Asus is introducing a smaller, cheaper version of its dual-screen ZenBook Pro Duo. While last year’s model was a 5.5 pound notebook with a 15.6 inch primary display and a 14 inch secondary touchscreen display above the keyboard, the new Asus ZenBook Duo (UX481) is a 3.3 pound notebook with a 14 inch primary display and a 12.6 inch second screen.

It’s expected to hit the streets in the first quarter of the year for an unspecified price. But a glance at the spec sheet makes it clear that this is a more affordable alternative to the $2500 “Pro” model.

Whereas the Pro version has a 4K OLED primary display, an Intel H-series processor, and NVIDIA graphics, the new ZenBook Duo has the kind of specs you’d expect from a thin and light laptop designed to balance portability, price, and performance. It just has that weird second screen above the keyboard.

  • Primary display: 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel primary (with optional touch)
  • Second display: 12.6 inch Asus ScreenPad Plus
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10510U
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  • Memory: Up to 16GB LPDDR3-2133
  • Storage: 256GB to 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Battery: 70 Wh
  • Wireless: WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB ports: 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • Other ports: HDMI, audio, microSD card reader
  • Audio: Harman Kardon certified audio with microphone array
  • Dimensions: 323mm x 223mm x 19.9mm (12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.8″)
  • Weight: 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds)

The laptop also has an IR camera with support for Windows Hello face recognition.

The stand-out feature is obviously the second screen which can be used to display additional content and/or to interact with apps using a touchscreen interface above the keyboard. But the laptop also has a physical trackpad on the right side of the keyboard rather than below it (to make room for the second screen).

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  1. The 14″ zenbook duo has been available for a while, but this refresh is welcome. The three big complaints I had with the previous version were the merely okay screens (99% sRGB for main, like 40% for secondary), the lack of touch on the primary screen, and the lack of USB C charging when the power brick is only 65W so it’d be easily possible. They’ve fixed the touch but no mention of the other two issues.

    Price on the old one was £1500 for 16GB iirc to the pro’s £2500 base and £3000 top end variants