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ASUS made its next wave of dual-screen laptops more convenient

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To complete the package, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 compatible USB-C ports, a full-size USB 3.1 port, an HDMI output, WiFi 6, a 90 Wh battery and, of course, that second display. This time, ASUS has gone for a larger 14-inch 4K panel to serve as the ScreenPad – more on that in a moment. Of course, the amount of stuff ASUS has squeezed into this thing means it might be better suited to sit in one spot – it only weighs a hair at under 5.3 pounds.

For those looking for something a little more portable, there’s the ZenBook Duo 14 and its 14-inch, 1080p touchscreen. It’s not as powerful as its big brother, although you can configure it pretty well all the same – it comes with the integrated Intel Xe graphics card, but you can go for an NVIDIA GeForce MX450, and you have a choice. between a Core i5 -1135G7 or one of the 11th generation Intel 17-1165G7 processors. The Duo 14 also comes with up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM, up to 1GB of storage, two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, one full-size USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, one HDMI output, and a microSD card slot. .

ASUS packed all of that plus a 70 Wh battery in a case weighing just over 3.5 pounds. It might be worth it if you’re a fan of the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus display sitting right above the keyboard.

Now, about those second screens. One of the big hits against the original secondary screens of the ZenBook Duo and Pro Duo was the way they were oriented – they lined up with the rest of the laptop’s body, and even though the bottom of the these machines were tilted slightly upwards, it might still be difficult to see the ScreenPad Plus at a glance. Not this time. In the two new ZenBook Duo models, the ScreenPad itself swings upward to sit a little more neatly in line with your eyes – think about a 9.5 degree angle for the Pro Duo and an angle of 7 degrees for the smaller Duo.


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