Unboxing the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482)

ASUS has just launched their newest ZenBook laptops, and along with the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED is this incredible laptop, ASUS ZenBook Duo 14. The first version of this was actually during the 2019 Computex ASUS event in Taiwan (Blog here). So innovative and first to launch in the market, the ASUS ZenBook Duo made waves and made impact to creators and multi-taskers all over the world.

The new ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 brings the multi-tasking capabilities of a laptop to a whole new level. Now with the ScreenPad Plus and ScreenXpert UI. So let's do a quick unboxing.
Inside the carrying box is another box, looking clean and premium. You also can see the premium carrying sleeve for your laptop. It's thicker compared to previous sleeves and definitely a better protection this this is slightly heavier than my ASUS ZenBook 13

Then the reveal of this beautiful laptop. Immediately you can see the gradient ray when a light hits the logo. That asymmetric-circle ZenBook pattern definitely gives off a modern and sophisticated appearance.
Right off the bat you can immediately see the key features of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14.
  • Ergonomic ScreenPad PLUS - Enhanced dual-screen productivity
  • Up to 40% Faster CPU Performance - In Cinebench R20 compared to 15W laptop CPU
  • High-Capacity 60Wh Battery - Up to 17-hour battery life.
  • NanoEdge Display - 93% screen-to-body ratio
  • Eye Protection - TUV Rheinland-certified flicker free.
  • Thunderbolt 4 USB-C - 40Gbps ultrafast connectivity
  • Stylus Support - Precise input 4096 pressure levels
  • ASUS WiFi Master Premium - Smart Connect & WiFi Stabilizer
Those are a lot of features already and we barely scratched the surface. Also inside the box you can find the 65W USB type-C charger, ASUS Pen, the Duo stand and also some warranty information and user guide.

Before we even open this up, just admire the celestial blue finish of the laptop. The chasis is mad eout of magnesium alloy which give a very nice premium feel to it. It only weighs 1.6 kg and has passed multiple military grade durability tests like humidity, altitude, vibration, high and low temp and shock test.
The main display is a 14-inch fullHD nano edge display with a 4mm thin bezel giving it a 93% screen to body ratio. The secondary screen is 12.6 inch display just above the keyboard. Both displays are touch screen.
If you're familiar with the first ZenBook Duo, this one has significantly improved with the ScreenPad plus and the updated design. The secondary screen automatically tilts up to 7 degrees giving you improved readability. Engineered with teh new aero dynamic system+ with the feature ErgoLift which is my favorite feature of the ZenBook lineups. This increasses airflow by 49% giving amazing internal temperature with its dual fans.
The secondary screen is a feature I never thought I needed until I used it. Now that it has the ScreenXpert 2, it now has some handy quick controls designed to give you an edge in workflow efficiency.
It is now a lot snappier. Users can adjust the location of the Control Center and snap it to the right, left, or bottom, according to preference. Buttons on the new Control Center task bar can also be added or moved to allow for customization.
This is a big advantage for creators out there. The new Control Panel app to the ScreenXpert User Interface (UI) currently supports Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Lightroom Classic. Creators can fully customize the functions and icon positioning for each of the app specific decks. The Control Panel will automatically launch the deck assigned to each of the supported apps.
ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) is powered by up to an 11th Generation Intel® Core i7™ processor and up to 4.7 GHz for incredible performance with multiple cores and paired with 16 GB RAM to make light work of cross-screen workflows using the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and the main display. Ultrafast storage with up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 SSD helps accelerate any workflow and optimize productivity. 
ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 also features ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT), which works with the 11th Generation Intel® processors to intelligently boost performance. Using Performance mode, users can enjoy a performance boost of up to 40% compared to a similar standard laptop.

The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) will also come in another variant with a powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 GPU that’s capable of accelerating workloads. You can expect up to 2 times faster performance over GeForce® MX250 graphics, as well as faster, smoother gaming and content creation. 

When the AIPT mode on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is switched to Performance mode, the GPU performance can increase by up to 20%, versus standard mode due to a TGP boost. It also works seamlessly with NVIDIA® Optimus® technology to give you the perfect balance between long battery life and performance, only enabling the dedicated MX450 GPU when necessary, disabling it otherwise to extend battery life.
The ASUS Golden Ear team worked with audio specialists Harman Kardon to create the latest iteration of ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, and the results are astonishing. This unique combination of hardware and software give ZenBook Duo 14 the most incredible sound ever heard on a laptop.

The  ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 has comprehensive high-performance I/O capabilities including two, lastest Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. These two USB C supports power delivery and display posts. This lets you connect an external 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. It also includes WiFi 6, with enhanced ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology. The ports can be found on the side and you can see HDMI 1.4 and the two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C on the left and  MicroSD card reader, audio jack and USB 3.2 Gen 1 on the right side.

For the keyboard you get a full sized backlit chiclet keys with 1.4mm key-travel. It also has a touchpad on the right side of the Keyboard. For the battery, you have 70 watt hour batter and can be boosted to 17 hours all day productivity depending on the use. There's also an option for you to extend battery life with its 1W panel.
Will update you guys more on out initial impressions on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482) on our next blog.

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