The Asus ZenBook Duo dual-screen picks over where the amazing Asus ZenBook Pro Duo has left off: Indeed, with another pair of screens, but in a more lightweight and hopefully less costly build.
While a 15-inch device was the ZenBook Pro Duo, the new Asus ZenBook Duo launched at CES shrinks that down to a 14-inch form factor. Of example, this applies to the top screen; the secondary ScreenPad Plus is a 12.6-inch full-width auxiliary touchscreen which can be used as a secondary monitor. While we don’t know the exact dimensions of either screen, the secondary screen of the Pro Duo offered a screen ratio of 32:9—we believe that was left in place.
Certain specifications, too, have improved somewhat. Intel has moved on to its 10th generation parts since last year’s launch of the Pro Duo, and the ZenBook Duo is rocking a 10th-gen Core i7 processor. However, the most pronounced change is with the GPU: Asus included a GeForce RTX 2060 with the original Pro Duo but its replacement uses a much cheaper, less powerful yet cooler Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. It also contains up to 16 GB of RAM and up to a terabyte of SSD storage.
Asus has not published complete specs for the Asus ZenBook Duo; at press time the device did not even appear on its website for whatever reason. (Microsoft blogged about the latest Asus laptop, unveiling its specifications to the world.) Neither do we know what Asus will charge for the ZenBook Duo, nor when it will arrive.
Nevertheless, the fact that Asus is shipping the dual-screen ZenBook a second generation is a good sign. We have seen other impressive dual-screen devices, such as the Omen X 2S, but couldn’t help wondering if they would be the equivalent of 3D TVs for the PC industry: a flash-in – the-pan gimmick. It means that they will not be.