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Review: ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402)

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ASUS has improved its Zenbook industrial design as it has gone through a redesign of sorts. According to ASUS, the new internal layout redesign now allows the ASUS Active Aerodynamic System Ultra (AAS Ultra) hinge, which not only lifts the ScreenPad Plus to an ergonomic viewing angle but also enhances the thermal performance. As you open the laptop’s lid, the secondary display will rise to 12 degrees for a better view while also opening a massive intake for 38% higher airflow than a laptop without the AAS Ultra design.

And once you do open the lid, you come face to face with the main 14.5-inch OLED HDR touchscreen which offers an aspect ratio of 16:10. The display also offers a resolution of 2880-by-1800 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz on an OLED display. You also get an extremely fast response time of 0.2ms.

The main display also supports a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, up to 550 nits of peak brightness, and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness. This means content creators can enjoy a brighter and more detailed viewing experience.

Besides an ultrawide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3 and HDR content support, the display is also certified for VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 and is PANTONE Validated, assuring accurate colour and high dynamic contrast reproduction. In addition, the OLED panel emits 70% less harmful blue light than LCD panels and it has been certified by TÜV Rhineland to ensure that the device adheres to high safety and quality standards.

The 2022 ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED also comes packed with an improved ScreenPad Plus. The new ScreenPad Plus is a 12.7-inch secondary touchscreen with an AAS Ultra hinge that lifts the display by up to 12 degrees for a comfortable touch operation and viewing experience. It also reduces the visual separation between ScreenPad Plus and the main display of the laptop.

What’s more, the new ScreenPad Plus also supports up to 500 nits of brightness and the same 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut as the main display. This means content creators can benefit from a seamless cross-screen operation, enhancing their creative workflow even further. The new ScreenPad Plus also comes with a new anti-glare etching finish to reduce light reflections.

The new ScreenPad Plus on the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is powered by the new ScreenXpert 3 software. This software makes cross-screen multitasking and creative workflows even more efficient.

You can boost your productivity with the built-in apps, and take full advantage of every feature with the intuitive and powerful Control Panel app. The ScreenPad Plus features a brand-new Control Center UI, which is now a lot snappier.

You can adjust the location of the Control Center and snap it to the right, left, or bottom, according to preference. A new Control Center button makes it possible to minimise the taskbar into a floating button and enables an auto-hide function that hides the taskbar entirely. Buttons on the new Control Center taskbar can also be added or moved to allow for customisation.

Even though the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is a thin and light laptop, it packs in a powerful 12th-generation Intel Core i7 H-series processor. For graphics, you get NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti Graphics. In addition, you also get up to 16GB of LPDDR5-4800 MHz memory and up to 1TB of PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD storage.

In terms of performance, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is truly a masterpiece. It has been built for content creators of today – the ScreenPad Plus is an added advantage and its ecosystem of applications through the ScreenXpert 3 software is just mind-blowing.

The ScreenPad Plus also comes with a range of ASUS utilities including Handwriting, which allows you to input text by simply writing it by hand. Then, there’s Quick Key which allows you to create your own hotkeys, while Number Key allows you to input numbers using the ScreenPad Plus. You also get Control Panel which offers adaptive functionality with Adobe apps such as Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and so on.

So, when you open any of these apps, the Control Panel app opens a corresponding panel suited to each software set, enabling commonly used functions such as zoom, brightness, and contrast via sliders, buttons, and dials. You can then fully customise 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.

In terms of I/O ports, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED offers plenty. This includes two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A port, one standard HDMI 2.1 port, one SD Express 7.0 card reader, and one 3.5 mm audio combo jack. Wireless connectivity options include Dual-band WiFi 6E (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2.

The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is a great laptop for creators out there. It comes with a very useful second screen in the form of ScreenPad Plus along with its own ecosystem of apps. It also offers a stunning OLED display and very strong internals that can take up any creative job. The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 7999 onwards

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ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402)

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The 2022 ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED also comes packed with an improved ScreenPad Plus. The new ScreenPad Plus is a 12.7-inch secondary touchscreen with an AAS Ultra hinge that lifts the display by up to 12 degrees for a comfortable touch operation and viewing experience. It also reduces the visual separation between ScreenPad Plus and the main display of the laptop.

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