity, there’s Wi-fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 on this laptop computer, by an Intel AX201 module. Our take a look at unit carried out effectively each close to the router and at 30+ ft with obstacles in between, with none drops or different inconveniences, however different fashionable notebooks with Wi-Fi 6 proved considerably sooner with our setup.

So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing by cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly. They’re fairly good for this class, with mid-level volumes of about 75-78 dB and above-average high quality. The sound comes out clear, with none distortions even at larger volumes, and bass is noticeable from round 95 Hz. The audio system do push a good bit of vibrations into the body when pumped above 80%.

I additionally observed a brand new Audiowizard app on this ZenBook Duo that enables extra granular management over the audio. It appears a bit sophisticated to me, however extra management is all the time appreciated.

Lastly, this ZenBook will get a 720p digicam and an non-compulsory set of IR cameras, positioned on the prime of the display screen and flanked by microphones with Alexa/Cortana help. The digicam high quality is mediocre, a lot what you may count on from laptops lately.

Battery life

There’s a 70 Wh battery contained in the Zenbook Duo UX481, a lot bigger than you’ll discover on different 14-inch notebooks of this era.

Paired with an environment friendly implementation and Optimus, battery life doesn’t disappoint. Right here’s what we obtained on our evaluate unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness) and the ScreenPad switched ON and set at 50% brightness.

  • 7 W (~10h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5.eight W (~12h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5.6 W (~12h+ of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12 W (~5.5h of use) – searching in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 36 W (~1 h 45 min of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Max Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

Additionally, right here’s what to anticipate with the ScreePad switched OFF:

  • 7 W (~10h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.5 W (~10h+ of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;

Asus pairs this ZenBook Duo UX481 with a regular barrel-plug 65 Wh charger. The European model is the two-piece design, so though the brick itself is compact and light-weight, you do get lots of cords that add up t the majority and weight. There’s no fast charging, so a full-recharge takes greater than 2 hours. USB-C charging remains to be not supported on this sequence.

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Value and availability

The Zenbook Duo UX481FL is listed in shops in some areas of the world as of the center of November 2019.

In Europe, the bottom mannequin comes with the Core i5-10210U processor, eight GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD for between 1100 and 1300 EUR, whereas the higher-tier mannequin with the Core i7-10510U processor, 16 GB of RAM and nonetheless 512 GB of storage goes for between 1400 and 1600 EUR. There’s no approach to improve the RAM on this laptop computer, so that you’ll be compelled into getting the highest (and costly) model for those who want the additional reminiscence.

I’d count on friendlier pricing within the US, however for now, I couldn’t discover the UX481 listed over there.

We’ll replace as soon as we all know extra, and within the meantime, you must observe this hyperlink for up to date costs/configurations, extra particulars and the choice to purchase considered one of these.

Ultimate ideas

The ZenBook Duo UX481FL is just about a thicker and heavier ZenBook 14 UX434 with an additional display screen and a bigger battery, and for that Asus calls for a roughly 200-400 EUR/USD premium, based mostly on configuration.

Is it price it? The brief reply is possibly, however there’s additionally an extended, extra nuanced reply.

The additional show is what attracts the eye with this laptop computer, however that’s additionally the rationale its ergonomics endure: the keyboard is cramped, the clickpad is minuscule and oddly positioned, and there’s no palm-rest with this form of design, which takes a toll on the consumer expertise all over the place apart from on a spacious desk. However then there are additionally a couple of different hidden points it is advisable think about. The UX480 will get a extra competent thermal module and consequently, performs extra stably, quieter and cooler than the UX434. It additionally will get improved audio and sooner wi-fi, and even with the shrunk down keyboard structure, I discovered it to be the nicer typer of the 2, at the very least based mostly on my private style.

So, on the finish of the day, it’s as much as you to decide on the display screen, the smoother efficiency and the additional options of the ZenBook Duo UX480 over the ergonomics, portability and extra inexpensive value of the ZenBook UX434. Or the opposite method round. I for one would quite go along with the UX434 amongst these two, however I’d positively think about the opposite possibility on the market as effectively, there are loads that would higher examine your necessities for those who can dwell with a regular design and only a single show. If, then again, you’re offered on the dual-screen, the ZenBook Duo is just about your solely possibility proper now, with the higher-tier ZenBook Duo Professional because the extra succesful different within the 2500+ value vary.

All in all, I can’t wrap this up with out declaring my disappointment within the UX481. It’s going to catch lots of consideration as a dual-screen machine, that’s for positive, however I really feel it will have been a extra succesful pc if Asus caught with a regular form-factor and additional upgraded and refined final 12 months’s ZenBook Professional UX480. As it’s, this 2019 ZenBook Duo UX481 is simply too huge of a compromise to get my suggestion.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been protecting cell computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you may principally discover opinions and thorough guides written by me right here on the location.

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