Asus has updated its dual screen Zenbook Duo and Zenbook Duo Pro laptops at CES 2021, And despite actually being on display this year, Gadgets was able to spend some time with the 360 demo unit. The Genbook Duo series now has updated internals and an auto-tilt mechanism that enhances their secondary screens to a more comfortable viewing angle. The The original Genbook duo series The first Computex was unveiled in 2019, After which Asus showed about it ROG Zephyrus duo Based on the same rugged design, but with an increased secondary screen to help with air flow and ergonomics. That small change is now back in the Genbook lineup, and it makes a huge difference.
The Giant Secondary screen, also known as the Asus ScreenPad +, extends across the width of the bottom of the Zenbook Duo. It matches the horizontal resolution of the main display, so you can treat it like a second monitor that is aligned vertically rather than horizontally. With the original Genbook Duo, the screenpad + was flat and compatible with the keyboard, making it a little harder to use. When I reviewed that laptop, I hunch very often and lean forward. The new approach will solve that problem to some extent.
Asus combines its ‘Ergolift’ key action, which enhances the entire bottom deck with this new auto-lift mechanism so that the screenpad + angles are automatically when you open the lid. The angle goes up to 7 degrees and cannot be adjusted beyond that. Thankfully, the increased panel does not obscure the bottom of the main screen at any angle. My demo unit came with a stylus, and did not bend or bend when the screenpad + was pressed.
The mechanism feels solid enough, but if you try to close the lid of the laptop it looks like a pencil accidentally dropped under the screenpad +. Finger pinch should not be too risky but it is better to handle this laptop gently. I’m a little wary of dust and fluff as the gap is relatively narrow and difficult to clean, but the Asus has a protective sleeve.
Both the main display and the screenpad + have matte finishes, which reduce the reflections somewhat. Resolutions 1920×1080 and 1920×515 respectively. When it comes to internal hardware, we have 11Th General Intel ‘Tiger LakeCPU with ‘integrated’ Intel Xe Graphics And the optional discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU. My demo unit includes 32GB RAM and 1TB NVM SSD, but the exact specifications vary.
Genbook duo UX482E a Intel Evo stickerThat is, it is designed to meet a set of requirements in terms of weight, performance and battery life. It is 16.9mm thick and has relatively narrow screen borders, making room for a webcam in a normal space. Asus claims 17 hours of battery life, and this laptop can be charged via USB Type-C.
On the left are two Type-C lightning ports and a full-size HDMI port, plus one Type-A port, a 3.5mm audio socket and on the right a microSD card slot. The keyboard layout has been improved compared to the first generation and now we have a more sensitive arrow cluster and the shift keys are in the right place. There is still a vertical trackpad that is not suitable for left hand users. In terms of comfort, the keyboard is located at the lower edge of the body, which becomes uncomfortable over time.
Asus has improved its software and you can easily move programs from one screen to another. You can set up batches to launch multiple programs and tile them automatically on both screens. Both are touch-capable so the screenpad + acts as a control surface in some software.
Overall, Asus seems to have improved the design of its original Genbook Duo series and the new model should be more practical for everyday use. Information about price and availability in India is not yet known. Stay tuned for the news on when Gadgets 360 will launch in India.
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