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Review ZenBook Pro Duo 15: two screens now more powerful | Digital Trends Spanish

ZenBook Pro Duo 15 review: the dual-screen laptop is now more powerful


  • 4K screen looks great

  • The secondary panel has been improved

  • The processor and GPU are pure power


  • You definitely need at least one extra USB port

In the world of laptops today there are two segments, more or less, well marked. On the one hand, there are general-purpose laptops, in which there are equipment of various price ranges and capacities, and on the other hand, there are laptops. gamer, which have more power and are mainly intended for video games.

But there is another segment that perhaps is not talked about much and that is that of luxury laptops. And to that segment belongs this new generation of the ZenBook Pro Duo 15Equipment that has top-of-the-line specifications but also has a second screen.

And someone will wonder how there can be a second screen in a laptop, without taking away, precisely, the adjective laptop. And yes, it is possible: that screen goes just above the keyboard and is basically an extension of the main screen, which in certain contexts makes using a computer like this much more comfortable and easier.

But first of all, let’s talk about specs. This ZenBook Pro Duo is, as I mentioned before, top of the line. The processor is a tenth generation Intel Core i9 at 3 Ghz speed, plus 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, 1 TB of nVME SSD storage and an NVIDIA 3070 graphics card. high, except for the video card which is not the most advanced from NVIDIA, but it is close.

Now, the screens deserve a special mention. The main screen is a touch panel, OLED and 4K resolution. The fact of being tactile, for a laptop like this, makes it super comfortable because one can rightly use the fingers to do scroll on the screen or touch buttons or items when working with any type of software. And it is also 4K, which at 15.6 inches in size may seem even unnecessary but this is a luxury notebook. And many times the luxuries go hand in hand with the unnecessary

But there is also what Asus calls the ScreenPad, the second screen that is a 14-inch diagonal IPS panel, also high resolution at 3840 x 1100 pixels, and which is complemented by the use of a stylus. For obvious reasons, this display isn’t quite as bright or thin as the main OLED, but it’s pretty good for primarily complementary use.

The ZenBook Pro Duo is aimed at users who are dedicated to creating content. Whether designers who work with images, photographs, graphics or etcetera, or people who work in video or audio editing and who would normally use two screens on a desktop computer. The ZenBook, having so much power, is basically a portable option for more professional users. And I say it like this because really this equipment offers a very good and very comfortable experience, but the truth is that it does not make sense to use it only to navigate, view multimedia or more mundane uses.

And although it does not have the profile gamer Like other models that Asus also manufactures under the ROG line, it does work a lot for video games. Because with such a processor, with such an amount of RAM and with the NVIDIA 3070, this Zenbook is more than enough for any current game and those to come in the following years. And this is for a logical question, taking into account that the NVIDIA 30 series, even in laptops, includes technology that is becoming more and more standard, such as support for ray tracing and DLSS, which is the great differentiator with respect to AMD video cards.

The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 has other very striking details on the aesthetic subject. The first thing is that it comes at the bottom with a kind of support similar to some tablet cases that serves to raise it a little and give it an angle that can be more comfortable. This clearly fulfills two functions, because in addition to raising it, it also allows ventilation to flow better, despite the fact that it is not a device that gets too hot, especially in the part of the keyboard.

The other detail is that the ScreenPad, the secondary screen, lifts automatically when you open the notebook and this makes sense especially when using the stylus since the position is more natural, and also avoids carrying the keyboard unintentionally. In general it is clear that Asus invested time and gray matter designing the equipment not only so that it looks striking with its screens but so that the usability is, at least correct. It wouldn’t make sense to have a dual-screen laptop if the user experience is going to be clunky, and that is definitely not the case with the ZenBook Pro Duo 15.

And despite all the above, there are a couple of less positive points that need to be mentioned. The main one is what has to do with the battery, which I timed two hours using the computer to surf the internet, basically. On average I will have had 10 tabs open in Firefox, the second screen on all the time, the brightness of both at half and without any extra peripherals connected, not even headphones. In general, this is not enough, considering that with more demanding software such as editing programs or video games, the duration will be reduced even more.

And the other detail to question is in the ports. This equipment brings a USB type A and two thunderbolt 3 ports, which I think is insufficient and means that on more than one occasion a peripheral will have to be sacrificed for lack of ports. I think that at least an extra type A USB port would not hurt and what’s more, I would even say it is totally necessary for a team that brings, I insist, things that might seem unnecessary.

All of the above said, the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 is a very good, very powerful laptop. It is an absolutely premium experience, which although it is oriented to a specific profile, in reality, due to its technical capabilities, it serves any purpose. The main screen is the best I’ve seen on a notebok and the secondary ScreenPad is really useful, other than that it doesn’t completely replace a larger 16: 9 monitor, but it never feels like a gimmick.

In conclusion: the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 is an expensive laptop, obviously, but I think that the price in this case is justified and I would say that it is a good investment for the future, because a device like this is definitely not going to become obsolete in the medium. term.

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