Last year, ASUS introduced an ultrabook it calls the laptop of tomorrow: the ZenBook Duo series. Yes, the company didn’t just launch one laptop with dual displays, but two.
The ZenBook Pro Duo and ZenBook Duo are part of the brand’s offerings for content creators. The two screens on these machines provide more space for crunching tasks like editing, writing, gaming, reading, browsing, streaming, and more. Although simultaneous tasks can strain some laptops, these two ZenBooks are equipped with high specs that can handle multitasking.
How do these two-screened machines differ from each other? Essentially, their DNA is the same, but of course, the Pro brings other things to the table that the regular Duo doesn’t and vice versa.
Tale of the tape
In terms of size, the Pro has a bigger and thicker body. At 15 inches, the Pro Duo comes at a heavy 2.2kilograms, which is quite bulky to haul around.
Meanwhile, the 14-inch Duo is notably lighter and thinner at 1.5 kilograms. While both machines will fit in a big backpack, the smaller sibling will make for an easier daily driver for creators on the go.
Two screens are better than one
Outside, the laptops sport a tough yet stylish celestial blue color, which is pretty easy on the eyes. But the inside is the kicker. On each laptop, two displays greet the user: the main display and the ScreenPad Plus.
On the ZenBook Pro Duo, the 15.6-inch 4K OLED display provides a sharp, vibrant image. An added bonus: it’s also a touch screen. This makes it easier for creatives to use a stylus as they work.
In addition, a 14-inch 4K UHD ScreenPad Plus serves as a supplementary screen. It’s also fully touch screen and has a matte finish to get rid of any glare.
On the other hand, the ZenBook Duo sports a 14-inch LED FHD display complemented by a 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus. Unfortunately, the main screen doesn’t have touch support, but it still gives its user ample space for work.
Built to perform
Underneath, the Pro boasts more high-end specs. But this doesn’t mean the smaller laptop is less capable.
In terms of layout, the keyboards on both laptops are pushed down to the edge to give the ScreenPad Plus space. However, there are a few differences; the Pro Duo has a special button, which activates Turbo Mode to keep the laptop cool during intense use cases. Meanwhile, the Duo has physical buttons on the trackpad.
To keep the laptops from overheating, both ZenBooks feature ASUS’ ErgoLift Hinge.
On the connectivity side, each of the laptops carry two USB Type-A ports, USB Type-C port, HDMI slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The bigger laptop boasts a Thunderbolt 3.0 port, while the 14-incher has its own microSD slot. If you want faster file transfer, then the Thunderbolt port will come in handy. But if you want to transfer files you shot from a camera, the microSD will make the file sharing easier. Both ultrabooks don’t have an Ethernet port.
Of course, underneath, the laptops boast different specs. You get a bigger RAM (32GB) and a more advanced processor (Intel Core i9) and graphics card (NVIDIA RTX 2060) on the Pro but its price tag is also on the more expensive side at P169,995.
Its smaller sibling might have ditched the touchscreen OLED and a couple of other features, but its specs are pretty impressive: an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and 1TB storage. Its price tag isn’t as heavy-hitting as its bigger brother, too, at P84,995.
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