Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED


Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED

The Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED has a plethora of high-end features, from a dazzling OLED screen to the high-speed Intel chip. The laptop’s dual-screen design also opens up an endless number of multitasking possibilities, especially if you’re a professional creator. However, the poor battery life and cramped keyboard are big sacrifices for those dual-screen delights.

Pros

  • Dual-screen design is great for select apps
  • Lightning-fast performance
  • OLED screen looks dazzling
  • Optional Nvidia GPU

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Keyboard feels cramped

Availability

  • UKRRP: £1299.99
  • USARRP: $1999.99

Key Features


  • Dual-screen designThe Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED has a secondary screen, the ScreenPad Plus. Multiple content creation apps offer support to improve workflow, while it can also be used to keep apps and browser windows visible for improved multitasking

  • OLED screenZenBook’s display is capable of producing perfect blacks, which improves the contrast drastically for boosted picture quality

  • Intel H-Series processorThis laptop is capable of some of the fastest CPU speeds currently possible, making it a good option for those with intensive workloads

Introduction

Having a second monitor can make a world of difference to your productivity, whether it’s for viewing multiple spreadsheets as you type up a report, or even just to put your favourite sitcom on in the background to keep morale high. 

So for the ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED, Asus has decided to embed a second screen directly above the laptop’s keyboard, allowing you to multitask easily, doing away with the need to fight colleagues for the last remaining monitor in the office. 

Asus isn’t relying solely on this feature, however. It also includes an eye-popping 120Hz OLED panel, plus at the heart of this laptop sits a 12th Generation Intel Core chip, enabling the Pro 14 Duo to speed through intensive workloads at ease. 

But while there are many positives to talk about, there are also some unquestionable flaws. The addition of the second screen not only forces the keyboard into an uncomfortable position, but it’s also a leech on the battery life. So how does the Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED fare against the competition, and is it one of the best laptop options around?

Design

  • Dual-screen design has plenty of uses
  • Abundance of ports
  • Keyboard and trackpad feel cramped

Asus has been pushing its dual-screen laptops for a number of years now, and this is the latest iteration. The second screen is located on the chassis, just below the main display, with a hinge tilting the panel up as you lift the laptop’s lid. 

It’s a very clever construction, allowing me to easily see both screens without having to crane my neck. And as a bonus feature, having the screen lifted off the chassis allows for plenty of airflow beneath, so the ultra-powerful components below don’t get too toasty. 

Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED on desk, showing the hinge mechanic for ScreenPadImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED has an all-metal build, which you’d expect from a $1999/£1299 laptop. It feels sturdy and looks fantastic, with a stylish logo printed on the lid that looks like something out of Star Trek.

Depending on the configuration you opt for, the laptop can weigh as much as 1.75kg. That’s far heftier than the majority of 14-inch laptops, but understandable given the second screen and the cooling solution required for the H-Series Intel chip. And to be honest, I didn’t have much of an issue carrying this laptop around. 

You’ll find an abundance of ports here, with two Thunderbolt 4 and a USB-A on the right edge, plus a headphone jack on the left. Asus has also taken a leaf out of its gaming ROG lineup by adding a few ports on the rear; there’s a power port, HDMI, and a microSD card reader. 

Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED ports on the side and rearImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

I’m a big fan of having a power port on the rear, since it makes it considerably easier to attach a charging cable when the plug socket is at a stretching distance – it just makes sense. 

There’s one massive drawback to having a secondary screen built into a laptop, though: the keyboard has been shunted forward into an unnatural position. It took me a long while to get used to, and even once adapting, the fact that there isn’t anywhere for your wrists to rest remains annoying. 

A look at the second display playing YouTubeImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The keys themselves feel good to press, offering decent travel and feedback; but it’s still uncomfortable to type on, since you need to angle your hands into such as unnatural position.

To make matters worse, the trackpad has been forced to the right-hand side, in the position you’d normally find the number pad. It works as well as you’d want it to, with snappy buttons and responsive input, but it’s rather small. In addition, the unusual position wreaks havoc with my muscle memory. In fact, the keyboard is so annoying that I’d recommend purchasing a separate keyboard – but then again, doesn’t that defeat the point of a portable laptop? 

Display 

  • OLED screen looks fantastic
  • High resolution and refresh rate
  • Almost perfect colour accuracy

Asus claims that the main panel of the ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED is the world’s first 2.8K 120Hz OLED touchscreen display on a laptop, although that’s oddly specific and hardly revolutionary. Nevertheless, those are very impressive specs, particularly the OLED screen technology. 

The OLED panel ensures this laptop is able to achieve perfect blacks, making the likes of a night sky or a dark cave look far more realistic than the washed-out greys you’ll likely see with a more conventional LCD-panelled laptop. Being able to produce such deep blacks improves the contrast and helps make brighter colours stand out in comparison. 

Doctor Strange trailer playing on OLED screenImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Personally, I think the move to OLED makes for a far more significant difference than a jump up in resolution; if you want the best possible picture quality, it’s well worth the investment. There’s only a handful of OLED laptops currently available, but some of my favourites include the Dell XPS 13 OLED and HP Spectre x360 13.

Asus could have easily just relied on OLED to pull in the crowd, but it’s also cranked up the resolution to 2.8K, which means you can watch video at 1440p. Images look more crisp and sharp, with less obvious rough edges. It isn’t quite 4K – but, personally, I wouldn’t recommend going for such a high resolution since it can have a detrimental effect on the battery life. 

I tested the ZenBook Pro 14 Duo with a colorimeter to see whether the data matched my impressions. Maximum brightness was recorded at 355 nits – that’s a little higher than the average, although I’ve reviewed plenty of laptops that are capable of going even brighter. 

Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED on deskImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The most impressive results of all were the colour coverage figures. The Pro 14 Duo OLED achieved 100% for sRGB, 96% for Adobe RGB and 97% for DCI-P3. Such results are virtually unheard of outside of Apple’s MacBooks, and mean the Asus laptop is capable of producing near-perfect colours ensuring photos and videos look as accurate as possible. This makes the ZenBook Pro 14 Duo a superb option for professional colour-sensitive work. 

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