ASUS ZenBook Duo First Impressions: two displays and twice the fun

You’ve probably heard of people using a dual display monitor setup with their systems. It increases productivity by a great margin and is arguably quite effective. However, that setup usually is synchronous with a desktop. But, what about a laptop? Can a laptop sport a dual display setup? Well, I have with me the ASUS ZenBook Duo, the answer to that very question.

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Right off the bat, the first thing to notice about the ZenBook Duo is the design. It’s not the first laptop to have a keyboard shifted all the way to the bottom. We’ve seen slim Max-Q gaming laptops do that for a while now. However, ASUS has taken the very same design and installed a full touchscreen display right at the top. Yes, this baby is a touchscreen. It also comes with pen support to further enhance its productivity.

Now, it’s worth highlighting that this model right here is the ZenBook Duo. The company also has a ZenBook Pro Duo, that comes with super high-end specs and both displays are 4K touchscreens. This one, on the other hand, has a single Full HD touch display at the bottom, while the main panel is a standard matte finish panel. Actually, to be fair, calling it a standard display is an understatement since this is a Pantone certified display, which means it comes color-calibrated right out of the box. The colors look sharp, and the content just pops out damn well.

In the amount of time I’ve spent with the laptop, the keyboard obviously doesn’t feel that ergonomic, but hey, those are the first impressions. As I said, it’s not the first time I’m using a design like this, and I do expect to get the hang of it soon. As for the touchpad, yes, it is small but works quite well.

The connectivity options here aren’t too bad either. You get a couple of USB-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a microSD card slot, and the standard DC charging port.

So, who is this product exactly for? Well, ASUS is marketing this product for the users who want to enhance their productivity to the next level with an added display. And in the amount of time I’ve spent with it, I do agree with them. My usual setup remains my main window at the top, with Reddit, Feedly, and WhatsApp open in the bottom touch panel of the laptop. It definitely makes everything easier. Yes, there is an argument to be made that you can just Alt+Tab windows, but having everything right in front of you is definitely an added advantage.

In fact, you can do a lot with the ScreenPad Plus here, which is pinning apps and whatnot. At its core, Windows recognizes it as an extended display, so you can even have your windows extended to the full. But I like that ASUS didn’t leave it just there, and actually added software enhancements of their own to uplift the experience.

Right now, we don’t have a word on the pricing of this device. Rest assured, it ain’t gonna be that cheap. That said, this is obviously a niche product, and to be fair, not everyone would benefit from this design. But for those who want the productivity boost, trust me, this thing is absolutely amazing, and I might just keep it for work.

Well, those were my first impressions of the ASUS ZenBook Duo. There is still a lot to talk about the performance of this device, the new design, the build quality, and the portability, and I will certainly be taking my time with that. So make sure to stay tuned to Mr. Phone for the full review, and also everything new in the technology world.

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Varun Mirchandani
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Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.