One is rarely sufficient. That’s true of choc ices on a sizzling summer season’s day, and likewise in the case of laptop computer screens – or not less than it’s for the Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED. Asus’ newest premium mannequin is packing two, and has additionally been taking some classes in lively aerodynamics from the world of supercars.
Primarily an up to date model of the significantly cool Zenbook Duo 14 we reviewed final 12 months, this 2022 version swaps IPS show panels for OLED ones and provides a brand new tilting mechanism within the identify of cooling. When the laptop computer is opened, the second display screen raises by 20mm and tilts by 12°, placing it at a greater viewing angle for working throughout each shows and permitting a whopping 38% better airflow than earlier than.
The ScreenPad second display screen stays the Professional 14 Duo’s killer characteristic. The 12.7in contact show sits above the keyboard, with a 2880×864 decision and ultrawide 32:10 facet ratio. The built-in software program now helps exterior shows for even better productiveness, and it helps all the most important Adobe Artistic Suite apps, together with Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Professional. Should you’re not all about keyboard shortcuts, the flexibility to alter brush dimension, alter layer opacity or tweak saturation on the fly ought to have actual attraction.
The principle display screen steps issues up with a 2880×1800 decision. Each have 120Hz refresh charges, cowl 100% of the DCI-P3 color house, and have been validated by color specialists Pantone. Artistic execs could be reassured that the colors they see onscreen are precisely what they supposed.
Inside, it’s a reasonably no-compromise method for a 14in laptop computer. Energy comes from a Twelfth-gen Intel CPU, paired with as much as 32GB of RAM, as a lot as 2TB of NVMe storage, and an Nvidia GeForce 3050 Ti devoted graphics card. On the connectivity entrance there’s two Thunderbold 4 USB-C ports, plus a single customary USB3, HDMI output, microSD card reader and three.5mm headphone port.
The Asus Zenbook Professional 14 Duo OLED lands within the UK later this month, with costs ranging from £1300.
Much less display screen, extra lean
The Zenbook Professional 16X ditches the second display screen, however seems set to have a promising solo profession. It makes use of a 4K OLED touchscreen panel, with ultra-slim bezels and Asus Pen 2.0 stylus help. It’s additionally Dolby Imaginative and prescient suitable and Pantone licensed for color accuracy.
The 16X additionally retains the lively aero. As you open the lid, the keyboard raises by 14mm and tilts by 7°, making for a extra snug typing place and permitting 30% extra airflow than the earlier era mannequin. Asus reckons this aloe lowers the laptop computer’s floor temperature by a formidable 7°C. The lean additionally higher directs sound from the built-in audio system.
That further cooling lets the CPU (your selection of Twelfth-Gen Intel Core i7 or i9) and devoted Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics chip run at a mixed 140W of thermal energy, which ought to give it a lift over rival powerhouse laptops. Count on as much as 2TB of super-quick PCIe 4.0 storage, as a lot as 32GB of RAM, and a promised 10 hours of battery life. The entire thing is just below 17mm thick when closed, and weighs in at round 2.4kg.
Artistic sorts ought to respect the customisable dial constructed into the keyboard tray, together with an outsized touchpad that doubles as a quantity pad. There’s additionally per-key RGB lighting, which ought to hold players glad.
Asus has but to verify costs for the Zenbook Professional 16X OLED. You’ll have to attend till June to get your palms on one.
The brand new fashions had been revealed alongside a wholly refreshed ZenBook line-up, which all get delicate design tweaks and a brand new, slicker brand. OLED screens at the moment are mainly a given throughout the vary, as are Twelfth-Gen Intel Core and the most recent AMD Ryzen CPUs.