Two-screen laptops are rapidly changing into a minor pattern, with a number of producers leaping in on the idea. Asus has invested probably the most within the concept, delivering a number of fashions of dual-screen laptops underneath the “Duo” identify. The newest, sizzling out of all-virtual CES 2021, is an replace to the ZenBook Duo 14 (begins at $999.99), the smallest entry within the lineup. We have been capable of get our arms on a unit previous to the present to deliver you our impressions, and whereas there are nonetheless some compromises concerned in getting two screens right into a compact chassis, it’s a powerful feat nonetheless. This system is even trimmer than the unique (nearer to an ultraportable, although nonetheless not fully there, at 3.53 kilos), and it packs new parts and options. Read on for our impressions.
The Duo Difference: All About the Second Screen
Asus’ dual-screen design, whether or not within the type of the ZenBook Pro Duo, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, or right here within the 14-inch ZenBook Duo, is inarguably a head turner. Other producers have dabbled with two display designs, however Asus’ take is an all-in method that, if nothing else, could be very visually compelling.
The ZenBook Duo 14 merely takes the idea and shrinks it down. Both of the opposite Duo laptops use 15.6-inch primary screens, however because the identify implies, this model bears a smaller 14-inch display. The second show, named the ScreenPad Plus, can also be smaller at 12.6 inches. The primary display is full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), whereas the ScreenPad Plus has an uncommon 1,920-by-515 pixel decision as a result of its distinctive rectangular form.
Both shows are touch-enabled and have a most of 400 nits of brightness, up from the unique to make the shows (significantly the smaller one) simpler to see. The ScreenPad Plus additionally rises off the keyboard deck at an angle as you open the laptop computer from clamshell place, tilting towards you for a greater viewing angle…
This additionally opens up airflow for followers positioned beneath the display, which helps the laptop computer keep cool. These followers have extra blades than the followers on the unique laptop computer for improved cooling, when you’re beginning to see a pattern right here. An identical design is used within the laptop computer itself, elevating up off the desk as you open the primary show with its so-called “ErgoLift” hinge to enhance airflow and offer you a extra snug typing angle.
If you are unfamiliar with the dual-screen idea on the whole, the underside display serves as a small second show, like a further monitor would. You can pull any utility or window right down to the ScreenPad Plus from the primary show for use as a reference or for a fast faucet, relying what you may have there.
The display isn’t tall, so this isn’t ultimate for all use circumstances, however it’s helpful to maintain your information and folders accessible,