ZenBook Duo 14

WE TRIED IT: THE ASUS ZENBOOK DUO 14

The ZenBook Duo 14 is a revitalized design of the prior ZenBook 14, bringing together the fresh Asus dual-screen layout with Intel processing power.

 

  • Asus has seen significant growth and market share over the past 12-months in South Africa.
  • Demand for laptops in 2020/21 driven predominantly by Work from Home and Home Schooling.
  • The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 brings multi-screen comfort on the road.
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What makes the ZenBook Duo 14 standout from its competitors is the additional screen, which takes away some keyboard space, but adds a whole new workflow. What Asus calls the ‘ScreenPad Plus’ extends or adds a whole new dimension of workspace, allowing users to watch a video whilst working on emails or pulling up two spreadsheets and the same time and compare columns. The usefulness of having two screens is endless, even if it does take some adjusting – speaking of which, the ScreenPad Plus has a unique lift element, which improves visibility of the second screen, along with anti-glare coating, and aids with air-flow.

 

ZenBook Duo 14
ZenBook Duo 14 gives you a superbly immersive viewing experience, with a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display that’s super-bright — up to 400 nits — and has ultraslim bezels for an expansive 93% screen-to-body ratio. Image: The Sandton Times

The device is beautifully designed, comfortable to the touch, and opens smoothly, displaying the keyboard and two screens. The main 14-inch screen supports touch gestures with bold, bright graphics that both those working long hours and creatives will love. The dual-screen setup offers many combinations of workflow i.e. swapping screens around, working across two or three windows, swopping windows around across the two screens, or even using one window across two screens at the press of a button or through a simple drag and drop.

 

Another major demand from users over the past 18-months, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is the requirement for remote work capabilities including camera and microphone features. The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 comes with the ASUS AI Noise-Cancelling Audio, which optimizes both hearings and being heard in any environment. The ClearVoice Speaker function removes all background noises, apart from voices, to ensure clearer communication.

 

ZenBook Duo 14
ZenBook Duo 14 is engineered with the new Active Aerodynamic System Plus, which uses the ErgoLift hinge mechanism and tilting ScreenPad Plus to increase overall cooling airflow by 49%. Image: The Sandton Times

The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 also has a few input ports, including a MicroSD card reader which is really useful for those into digital photography, wanting to seamlessly transfer photos or footage. Then there is a USB 3.2 port and a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as an HDMI port and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports.

 

The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 boasts up to 17-hours of battery life, even with two screens, as well as speed charging of the device’s battery up to 60% in less than 50-minutes.

 

ZenBook 14 Duo
ZenBook Duo 14 is powered by up to an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. Image: The Sandton Times

The major marketing hook of this release by Asus is the second screen, along with its related software enhancements, which is hugely attractive as demands on portable devices increase. For those creatives and number crunchers finding comfort in working across multiple screens, this one’s for you!

 

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