asus zenbook
  • Processor: 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U Processor, 1.8 GHz (8MB Cache, up to 4.9 GHz, 4 Cores, 8 Threads)
  • Memory & Storage: 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz onboard RAM | Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
  • Graphics: Dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GDDR5 2GB VRAM
  • Display: 14-inch LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 300nits Brightness, Anti-Glare Panel, IPS-level wide-view technology, 100% sRGB, PANTONE Validated, 90% screen-to-body ratio
  • Software Included: Pre-installed MS Office Home and Student 2019 | Operating System: Pre-loaded Windows 10 Home with lifetime validity
  • Design & battery: Spun-Metal finish| 3.5mm-Thin bezels | Metallic Chassis | Thin and Light Laptop | Laptop Weight 1.60 Kg | 70Whrs, 4-cell, Lithium-Polymer Battery
  • ScreenPad Plus: 12.6-inch FHD (1920 x 515) Touch display with IPS-level wide-view technology| Keyboard : Full-size Backlit leyboard, 1.4mm key travel
  • I/O Ports: 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x Micro SD card reader
  • Other: IR webcam with Windows Hello support | Face recognition login | Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) (802.11ax) 2*2 | Bluetooth 5.0 | US MIL-STD 810G military-grade standard
  • Warranty: This genuine Asus laptop comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty on the device and 6 months manufacturer warranty on included accessories from the date of purchase. For product related queries contact the brand at contact_us on: [ 18002090365 ].
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Specifically, there’s the primary display, a 14-inch 1080p matte screen. There’s also another display, a 12.6-inch IPS panel called the ScreenPad 2.0, built into the top half of the lower deck. Both are touch-enabled, and both support Asus’ active stylus. It’s sort of hard to explain what this looks like; you’ll get it once you see it.

I mostly kept distractions like Slack, Twitter, and Spotify on the bottom screen so they were out of my way while I did my primary work on the top, but I also sometimes kept notes or other information down there for reference. You can easily message a friend while watching Netflix, edit video with the timeline on the bottom, or stream a YouTube tutorial on the bottom while running a game up top. I’m sure you can see your own uses for this; it’s like having a miniature, built-in monitor. Note, though, that the ScreenPad is small and has a very narrow aspect ratio, making it best suited to running streams in the background or stealing a glance at Twitter here and there; reading in depth or doing any actual work on it is pretty cramped.IT’S LIKE HAVING A MINIATURE, BUILT-IN MONITOR

In Asus’ Launcher menu, which you open by tapping the left side of the ScreenPad, you can access a handful of nifty features that take advantage of the Duo’s form factor (as well as adjust the ScreenPad’s brightness and lock and unlock the keyboard). There are a couple apps, including Quick Key (where you can access shortcuts to commands like cut, copy, and paste), Number Key (which pulls up a virtual numpad), and Handwriting (where you can scribble with the stylus and the text will show up wherever your cursor is — it’s quite accurate). You can create “task groups” of up to five apps or tabs (two on the main screen and three on the ScreenPad), which you can then open up later with a single click. And you can add whatever apps you want to the Launcher’s main menu, so it can function as a secondary dock.

Moving apps from one screen to the other is as easy as moving them to an external monitor. But there are some neat tricks, too. Whenever you click and drag a window, a small menu pops up with options to send it to the opposite display, pin it to the Launcher, or extend it to occupy both screens. There’s also a handy button above the touchpad that immediately swaps the contents of your top and bottom screen and automatically resizes them to fit.

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In terms of standard “laptop stuff,” the Duo is a capable computer, but there’s nothing that will blow you out of the water — again, the ScreenPad is the reason to buy it.

I have the only currently available configuration, which is Rs. 1,24,990/- and comes with Intel’s quad-core Core i7-10510U processor, 16GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. The system was just fine for my daily load of Chrome tabs, Spotify streaming, Slack, YouTube, and other tasks. The midrange Comet Lake CPU isn’t the best choice for encoding videos or other demanding creative tasks, however — most power users will be better suited to the ZenBook Pro Duo, which comes with an eight-core Core i9-9980HK and a more powerful graphics card. The Duo’s battery life was surprisingly good, given that it has to juice two screens. I got just over 10 hours of web browsing on the Battery Saver profile with both panels at medium brightness. And the machine kept itself decently cool throughout testing (just the bottom got occasionally toasty). The fans only fired up during gaming, and you can turn on a Silent profile in Asus’ control center if they bother you.THE DUO IS FAR FROM A GAMING MACHINE

Ports get a passing grade: there’s a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a microSD card slot, and an audio jack on the right, as well as an HDMI, another USB 3.1 Type-A, a power port, and a USB-C. No Thunderbolt 3, though, which is a glaring omission on a Rs. 1,24,990/- laptop, ScreenPad or no ScreenPad.

Finally, the Duo is far from a gaming machine. As GPUs go, the MX250 is close to the bottom of the barrel. Integrated graphics on many modern processors (including Intel’s Iris Plus that comes with the Ice Lake generation, and the new Vega graphics in the AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile series) perform comparably — so buying laptops with underpowered graphics cards is making less and less sense.

The ScreenPad is handy for gaming, particularly if you want to keep a reference guide open or run a YouTube video while you play. Note, though, that when you click on the bottom display you’re essentially tabbing out of the game — audio stops, and you have to click back in to resume playing — so using the ScreenPad for operations like Discord chats or live-tweeting is a bit of a pain.

The ScreenPad is handy for gaming, particularly if you want to keep a reference guide open or run a YouTube video while you play. Note, though, that when you click on the bottom display you’re essentially tabbing out of the game — audio stops, and you have to click back in to resume playing — so using the ScreenPad for operations like Discord chats or live-tweeting is a bit of a pain.

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Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 design

The ZenBook Duo UX481 is not especially slim, like many of today’s premium models try to be, but it’s going to turn heads no matter what. As soon as people get over the initial wonder of what they’re looking at, they are going to do a double-take. After a very long time, we have something that makes people stop and rethink what they assume a laptop should look like and how it should work.

A signature ZenBook touch is the subtle concentric ring pattern on the lid radiating outwards from the Asus logo, which in this case is off-centre. Most of the body is made out of metal, and everything feels very solid. The lid doesn’t bend or flex much at all, and you can push the screen quite far back. You’ll need both hands to open and close this laptop, since the ErgoHinge design causes the entire base to move as the lid pivots.

The keyboard and trackpad have both been squeezed into the space below the ScreenPad Plus, and this is the biggest downside of the ZenBook Duo UX481. The vertical trackpad is far too narrow for comfortable use, and we constantly found our finger hitting the keys to the left or border to the right. As for quality, we found that it wasn’t particularly accurate, and the cursor would wobble a bit when we were trying to select something or just hover. Needless to say, left-handed users will find this arrangement extremely uncomfortable.

The keyboard is compressed into roughly as much space as on a 10- or 11-inch netbook, and those were never very good. Similarly, Asus has committed several sins here. There’s no palm rest area at all, and the keyboard deck is pretty high above whatever surface you have this laptop sitting on, which doesn’t make for comfortable typing posture at all.

You’ll have to keep your palms hovering rather than resting on something because there’s a raised lip that interferes with the bottom row. The keys are not too small, but are slightly squished together. The right Shift key is placed beyond the Up arrow, which means touch typing is out of the question. As for keyboard quality, the keys themselves are a bit mushy and unsatisfying. On the positive side, there’s white backlighting with three brightness settings.

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Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 specifications and software

There’s more big news than just the second screen – this is the first laptop in our lab with a 10th Gen Intel Core CPU. Sadly, it’s a 14nm ‘Comet Lake’ chip, which means it’s just a mildly refreshed 9th Gen ‘Coffee Lake’ chip, not one of the all-new 10nm ‘Ice Lake’ varieties. Still, we should see some improvements in terms of battery life, performance, and heat dissipation. The chip in question is a 15W Core i7-10510U which has four cores with Hyper-Threading and runs between 1.8GHz and 4.9GHz.

The primary 14-inch screen has a full-HD 1920×1080 resolution. Asus says it is validated by Pantone and comes colour calibrated from the factory, but we detected a warm pink tinge that might just be because we’ve received an early review unit. 100 percent sRGB coverage is also promised.

Asus calls the secondary screen ScreenPad Plus, to set it apart from the ScreenPad enhanced trackpad of last year’s flagship ZenBook models. This screen has a resolution of 1920×515 and is touch-enabled. Both panels are said to have 178-degree viewing angles.

To supplement this CPU’s aged Intel UHD Graphics capabilities, there’s a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. You get support for the fast new Wi-Fi 6 standard as well as Bluetooth 5. The battery has a 70Wh capacity and a 65W charger is bundled in the box.

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Asus ZenBook Duo UX481 ScreenPad Plus displays

So let’s talk about the lower screen. The whole idea is that by making it exactly as wide as the primary screen and using the same horizontal resolution, you can move content around and multitask easily without bothering about alignment and without constantly swivelling your head. The angle does lead to a bit of hunching, though, which some people will find problematic.

Asus zenbook has gone with a matte texture for both screens, specifically in order to avoid reflections, which would have otherwise been a problem because they’re mounted at an angle to each other. We were surprised that the two screens seemed to have different colour temperatures – the primary one had a warm pink tinge compared to the lower one. Brightness also has to be adjusted independently.

What’s odder is that the lower screen recognises touch, but the primary one doesn’t. We took a while to get used to this, and eventually settled for just using the trackpad across both. On the other hand, it’s nice that Asus includes a stylus in the box with the ZenBook Duo UX481, which might come in handy for scribbling, sketching, signing, or just tapping things at a more convenient angle. You can disable the keyboard and trackpad with Fn key shortcuts to rest your wrist below the ScreenPad, but it isn’t exactly comfortable.

The lower screen is essentially recognised as a second monitor by Windows 10, and you’re in Extended Desktop mode by default. That means you can just drag and drop windows from one screen to another. It also means that when the ZenBook Duo UX481 wakes up from sleep, everything jumps back to the primary screen.

Asus has come up with one clever Windows UI enhancement. Whenever you drag a window by its title bar to move it anywhere, a set of three targets appears next to your cursor. You can “drop” the window onto any of these to either pop it directly onto the lower screen, force it to span both screens, or add a shortcut to Asus’ touch-enabled ScreenPad launcher (more on this in a minute). Additionally, three bars appear at the top of the lower screen allowing you to snap a window to exactly one-third its width.

Product information

Technical Details

ManufacturerAsus, TECH FRONT ( CHONGQING) Computer Co. Ltd, NO 18 , Zongbao Road, Shapingba Dist,Chongquing, China
SeriesZenBook Duo
ColourCelestial Blue
Item Height20 Millimeters
Item Width32.3 Centimeters
Standing screen display size14 Inches
Resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Product Dimensions22.3 x 32.3 x 2 cm; 1.6 Kilograms
Batteries1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
Item model numberUX481FL-HJ143TS
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i7-10510U
Processor Speed1.8 GHz
Processor Count4
RAM Size16 GB
Memory TechnologyLPDDR3
Maximum Memory Supported16 GB
Memory Clock Speed2133 MHz
Hard Drive Size1 TB
Hard Disk DescriptionFlash Memory Solid State
Speaker DescriptionBuilt-in array microphone, Built-in speaker, harman/kardon
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce MX250
Graphics Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Graphics Card DescriptionDedicated
Graphics RAM TypeGDDR5
Graphics Card Ram Size2 GB
Graphics Card InterfacePCI-E
Connectivity TypeWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) 2*2 (Dual band), Bluetooth 5.0
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Number of HDMI Ports1
Number of Audio-out Ports1
Card ReaderMicroSD
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Supported SoftwareComes with Pre-installed MS Office Home and Student 2019, Audio by ICEpower, Smart Amp Technology, System Diagnosis, Battery Health Charging, Splendid, Tru2Life, WiFi roaming optimization, MyASUS, ScreenXpert (for dual screen models).
Are Batteries IncludedYes
Number Of Lithium Ion Cells4
Included ComponentsLaptop, AC Adapter, Stylus, Sleeve, Stand, User Guide, Manuals
Country of OriginChina
Imported ByASUS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, 402, Supreme chambers, 17/18, Shah Industrial Estate, Veer Desai Road, Andheri (west), Mumbai 400053, India
Item Weight1 kg 600 g
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