The new Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402) is a notebook with a 14.5 inch, 2880 x 1800 pixel OLED touchscreen display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 0.2ms response time. But that’s just one of the laptop’s displays.
There’s also a 12.7 inch, 2880 x 864 pixel inch IPS LCD screen above the keyboard that can be used as a secondary display for viewing menus, controls, or other information from an app running on the primary screen, or as a space for viewing additional apps while multitasking.
While this isn’t the first dual-screen 14 inch laptop from Asus, the company notes that the new displays are larger and offer more pixels and more viewing space than the screens on last year’s Zenbook 14 Duo. And thanks to the move from LCD to OLED technology, the new displays are also brighter, more vivid, and offer higher refresh rates.
Asus says the 2022 notebook’s primary display offers 13.2% more viewing space than last year’s model, while supporting up to 550 nits brightness, Dolby Vision HDR support, and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. The secondary display, meanwhile, is 11.2% bigger than last year’s model.
The second screen, which Asus calls the ScreenPad Pro, tilts at a 12 degree angle when you open the laptop, allowing you to easily view and interact with the touchscreen when using the notebook. And Asus offers software that allows you to customize on-screen controls for software including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom Classic, and Illustrator. The company says there are plans to add support for additional software in the future.
While the dual displays are the laptop’s most unusual features, it also packs a fair amount of horsepower thanks to support for up to an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and discrete graphics (although with the support for only up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, the ZenBook 14 Pro Duo OLED might not be the best option if you’re looking for bleeding edge graphics.
Weighing just about 3.75 pounds and measuring 0.7 inches thick, it would likely have been tough to fit a higher-performance GPU inside though.
Other features include support for a pressure-sensitive Asus Pen 2.0, a 76 Wh battery, an IR camera with support for face recognition, a 4-mic array for capturing 360-degree audio, and a set of ports that includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, and headset ports, and an SD card reader.
The laptop supports up to 32GB of LPDDR5-4800 memory and up to 2TB of PCIe 4.0 solid state storage, and
Asus says the Zenbook 14 Pro Duo OLED will sell for $2,000 and up when it goes on sale sometime later this year.