Asus ZenBook Professional Duo UX581 evaluation (UX581GV- Core i7, RTX 2060, OLED) – dual-screen workhorse
The ZenBook Professional Duo UX581 has been round for a number of months now, and whereas I’ve used it sporadically throughout this time, I needed to spend a bit longer with it than I do with most of our evaluation models, with the intention to determine it out.
Asus calls this “The laptop computer of tomorrow”. In all equity, although, I used to be reluctant of this form-factor at first, giving our previous expertise with the equally designed ROG Zephyrus strains. Surprisingly, it grew on me the extra I used it.
The twin-screens are this laptop computer’s foremost promoting issue, and also you’ll really discover them helpful as you incorporate them in your day by day use expertise, however they’re additionally backed up by a premium development, beefy specs, fairly good IO and a quick keyboard. Alternatively, although, this type of form-factor stays impractical anyplace in addition to on a spacious desk, provides in weight and provides to the pocket book’s whole price.
Down under we’ve gathered all our ideas on the ZenBook Professional Duo, with the stable factors and the quirks, so that you’ll know if that is the fitting alternative for you or not.
Specs as reviewed – Asus ZenBook Duo Professional UX581GV
|Asus ZenBook Duo UX581GV
|Display screen||15.6 inch, 3840 x 2160 px, OLED, shiny, contact, Samsung SDCA029 panel
14 inch, 3840 x 1100 px, IPS, non-glare, contact, BOE BOE085F panel
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, six-core|
|Video||Intel UHD 630 + Nvidia RTX 2060 80W with 6 GB of GDDR6 (Nvidia 441.20)|
|Reminiscence||16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (soldered)|
|Storage||512 TB M.2 PCIe SSD (SK Hynix BK501 HFM512GDJTNG-8310A) – single storage slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.Zero|
|Ports||2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt Three, HDMI, mic/headphone|
|Battery||71 Wh, 230W charger|
|Measurement||359 mm or 14.13” (w) x 246 mm or 9.68” (d) x 24 mm or Zero.94” (h)|
|Weight||5.44 lbs (2.47 kg)+ 1.76 lbs (.eight kg) charger and cables, EU model|
|Extras||white backlit keyboard, 14″ ScreenPad Plus, HD webcam, IR Whats up digicam and near-field mics|
Asus additionally gives a higher-tier configuration of this laptop computer, with a Core i9-9880HK processor, 32 GB of RAm and 1 TB of SSD storage, however in any other case equivalent traits and options.
Design and development
Very like the 14-inch mannequin we’ve already reviewed, the ZenBook Professional Duo is sturdily constructed and appears good. Metallic is used for the whole outer-case, with little to no flex in both the lid or the keyboard-frame, whereas the inside is generally occupied by the screens and keyboard.
Nevertheless, that is somewhat thick and heavy for a 15-inch pocket book with this type of specs, at about an inch thick and a couple of.47 kg (5.5 lbs). And don’t overlook you’ll additionally must account for the power-brick in your backpack, at an additional .eight lbs, which you’ll almost certainly must seize alongside, as battery life is just not one in all this pc’s robust belongings and USB-C charging is just not supported.
The Professional Duo makes use of the identical Ergolift hinge design we’ve seen on most up-to-date ZenBooks, with the main-chassis lifting on rubber ft positioned on the backside of the display with the intention to guarantee improved airflow beneath and a barely inclined typing place. In fact, the keyboard and trackpad have been pushed all the way in which to the entrance by the addition of that secondary show on the prime, a design we’ve experimented on some ROG Zephyrus gaming notebooks prior to now.
This type of design is okay so long as you retain the laptop computer on a desk. Typing seems like typing on a compact common desktop keyboard, and the clickpad on the proper feels pure, since that’s the place you’d usually search for your mouse. Asus even included an arm-rest accent to compensate for the pretty tall entrance lip, which additional emphasizes the necessity for a spacious desk. Nevertheless, this doesn’t bodily or magnetically connect to the precise laptop computer, so that you’ll must consistently modify it should you transfer the laptop computer.
Alternatively, typing on the lap or in cramped areas goes to show a problem with this type of design. On prime of that, with the Ergolift hinges, the display nonetheless solely leans again to about 140 levels.
Nevertheless, this larger ZenBook Professional Duo addresses most of the ergonomics quirks of the smaller 14-inch ZenBook Duo. For example, the rubber ft on the underside are bigger and far grippier, and whereas there’s nonetheless not recess on the entrance lip, you’ll be able to pretty simply seize the display and raise it up with a single hand. The keyboard can be full-size now and fewer compromised, and the clickpad is made out of glass and a bit of bigger as properly.
Extra importantly, the cooling has been fully redesigned, and the exhaust now not blows into the display. These grills behind the hinges are admission intakes, supplemented by further intakes on the stomach, with the exhausts positioned on the lateral sides.
As for the IO, there’s a good number of ports on this ZenBook, with two USB-A slots, USB-C with Thunderbolt Three help, HDMI and audio exit. An SD card-reader would have been additionally a lot appreciated on a creator laptop computer and it’s the one factor I’m lacking, though a few of you may need additionally appreciated a LAN port (there’s an adapter for that) or some type of lock.
All in all, whereas it nonetheless compromises on portability and ergonomics exterior of a flat-surface, the Asus ZenBook Professional Duo UX581 impresses with the construct high quality and makes for a stable desktop-replacement. In actual fact, that is the primary recessed-keyboard design that truly is sensible to me. Asus makes completely clear this isn’t an ultraportable pocket book, the house above is not only wasted for a brand or glass window as on the similarly-designed gaming notebooks of the previous, and the general product is just not as compromised because the smaller ZenBook Duo UX481.
Keyboard and trackpad
You’ll want an ample desk to relaxation this laptop computer on, I hope I already made that completely clear by now. On this case, the truth that the keyboard is shifted down on to the chassis is now not a difficulty. In actual fact, it should really feel so much like typing on a desktop keyboard, with or with out the palm-rest accent connected.
The keyboard itself has a regular structure and an additional set of Operate keys on the proper, above the clickpad, two of them meant to regulate the ScreenPad, one meant to modify between Energy/fan Modes and the facility button.
The typing expertise jogs my memory of the ROG Zephyrus notebooks. The keys really feel good to the contact and are springy, very fast and quiet. Nevertheless, they depress a bit of too simply and actuate shortly, which makes them somewhat unforgiving to straying fingers. For me, that translated in quick typing, however with a good quantity of errors. A number of 1000’s of phrases within the bag, my accuracy has improved, so general I really feel this is among the nicest pocket book keyboards on the market.
Simply don’t count on to sort on the lap, on the thighs or in cramped areas, this ZenBook is a desk pc and I can’t stress this side sufficient.
The keyboard can be backlit, with white LEDs and three depth ranges to select from. Mild creeps annoyingly from beneath the arrows and top-row of Capabilities keys, however that apart, the LEDs are vivid sufficient and pretty uniform.
As for the clickpad, it’s pushed to the fitting facet of the keyboard, and that’s one thing I simply received used to. It feels very pure over there, though you’ll have to transfer your proper hand out from the keyboard to get to it, very like with a daily pc mouse.
That is additionally made out of glass and will get precision drivers, so it feels good to the contact, tracks properly and handles gestures easily. It additionally acts as a NumPad, however with restricted performance, because of the lack of any tactile response.
This clickpad struggled with faucets on our unit, although, generally failing to register the sunshine ones. On the similar time, the floor rattles when tapping it tougher with the intention to compensate for that lack of response.
Nevertheless, its slender floor is by far my greatest nit with this clickpad. You’ll both must pump-up the sensitivity considerably, wherein case the cursor will get over-responsive, or must carry out all types of finger gymnastics to effectively carry out duties that really feel much more pure on common, panorama formed surfaces. This additional provides to the entire desktop-only expertise, and also you’ll almost certainly wish to hook up an exterior mouse with this ZenBook.
Lastly, there’s no finger-sensor applied right here, however you do get an IR digicam on the prime of the display, subsequent to the webcam and microphones.
The twin-screens are the primary promoting factors of the ZenBook Professional Duo UX581.
Asus places a full-size 15.6-inch 4K main-display right here, supplemented by a 14-inch 4K facet display referred to as a ScreenPad Plus, in a slender 32:10 implementation. Each help contact, however the primary display is OLED and shiny, whereas the ScreenPad is IPS and will get an anti-glare coating, with the intention to forestall the reflections from the primary show.
There are nonetheless noticeable variations between the 2 screens when it comes to brightness, picture high quality and the way in which they’re perceived by the attention. Right here’s what to anticipate, based mostly on our Spyder4 sensor.
That is the primary OLED panel:
- Panel HardwareID: Samsung SDCA026;
- Protection: 100% sRGB, 97% AdobeRGB, 100% DCI P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.20;
- Max brightness in the course of the display: 406 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: N/A
- White level: 6900 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: Zero cd/m2;
- PWM: N/A.
And that is the secondary ScreenPad:
- Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE087F ( NV126B5M-N41);
- Protection: 94% sRGB, 68% AdobeRGB, 71% DCI P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.09;
- Max brightness in the course of the display: 263 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 661:1;
- White level:6500 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: Zero.39 cd/m2;
- PWM: N/A.
The OLED is brighter, richer and extra saturated, and in addition will get spectacular viewing angles. The IPS ScreenPad is just not unhealthy both should you’ll take a look at it from the highest, head-on. Nevertheless, with regular use, you’ll consistently take a look at it from a down angle, and that takes a toll on the picture high quality.
This sentiment is tough to explain in phrases, however I consistently discovered myself having to drag over the laptop computer with the intention to learn what’s on the ScreenPad. The content material is readable from an angle as properly, however it’s not as legible. Attempt to have a look at your show from a 50-60 levels backside angle and also you’ll perceive what I imply. That angle is definitely regular for this laptop computer, as you’ll have to put it farther away from you with the intention to get your fingers ontop of the down-shifted keyboard. This design trait pushes the main-display 15-20 cm farther away out of your eyes, which suggests you may need to scale issues up with the intention to make them extra legible on the primary show as properly.
There’s additionally a noticeable distinction between how the 2 look in on a regular basis use, between the deep-blacks of the OLED and the muddy blacks of the IPS. Having the 2 facet by facet makes this distinction much more apparent and makes you surprise why Asus didn’t simply keep on with a single sort of panel, specifically an IPS, as I doubt they might have sourced an ultrawide OLED.
However how about this Screenpad’s usability? I wasn’t satisfied at first, however it grew on me the extra I used it. Home windows sees it as a secondary display and you’ll push there totally different Home windows and apps. For example, you’ll be able to have Spotify and a Youtube clip down there whereas working the browser on the primary display, or possibly put OBS/Discord there whereas taking part in a recreation, or possibly ship there a few of the Photoshop/Premiere facet instruments whereas enhancing on the primary display.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to’t cut up a recreation’s interface and selectively transfer sure UI elements there, that’s one thing that requires additional growth. You can also’t unfold a recreation on each screens as a result of there’s no help for this type of uncommon stacked decision. However the ZenBook Professional Duo is just not a gaming laptop computer within the first place, it’s somewhat a productiveness software, and there’s the place the ScreenPad makes essentially the most sense.
I’m fairly certain it should develop in your as properly and also you’ll discover methods to make it helpful, even should you’ll simply unload secondary duties down there and nonetheless use the primary display as you usually do in your present laptop computer. The usability continues to be restricted by the poor software program adaption to such a slender show, and Asus wants to raised deal with this challenge via software program. For example, I’d like to have the ability to run Youtube/Netflix fullscreen on simply half of the ScreenPad, whereas having Phrase or one other Tab working fullscreen on the opposite, however Home windows doesn’t permit that proper now. I’d additionally wish to see additional growth for third-party companion apps that might make higher use of this ScreenPad, particularly for the skilled software program this laptop computer targets: Premiere, Photoshop, Blender, Excel, and so forth.
There’s additionally the side of whether or not you’d get higher productiveness with a secondary exterior monitor. In all equity, you in all probability would, and also you’d find yourself cheaper as properly, however you’d have two issues to hold round with you, not only a single pocket book.
The ScreenPad additional provides as much as its trigger by doubling as a possible drawing/note-taking board. Asus features a battery-powered pen within the pack.
I’ve given it a try to it really works, however it’s not extraordinarily exact and exhibits a small delay between your motion and the response. I additionally really feel that palm-rejection must be improved, resting the hand on the floor whereas drawing and taking notes is problematic. On prime of that, because of the ScreenPad’s positioning, there’s additionally probability you’ll hit keys in the course of the course of, so that you’ll almost certainly must disable the keyboard. I’m not a creator/artist, however as a daily person, I’m not pleased with these compromises and somewhat choose an exterior drawing-pad as a substitute. What do you assume?
With all these out of the way in which, we additionally want to handle one other elephant within the room: the OLED show. I’m an enormous fan of OLED screens for his or her glorious distinction and blacks, they’re wonderful for Netflix and video typically. However is OLED appropriate for on a regular basis use on a pocket book? Right here are some things to bear in mind:
- Burn-in is one thing to think about long-term with an OLED-laptop, given the quantity of static content material on Home windows, just like the menu and browser bar, and so forth. There aren’t any conclusive assessments on OLED-laptops, however you’ll discover assessments for OLED TVs and burn-in can nonetheless turn into a difficulty even with the extra superior know-how out there right this moment.
- blacks and distinction are excellent on an OLED show, because of the know-how’s means to individually management pixels. We didn’t discover any panel bleeding with our pattern.
- OLED shows have an quantity of graininess. It’s noticeable at first, however you’ll get used to it shortly. There’s an image under evaluating the OLED and IPS screens that illustrate the distinction.
- OLEDs wrestle with darker grey shades. First, there’s what’s referred to as “black crush”, the place very darkish greys are interpreted as blacks. In our instance under, the 5% grey is interpreted as black on the OLED and not-distinguishable from the Black (Zero%), however the two are distinct on the IPS display.
- OLEDs additionally undergo from grey-bending. On our pattern, we seen it on a darker shade of gray (image under).
- Energy draw – since every pixel is managed individually, OLEDs are inclined to require numerous energy when displaying vivid colourful/white content material, with a significant affect on battery life.
- Colour saturation varies between brightness ranges, that’s why it is best to correctly calibrate the panel on the brightness you’re planning to make use of it. I additionally seen some slight shade gamut variation within the corners, which is one thing else to bear in mind in your shade correct work.
- Lastly, OLED flicker is one thing to think about. OLEDs don’t expertise the identical type of flickering you’re getting on low-frequency LED panels. As an alternative, OLED panels are present pushed, and so far as I perceive, they solely flicker for sure forms of darker greys. I can’t inform how a lot that may trouble you with precise use, simply that I didn’t discover it throughout my time with the laptop computer. Nevertheless, OLED eye pressure is one thing folks have reported on OLED telephones, so you may also expertise it with OLED laptops, particularly because you’re going to stare at this display for for much longer.
Backside level, OLED panels look spectacular and this specific model on the Zenbook Professional Duo additionally has some spectacular stats to again that up.
Nevertheless, there are additionally all these particularities to think about when searching for an OLED laptop computer, and personally, I’d somewhat get a premium IPS LED show and never must cope with them. Sadly, although, that’s not an possibility for the Zenbook Professional Duo, because it solely comes with an OLED main-screen. Hopefully, Asus will take into account that for his or her 2020 replace.
, efficiency and improve choices
Our Zenbook Professional Duo UX581VD is the base-level configuration you’ll discover in shops, with the six-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB SK Hynix SSD and the Nvidia RTX 2060 80W graphics chip with eight GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
Asus additionally gives a better tier variant with a Core i9-9880HK processor, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, for $500 extra ($3K for the highest variant, $2.5K for the one we examined right here). These attention-grabbing in a work-station would possibly favor this mannequin for 2 causes: the sooner eight-core processor and the quantity of RAM. RAM is soldered on this pocket book, so that you’ll have to stay with what you purchase from the get-go. As for that i9 processor, don’t count on it to run as in a full-size desktop substitute, however based mostly on our expertise with this i7 model and different evaluations, it ought to present a 20-25% efficiency enhance in duties that may profit from these further cores and better clocks.
However let’s get again to our evaluation unit. It’s a retail mannequin, equivalent to those you’ll find in shops, at ran on BIOS 204 and the newest drivers out there as of late-November 2019.
As talked about above, storage and the wi-fi chip are the one issues you’ll be able to improve right here. Getting inside is pretty straightforward and requires you to take away the metallic back-panel, maintain in place by a number of screws seen across the sides. The pocket book will get a single M.2 storage slot, so it should help as much as 2 TB SSDs. It’s as much as you whether or not that’s sufficient in your wants or not, however be mindful there’s additionally Thunderbolt Three for quick exterior storage.
So far as the day by day expertise goes, the Zenbook Professional Duo simply handles on a regular basis use, whereas working cool and quiet with these types of actions. Particulars within the logs under, which additionally embody the vitality necessities with these chores.
Deactivating the ScreenPad has a major affect on the battery runtimes, and it’s one thing we positively advocate when watching films.
Nonetheless, you’re not going to get this laptop computer for films and shopping. It’s a work-horse, so let’s see the way it can deal with demanding hundreds.
First, we check the CPU’s efficiency in demanding hundreds by working 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. You don’t get efficiency profiles on this ZenBook, so we’re utilizing the inventory settings for this check, with the followers on Turbo. There’s additionally an Auto fan-profile and you’ll swap between them with the devoted key above the clickpad. Nevertheless, whereas Auto retains the followers quieter with day by day use, we couldn’t report any noticeable distinction between the 2 with video games and different demanding hundreds.
Again to our check, the CPU settles for round Three.Zero-Three.1 GHz after a number of Cinebench runs, scores of 1000+ factors, a TDP of 45 W and temperatures of round 86-88 levels Celsius. Which means the CPU is generally Energy restricted on this case.
We proceeded to enhance this conduct by undervolting the CPU. Our unit proved secure at -125 mV, which resulted in speeds of Three.Three-Three.Four GHz, 60W+ TDP, temperatures of round 95 levels Celsius and scores of solely round 1060+ factors. In different phrases, whereas Energy is now not a difficulty, the efficiency continues to be throttled by the excessive CPU temperatures that forestall it to achieve its max potential frequencies of three.9-Four.Zero GHz. In consequence, the Cinebench rating is just about 85% of what the CPU is able to in top-tier thermal implementations, just like the ROG Scar III.
The efficiency on battery was surprisingly stable, although, on one in all our samples, with the CPU consistently working at 45W TDP and returning scores of round 1000 factors.
Nevertheless, we additionally reran this check on one other UX581 pattern, an equivalent configuration to the primary one, and that now not did the identical on battery, however as a substitute throttled the CPU to 20W. Each our check models had been retail variants with the identical specs and BIOS/drivers, and I can’t clarify what causes the variation. The outcomes whereas plugged in the place very shut between the 2 models.
So far as the Core i9-9880HK fashions go, our findings above recommend that the thermal module won’t be best for cooling a excessive TDP Espresso Lake CPU. Nonetheless, the identical Cinebench loop check returns scores of round 1550 factors in Notebookcheck’s evaluation, which is a major enchancment from our Core i7 unit. Nevertheless, based mostly on their evaluations, followers additionally ran sooner and louder on their unit, which could clarify the variations. We haven’t examined the i9 variant ourselves so we will’t additional touch upon this side.
Subsequent, we transfer on to check the efficiency in mixed CPU and GPU assessments. We try this by working the 3DMark Stress check, in addition to the Luxmark Three.1 check. The laptop computer passes the 3DMark assessments with each inventory and undervolted settings. Nonetheless, from the logs under you’ll discover that the CPU/GPU temperatures are simply minorly affected by the CPU’s undervolt.
The Luxmark stress check exhibits that the CPU and GPU can each run easily in longer demanding hundreds, with the CPU averaging a TDP of 45 W and the GPU averaging its 80W inventory TDP. Each parts attain excessive temperatures although, of 95+ C for the CPU and 80+ C for the GPU. Alternatively, the CPU is vastly restricted and the GPU drops to round 30W whereas the laptop computer is unplugged, which means that the Professional Duo will wrestle with demanding mixed CPU+GPU hundreds on this case.
We discovered these outcomes constant on each our check models.
Subsequent we’ve added a set of benchmarks, for these of you interested by the numbers. Firstly, right here’s what we received on the inventory profile.
- 3DMark 11: 16326 (Graphics – 19506, Physics – 11725);
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 13231 (Graphics – 14878, Physics – 13768);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5723 (Graphics – 5717, CPU – 5759);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3234;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3349;
- GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1064, Multi-core: 5198;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1132 cb, CPU Single Core 171 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 2537 cb;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 54.16 s.
Then we reran a few of them on the -100 mV undervolted CPU and inventory GPU. We dialed again to -100 mV with the intention to forestall any stability points.
- 3DMark 11: 16608 (Graphics – 19630, Physics – 12051);
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 13341 (Graphics – 14812, Physics – 14791);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5748 (Graphics – 5707, CPU – 5999);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3225;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3496;
- GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1159, Multi-core: 5880;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1182 cb, CPU Single Core 181 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 2728 cb;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 51.28 s.
On prime of those, given the character of this product, we additionally ran a few benchmarks that simulate workstation-grade duties, and gathered the outcomes under:
- Blender 2.80 – BMW Automobile scene- GPU Compute (CUDA): Time – 7:04.51 (UV);
- Blender 2.80 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: Time – 16:44.98 (UV);
- Blender 2.80 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute (CUDA): n/a;
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: 25523;
- SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 127.33;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 90.26;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 116.58;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Power: 14.7;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 142.68;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Medical: 38.57;
- SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 75.16;
- SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 14.02;
- SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 63.06.
For the creators amongst you, for the reason that RTX 2060 is the equal of a Quadro RTX 3000 when it comes to efficiency, you’ll be able to evaluate the outcomes above with these on the i7/RTX 3000 Quadro pocket book reviewed right here.
General, these outcomes are in-line with our earlier findings. The GPU performs properly throughout the board in these assessments, just about as you’d count on from an 80W RTX 2060. Nevertheless, it does run hotter inside this ZenBook Professional than with most traditional form-factor notebooks with related specs, that’s why we didn’t proceed to additional overclock it, as we do in most of our different evaluations. You may, in fact, give it a attempt, however I wouldn’t count on important features.
As for the CPU, it performs inside 10-15% of its most potential based mostly on our findings, resulting from thermal throttling kicking in with longer hundreds.
Lastly, we additionally ran a number of video games on the ZenBook Professional Duo UX581, though this isn’t primarily a gaming pocket book. We examined these titles on the display’s native UHD decision and on FHD, each with the undervolted CPU, inventory GPU settings and followers on the Turbo profile.
|FHD UV||4K UV|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)||80 fps||32 fps|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset)||117 fps||46 fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA)||65 fps||31 fps|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)||66 fps||– fps|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four)||62-98 fps||32-40 fps|
- Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
- Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.
These outcomes are inside 20% of the perfect performing i7/2060 fashions we’ve examined thus far with inventory RTX 2060 90W settings, like this MSI GE65 Raider. They’re additionally inside 10% of essentially the most reasonably priced RTX 2060 80W notebooks, just like the Lenovo Legion Y540 or the Acer Predator Helios 300. It’s additionally value including that the 1% drop pretty low on this pocket book, almost certainly because of the CPU’s thermal limitations, and that causes some noticeable stuttering infrequently. Add in the truth that you solely get a 60 Hz show right here, and we will conclude that whereas the Zenbook Professional Duo can deal with video games, it’s not one thing it is best to get primarily for this goal.
The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5 and Witcher Three on the inventory profile. You’ll discover that the CPU runs at above 90 levels Celsius and 30W+, whereas the GPU sits at round 77-79 C and 80W.
Undervolting the CPU helps decrease the temperatures in Witcher Three, however hardly impacts something within the extra CPU-heavy Far Cry 5, with little to no impact on the efficiency in both case.
Asus additionally gives an Auto fan profile, and on our samples, the followers carried out just about the identical with video games in each instances.
Lastly, on battery the CPU and GPU drop in efficiency, so don’t count on to play demanding video games whereas unplugged.
In conclusion, this specific configuration of the ZenBook Professional Duo performs properly for what it’s. Nevertheless, thermals are problematic and that’s why each the CPU and GPU run at excessive temperatures with video games and different demanding hundreds.
That doesn’t have an effect on the GPU’s benchmarks scores, however it does restrict the CPU by 10-15% of what it could do in high-performance notebooks with higher cooling, like on the Asus ROG Scar III and the MSI GE65 Raider gaming notebooks. It additionally takes a toll on FPS leads to precise video games. Moreover, the excessive GPU temperatures restrict overclocking, that’s why most of the different RTX 2060 80W fashions that permit overclocking are capable of rating 10-15% higher in GPU chores and as much as 20% higher in video games.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
We’re not going to beat across the bush, CPU/GPU thermals aren’t nice on this laptop computer. Nevertheless, that’s somewhat stunning given the complexity of the thermal design. Different laptops higher deal with the identical parts with easier cooling options, that’s why I requested Asus for a second evaluation unit and reran all our assessments. The outcomes had been constant between the 2, although: the CPU runs sizzling and that impacts the efficiency in most demanding duties, both work-related or video games.
From what I can inform, maybe higher air-intake cuts on the underside would have helped. As it’s, there’s solely a small grill on prime of the CPU/GPU, however none on prime of the followers. In fact, the thermal module additionally attracts air from behind the hinge, so I can’t inform how a lot of a distinction that might have made.
I might additionally take into account rising the followers’ pace on the Turbo fan profile. NBC’s evaluation mentions the followers ramping as much as 50 dB on Turbo, however ours solely jumped 40-42 dB in each the Auto and the Turbo modes, so maybe Asus by some means nerfed them in a newer BIOS replace. It’s good to have quiet followers on Auto, however I wouldn’t thoughts for them spinning sooner on Turbo if it will translate in higher efficiency when wanted.
With day by day use the followers relaxation quiet, inactive more often than not, and barely kick in with heavier multitasking. I additionally haven’t seen any coil whine or digital noises, so there’s actually nothing to complain right here.
The outer-case does run mildly heat with the passive followers, however even at high-30s the underside stays snug for lap use. In actual fact, this chassis does a superb job of isolating the warmth inside, because the case temperatures stay glorious even with video games and different demanding hundreds, regardless of the ’s excessive temperatures.
*Each day Use – streaming Netflix on Edge for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (largely off)
*Load Tweaked – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (40-42 dB)
For connectivity, there’s WiFi 6 and Bluetooth on this laptop computer. We’ve largely used our pattern on wi-fi, and it labored OK, however slower than different related implementations with our setup and even slower than most WiFi 5 variants.
There’s little house inside this laptop computer reserved for the speaker chambers, that are positioned on the perimeters and hearth via some small cuts. The side-angle permits the sound to bounce out simply, and the general high quality is above common, with good mids and highs and a few respectable lows. Nevertheless, these audio system are on the quiet facet, at round 72-73 dB at head-level in our assessments. On prime of that, you’ll almost certainly not use them at max anyway, as a result of they trigger vibrations within the arm-rest at volumes above 70%.
Lastly, this laptop computer additionally will get a webcam and the microphones, each positioned on the prime of the display, subsequent to the IR cameras for Home windows Whats up. The webcam high quality is mediocre at finest, although, very like with different present notebooks.
There’s a 71 Wh battery inside this Zenbook Professional Duo, which is averagely sized for a top-tier efficiency laptop computer today.
You additionally get Optimus, however with the 2 screens and hungry , don’t count on a lot when it comes to runtimes. Right here’s what we received, with the primary display set at round 120 nits of brightness (40%) and the Screedpad switched off.
- 17 W (~Four+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12.5 W (~5 h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 13 W (~5 h 30 min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 23 W (~Three h of use) – shopping in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 51 W (~1 h 15 min of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Max Efficiency Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.
Activating the Screenpad at 50% brightness takes an extra toll on these numbers:
- 17.Four W (~Four- h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 16 W (~Four+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
Nevertheless, resulting from its positioning, you’ll almost certainly must preserve the ScreenPad at a fair greater brightness degree with the intention to make the content material simply legible from that sharp angle.
One thing else to bear in mind is the truth that OLED screens eat much less with black content material and essentially the most with gentle content material. Which means it is best to swap to Darkish modes with the intention to favor daily-use battery life and it is best to count on your mileage to differ based mostly on what’s on the display, from as little as 2 and as excessive as 5 hours of on a regular basis use.
I’ll additionally add that the laptop computer comes with a mid-sized 230W energy brick, which weighs 1.eight lbs (.eight kg) within the two-piece European model, together with the cables. That’s one thing to bear in mind as you’ll almost certainly have to hold it round in your backpack, since this doesn’t cost by way of USB-C.
Value and availability
The Asus ZenBook Professional Duo UX581 has been available in shops for a number of months now.
Our test-model is the lower-tier out there configuration that goes for roughly $2500 within the US and round 3000 EUR in Europe. That’s for the Core i7, RTX 2060, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage.
The next-tier variant can be out there, with the Core i9-9880HK processor and 32 GB of RAM, for $2999 within the US and 3500 EUR in Europe.
Pricing and configurations would possibly differ between areas, so it is best to examine your native retailers or websites like Amazon for potential reductions.
You’re positively requested a premium for this pc, and that accounts for the top-tier construct high quality and supplies, the specs, and particularly for the form-factor and people dual-screens.
In actual fact, this product solely is sensible if such a dual-screen design is one thing you need to completely have. I’m not going to argue over the ScreenPad’s utility, I’ll simply say that it’ll almost certainly develop in your the identical method it did on me. I got here in with little expectations, however ended up utilizing it usually, largely out-loading numerous side-activities from the primary show.
So if you need this type of a dual-screen pocket book with succesful specs and options, properly, this ZenBook Professional Duo is your solely alternative, and arguably a reasonably good product, regardless of its quirks. Amongst these, there’s the T-Rex performance on the lap, the pretty heavy weight in comparison with different choices, the considerably restricted CPU efficiency in demanding hundreds and the multitude of elements that it’s good to account for with an OLED laptop computer show.
After which there’s the pricing. You will get a Core i7/RTX 2060 gaming laptop computer for as little as $1100 today, or better-balanced merchandise that carry out smother and are method much less compromised for round $1500-$1700. It’s also possible to discover OLED screens in additional moveable form-factors as properly, if that’s what you’re after.
In different phrases, the overwhelming majority of you’re going to get higher worth in a special laptop computer. Which means the Zenbook Professional Duo UX581 is just not the rational alternative, however on the similar time, it’s such a singular and totally different pocket book that it would simply make sense for a few of you. Therefore our Four/5 ranking. Nonetheless, be sure you purchase this from a good retailer that correctly handles guarantee claims and throw in prolonged guarantee on prime, it may be value it down the highway.
That’s about it for this evaluation. Get in contact under together with your suggestions and questions, I’d love to listen to what you concentrate on this ZenBook Professional Duo UX581.