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Asus Zenbook Duo 14 review in five points: The best dual display laptop you can go for?

The Asus Zenbook Duo 14 is among a handful of devices that come with a dual-display design. It is available in India at a starting price of Rs 99,990. But is it worth buying? We tell you in five points.

twitter-logoKetan Pratap | April 19, 2021 | Updated 15:41 IST

Highlights

  • The laptop features a magnesium-aluminium alloy body and a new hinge that offers tilting keyboard.
  • It features a 14-inch Full-HD display and a 93 per cent screen-to-body ratio.
  • We found the laptop powerful enough to handle video editing and other intensive tasks with ease.

Asus Zenbook Duo 14 is the company's latest laptop that sports a unique dual-display design and is a device that should appeal to power users. We have already reviewed the Asus Zenbook Duo 14, which you can read here, and it talks in-depth about the overall performance. But this is also a long read. So, if you want some key takeaways around the Asus Zenbook Duo 14, it comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor that can handle heavy-graphic tasks with ease, a design that stands out, and an overall package that makes it a worthy rival to Apple's new M1 based MacBook Pro laptop.

There are some points that do not exactly go in favour of the Asus Zenbook Duo 14, but that shouldn't completely make the deal a no go. Here's a quick recap of the Asus Zenbook Duo 14 review in five points that will be handy for you if you short on time.

Point 1: The stunning performance of the Asus Zenbook Duo 14 has to be the first reason why you should consider the laptop as your default machine for work and play. The Zenbook Duo 14 is powered by Intel's powerful Core i7 - 1165G7 chipset that can handle multi-tasking as well as intensive graphic tasks without hassle. The laptop is ideal for users who work on 3D animations, video editing, text editing, presentations, or love to watch multimedia.

Point 2: The dual-display design of the Asus Zenbook Duo 14 is one of the biggest highlights of the laptop. It comes in handy where I could control music or video on the secondary display while continue doing my editing work on the main display. It enhances multi-tasking on the laptop thanks to the presence of a secondary display. A handful of laptops offer dual display form factor, and the Asus Zenbook Duo 14 is one of the top choices. The 12.65-inch ScreenPad Plus display offers 1920x515 pixels screen resolution and comes with stylus support.

Point 3: The new hinge design is a decent tweak to the laptop compared to its predecessor. The new hinge design not only offers a better typing experience but also helps enhance the cooling system. During the review, we didn't experience any heating issues on the Asus Zenbook Duo 14. In fact, we found that the Asus Zenbook Duo 14 was a silent operator even when we did heavy-graphic tasks on the laptop.

Point 4: The Asus Zenbook Duo 14 comes with plenty of ports, which favours the laptop. It packs 2 Thunderbolt USB-C ports, a USB Type-A, an HDMI, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. These ports came in handy right from connecting an external monitor to connecting to a wireless keyboard during our review.

Point 5: Some points not exactly favour the Asus Zenbook Duo 14, and the first one has to be the slightly steep price. Consumers looking for a powerful laptop can also look at MacBook Air with an M1 chip at a lower price. The next thing that we feel could have been better was the keyboard. Despite featuring a full-size keyboard, the keys are stacked in a limited space that leaves no room for any palm rest. This means you won't have a great typing experience on the laptop while using it. It, however, comes with stylus support that should go in favour of users who want more precision in their work. Another thing that we felt could have been better was the display resolution. The Asus Zenbook Duo 14 ships with a Full-HD primary display which we felt was low-resolution considering the price tag it comes at. If you're fine with a slightly cramped keyboard or price isn't a big issue, and the display resolution isn't on top of your list, then the Asus Zenbook 14 is a perfect no-nonsense laptop at its price.

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