In this review. Youll find out what features this cheaper version has to offer and find out if its worthwhile., Starting with the specs Ive, got a 10th gen quad core Intel, i5 CPU, Nvidia, MX250 graphics, 8gb of memory in dual channel two screens, which well look at in depth soon And a 512gb M.2 NVMe SSD. For network connectivity, its got the latest WiFi 6 and bluetooth. 5. No ethernet port, though so youll need to use an adapter. If you need it. Its available with different specs, though including i7 CPU up to 16gb memory or 1TB SSD, you can find examples and up to date, pricing linked in the description.. The ZenBook Duo is basically the baby version of the ZenBook Pro Duo that Ive covered previously on the channel.. The pro model is larger and offers all the bells and whistles, while the Duo were looking at here, is meant to be more of a budget friendly option. So its lower specced, and not quite as feature rich as a result. On the spun metal lid weve just got the ASUS logo on the celestial blue finish.. The interior is the same colour and we can see that second screen above the keyboard, which is pushed down to the front as a result with the touchpad on the right.. Overall, the build quality was good, the all metal design was solid and there were no sharp corners or edges anywhere. ASUS list the weight at 1.

5kg or 3.3 pounds, and mine was just a little above this. With the small 65W power, brick and cables for charging. The total weight rises to just below 1.9kg, its quite portable. As a 14 machine. The width and depth are noticeably smaller compared to the 15 laptops I typically deal with and its not too thick either.. The height will change when you open the lid. When you open it up the bottom of the screen: props up the rear.. This has the advantage of improving cooling as more air can get in underneath.. It also improves the viewing angle for the second screen. The keyboard is raised to be on a better angle for typing and the speakers arent pressed flat against the desk. With the basics out of the way lets get into the most interesting part of this laptop, the dual screens. The bottom screen. What theyre, calling screenpad plus is a 12.6 touchscreen with a 1920 by 515 resolution, with a 60Hz refresh rate. Its got a matte finish and 178 degree viewing angle. You can use either your finger or pen. However, mine didnt come with a pen in the box. Despite there clearly being a spot for it, so Im not sure if thats meant to be included its not listed as included in the box on the website. Though.. The primary display is a 14 1080p 60Hz panel. However, theres no touch screen functionality here only on the lower screen., Its got 8mm screen bezels based on my own measurements, giving it a 90 screen to body ratio.

Ive used the Spyder 5 on both screens for the main 14 panel were looking at 95 sRGB, 66. Ntsc and 72 AdobeRGB. The 12.6 screenpad, on the other hand, wasnt quite as good. I measured it with 67 sRGB, 48 NTSC and 50 AdobeRGB.. I dont think its a big deal if its not as good its, mostly meant to be used for showing extra things like tools or additional content, rather than being the primary display source. So doesnt need to be as impressive as the main screen.. The primary panel was also a bit brighter at full brightness and also had a higher contrast ratio. Overall, it did look better to me than the screenpad., As for backlight bleed, there was a little in the main panel, but I never noticed this when, during normal use. The screenpad was harder to get a photo of, but it also appeared to have a little bleed. However, this will vary between laptops and panels. Thats. A lot of information on the screens now lets get into how they actually work., Basically the screenpad, so the one on the bottom acts as a second monitor.. This means you can simply drag things between the two screens. In Windows, just like with dual monitors on a desktop PC., The ZenBook Duo comes with the ScreenXpert software installed, and this helps you manage the second screen. Its got some useful features. For example, if you start dragging a window on either screen, it offers a shortcut for you to quickly move it to the other screen.

. You can also use the ViewMax option on the end to make the window fully take up both screens and you can drag an application to the pin icon, which adds it to the app launcher. On the bottom screen. Its easy to set two windows side by side. With the standard Windows method of dragging the windows over to the far sides, however, the software also lets you set three side by side.. I didnt find a limit of apps. I could have on the bottom screen its just a second monitor, but the software only lets you easily tile 3 side by side. On the second screen theres, this faint arrow icon on the left that you can press to bring up the screenpad options, and this displays The app launcher allowing you to quickly open, apps, youve added here, and you can also change the order or remove icons.. This is also where you adjust the brightness of the lower screen. I wasnt able to change it through Windows.. If you go deeper in to the settings, you get more granular brightness control., The next option lets you configure up to four task groups.. Basically, you set up the apps you like, using on the screenpad, how you, like them, click the capture button, and it will remember them. That way. You can easily select the task group and it will automatically open up the same apps. If you have more than 3 apps. When making the task group, it will only show the first three tiled side by side, and you can only have up to four groups.

Below that is a shortcut to quickly swap the windows open on each screen. So the windows up top move below and the ones on the bottom screen move up to the top one. Theres, also a dedicated key on the keyboard. To do this as well, just above the touchpad.. The next option is the app navigator which just lets you see. The open apps on the screenpad, so you can swap between them. The last icon, locks the keyboard, preventing the keys from being used.. This could be useful for drawing on the screenpad without worrying, about pressing keys with your hand., Otherwise theres. Also, the screenpad settings which, along with what you can see here, allows you to make that hovering arrow icon disappear until you need it and other options.. If you dont want to use the second screen, you can quickly disable it by pressing the button next to the power button. This lets you turn it on or off.. I could spend 10 minutes going through possible use cases for the second screen, but instead Ill refer. You to the review of the pro duo, linked in the description as you can use it for the same things which includes streaming gaming, editing and more. Its literally just a second monitor. So you can use your imagination as to how it would benefit your workflow.. There was only a little screen flex. The metal lid was fairly sturdy.. I wasnt really able to film it, but the hinges are out towards the far corners which helps with stability.

. Despite feeling lightweight, I was still able to open it up with one finger. So weight is distributed fairly.. It was a little awkward feeling using it on my lap due to the way the back raises it up, but it worked well enough.. Although the screen has a thinner bezel, the 720p camera is still located up the top and its got IR for Windows. Hello, support., The camera looks pretty blurry, but the audio sounds pretty good., Although typing on the keyboard, normally is pretty quiet with the camera on. You can hear it quite a lot.. I found the 5.5 degree angled keyboard fine to type with so long as youve got adequate space on your desk to push it back a bit as its right down the front.. Unlike the more expensive Pro version, no wrist rest was included., The keys have 1.4mm of key travel and heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect note how much quieter it is compared to what we heard through the camera.. The keyboard has white backlighting, which can be adjusted between three levels or turned off with the F7 key and all keys and secondary key functions are illuminated.. Despite being elevated off the desk, there was minimal keyboard flex, even when pushing down hard. The metal chassis was fairly sturdy and I found the letter keys needed 56g of force to actuate. As a result of the keyboard being right down the front.

The precision touchpad has been moved over to the right., Its smaller and narrow, so youll probably want to use a mouse. However, after a bit of use, I did get used to it. The touchpad itself. Doesnt, actually, click down its instead got physical left and right click. Buttons which werent too loud to press., Unlike the pro model, theres no option of turning this into a numpad. Fingerprints, dont, really show up on the keyboard and touchpad after a lot of screenpad use. They were a bit more obvious, but it was easy to clean. Theyre easier to see on the metal lid, but as its a smooth surface, they were easy enough to clean.. Although it does slide around a bit like this, when actually open, it was a bit more stable due to the rubber feet on the back, which come into contact with the desk when open. Theres, nothing on the front side. On the left from the back theres, the Power input, HDMI output, the version isnt specified, but I could only run a 4K monitor at 30Hz, so its not 2.0 USB 3.1 Gen2 Type, A port and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port, no Thunderbolt though.. On the right from the front. There are a couple of status: LEDs: a MicroSD card reader, 3.5mm audio combo jack and a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port. Underneath theres, just some small air vents in the center well check out thermals soon.. The two speakers are found towards the front left and right corners.

They sounded above average with a little bass and perhaps better due to the extra space between them and the desk, which is caused by the back being raised up.. They seemed fairly loud when playing music at maximum volume and the latencymon results looked good.. The bottom panel was easy to remove. After taking out 10 TR5 screws. Inside weve got the battery down the front, and single M.2 drive thats pretty much it. The memory is soldered to the motherboard and cant be upgraded, so you have to buy it with what you need from the start.. The ZenBook Duo is powered by a 4 cell 70wh battery. Ive tested it both with the two screens on and also with just the main screen on and second screen, underneath off., Both screens were at 50 brightness for this test and keyboard lighting was disabled. As expected. With both screens on the battery drains faster, however, even with it on the results are still well above most other laptops.. Although the game test ran the longest its important to note, it only ran at 21 FPS, rather than the usual 30 FPS from the Nvidia battery boost cap. As the battery didnt seem to be able to provide enough power to run it higher., It was still usable until there was 5 left, where it dipped to 5 FPS, where it lasted for a further 9 minutes than what Ive shown on the graph.. The small 65 watt power brick seemed to be adequate for these specs.

I didnt have any battery drain during any of my testing.. You can use the MyASUS software to change the charge level limit, though I left mine set to 100. Lets move onto the thermal testing.. The cooling solution is just a couple of fans in the middle with three total heatpipes. Air is pulled in from underneath and then exhausted out below the screen.. The MyASUS software allows us to pick between the default, auto mode for best performance or silent mode, which runs quieter with slower fan. Speed. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. At idle. The temperatures were quite cool., The rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU stress tests and are meant to represent a worst case where both are being loaded. Up. Ive used Aida64 with the stress, CPU only option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark. At the same time, to fully load the system. Even worst case in silent mode, the CPU is reaching 75 degrees Celsius. There was no thermal throttling under sustained heavy load.. These are the clock speeds for the same tests just shown.. The GPU speed basically doubles by enabling auto mode, and we also see a boost to the CPU clock speed as the CPU TDP limit increases to 15 watts, which is the default of the i5 10210U CPU. Undervolting, then helped improve things just a little more. The main limitation here was that 15 watt power limit.

Heres how CPU only performance looks in Cinebench., Auto mode improved performance, a little as the CPU power limit on average rose from 11 to 15 watts. However, we could get a fair boost to multicore performance with the small undervolt granted. This seemed to negatively affect the single core result.. As for the areas where you actually touch at idle, the keyboard area was quite cool.. The screenpad looks warmer comparatively, but most laptops at idle are around the same 30 degrees Celsius. So not really an issue. With the stress tests running the keyboard is a little warmer, but still on the cooler side.. The screenpad was now warm up to 40 degrees. This is expected, given the heat generating components are directly underneath and right up. The back is in the mid 50s as air gets exhausted, just below the screen. Heres. What the fan noise sounded like while running these tests. At idle. It was completely silent. WIth the stress tests running in silent mode. The fan was extremely quiet. I could only just hear it by putting my ear right next to it, then, in auto mode, its still realistically fairly quiet compared to most other laptops, Ive tested.. All things considered, there were no issues with the thermal performance at all. It ran on the cooler side due to the lower specs with low power limits.. The fan noise is on the quieter side, even under worst case load, but Im not sure how the screenpad will go long term with the hot CPU and GPU below.

I presume. Asus have considered this, though, and put something between them to protect it. Next lets. Take a look at gaming., Although the ZenBook Duo only has Nvidia MX250 graphics, it should still be capable of playing some lightweight titles, so lets see what it can. Do. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature, and it was only really running well with the low setting preset at any other setting level. The frame rate seemed to drop quite substantially.. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane and at maximum settings it was still playing ok with above 60. Fps averages, however, medium and below was much better, where even the 1 low was higher than this. Overwatch was tested in the practice range with a 100 render scale. Medium settings was needed to average above 60 FPS and it was playable, but higher settings werent running too well. CSGO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark tool and medium settings was able to score above 100 FPS in this test. However, the 1 lows were quite weak.. You can still play esports titles pretty well even at 1080p. However, lower settings are needed as we just saw. For more demanding games. Youll either want lower resolutions, or, ideally, a laptop with more powerful graphics. If gaming is a priority., Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the 512gb NVMe SSD and its performing ok, but according to the ASUS spec sheet, it only uses 2 PCIe lanes. The 1TB option is apparently 4 lane though.

. Unfortunately, I cant test the Micro SD card slot, as I dont have any cards that size. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording. However, I cant really see it for sale in the US, so it may not be available quite yet. Here in Australia, with the specs Ive got its available for 1700 AUD, which, with taxes removed and converted, is about 1030 USD.. Alternatively, we can get double the memory. Double the storage space and i7 CPU for 600 AUD more or about 365 USD extra. For comparison. The ZenBook Pro Duo is substantially more expensive. However, it does have more powerful, specs, OLED screen and option of upgrading further to the i9 version., Its just a way more premium option. You can check my review linked in the description for more information on that one.. With all of that in mind, lets conclude by going through the good and bad aspects of the ASUS ZenBook Duo, laptop., Basically its a cheaper alternative to the more expensive and feature rich ZenBook Pro Duo.. It still offers the key feature of the Duo series being the two screens. However, the non pro version were covering here has fewer features and weaker specs, which is why its cheaper.. With that in mind, though, its still one of the few laptops available with a somewhat large secondary screen built in so if thats going to be useful to you and you arent made of money, then its definitely worth considering.

. Overall, I found the second screen beneficial and the screenxpert software helped in managing it.. It will depend on how you plan on using the screen, for instance, getting games to make use of. It will vary wildly based on the specific game, but for simply being able to watch a video or have a browser window in view that you couldnt before its a nice addition.. The content creator. Side of it was also interesting, but again it will depend on the application. When it comes down to it, its just a physically separate screen below the main one. So you can use your imagination as to how that might benefit your individual workflow.. An external screen may be more beneficial as it can be larger, but thats. An extra piece of hardware to carry around with you., Despite the secondary screen weve still got a fairly small and lightweight 14 laptop here.. The main tradeoff with the unique design is forward placement of the keyboard and requirement for an off to the side, narrow touchpad. However, if you have desk space to push the machine back, typing was still fine and you can always use a mouse.. The additional screen does affect battery life, but youve got the option of disabling it if not in use, but either way the battery life was quite good., As the specs are on the lower side. Thermals werent an issue it ran quiet even under heavy load and didnt feel too warm to the touch in the areas where youll actually be placing your hands.

. The MX250 graphics is a nice step up over Intel, integrated graphics. However, in terms of gaming, its still only able to handle lightweight esports titles at lower settings at 1080p., Its not really a gaming laptop but light gaming was possible and the graphics would be beneficial for GPU acceleration. In some content creation workloads like video, editing. Theres, not much room in the way of upgradeability. All you could do is swap out the M.2 drive, but that would require either cloning the drive or installing Windows fresh as theres only room for one slot.. The memory CPU and GPU cant be upgraded, so youll have to try and buy with the future. In mind., I thought there was a fair selection of IO, but I think Thunderbolt on a machine like this would have been great to see. For the price. I think the ZenBook Duo is an interesting laptop, its offering a second screen at a cheaper price point compared to the Pro Duo model, while still maintaining a good, build quality and theres, just not much else to compare it to at the moment, its quite unique.. If you think you may benefit from more screen real estate and dont want to pay more for the higher specced Pro model, then its definitely worth considering.. Let me know what you thought about the ASUS ZenBook Duo laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.