17 hours without pause, double screen
On one screen, a long Google Drive document detailing a process; in the other, multiple graphs that allow to evaluate what is written. On a screen, the 3D model of a huge building; in the other, a detail of its façade, modified in real time by the architect. On a screen, an image to be retouched in all its details; in the other, three windows, a work group chat, a sample of reference images and a Mozart melody to relieve the stress of work with a dose of harmony in the ears.
The idea is not new if we talk about a desktop device, a torre lifelong, vertical and stacked under the desk, shielded with two monitors on the work table. But we are talking about a laptop. Specifically, of Asus ZenBook Duo 14 (UX482). And here the familiar idea becomes revolutionary: being able to bring dual monitor work, increasingly essential due to the number of simultaneous applications and work levels required by digital transformation, to the laptop, the best friend of these times of teleworking. And all this without affecting the performance of the computer, because it offers 17 uninterrupted hours on a single battery charge.
All the options, at a ‘tap’
The ScreenPad Plus is the jewel in the crown of this laptop. It has its own desktop, where you can stack, in the order and number you want, the applications to launch from that screen. Moving an application from the secondary screen to the main one is as easy as pressing, holding and dragging with your finger.
● Windows 10 Home
● Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
● Intel® Iris Xe Graphics
● NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450
● 2GB GDDR6
● Touch screen
● Resolution: 1920×1080 in 16: 9 wide format
● 14.0 inch
● Compatible with stylus
Additional screen (ScreenPad Plus):
● Compatible with stylus
● Resolution: (1920×515)
● 16GB LPDDR4X on board
● Maximum memory up to 32GB
● 70 WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell lithium ion
● 17 hours duration
● 1,62 kilos
● 32.40 x 22.20 x 1.69 ~ 1.73 cm
The secondary display can be divided into up to three fixed-size windows, to keep multiple applications running and in view. In addition, this visualization has an obvious advantage over the dual monitor: the eyes do not have to do the constant visual ping from one screen to the other; all content is in front of the user. The organization of these applications also allows us to quickly rotate what we launch to the main screen and what to the secondary one: a button on the keyboard and another touch fulfill this function.
In addition to multitasking, the ScreenPad Plus offers many other benefits. For example, with the Control Panel option, the second screen can become an extension of the control interface. apps like Photoshop or Premiere, allowing the user to configure all the controls and the interface itself to their liking at all times. The Task Group function, on the other hand, opens the option to schedule presets so that various applications pop open and adapt to taste between the two screens.
Lastly, the View Max option allows both the primary and secondary displays to be joined into a single visual surface. If the user needs to look at an image or diagram in an unconventional format, this is the best option to keep everything in sight. All at the blow of taps, pinches and strokes thanks to a fully touch interface. And if writing like the screen is what you need to do, the ScreenPad Plus supports a high-precision digital pen (4,096 levels of pressure) so every stroke feels perfect.
Graphic power without sacrificing battery
The work is accomplished by a stellar team: two 11th Generation Intel Core processors, with Intel Iris Xe graphics and an NVida Geforce MX450 graphics card, ensure that those who want to use this laptop to enjoy next generation video games are fully covered. In addition, thanks to its two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, if you occasionally want to enjoy this visual power on a large screen, its bandwidth speed allows you to connect it to a large next-generation 8K television or two 4K screens.
This emphasis on image does not affect battery life or computer overheating. Thanks to the Active Aerodynamic System Plus, el Zenbook Duo 14, which is available from April 2020 starting at 1,599 euros, manages to increase its ventilation capacity by 49%. This design plus is complemented by two powerful internal fans that ensure that those 17 hours of uninterrupted performance do not become torture for the device and preserve it in order to be the master tool for work and leisure of its users.
One of the functions that can get more out of the Dual screen is Quick Key. Every application that we use in our work has its secret shortcuts, letter combinations that make navigating an infinite Excel a simple task. Quick Key allows you to create any combination of keys you want and apply a touch button with a fully configurable descriptive name. More general tasks – capture screen, jump to the desktop, print or undo – or as specific as desired for a specific application are possible with this program. Any complex operation becomes a mere “press”.