ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E Review: Compact, Futuristic, Powerful

By | January 12, 2022

With the development of technology, the need for multi-tasking is increasing rapidly. Especially if you are a creative industry player, of course you need a laptop that is not only powerful but also has a screen that really supports productivity. The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is an ideal laptop in this regard.

The name “Duo” on this laptop series indicates that it is indeed presented with two screens at once. The first screen is the 14-inch primary screen that most laptops have, then there is a secondary screen placed at the bottom, called the ScreenPad™ Plus .

ASUS designed this laptop with powerful features that can help users complete work more quickly, comfortably, and practically. This laptop powered by an 11th Generation Intel CPU also ensures that anyone doesn’t have to wait long when rendering video, copying data, and playing heavy games.

In addition to offering onboard VGA in the form of Intel Iris Xe Graphics, you can also experience high graphics performance thanks to the addition of a discrete GPU in the form of NVIDIA GeForce MX450. Intel Iris Xe Graphics itself is actually a VGA with high competitive performance, even able to beat discrete VGA in the ‘entry-level’ class .

Not only superior in terms of performance, this dual-screen laptop also boasts a sturdy, premium, and compact body design. Comes with a high SSD capacity, the speed in copying data or booting the operating system certainly doesn’t need to be doubted.

This time, Cari signal got the opportunity to use and do a review on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E. Starting from the screen quality, CPU performance, GPU, to battery life, we discuss everything thoroughly. Want to dive into the experience of using this Rp. 20 million laptop? Let’s see the following review !

ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E Specifications

  • Screen: 14” (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) 60 Hz touchscreen
  • Processor: Intel® Core i7-1165G7 / Intel® Core i5-1135G7
  • Graphic Card: Intel® Iris Xe graphics, NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450, with 2 GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 8 GB / 16 GB 4266 MHz LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 512 GB / 1 TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 Performance SSD
  • Optical Drive: –
  • Connectivity: Intel® WiFi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Port: 2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C®, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen, 1 Type-A1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x Audio combo jack 1 x MicroSD card reader
  • Battery: 70 Wh, 4-cell Li-ion

Disclaimer : The unit we received uses an Intel Core i7 1165G7 processor, 16 GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD.

Body Design and Port Availability

We were very impressed when we first saw the body form factor on this laptop. Considering the concept it carries is a dual-screen laptop, the design has automatically been made as good as possible to be able to load a secondary screen , keyboard , and touchpad simultaneously.

The color variant or finish available on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is Celestial Blue, which is a dark blue color that at first glance looks like black. Considering this is a laptop in the premium price class , it is certain that the materials used are no longer polycarbonate plastic, but metal magnesium aluminum alloy .

Metal materials like this do have several advantages. Besides giving the impression of being expensive, it is also the most sturdy material without sacrificing the weight side. Sure enough, this laptop only weighs about 1.6 kg .

The author has also felt the lightness of this laptop when he put it in his backpack and carried it on foot. It feels so light, it feels like you’re not carrying a laptop!

To be able to achieve this as light weight, ASUS certainly require effort “desperately”. The reason is, this laptop already presents a secondary screen and also a discrete VGA. Automatically, our expectations: this laptop will definitely be very heavy . Turns out that’s not really the case. Another proud achievement from ASUS.

Not only is it light in weight, but its dimensions are so compact that it will still fit in a small bag. The general public will think, because the laptop screen has a size of 14 inches, meaning that it only fits on a case measuring 14 inches too. In fact it is not so.

The length of this 14-inch laptop is only 12.7 inches or the equivalent of 32.4 cm. While in width and thickness, it has a size of 8.74 inches and a thickness of 0.66 inches . Once again, this is a laptop that comes with an additional screen and VGA, so to reach a thickness of 0.66 inches really deserves a lot of appreciation.

For comparison, the author also uses the Zyrex Sky 360 Touchscreen laptop daily driver in his daily life. The laptop is only 0.5 inches (1.29 cm) thin, because it was designed to focus on portability rather than performance (it doesn’t feature discrete VGA).

Apparently, apart from the presence of a second monitor and an additional VGA, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E only has a 0.1-inch difference from the Zyrex laptop. Let that sink in .

This laptop that features two screens also has superior connectivity in its price class. This can be seen in the availability of two Thunderbolt 4 ports, located on the left side of the body along with an HDMI 1.41 port. In other words, laptop performance can be improved again by plugging the eGPU into one of the Thunderbolt ports.

Continued on the right side, you are also presented with a MicroSD card reader, a 3.5 mm audio jack connector, and a USB Type-A port. Well, it’s a shame that there’s only one USB Type-A available.

The reason is, many PC accessories such as mice and flash drives still use USB Type-A. You may be confused when you want to pair many accessories at once. Using a USB Hub is the only way.

In addition, the device is also not equipped with an RJ45 port to support an ethernet or LAN connection . Even though as is known, the RJ45 port is sometimes a must, especially if you are playing online games .

You can also use a LAN adapter that is connected to USB Type-A. But again, the problem will be stuck in the minimal availability of a USB Type-A port.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Now we move on to aspects that the author thinks have some drawbacks. The keyboard provided by this unit is actually comfortable to use, with a “crispy” pressure sensation and good responsiveness thanks to the fairly tenuous distance between the keys Like other ASUS laptops in the premium price class, this laptop is also presented with the ErgoLift design.

This ErgoLift intends to slightly lift the keyboard so that the typing experience feels more natural and comfortable. For those of you who like to type in dark conditions, the keyboard also provides backlit at three levels of lighting.

Because they have to share space with the second screen, ASUS has chosen to place the touchpad to the right of the keyboard instead of below it. The touchpad also features two additional buttons for left-click and right-click.

Both of these buttons in our opinion are very comfortable to use. Unlike touchpads in general, the touch feedback of the two keys feels like keyboard keys . So, you won’t hear a clicky sound like on a mouse .

There is a side of discomfort that we feel. The author is used to putting both hands on the palm rest when typing. Because there is no free space at all, the author was confused about where to put his hand when he had to type for a long time, especially when the laptop was on his lap.

Our conclusion, new users may have to get used to this different than usual keyboard layout . Or, for maximum comfort, you should use the laptop on a table rather than on your lap.

The next comfort is felt when moving the cursor using the touchpad . Its size is so small, only 2.1 x 2.6 pixels, makes the author overwhelmed when trying to move the cursor from the left to the right.

When using Zyrex Sky 360 as the daily driver , the author can still handle drag and drop activities comfortably. But on this ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E, it feels like drag and drop is quite impossible. Like it or not, you have to use the mouse .

Home Screen

It’s really not worth it if you don’t discuss the screen in this review . How come? The display is one of the main selling points of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E. This ASUS laptop is equipped with an IPS-level screen with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a size of 14 inches.

With thin bezels, the screen has a body-to-screen ratio of up to 93%. That’s why, even though the screen size is 14 inches, the form factor is only 12.7 inches long. The secondary screen also has an ergonomic design style. When the laptop is opened, this second screen can be lifted up to an angle of 7 degrees to provide the right viewing angle .

Dedicated to design purposes, the screen also features a 100% sRGB color gamut and Pantone Validated certification, which is a color language standard based on the Pantone Matching System (PMS). With Pantone Validated certification, users can enjoy consistent color display to avoid color mismatches when matched.

When we tested it on the Eizo monitor test site , we judged that this screen really deserves to be on a laptop this expensive. There are absolutely no dead pixels on any colored background, and the viewing angle is very good. When viewed from the side, the legibility of the text still looks smooth and sharp, even though the brightness level looks a bit dim.

When we use it to watch Netflix, the resulting display quality is also very beautiful and pleasing to the eye. We feel comfortable watching movies without having to adjust the position to be right in front of the screen. From any position, sharpness and color variations still look maximum.

It’s just that, we quite regret that there is no HDR option on this laptop. Whether watching Netflix or YouTube, we didn’t find an HDR option to choose from. The HDR option also cannot be activated in the display settings .

Second Screen (ScreenPad Plus)

In terms of specifications, there is nothing to complain about the existence of this ScreenPad Plus. It comes with a 12.65-inch (1920 x 515 pixels) IPS-level touchscreen panel and features stylus support . Unfortunately, the stylus is not included in the sales box.

In terms of sharpness, text legibility, color, and viewing angles, this secondary screen is not much different from the primary screen. Both are of good quality, pleasing to the eye, and do not disappoint. There will be a toolbar that appears on the left of the screen, containing menus for managing the use of this ScreenPad Plus.

You can adjust the brightness level separately on the secondary display. Then, there is also the App Navigator menu to display previews of all active windows. So on this occasion, you can choose which windows will be moved to the second screen.

Users can also freely use the secondary screen to make work more practical. From the available toolbar , you can bring up the Number Key application , handwriting application , and Quick Key. In Quick Key, commands that require a key combination such as Copy (Ctrl + C) can be used with just one tap .

The key binding can be adjusted according to your needs. For example, you can also combine the Ctrl + Alt + Esc keys into one virtual key so that each time you want to bring up the Task Manager, all you have to do is tap on that one key.

The layout on ScreenPad Plus carries portions 1 – 1 – 1. You can display two windows with a 2 – 1 or 1 – 2 layout . Or if you want, you can also display three windows at once as in the example below.

As you can see, we can browse while listening to songs on Spotify, play Pokemon Showdown, and display the NumberKey just in case we need to type in numbers. All windows are neatly and compactly arranged , really making it easier for us to do many things at once.

Are you a graphic designer who likes to use Adobe Photoshop? Well, ScreenPad Plus will also automatically display a control panel that functions as a shortcut to perform certain commands. Such as zooming , flipping , changing the font size , and other things.

The experience we feel is quite comfortable, the slider is quite responsive and can help us edit images without having to go through complicated application navigation. The virtual buttons on the control panel serve as shortcuts to access certain tools , such as the lasso tool, eyedropper tool, and patch tool .

Of course, you can also make settings so that the control panel brings up other commands that you use frequently. In conclusion, we are really interested in the prospects that this ScreenPad Plus presents.

So many opportunities and shortcuts are presented. The screen quality is sharp, clear, functional, can be customized in depth, and is also varied in its use.

CPU Performance

ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is a multifunctional laptop that can support all needs, such as graphics, programming , or other industries. Therefore, ASUS provides it with a prime processor in the form of an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 or i5, which has the code name Tiger Lake.

The unit we received happened to be using an Intel Core i7 1165G7. This processor is built on the 10 nm SuperFin manufacturing process and has a configuration of 4 cores and 8 threads . The Intel Core i7 operates at a base clock speed of 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost that can reach 4.7 GHz. This Intel CPU also comes with a maximum TDP of 28 W.

To test CPU capabilities, we also used several benchmark tools such as PCMark 10, Cinebench R15, Geekbench, and NovaBench. To find out the maximum capability of the CPU, all of our tests were tested while the laptop was plugged into the mains.

The CPU benchmark results on PCMark10 show that the laptop processor gets a score of 5,484 points . This is a very high number, even when compared to the same CPU on other laptops.

We did a review on a 2-in-1 convertible laptop in the form of the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E which also uses an Intel Core i7 1165G7 processor .

On the ASUS convertible laptop, the PCMark10 score obtained is only 4606 points. Of course it’s still far behind with the score that the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E has, right? As another comparison, we have also tested the ASUS TUF FX505DU benchmark score using AMD Ryzen 7.

As a result, the PCMark10 benchmark score achieved was only 3824 points. This is a sign, the use of an 11th generation Intel Core i7 on this dual-screen laptop is the right step for ASUS. Thanks to this, the perceived performance is truly superior and more capable of supporting heavy activities on a laptop.

We also did the Geekbench 5 benchmark . As you can see above, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E got a high single-core score of 949 points . On the other hand, a high score was also obtained in the multi-core test of 2706 points .

Again, this benchmark result is higher than the AMD Ryzen 7 on the ASUS TUF FX505DU which only got a score of 472 ( single-core ) and 2583 on multi-core .

In our next test, we used Cinebench R15 to test CPU performance 12 times. This is done to determine the consistency of the performance test. The highest score that this laptop managed to get was 785 cb in the first test. Meanwhile, the lowest score was 682 cb on the 11th test.

This score is fairly stable. Even after testing several times, the score decline did not occur drastically, with the lowest score still in the 600s range.

Not to forget, we also present the results of the CPU rendering test using the Blender application in the Car Demo file. We were quite impressed with its performance, the laptop managed to finish rendering the image in just 9 minutes 17 seconds .

Having a duration of under 10 minutes, indicates that the performance of this CPU cannot be underestimated. Compared to the ASUS ZenBook Flip X363E which has a duration of 13 minutes, the CPU performance on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E really shows its fangs.

VGA Performance

To support activities that require high graphics power such as photo and video editing, the processor of this laptop brings on-board or integrated VGA in the form of Intel Iris Xe Graphics.

Intel Xe Graphics is an on-board VGA owned by 11th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 series processors. Intel itself claims that this VGA has 3D performance that is twice as fast as the previous generation.

On the other hand, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is also equipped with a discrete VGA in the form of an NVIDIA GeForce MX450. VGA performance can improve laptop performance in working creatively or playing games.

If you’re curious which VGA is more powerful , 3DMark benchmark testing shows the NVIDIA Graphics MX450 is superior. By achieving a score of 1711 points, this VGA is proven to be superior to Intel Iris Xe Graphics which is presented with an integrated GPU.

The NVIDIA Graphics MX450 capability was also tested in the rendering test . Using Blender application, we also tried to use the laptop to do the rendering images on file Car Demo and the results are quite amazed us.

Although unlike CPU testing which only takes 9 minutes to complete rendering , this NVIDIA Graphics MX450 still has a fairly fast rendering duration , which is 10 minutes 53 seconds .

Again, this is a duration that is superior to other ASUS laptops that we have reviewed previously, namely the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E. The laptop is only able to offer a GPU rendering duration of 15 minutes.

Another synthetic benchmark test that we present on NVIDIA Graphics MX450 on this laptop is Cinebench R15 OpenGL. In line with other tests, this VGA is again proven to be in the ranks of the gaming VGA which is quite strong.

The highest frame rate achieved by this laptop is 118.57 FPS in the first test. In the next few tests, this frame rate continued to decrease but not so drastically. On average, the frame rate remains stable at 100s FPS, although in recent tests it has dropped to 90s FPS.

Of course, it won’t be complete if this tough laptop is not tried to play games that are quite heavy. For that, we also tried to test the open world game Genshin Impact. Here are the graphic settings we used.

We tried to play Genshin Impact on the condition of the best graphics, namely Settings- an High resolution 1920 x 1080 and a frame rate of 60 FPS . Not to forget, we also tested the VGA performance conditions in two modes, namely battery mode and charging mode.

We use the Fraps app to display the FPS counter in the top left corner. The use of this application makes the FPS drop by about 3 to 5 FPS. So, take this fact into account when assessing its performance, OK?

When playing games on battery mode, apparently the frame rate manages to maintain its stability in the range of 30 FPS . When idle or exploring the prairie, the frame rate can reach around 35 FPS.

But in fierce battles like the screenshot above, you can expect a frame rate of 30 FPS. Occasional but rare, this FPS drops a bit to 28 or 29 FPS.

It was only when the laptop was plugged into the mains, the game performance while browsing could reach 60 FPS. Even so, the frame rate still returns to the range of 30 to 40 FPS, whether it’s when meeting opponents in the open world or when killing enemies in dungeons .

Storage Performance (SSD)

Nowadays, it seems that there are no high end laptops that still have HDD capacity. Everyone has flocked to SSDs because they offer a quieter sound and also much faster read and write speeds. ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482E itself is presented with a choice of 512 GB and 1 TB capacities.

The unit we reviewed has a capacity of 1 TB on the NVM Express interface type. The SSD brand used is Intel SSDPEKNW010T8 which carries the NVM Express 1.3 standard, the form factor is M.2 and is connected to the PCIe standard.

The read and write speed of this SSD can be seen as above. At the sequential read speed , the SSD has a speed of 1901.14 MB per second while the sequential write speed reaches 1613.32 MB per second. In our opinion, the performance of this SSD cannot be said to be fast for the size of a high end laptop of Rp. 20 million.

Honestly, we expected the speed of this SSD to be a bit like the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E which is in the 3000s in sequential read and write speeds . Though both are in the same price range.

Oh well , one thing we can be sure of, the presence of this SSD can still be appreciated because it provides maximum operating system boot speed .

Video Render Test

Video Render on ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482

Because the ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482 is more suitable for content creation needs, we directly tested the performance of this laptop for video rendering . For the needs of editing photos or making illustrations, this laptop is definitely powerful. However, of course for video editing needs, of course it’s better to test the laptop directly with video rendering .

We also tested this laptop for video editing needs using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021. We edited a 27 minute video with a resolution of 1080 pixels. Edit videos using a touch of certain effects and settings. We try to render the video to a resolution of 1080 pixels. Time to render it only takes approximately 6 minutes 30 seconds.

These results show that this laptop is very suitable for use by content creators. Moreover, the screens of these two laptops can provide convenience for editing videos, more easily and easily.

Battery Life and Charging Speed

Next, we will also provide the results of the battery life test on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E. This laptop comes with a charger that uses a USB Type-C connector instead of a DC-In.

We have an assumption that this laptop battery will not last very long in everyday use. The reason is, the battery does not only power one screen, but two screens.

The test conditions included using Better Performance mode , brightness at level 75, sound volume in the range of 30-50, connected to WiFi, also Bluetooth connected to wireless mouse . The second screen is left on with almost maximum brightness .

First we tested watching Netflix for 3 hours on the main screen while the second screen only shows the desktop wallpaper . Apparently the battery is reduced quite drastically, leaving 52% battery.

On the remaining battery, we also did some browsing and also playing Genshin Impact. The total duration obtained is 1 hour until the battery runs out. So, the total duration of battery life is 4 hours .

In the next test, the brightness of the primary screen and secondary screen was reduced to about 30 percent. We also only do typing in WordPress and browsing, although occasionally we also use it to watch Netflix on ScreenPad Plus.

In between these activities, the laptop is also left idle for approximately 1 hour. After a total of 5 hours of testing, the laptop still leaves a little battery at 9%.

In our opinion, the ability of this battery is not so durable but also not quite wasteful. Still keep in mind, this laptop features two screens at a sharp resolution so it’s natural for the battery to be “overwhelmed”.

Then what about the charging speed ? In this section, we heck overall feel satisfied. We tried to start charging from 8% battery condition. After 20 minutes, the battery increased to 25%. Then, when 1 hour has passed, the battery level becomes 58% and only when the stopwatch is at a duration of 1 hour 20 minutes, the battery increases to 75%.

When charged for 2 hours, the battery has reached 95%. It’s just that, it takes a long time to get to 100%. This 100% figure is only achieved when the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is charged for a total duration of 2 hours 30 minutes . For information, we charge the laptop when the condition is on with the lowest brightness and the ScreenPad Plus is turned off.

Military Certification, Intel Evo Standard, and More

Given this laptop has a form factor that is quite unique, naturally anyway if you’re wondering whether a body or a fast laptop screen is broken or not. In this matter, ASUS has provided a laptop with MIL-STD 810H military certification. To note, getting military certification is not an easy matter.

Laptops must pass a tough test in conditions that are quite extreme, such as humidity, altitude, vibration, high and low temperature tests, and impact tests. Not to forget, the laptop is also equipped with a 1 year warranty period.

This ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E also falls into the IntelEvo standard category. That is, the laptop has met various requirements to be labeled the branding term .

If you have seen the Intel Evo logo on a laptop, it means that the device can wake up from sleep mode in 1 second, comes with Thunderbolt connectivity, has a compact body, long battery life, and fast charging duration.

For a secure and fast login method, there is Windows Hello as a Face ID feature that can recognize your face. In the author’s experience, this feature can detect faces quickly, but there are times when it’s hit and miss .

If you first do the setup recording face wearing sunglasses, the sensor did not recognize the face if you’re not using glasses.

Unfortunately, facial recognition sensors feel impractical in 2021, especially if you travel outside a lot. Because the sensor will not be able to recognize your face when wearing a mask. For this reason, we regret that there is no fingerprint sensor on this laptop.

Conclusion

ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E is not an ordinary laptop. The presence of a second screen on this laptop will probably divide the audience into two: those who are excited and can’t wait to try it, and those who think this is just a gimmick .

Personal writers tend to prioritize the convenience of writing and surfing rather than a second screen. If you really need an additional screen, just attach an external monitor to the available HDMI port or Thunderbolt port.

But it will be different if you often struggle with streaming applications , videos, or image editing in a professional class. The second screen can be transformed into a control panel that can make everything more practical, plus other flexible features that vary.

One thing is for sure, how sophisticated and premium this laptop is, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E still does not escape its own advantages and disadvantages. Examples are listed below.

(+) Advantage

  • Although it comes with a secondary screen and discrete VGA, the body is still made as slim and light as possible. Not even less slim than a regular laptop without discrete VGA.
  • Comes with an elegant, futuristic, and durable body design thanks to the MIL-STD 810H military standard.
  • Sharp screen display with 100% sRGB color gamut, wide viewing angle .
  • Superior CPU performance thanks to the use of the 11th generation Intel Core i7.
  • Although not a gaming laptop , the presence of NVIDIA Graphics MX450 makes it feasible to play heavy games smoothly.
  • Offers two Thunderbolt 4 ports for DisplayPort purposes or support for eGPUs to make gaming performance faster.
  • It still offers a 3.5mm jack audio port, while other laptops at the same price no longer provide it.
  • ScreenPad Plus has a display quality that is as good as the primary screen, and has a lot of functionality for various needs.

(-) Lack

  • An uncomfortable typing experience because there is no empty area to be used as a palm rest .
  • TouchPad has a size that is so small, still suitable for ordinary scrolling , not ideal for drag and drop activities .
  • Does not offer a complete port: there is only one USB Type-A port, does not provide an RJ45 port for LAN.
  • SSD read-write speed that is less than ideal in its price class.

The cheapest variant of the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482E uses an 11th Generation Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD, priced at IDR 19,499,000. On the other hand, the unit we used was the highest version with an 11th Gen Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD, priced at IDR 27,499,000.

We can not give a verdict whether this laptop is suitable for you or not. While the ScreenPad Plus is a nice touch, the fact is that this extra screen feature isn’t for everyone. So, in what ways will the presence of ScreenPad Plus make your life easier? Share in the comments column, yes!