Asus ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED assessment: Twin screens, in the event you want them

MSRP $Three,000.00

“The Asus ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED is a implausible laptop computer for creators if you may make use of its second display screen.”

Execs

Helpful dual-screen design

Wonderful construct high quality

Stunning OLED shows

Robust efficiency in artistic apps

Keyboard motion is snug

Lively pen is exact and responsive

Cons

Awkward keyboard and touchpad

Battery life is atrocious

Costly

Asus isn’t giving up on twin screens. The corporate has just a few laptops with second screens embedded within the touchpad, however final yr it launched the extra extravagant ZenBook Professional Duo UX581, which positioned a second giant show beneath the first panel. For such a futuristic concept, the laptop computer was remarkably well-executed.

However Asus hasn’t rested on its laurels, not too long ago releasing the ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED UX582, making a number of important adjustments to this experimental design.

I reviewed a well-stocked configuration of the ZenBook Professional Duo with a 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive (SSD), and two shows, a main 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED panel and a second OLED display screen at 3840 x 1100.

That is an costly machine at $Three,000, although. Is the dual-display performance sufficient to go up towards the perfect laptops for video enhancing and picture enhancing?

Design

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Shut the ZenBook Professional Duo’s lid, and it appears like a chunky 15-inch laptop computer with a barely industrial design in a Celestial Blue shade scheme and the standard Asus concentric swirl on the lid. The sides are angled for aesthetic and useful functions, notably the rear edge that accommodates the brand new ErgoLift AAS (Lively Aerodynamic System) hinge that props the decrease chassis up for higher airflow and extra snug typing.

There’s a obscure resemblance to gaming laptops resulting from aggressive venting alongside either side, however general, the design is extra perform than type. Wanting on the ZenBook Professional Duo offers a definite impression that it is a working machine. Evaluate that to the Dell XPS 15, which is much extra streamlined and provides a contact of class that makes it a extra enticing laptop computer. One other in another way designed laptop computer that additionally presents a pure work aesthetic is the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel with its flip-around show design — not surprisingly, that machine can also be geared toward creatives.

There’s nothing skinny and lightweight in regards to the ZenBook Professional Duo.

Open the ZenBook Professional Duo’s lid and the second show rises at an angle — the earlier model remained flat and fewer snug to make use of. As a result of each shows are OLED, there’s a ton of brilliant colours and deep blacks staring again at you, and it appears cool if nothing else. That angle is useful for extra than simply east of use; it additionally offers for added airflow throughout the underside chassis for theoretically improved thermal efficiency.

The primary show hinge is pretty tight, and a few stress is required to raise the second show. You’ll want two arms to open the laptop computer regardless of the underside’s important weight, nevertheless it all feels sturdy and provides confidence that you just received’t have any long-term points with the second show after many openings and closings.

Asus constructed the ZenBook Professional Duo of a mixture of aluminum and magnesium-aluminum alloys, and so the sensation of sturdiness extends to the remainder of the laptop computer. I’d price it with the perfect laptops when it comes to its rigidity, with completely no bending, flexing, or twisting wherever on the machine. It’s equal to Dell’s XPS and Latitude and Lenovo’s ThinkPad strains, that are among the many most sturdy laptops constructed in the present day. This high quality is a typical attribute of Asus laptops — not often can we come throughout one which’s not strong as a rock.

There’s nothing skinny and lightweight in regards to the ZenBook Professional Duo, although, nevertheless it’s not as giant as you may anticipate given the second display screen. It’s .83 inches thick and weighs 5.16 kilos, in comparison with the XPS 15 at zero.71 inches and four.5 kilos. The ZenBook’s bezels are bigger on the highest and backside, so the chassis is bigger general — to not point out the influence of the second show, nevertheless it’s not an enormous laptop computer by any means. The Acer Idea D 7 Ezel is thicker and heavier at 1.13 inches at its thickest level and 5.6 kilos, and that machine feels bigger than the ZenBook Professional Duo.

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The ZenBook Professional Duo comes with a palm relaxation extension that slides up towards the underside of the chassis. It makes up for the truth that there’s no palm relaxation constructed into the machine, and typing with out the extension is uncomfortable (extra on the keyboard later). Including the extension pushes the laptop computer again in your desk, that means it takes up fairly a little bit of house when it’s absolutely configured. The extension has a passthrough for the LED on the backside that shows the battery standing, which is a pleasant contact.

There’s little question, although, that you just’ll be reconfiguring your desk to make every part match, and the extension is one other factor to hold with you whenever you need to comfortably use the ZenBook Professional Duo on the highway. I might have advisable including a magnetic connection to maintain the extension in place; as it’s, it slides round whilst you’re working and that may be distracting.

Lastly, Asus additionally bundles an ErgoLift Stand that additional props up the rear of the ZenBook Duo Professional. You may obtain a 12-degree angle by utilizing the stand, which will be adhered to the underside of the chassis to all the time maintain it with you. I discovered it a bit clunky to make use of, however then I didn’t undergo attaching the stand to the assessment unit.

Actually, it offers a extra snug angle each for viewing the second display screen and for typing, within the latter case letting your palms relaxation extra naturally on the desktop. Theoretically, you possibly can use the wrist relaxation extension as nicely, nevertheless it doesn’t line up appropriately with the stand hooked up and so it appears to be one or the opposite. It’s additionally one other complication in organising the laptop computer as you progress from place to position.

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Connectivity is respectable for a laptop computer as thick because the ZenBook Professional Duo. On the left-hand facet is a proprietary connector for the 240-watt energy provide, a full-size HDMI port, and a Three.5mm audio jack. On the right-hand facet are two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt Three help and a USB-A Three.2 Gen 2 port. Conspicuously lacking is an SD card slot, which might have made sense for the ZenBook Professional Duo’s artistic market. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.zero present wi-fi connectivity.

Efficiency

My assessment unit was configured with a 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK eight-core/16 thread CPU, a quick CPU when thermals permit it to stretch its legs. Asus paid quite a lot of consideration to thermal efficiency, with loads of airflow as talked about above, two followers with 97 blades, and a whopping six warmth pipes, together with one devoted to the ability provide module. There’s additionally a G-sensor that notes when the show is closed at lower than an 80-degree angle, at which level the ability is decreased to restrict consumption and enhance battery life.

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Asus offers a efficiency tuning utility that switches between customary and efficiency modes. I discovered the utility to be inconsistent — it elevated the Cinebench R23 multi-core rating to 9968, placing it among the many quickest laptops we’ve examined, nevertheless it didn’t have any influence on our Handbrake check that converts a 420MB video to H.265.

It additionally elevated the Geekbench 5 multi-core end result to 7542, putting it larger amongst our comparability group. In our gaming benchmarks, the utility both had a minimal constructive influence or decreased efficiency; I’ll focus on that extra beneath. The utility didn’t influence the PCMark 10 rating, which was notably robust within the Content material Creation portion and among the many quickest machines.

General, the ZenBook Professional Duo was a speedy laptop computer however maybe not fairly as quick as one may anticipate given the Core i9 CPU. I think about that even with all of the efforts Asus put into managing thermals, the CPU nonetheless struggled to keep up full velocity. Actually, the followers would spin up, notably in efficiency mode, and loads of warmth was blown out the facet vents. Typically talking, it may churn via CPU-intensive duties and it managed to maintain up with or outperform the most recent Ryzen 7 CPUs — one thing we haven’t seen with many Intel-based laptops.

Given the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, the ZenBook Professional Duo does nicely with apps that may make the most of the GPU. It scored 647 within the PugetBench Adobe Premiere Professional benchmark, which is the quickest rating we’ve seen from a laptop computer. The following closest is the Lenovo Legion 5 Professional gaming laptop computer with a Ryzen 7 5800H and an RTX 3070, which managed 622. In the event you use Adobe’s suite, then you definitely’ll be thrilled with the ZenBook Professional’s efficiency.

Geekbench (single/multi)
Handbrake (seconds)
Cinbench R23 (single/multi)
PCMark 10
Asus ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED (Core i9-10980HK)
1266/6918
106
1236/8326
5769
Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel
(10875H)
1301/7949
114
N/A
N/A
HP Envy x360 15
(Ryzen 7 5700U)
1198/6790
116
1258/8131
5419
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 5800U
1423/6758
124
1171 /7824
6034
Dell XPS 15 (Core i7-10875H)
1314/7549
122
N/A
N/A
HP Envy 15 (Core i7-10750H)
1274/5542
139
N/A
N/A
MacBook Professional 13 (M1)
1707/7337
N/A
1487 /7547
N/A

Gaming was one thing of a blended bag, maybe as a result of Nvidia Studio drivers put in on the ZenBook Professional Duo. These are supposed to guarantee constant and dependable efficiency in artistic apps fairly than hardcore gaming, which appears to have impacted gaming efficiency. Both that or the GPU struggled at occasions resulting from thermal points, as I think occurred with the CPU.

Moreover, as I alluded to above, the Asus efficiency utility elevated body charges by just some or decreased efficiency. Civilization VI, for instance, noticed body charges drop considerably in efficiency mode. 3DMark scores did go up, with the ZenBook Professional Duo hitting eight,763 in Time Spy and 17,864 in Fireplace Strike in efficiency mode, however that enhance didn’t translate to video games.

The ZenBook Duo Professional did nicely at 1080p in Fortnite on Epic graphics, Civilization VI on Extremely graphics, and Murderer’s Creed Vahalla on Extremely Excessive graphics, nevertheless it fell behind in Battlefield V on Extremely. Efficiency decreased disproportionally at 4K, with the ZenBook Professional Duo largely falling behind the pack at this decision. I couldn’t check at 1440p out of the field, nevertheless it’s doable that in the event you can dig into the Nvidia settings and allow that decision, you’ll be glad working video games there.

The online result’s that whereas the ZenBook Professional Duo doesn’t all the time reside as much as its parts as a gaming laptop computer, it’s nonetheless fairly serviceable for contemporary titles at 1080p and possibly 1440p. You may get higher efficiency in the event you strip off the Studio drivers and set up the common Nvidia drivers, however then you definitely’ll lose the benefit of higher artistic software efficiency and reliability. That’s probably not one thing the laptop computer’s goal market will select to do.

Laptop computer
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fireplace Strike
Murderer’s Creed Valhalla (1080p Extremely Excessive)
Battlefield V (1080p Extremely)
Fortnite (1080p Epic)
Civilization VI (1080p Extremely)
Asus ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED (RTX 3070)
7998
16932
74 fps
78 fps
102 fps
111 fps
Razer Blade 14 (RTX 3070)
8605
19673
60 fps
96 fps
96 fps
84 fps
Asus ROG Strix G15 (Radeon RX 6800M)
10504
26800
77 fps
109 fps
108 fps
91 fps
Lenovo Legion 5 Professional (RTX 3070)
9175
21033
61 fps
73 fps
101 fps
101 fps
MSI GS66 Stealth (RTX 3080)
9097
19175
70 fps
97 fps
140 fps
140 fps

Major show

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The ZenBook Professional Duo’s main show is a 4K OLED panel with DisplayHDR 500 help that appears merely good. OLED is particular in that it usually makes colours pop with out being oversaturated and generates blacks that look extremely deep, and the panel that Asus selected for the ZenBook Professional Duo does each.

My colorimeter agreed with my subjective impression. First, the show was moderately brilliant at 369 nits, nicely above our 300-nit threshold. That’s lower than the OLED show on HP’s Spectre x360 15 that registered 426 nits and the Dell XPS 14 4K IPS show that got here in at 442 nits however remains to be brilliant sufficient for many indoor environments. The distinction was very good as is typical of OLED shows, at 368,610:1 in comparison with the Spectre x360 15 OLED at 426,180:1 and the XPS 15 4K at 1480:1 (good for an IPS show).

Colours have been huge at 100% of sRGB and 99% of AdobeRGB, the place the Spectre x360 15 OLED managed 100% and 98%, respectively, and the XPS 15 4K hit 100% of each shade gamuts. Accuracy was good at a DeltaE of 1.25 (lower than 1.zero is taken into account glorious) and near the Spectre x360 15 OLED’s 1.21 however inferior to the XPS 15 4K’s spectacular zero.65.

Merely put, the ZenBook Professional Duo show was a pleasure to make use of. Black textual content popped on white backgrounds, colours have been vibrant and wonderful, and binging Netflix was a dream because of the 4K decision and HDR help. This can be a show that everybody will love, together with the artistic professionals who demand huge and correct colours.

The audio is pushed by two downward-firing audio system that present clear sound and barely ample quantity. I’d like issues to get a little bit louder, nevertheless it’s ok for watching the occasional YouTube video. Mids and highs are effective, however there’s zero bass. You’ll desire a pair of headphones for Netflix bingeing and music classes.

Secondary show

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The ZenBook Professional Duo’s second show, referred to as the ScreenPad+, can also be OLED, working at 3840 x 1100. Like the first show, it’s brilliant and colourful with deep blacks. I couldn’t fairly place my colorimeter to get a proper studying of its high quality, nevertheless it seems to be the equal of its bigger sibling. Talking of dimension, the second show is giant sufficient to be helpful, though the acute widescreen format does imply that any maximized apps on it may look a little bit funky.

This laptop computer is designed for creators, and it’s these customers who will get probably the most use out of the second show.

Asus packed a ton of performance into the second show, all of which is accessible by way of a ScreenXpert Management Middle menu that may be pinned to the left, proper, or backside of the show or allowed to drift. The menu offers entry to brightness, an App Navigator utility that makes it simple to maneuver home windows from one show to the opposite, a button to lock or unlock the keyboard, a button to point out the ScreenPad+ desktop, a button to open the MyAsus app, a button to open the Launcher app that gives entry to ScreenPad+ apps, and setup.

Helpful ScreenPad+ apps embody a Fast Key utility that gives fast entry to capabilities like copy and paste, a Handwriting app that converts ink to textual content, a digital numeric keypad, a Spotify management middle, and a Corel Multicam utility. There are additionally buttons to open an AppDeals app and the MyASUS app and a button to open the Asus Management Panel app (see beneath).

There are a number of methods to make use of the ScreenPad+. You may flip it into a large touchpad, which is much less helpful than it appears provided that it’s positioned above the keyboard and so not very snug to make use of. It will possibly host app home windows and thus can perform as a typical exterior show. Asus has created a brand new Management Panel app that helps Adobe Premiere, After Results, Photoshop, and Lightroom Traditional and offers a number of generally used capabilities for every app.

The app is absolutely customizable and appears to streamline the usage of the supported purposes. A remaining means to make use of the secondary show is to pull management home windows out of the way in which in apps like Premiere and Photoshop, permitting for extra room to view and edit a video or picture. Notice that the Management Panel app can routinely launch, and it takes away this performance.

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General, I discovered the ScreenPad+ to be a helpful addition, however primarily for particular customers who can use the app-specific performance. That’s effective as a result of this laptop computer is designed for creators, and it’s these customers who will get probably the most use out of the second show. Personally, I in all probability wouldn’t use it for rather more than dragging home windows down that I don’t need cluttering my predominant show or that I need to see individually, just like the Netflix app or a YouTube window. That may make the ScreenPad+ a distinct segment element, however a helpful one, nonetheless.

Touchpad and keyboard

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Taken by itself, the ZenBook Professional Duo’s Three-step backlit keyboard is an effective one. It has loads of journey and comfy key spacing, and the switches present exact motion with a pleasant click on. My solely criticism is that the bottoming motion is a little bit abrupt and so it has a jarring impact that may be fatiguing over lengthy typing classes. I’d price it a step or two behind the good keyboards on the HP Spectre x360 15 and the Dell XPS 15. The keyboard’s largest drawback is that there’s no palm relaxation.

In the event you’re utilizing the laptop computer by itself, then your wrists relaxation on the desktop and your fingers are at an uncomfortable typing angle. As talked about above, Asus offers a palm relaxation extension that solves that drawback, nevertheless it makes the ZenBook Professional Duo lengthen farther again on a desktop and it’s one other piece to hold round. Additionally, as talked about above, you may connect the ErgoLift Stand and that additionally helps, however once more, it’s one other piece to mess with.

The touchpad, then again, is simply horrible. I hate to be so damaging, nevertheless it’s tiny, vertically oriented (which is unusual to make use of), and mounted to the correct of the keyboard the place its use is disruptive. It contains the Asus digital LED numeric keypad performance, which is nice for individuals who would use such a factor, however that doesn’t make up for its dimension and placement. It’s a Microsoft Precision touchpad, and so it really works nicely sufficient. It’s simply terribly uncomfortable.

Each shows are touch-enabled, after all, and each help the included Asus lively pen that may connect magnetically to the lid. The pen works nicely, offering for easy and exact inking and management on each shows.

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Lastly, Home windows 10 Howdy password-less login help is offered by an infrared digicam and facial recognition. It’s quick and correct, and I had no issues logging in. The webcam is a disappointing 720p, when some distributors are beginning to configure 1080p webcams in response to the pandemic-inspired surge in videoconferencing.

Battery life

Asus elevated the ZenBook Professional Duo’s battery by 29.5% over the earlier technology, as much as 92 watt-hours of capability. That’s plenty of battery, however it is a lot of machine, so I didn’t have extraordinarily excessive expectations.

I used to be heading in the right direction. The ZenBook Professional Duo didn’t do nicely on any of our battery benchmarks. For instance, in our net searching check, it couldn’t fairly make it to 4 hours, a meager rating that even gaming laptops are inclined to exceed. The earlier model managed about 5.5 hours, however that was with the second display screen turned off. I did my testing with the second display screen turned on, assuming that the majority customers would need that performance on battery life as a lot as when plugged in. Based on Asus, the second display screen ought to scale back battery life by about 1.5 hours, which is what I noticed and which signifies that not less than on this check, the up to date model doesn’t exhibit higher longevity regardless of the bigger battery.

Briefly, the ZenBook Professional Duo has terrible battery life.

Notice that the Dell XPS 15 4K went for seven hours and the HP Spectre x360 15 for simply over six hours. I understand that I picked a few comparability machines that aren’t that a lot better than the ZenBook Professional Duo. Most up-to-date laptops final for round 10 hours on this check, however after all, most don’t have OLED shows and such high-powered parts.

In our video looping check that repeats a Full HD Avengers trailer, the ZenBook Professional Duo hit six hours, in comparison with the XPS 15 at 20 minutes extra and the Spectre x360 15 at 6.5 hours. Once more, different trendy machines final for for much longer, usually exceeding 13 hours or so. I additionally ran the PCMark 10 Gaming check the place the Asus lasted for lower than two hours; this isn’t such a foul end result, and the check itself in all probability measures how aggressively a laptop computer runs underneath battery life fairly than how lengthy its battery lasts.

Within the PCMark 10 Purposes check, which is the perfect indication of productiveness battery life, the ZenBook Professional Duo hit 5.5 hours, and that’s about half of what most different laptops handle. We didn’t check both the XPS 15 with these benchmarks, however the Spectre x360 15 lasted for 3 minutes much less on the Gaming check and two minutes much less on the Purposes check.

So, briefly, the ZenBook Professional Duo has terrible battery life. That’s not surprising, after all, given the machine’s design. It does imply that in the event you’re occurring the highway for a full day of labor, then you definitely’ll have to hold the hefty 240-watt energy brick together with you. Add that to the palm relaxation extension and the ErgoLift Stand, and your backpack goes to really feel fairly full.

Our take

The ZenBook Professional Duo 15 OLED UX582 (whew!) is a good laptop computer for anybody who will really profit from having a second show hooked up to the machine, to not point out a high-powered CPU and GPU that may burn via demanding duties. That features artistic varieties who use their laptops with apps like Adobe Premiere Professional and Photoshop, which is sensible as a result of that’s precisely who Asus is aiming at. In that respect, the corporate has succeeded in making a laptop computer that may match explicit wants.

For many different customers, although, the ZenBook Professional Duo is simply too heavy, too sophisticated, and suffers from too-short battery life. It’s additionally costly at $Three,000, when you may get laptops which can be simply as highly effective and much more moveable for a similar or much less cash.

Are there are any alternate options?

The Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel is one other in another way designed laptop computer that’s tailored for artistic varieties. It, too, could be very quick, very heavy, and has a really brief battery life. It’s additionally much more costly, however in the event you’re a creator and wish its flexibility, the Acer is an effective different.

The Dell XPS 15 is a extra affordable machine for creators, being quick (though not as quick because the ZenBook Professional Duo), providing its personal glorious show, and being much more moveable. In the event you don’t want the second show, then it’s a viable choice.

In any other case, the ZenBook Professional Duo is in a category by itself. You received’t discover one other machine with the identical type of second display screen, and if that’s vital to you, then the Asus is your solely choice.

How lengthy will it final?

The ZenBook Professional Duo is extraordinarily well-built and feels sturdy sufficient to final for years of use. Its parts will sustain as nicely, that means your funding can pay itself again. You’ll be dissatisfied with the one-year guarantee, which is industry-standard however not lengthy sufficient for such an costly product.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. In the event you want a second show, then the ZenBook Professional Duo isn’t simply your solely selection. It’s an ideal selection, interval. In the event you don’t, then your $Three,000 will in all probability be higher spent elsewhere.

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