We are going to check out the very special
Asus Zenbook Duo today, which is probably one of the most innovative devices that we
have seen in a long time. And while on the first look, it may look like
another one of those cool concept devices that you actually cannot use for daily use,
the usability and practicality of it is surprisingly good, and we are going to see what the reasons
for that are. Hey guys, I am Siddharth, and this is Asus
Zenbook Duo UX481F Review So starting with the build and design, I have
to say that this laptop is built way better than I was expecting because it looks kind
of fragile with its dual screens when you see it in images. But it has a really great metal construction,
and it feels very reassuringly heavy and well built. There isn’t any flex in its base, and even
the screen has minimal flex in it. This isn’t the thinnest or lightest of the
laptops on market at 2 centimeters weighing 1.5 kilograms, but I totally don’t mind
that on this device with its extra features and construction, and it still feels compact
in hand. The laptop raises itself a little when you
open it because of the hinge design, and this improves the thermals and also tilts the keyboard
at a comfortable angle. On the left side, we have a full sized HDMI
port, along with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A and Type C Ports, and on the right side, we have
another USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A Port, along with a combined headphone and microphone jack,
and then we have a micro SD card, so you definitely won’t have to permanently attach a dongle
to this to make it usable like Macbooks. We have a 1080p 14 inch IPS panel as the primary
display which has really thin bezels, and this has a really really good primary display. The colors are VERY accurate and properly
saturated, which isn’t a surprise as it is color calibrated by Pantone, and it also
gets pretty bright. The blacks are surprisingly deep*, the matte
coating on it is very effective*, the viewing angles are also really good*, and full HD
looks pretty sharp on a 14 inch screen. The second display is also as wide as the
14 inch panel, but here we have a 1920 by 515 resolution. This display is also pretty good, but you
are always looking at it from an angle so it doesn’t look its best, even though it
also has very good viewing angles. The second display has been really well implemented
on this, and ASUS has done a really great job in executing this concept on their first
try. So windows basically sees this as a second
monitor, and that is a really great thing, because you can just use it as another monitor
instead of being limited to proprietary features. With a single tap, you can enable or disable
it, and with another dedicated button, you can also make the opened windows switch screens,
which makes it much easier than needing to drag them with mouse. You do get a pen with this model, because
the second display on this model is a touchscreen, and while it would have been really great
to have a touchscreen on the primary display too, like the more expensive models in the
Zenbook Duo lineup, the touch screen experience limited to the second display can also be
very useful. You can use it to write with pen, or even
use the touchscreen on the second display to scroll webpages. Asus has also added some extra features which
let you make better use of it, so you can extend any panel to both the screens easily,
and can easily send any window to the second screen, and this makes making use of the second
screen much easier. The extra features they have added are also
great, and being able to add a number pad, or handwriting input are some of the really
great and practical uses of this second display, and this can even be used to sketch things,
or make graphics in apps like photoshop or illustrator. This display is controlled individually, so
you have to use its own menu to control its brightness and some other settings. One missed opportunity with the second display
is that Asus could have used it as a really big mouse pad when you are not using it as
a screen, but there may have been hardware limitations for a functionality like this,
and something like this should be possible with software. The thing that can make buying this laptop
a confusing decision is the keyboard layout. because until you try it, you won’t know
if this unique layout is practical and comfortable enough for daily use, because the touchpad
is also in an unconventional position with an unconventional shape. This setup is quite different from other laptops,
but on a table it’s really not an issue as you’re still able to type comfortably,
so if it’s put on any surface, there aren’t any downsides to this layout. But on your lap, using it is a different experience. So to be able to comfortably type on it, you
have to keep it a little further away from yourself so that your hands are at a proper
distance, and you don’t have proper support for your palms, so you have to make some adjustments. You can get used to it quickly, and it is
usable, but it’s not as easy to use in your lap as a regular laptop. But the keys on it are really good, there’s
good travel in them, and they are also backlit, which is nice. You have a proper full sized arrow key layout
which is great to have here, and they also didn’t do anything funny with the other
keys on the keyboard, so the backspace, delete and shift keys are in their proper positions_. The only issue I had was that sometimes your
pinkie finger can touch the touchpad, which can make the cursor go to random positions
while typing, but you can disable and enable it with a single key press. Other than that, the touch pad is pretty good
and feels natural to have on the right side of the keyboard, and the mouse buttons are
also really good, but you may have to increase the sensitivity in Windows to be able to navigate
around with a single tap as you have limited horizontal space. The speakers on this Zenbook are branded by
harman/kardon, and while they have a really great sound quality and fullness to them for
laptop speakers, the down firing configuration means that they don’t sound their best when
you put them on a table, but using on your lap gives you a really great audio experience. We have Intel’s 10th generation Core i5
CPU in this model, and the really great thing about it is that unlike the previous generation
Core i5s, this is a 4 core 8 thread processor, and combined with 8 GB of RAM, and Nvidia
mx250 this laptop is pretty decently powered for doing everyday tasks, and this will also
be able to easily handle some productivity workloads like video editing in Full HD. By adding 20 thousand Rupees, you can also
go with the higher spec model which has a 10th Gen Core i7, 1 TB nvme storage, and 16
GB RAM if you need to do more demanding work on it. We have a decent quality camera on front and
this is how it looks and sounds like and you can disable this camera with one of the function
keys, and we also have Windows Hello support along with it, so you can login with your
face. For gaming, The MX250 is definitely not nearly
powerful enough to handle modern AAA titles, but you should be able to play some esports
and some older titles well enough on this, like Rocket league runs pretty well maxed
out on full HD The thermal performance is also good, as you
have the air exhaust at the screen hinge which throws hot air upwards, so it doesn’t get
blocked like laptops with a conventional design, and the fans are very slightly audible when
it’s working on full load. There is some throttling when using synthetic
stress tests, but for everyday tasks you are not going to be facing issues. The half terabyte of NVME SSD, also makes
sure that you are getting super fast app launching and boot times, and the horsepower of other
components we have on board really gives it a very responsive and lag free experience,
and it’s really great to have powerful enough specs in addition to the extra features without
having a crazy high price point. Battery life is going to depend a lot on what
you are doing, but with its 71 Wh battery you should be able to make it to 7 or 8 hours
with typical usage, but for long intensive workloads, you may want to plug in the charger
provided in the box, where you will also find this nice carrying sleeve that ASUS has packed
in. By the way, make sure that you are subscribed
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cooler than this one. So in conclusion, I think it’s very rare
in the world of tech to have a concept that is as groundbreaking as this in a device that
actually adds value and makes it more usable instead of just being a gimmick. The Zenbook Duo not only offers something
totally new on the table, but also builds a very strong foundation around its additional
display which makes it a very practical addition, and results in a device that can be easily
used as a daily driver. Even ignoring the additional display, it is
a very solid laptop in general, with a great construction and enough horsepower to handle
more than just your everyday tasks. So with the design and features of this laptop
in mind, I was thinking that it would start and a price point of 1.5 Lakh rupees, and
while the more expensive models go up to 2.5 Lakh price range, this particular model at
less than 90,000 Rs. Is something that I consider to be a great
value for money. Aside from some awkwardness with the keyboard
position, I think that this is a really great choice, especially for people who have to
manage doing multiple tasks on their laptop, and once you figure out how to make an effective
use of the secondary display, you may not want to go back to a laptop with a conventional
design. So let me know what you think about this dual
screen laptop in the comments section below, and I’ll also have links to this in the video
description so you can buy it or check the current prices. Give this video a thumbs up of you liked it,
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ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 FL Review: is ‘Laptop of Tomorrow’ Good for Today?
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2 thoughts on “ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 FL Review: is ‘Laptop of Tomorrow’ Good for Today?

  • December 13, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Please try and upload a video of comparison between zenbook duo and zenbook with screenpad 2.0

  • December 13, 2019 at 10:09 am


  • December 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Sir, please suggest some good power backup for router/modem.


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