Asus ZenBook Professional 14 Duo OLED UX8402 evaluate (2022 UX8402ZE

Asus have been providing the ZenBook Duo 14 lineup for a number of years now, dual-screen laptops with mid-level efficiency capabilities and a transportable kind issue.

This text is all concerning the newest iteration within the sequence, the 2022 Asus ZenBook Professional 14 Duo, within the top-tier UX8402ZE configuration. I’ve spent the final week with a unit an identical to those you’ll be capable to discover in shops and gathered my ideas and impressions beneath.

In comparison with the earlier Duo fashions, this now rebranded Professional 14 Duo is considerably extra highly effective, somewhat heavier, and ergonomically improved in some ways. Amongst these, it gives bigger shows with higher-quality panels and higher viewing angles, a superior IO format, a bigger battery, and an improved thermal module required to deal with the bump in {hardware} specs.

On the finish of the day, although, this sequence remains to be all about your want for a dual-display pc. If that’s a should, this Professional 14 Duo is a must have in your record as properly, however you’ll have to just accept a number of compromises in comparison with common single-screen designs with comparable capabilities.

So when you’ve got determined {that a} dual-screen ultrabook is what you need, down beneath we’ll get in-depth on all of the bits and particulars you ought to be conscious of earlier than going with this 2022 ZenBook Professional 14 Duo.

Specs – Asus ZenBook Professional 14 Duo OLED UX8402ZE

Asus ZenBook Professional 14 Duo OLED UX8402ZE
Display screen14.5 inch foremost show, 16:10 format, shiny, contact,
2.8K 2880 x 1800 px, 120 Hz, OLED, Samsung SDC416D panel
12.7-inch secondary ScreenPad, 32:10 format, matte, contact
2880 x 864 px, 120 Hz, IPS, BOE BOEA8D panel
ProcessorIntel Alder Lake Twelfth-gen, Core i7-12700H, 6P+8E/20T
Core i5-12500H and i9-12900H variants out there
VideoIntel Iris Xe + Nvidia RTX 3050Ti 4GB (35-65W)
Reminiscence16 GB LPDDR5-4800 (soldered)
as much as 32 GB variants out there 
Storage1x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD (Samsung PM9A1), single M.2 2280 slot
ConnectivityWi-fi 6E (Intel AX211), Bluetooth 5.2
Ports1x USB-A 3.2 gen2, 2x USB-C 3.2 with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, microSD card reader, audio jack
Battery76 Wh, 180W barrel-plug charger with quick-charging, USB-C charging help as much as 100W
Measurement311 mm or 12.24” (w) x 221 mm or 8.7” (d) x 16.9 mm or 0.67” (h)
Weight3.85 lbs (1.75 kg)+ 1.19 lbs (.54 kg) charger + cables, EU model
Extraswhite backlit keyboard, HD webcam with Hey and RGB sensor, stereo backside audio system

Design and building

Functionally, the ZenBook Professional 14 DUO builds on the design ideas of the earlier generations, providing a foremost show in the identical place you’re getting the show on common laptops, but additionally a secondary half-size display on the highest a part of the chassis, which ends up in the keyboard and the clickpad being pushed all the way down to the entrance.

What has modified is your complete mechanism that pushes the secondary display up as you unfold this laptop computer, permitting for an inclined viewing angle. Paired with a brighter panel and an up to date anti-glare ending, there’s now loads much less content material/coloration shifting, even if you happen to nonetheless have a look at this ScreenPad from a pointy angle. I used to be a bit skeptical about it when this was talked about within the presentation, however having hung out with the laptop computer, I can vouch that I now not needed to pull myself over this ScreenPad to determine the content material on it, and that this implementation is way extra usable than earlier than.

One other novelty is the truth that the laptop computer now not makes use of an Ergolift hinge, as prior to now. As a substitute, the primary show is connected to the up to date ScreenPad mechanism, permitting for narrower bezels, particularly on the backside, between the primary show and the ScreenPad. That is additionally made potential by implementing taller 16:10 format panels on this 2022 mannequin, versus the 16:9 screens out there earlier than.

Giving up on the Ergolift hinge allowed Asus to make the most of the back-side of this laptop computer for ports and cooling, as the facility plug, card-reader, and HDMI connectors at the moment are positioned again there, out of the way in which. There are additionally USB-A and USB-C slots with Thunderbolt 4 help on the suitable edge and an audio jack on the left. The HDMI port hooks into the dGPU, whereas the 2 USB-C ports hook into the iGPU. There’s little to complain concerning the IO choice and format right here, however I might have appreciated a full-size SD card reader as an alternative of the microSD format on this type of creator-focused product.

On the similar time, with out the Ergolift hinge, the laptop computer now not lifts-up on the again ft so as to enhance the airflow into the followers. Nevertheless, the intakes aren’t choked with this design even with the laptop computer sitting on the desk, as you’ll see additional down within the efficiency part. Plus, your complete cooling has been redesigned from the earlier technology to deal with the extra highly effective {hardware}, and sizzling air now not blows into the display, however to the again and the left facet, out of the way in which.

On high of that, Asus contains right here an up to date model of their Ergolift Stand, two adhesive stands that you could connect on the again of the laptop computer so as to push it upwards when wanted, as proven within the footage beneath.

This two-piece stand design is superior to what was supplied earlier than and extra sensible than I anticipated. They don’t appear to peel off simply, as prior to now iterations, they usually present glorious grip and stability on the desk, whereas enhancing cooling and the viewing angle on the ScreenPad. Plus, they are often simply folded down closed if you happen to don’t wish to use them.

So far as practicality goes, the laptop computer is sturdily made and straightforward to function. With the redesigned hinges, the show goes again to about 160 levels now, making it extra sensible to make use of on the lap. I additionally admire how the standing LEDs are tucked away on the suitable edge, out of sight.

On the similar time, with the brand new hinge mechanism, there’s now a niche on the again between the chassis and the show, the place the facility cable can simply tangle up. Meaning you’ll must be further cautious when closing and opening up this pocket book, and check out to not drive something, simply in case one thing finally ends up caught beneath that shifting ScreenPad.

After which there’s the elephant within the room, the place of the inputs on the entrance of the primary chassis.

This laptop computer is alright so long as it’s stored on a spacious desk, with sufficient help to your arms, since there’s no arm-rest or wrist-pad.

Nevertheless, on account of this front-shifted keyboard you just about must push the laptop computer 10-15 cm additional away from you to position your palms within the common typing place over the keys. Meaning the display finally ends up additional away out of your eyes, and that’s why this ZenBook Duo doesn’t really feel like an everyday 14-inch pc, however extra like one thing with a sub-13-inch show. I needed to scale up the Home windows interface greater than on an everyday 14-inch pocket book to restrict squinting on the content material.

That is higher illustrated by the pictures down beneath, the place you possibly can see the ZenBook Professional 14 Duo subsequent to the common 2022 ZenBook 14 ultrabook.

Moreover, the entrance keyboard makes the ZenBook DUO reasonably impractical in tight areas or on the lap or tighs, the place the dearth of any type of arm help turns into extra apparent. In these conditions, you’ll just about must T-rex your palms to have the ability to sort on this factor.

Now, your impressions may differ from mine, however I believe it is extremely essential to pay attention to these design/ergonomic particularities that you just’ll have to just accept when this sort of pc. For me, this solely is smart on a desk.

One last side I’ll contact on right here is the slight aesthetic redesign of this ZenBook Professional Duo sequence, with the cleaner lid design and a extra muted sample of concentric circles. Asus are implementing these new design strains on your complete 2022 ZenBook lineups, and I’m glad to see them steering in the direction of a extra trendy strategy. The dark-gray lid nonetheless exhibits some smudges, however much less so than the shinier ending used earlier than. And it simply seems to be approach higher!

Keyboard and trackpad

I wasn’t a fan of the earlier keyboards applied on the 14-inch ZenBook Duos due to their cramped format with 13 x 14 mm keys.

With this technology, although, Asus had been in a position to put a extra commonplace keyboard on this chassis, with 15 x 15 mm foremost keys. The format remains to be extra cramped than what you’ll get in an everyday ZenBook 14, with the smaller facet (Caps Lock, Shift, Enter) keys, however it’s usable.

A format particularity for this sequence are the additional keys on the high of the clickpad, meant for ScreenPad management. One prompts/deactivates the ScreenPad, and the opposite permits to maneuver purposes between the 2 shows simply.

The dark-gray ending of the keycaps doesn’t appear to smudge simply and feels good to the contact, with the slight sprint in every key. The truth is, the general suggestions and typing expertise are stable right here, in-line with the common ultraportable expertise on the market. I might count on these of you with massive palms to considerably battle with the format, although.

The backlighting system is okay as properly, with white LEDs and three brightness ranges to select from. The format contains indicators for Caps-Lock and for the digital camera/mic on the F9/F10 keys, and the sunshine reactivates with a swipe over the clickpad/keys when it instances out. Asus additionally applied a light-sensor that enables to solely activate the backlighting in dimmer environments.

The clickpad remains to be a slim glass floor on the keyboard’s proper facet. Asus have up to date the matte ending and barely indented it from the chassis so you possibly can simply inform the place the floor ends. It handles faucets and swipes tremendous, and all the usual gestures, however there’s solely a lot you are able to do earlier than feeling you’re out of area with this type of ultra-narrow design.

I do just like the bodily click on buttons, although; they’re very tactile, clean, and quiet.

So far as the IO goes, there’s no finger sensor with this design, however you do get IR Hey help included with the digital camera.

Display screen

You’re getting two screens on the ZenBook Professional 14 DUO, and each panels have been up to date from the earlier generations.

The primary show is now a 14.5-inch 16:10 2.8K OLED panel, with 550 nits of marketed brightness and 100% DCI-P3 coloration protection, in addition to the right blacks and the quick response instances attribute to OLEDs, plus 120 Hz refresh fee on this implementation.

The 550-nits of peak brightness half is considerably deceptive for these OLED panels. In our checks, I measured sub-400-nits of sustained brightness in a 16% white window (with the remainder of the display being black) with the show set on SDR mode, and round 400-nits on HDR mode. The 550-nits might be recorded in a a lot smaller window, so don’t count on this display to really feel like a 500+ nits IPS when utilized in brilliant mild environments, particularly the place the glare supplied by the contact glass layer provides into the combo.

Right here’s what we received in our checks, with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor (with HDR mode disabled):

  • Panel HardwareID: Samsung SDC416D (ATNA45AF01-0);
  • Protection: 100% sRGB, 97.5% Adobe RGB, 99.6% DCI-P3;
  • Sort: 10-bit with HDR500;
  • Measured gamma: 2.23;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 350.84 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the course of the display: 1.43 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1:1;
  • White level: 6500 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: 0 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

This panel got here very properly calibrated out of the field and turned out to be uniform in luminosity and coloration. Plus, since that is OLED, you don’t have to fret about any mild bleeding on black backgrounds.

On the similar time, you also needs to think about the opposite benefits of OLED panels, such because the decrease blue-light emission and the way in which colours are perceived extra vividly at medium brightness ranges, but additionally the potential downsides of OLED panels on a laptop computer, equivalent to black-crush, gray-bending, flickering, and even burn-in to some extent. I wouldn’t fear about burn-in as a lot as with previous OLED generations, as each Asus and Samsung implement applied sciences meant to stop any long-term injury, as defined in our ZenBook 14X Area Version evaluate.

As for the ScreenPad show, that’s a 32:10 12.7-inch IPS contact panel in a matte anti-glare implementation. That is a lot brighter and richer than the panel used on previous ZenBook DUO fashions, and makes for a much-improved viewing expertise on this secondary show.

Right here’s what we received in our checks, with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE0A8D (NV127H4M-NX1);
  • Protection: 99.9% sRGB, 90.0% Adobe RGB, 97.0% DCI-P3;
  • Sort: 8-bit;
  • Measured gamma: 2.23;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 657.794 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1034:1;
  • White level: 6900 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.63 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.

This may be considerably additional calibrated to handle the skewed Gamma and White level, and finally ends up uniform as soon as calibrated.

Each screens help finger-touch and work with the included pen. It is a new design with a built-in battery that costs by way of USB-C, and some completely different pen heads included within the field. You need to use it for sketches, drawings, or handwriting. The expertise appears improved from the earlier technology, however I nonetheless really feel that hand rejection on the ScreenPad wants extra work. I don’t have a lot expertise with pens, although, so take my impressions with a lump of salt.

Moreover, Asus hold engaged on their ScreenPad software program so as to add further performance that folks would use on this dual-display format.

The out there software program permits to create preset batches of apps on the 2 shows, and there’s additionally help for customizable toolbars for third-party purposes equivalent to Photoshop, After Results, or Premiere (and hopefully others sooner or later). The video beneath showcases the earlier ScreenXpert 2 model of the Screenpad software program, and I’ll replace with the present ScreenXpert 3 technology once I can discover a comparable clip.

{Hardware} and efficiency

Our check mannequin is a top-specced configuration of the Asus ZenBook Professional 14 DUO within the UX8402ZE configuration, with an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, Intel Iris Xe iGPU and an Nvidia RTX 3050Ti devoted graphics chip, 16 GB of LPDDR5-4800 reminiscence, and a really quick 1 TB gen4 SSD.

Disclaimer: This evaluate unit was supplied by Asus for this text. We examined it with the early software program out there as of early-Might 2022 (BIOS 206, MyAsus 3.1.3 app, ProArt Heart 1.2.20.0), thus some points may change with future software program updates.

Spec-wise, that is primarily based on the 2022 Intel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake {hardware} platform. Our configuration is the mainstream Core i7-12700H processor, the hybrid design with 6 Efficiency and eight Effectivity Cores, and 20 mixed threads. This moveable implementation provides the CPU with 50+W of energy in sustained masses, so don’t count on it to match the higher-power implementations in full-size computer systems.

Graphics are dealt with by a GeForce RTX 3050Ti dGPU on this mannequin, with 4 GB of vRAM and operating at as much as 65W of energy with Dynamic Enhance. That is extra highly effective than different compact 3050Ti laptops such because the ROG Stream models or the VivoBook Professional 14X.

You’ll additionally discover iGPU-only configurations of this laptop computer, with the built-in Iris Xe chip with 96 EUs and frequencies of as much as 1.45 GHz.

Our configuration additionally comes with 16 GB of LPDDR5-4800 reminiscence, in dual-channel. 8, 16, and 32 GB configurations can be found for the sequence, and the reminiscence is onboard and non-upgradeable.

For storage, Asus opted for a quick PCIe gen4 Samsung PM9A1 drive right here, which carried out admirably in our checks.

The SSD is the one upgradeable element right here. To get inside, that you must take away the again panel that’s held in place by a few Torx screws, all seen across the sides.

So far as the software program goes, this ZenBook will get the usual MyAsus app which permits management over the facility profiles, battery and display settings, updates, and so on, but additionally the ProArt Creator Hub management heart that’s normally out there with the ProArt sequence of creator computer systems.

There are three efficiency/thermal profiles to select from:

  • Efficiency – permits the {hardware} to run at full energy, with followers ramping as much as 50 dB;
  • Customary – limits the CPU/GPU energy to some extent, with followers ramping as much as 43 dB;
  • Whisper – limits the efficiency to favor decrease fan noise of sub 30 dB.

Whisper mode is completely fitted to day by day use, and Customary is what I’d largely suggest for demanding mixed masses, due to the a lot noisier followers on the Efficiency mode.

We’ll get to that in a bit, however first, right here’s what to anticipate by way of speeds and temperatures with day by day use. This runs largely silent with fundamental use on the Customary profile, however the followers kick on with multitasking and are audible in a quiet room. When you don’t need that, you’ll have to change to Whisper mode.

Efficiency and benchmarks

On to extra demanding masses, we begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency by operating the Cinebench R15 check for 15+ instances in a loop, with a 1-2 seconds delay between every run.

On the Efficiency mode, the Core i7-12700H processor peaks on the 80W PL2 setting for a short time after which step by step drops and stabilizes across the 54W PL1 energy restrict, with temperatures of 82-85 levels Celsius, and fan-noise ranges of ~50 dB. These lead to sustained Cinebench scores of round 2100 factors.

On Customary, the system limits the followers to round 43 dB. The CPU finally ends up stabilizing at ~43W, with temperatures within the high-70s. The efficiency solely takes a minor 5% hit in comparison with the Efficiency mode, with the scores stabilizing round 2000 factors.

You too can go for the Whisper mode, with limits the CPU to 25-15W with now barely audible followers and temperatures within the mid-60s. The laptop computer solely performs at 40-50% of its talents on this profile.

Lastly, our pattern ran at 40W sustained on the Efficiency mode on battery, which translated into stable efficiency and scores, with fan noise ranges round 40 dB.

To place these in perspective, right here’s how this i7-12700H implementation fares in opposition to different i7/i9 chips, in both moveable or full-size codecs. I’ve additionally included the Ryzen 9 variants of the 2022 Stream X13 ultraportable designs in right here, in addition to the earlier i7-1165G7 implementation within the 2021 ZenBook 14 DUO.

We then went forward and additional verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop check and in Blender, confirming our above findings.

We then ran the 3DMark CPU profile check.

Lastly, we ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress checks on this pocket book, on the Turbo profile. 3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed it simply tremendous, which implies there’s no mixed efficiency throttling with longer-duration sustained masses.

Subsequent, we ran your complete suite of checks and benchmarks, on the Efficiency profile in ProArt Hub, at FHD 1920 x 1080 px decision for consistency with our different checks, and with the laptop computer sitting on the desk.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 12413 (Graphics – 13530, Physics – 26519, Mixed – 5137);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 565;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5835 (Graphics – 5345, CPU – 12150);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3079;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 9844;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 58.68 common fps;
  • PassMark 10: Ranking: 6737 (CPU: 30281, 3D Graphics: 11805, Reminiscence: 2875, Disk: 39986);
  • PCMark 10: 6749 (Necessities – 10271, Productiveness – 8857, Digital Content material Creation – 9173);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: –Single-Core: 1513, Multi-core: 8521;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 2493 cb, CPU Single Core 257 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 6022 cb, CPU Single Core 682 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 15618 cb (greatest run), CPU 13870 (10 min loop check), CPU Single Core 1772 CB (greatest run);
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 26.38 s.

And listed below are some workstation benchmarks, on the identical Turbo profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW Automotive scene- CPU Compute: 2m 43s ;
  • Blender 3.01 – BMW Automotive scene- GPU Compute: 44s (CUDA), 23s (Optix);
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 6m 38s;
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – GPU Compute: 1m 32s (CUDA), 51s (Optix);
  • PugetBench – DaVinci Resolve: 923 factors;
  • PugetBench – Adobe After Results: crashed;
  • PugetBench – Adobe Photoshop: 820;
  • PugetBench – Adobe Premiere: 782;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 58.25;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 33.79;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 71.22;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Power: 11.09;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 211.02;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Medical: 17.95;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 12.23;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 124.75.
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 8293 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 206 vpaths;

These are stable outcomes for a 14-inch pc. It’s not a match for equally sized single-screen units like an Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 or Razer Blade 14, however it’s sooner than most different sub-14-inch choices with comparable specs, on account of operating the {hardware} and pretty excessive energy settings.

On the CPU facet, the i7-12700H on this unit scores very properly in short-duration checks, and competitively in longer masses, as soon as the allotted CPU energy settles round 50-55 W on the Efficiency mode.

On the GPU facet, the 3050Ti can run at as much as 65W on this design, and that enables it to outscore the 3050Ti variants of the ROG Stream Z13/X13 or the VivoBook Professional 14X, which solely go as much as 40-50W. The truth is, this Professional 14 DUO even outscores the Dell XPS 15, a well-liked possibility within the creator area.

As for the comparability with the previous-gen 2021 ZenBook 14 DUO, the 2022 mannequin on this i7+3050Ti configuration finally ends up 2x sooner in CPU multi-threaded and GPU masses.

All these are potential whereas ramping up the followers to loud ranges of 48-50 dB, which could not be acceptable for a few of you. If that’s the case, you might go for the Customary energy profile as an alternative, which limits the followers at as much as 43 dB.

Listed here are some evaluating benchmarks scores on this Customary mode.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 11044 (Graphics – 12117, Physics – 26112, Mixed – 4366);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5135 (Graphics – 4669, CPU – 11850);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 8766;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 5630 cb, CPU Single Core 596 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 29.84 s.

The CPU takes a ~10% efficiency hit in multi-threaded masses, and doesn’t run any hotter. The only-core scores drop by 20%, although, and that may influence sure workloads.

On the similar time, the GPU solely runs at as much as 45W of energy on this mode, leading to a 15-20% lower in processing capabilities. As much as you if these are value it for the quieter fan expertise, however so far as I’m involved, this Customary mid-level profile is a well-balanced setting for this laptop computer.

Gaming efficiency

This ZenBook will not be primarily made for gaming and even runs on Studio Version drivers, however contemplating the {hardware} and the quick response/refresh of the OLED show, I’d nonetheless count on lots of you to run video games on it again and again.

Therefore, we ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the Efficiency and Customary profiles of this Core i7 + 3050Ti configuration, at FHD+ decision, with Extremely and Medium graphics settings.

For starters, right here’s what we received on Extremely settings.

Intel Core i7-12700H
+ RTX 3050Ti Laptop computer 35-65W
FHD+ on Efficiency mode
– RTX 3050Ti operating at 50-65W
FHD+ on Customary mode
– RTX 3050Ti operating at 35-45W
Dota 2
(DX 11, Greatest Wanting Preset)
108 fps (59 fps – 1% low)97 fps (51 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)
74 fps (54 fps – 1% low)62 fps (40 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 6
(DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAA)
60 fps (31 fps – 1% low)51 fps (27 fps – 1% low)
Pink Lifeless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Extremely Optimized, TAA)
56 fps (39 fps – 1% low)47 fps (33 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)
66 fps (47 fps – 1% low)56 fps (42 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On 4)
72 fps (54 fps – 1% low)62 fps (37 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
  • Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 Optimized profile primarily based on these settings.

Even latest titles are operating tremendous on this configuration at FHD+ decision.

This outmatches units such because the VivoBook Professionals (AMD or Intel primarily based, and as much as 50W 3050Ti), beats the XPS 15 (eleventh gen Core i7 + 3050Ti 40W) throughout the board, and is a match for the 2021 Zephyrus G14 operating on the 60-75W 3050Ti. Not unhealthy in any respect!

Nevertheless, if you happen to’re going to recreation on this mini-computer, I’d suggest trimming down on the main points and maintaining with the quieter Customary mode.

Right here’s what we received on Medium settings at FHD+ decision on the Customary profile. I additionally added a few matching platforms, for comparability.

Medium settingsZenBook Professional Duo –
Core i7 + 3050Ti 35+W
FHD+ decision
ROG Stream X13 –
Ryzen 9 + 3050Ti 35+W
FHD+ decision
ROG Stream Z13 –
Core i9 + 3050Ti 35+W
FHD+ decision
XPS 15 9510 –
Core i7 + 3050 35+W
FHD decision
VivoBook Professional 16X –
Core i7 + 3050 35+W
FHD+ decision
VivoBook Professional 14X –
Ryzen 7 + 3050Ti 35+W
FHD+ decision
Doom Everlasting
(Vulkan, Medium Preset, no DLSS)
118 fps (79 fps – 1% low)107 fps (82 fps – 1% low)126 fps (89 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5
(DX 11, Regular Preset, TAA)
72 fps (59 fps – 1% low)74 fps (57 fps – 1% low)72 fps (48 fps – 1% low)72 fps (54 fps – 1% low)69 fps (57 fps – 1% low)76 fps (44 fps – 1% low)
Pink Lifeless Redemption 2
(DX 12, Balanced – first possibility)
47 fps (35 fps – 1% low)48 fps (32 fps – 1% low)46 fps (30 fps – 1% low)50 fps (34 fps – 1% low)47 fps (34 fps – 1% low)51 fps (39 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Medium Preset, TAA)
68 fps (56 fps – 1% low)69 fps (48 fps – 1% low)68 fps (45 fps – 1% low)52 fps (26 fps – 1% low)62 fps (40 fps – 1% low)66 fps (52 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Medium Preset, Hairworks Low)
105 fps (59 fps – 1% low)102 fps (78 fps – 1% low)98 fps (59 fps – 1% low)92 fps (59 fps – 1% low)89 fps (65 fps – 1% low)98 fps (73 fps – 1% low)

Even on the mid-range Customary profile and with out implementing a MUX, this ZenBook Professional 14 Duo UX8402 is aggressive in opposition to all the opposite choices listed above, together with the ROG Stream models.

With these out of the way in which, let’s undergo a few of the efficiency logs on every profile.

On the Efficiency mode, the {hardware} runs at as much as 85W of mixed CPU+GPU energy. That interprets in as much as 65W allotted to the GPU in titles that scale properly with Dynamic Enhance, equivalent to Witcher or Pink Lifeless 2, however solely round 50 W in others, such because the Far Cry titles.

So far as the temperatures go, we measured between 70-75 levels Celsius on each elements in many of the examined video games. These are glorious temperatures, particularly contemplating we’re maintaining the laptop computer on the desk for these checks.

Bumping up the again on the foldable kickstands solely has a minor influence over the temperatures, dropping by 1-3 levels on this Efficiency mode. That’s as a result of nearly all of contemporary air comes inside this laptop computer by means of the hole beneath the ScreenPad, and never by means of the underside air flow grill.

As talked about already, the followers ramp to 50 dB at head-level on the Efficiency mode, and the Customary profile retains them at quieter ranges, round 42-43 dB.

The efficiency is impacted by as a lot as 20% on this Customary mode, extra so within the titles that scale properly with Dynamic Enhance, as this solely permits 65W of mixed energy and as much as 45 Wh allotted to the GPU. The temperatures, alternatively, are even decrease on this mode, within the high-60s and low-70s, so total, the Customary profile is my advice for operating video games and demanding masses for this pocket book.

You may additionally have an interest within the gaming efficiency on battery, however don’t count on a lot, because the CPU and the GPU are energy capped aggressively on this case.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

Asus went with a considerably atypical dual-fan dual-heatpipe thermal module right here.

Contemporary air goes into the followers by means of the open intakes beneath the ScreenPad, whereas on the underside, there are just some further air flow grills over the elements and no intakes over the followers. As soon as extra, I need to warn you to watch out about any particles getting beneath the ScreenPad and probably into the uncovered followers.

This design works properly, permitting for stable efficiency and temperatures. The followers run loud, although, particularly on the Efficiency mode, at 50 dB. The Customary mid-level profile is extra usable at 43 dB noise ranges, whereas the Whisper mode retains the followers at sub 30 dB ranges, however vastly limits the capabilities consequently.

You’ll most likely wish to persist with Whisper mode for informal day by day use, although, to stop the followers from ramping as much as audible ranges with multitasking, which generally occurs on the Customary mode.

Exterior temperatures aren’t any grievance in any respect with the design both, because the elements are tucked beneath the ScreenPad, and the keyboard space not often goes over 35 levels Celsius.

*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Customary Mode, followers at 0-30 dB
*Gaming  – Efficiency mode – taking part in Witcher for half-hour, followers at 49-50 dB

For connectivity, there’s the latest-gen WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 by means of an Intel module on this laptop computer. I haven’t run into any points with the wi-fi connection throughout my time with the laptop computer.

The audio system on this ZenBook Professional Duo are just like these out there on the single-screen 14-inch ZenBooks. There are two of them, firing by means of grills on the laptop computer’s underside. The angled form of the D-Panel permits the sound to bounce off the desk with out distortions and prevents you from simply muffling them whereas utilizing the pc in your lap.

The sound high quality is alright for day by day use, motion pictures, or music, however not one thing to brag about. With the Enhanced Audio setting ticked in Home windows 11, these audio system get averagely loud at 77-78 dB at head-level, with honest mids and highs, however little bass, which causes them to sound reasonably tiny at excessive volumes.

Lastly, our unit will get an HD digital camera with IR Hey help and an RGB sensor meant to regulate the brightness/gamut primarily based on the surroundings. The picture high quality is over-processed and never a lot in any respect, however the specs do point out an FHD digital camera possibility for this sequence, so maybe the retail variations will get that higher digital camera as an alternative.

Battery life

There’s a 76 Wh battery contained in the ZenBook Professional 14 Duo UX8402 sequence, bigger than the norm for this class.

Nevertheless, there are additionally two 120Hz shows right here, in addition to a reasonably power-hungry Intel platform, so don’t get your hopes for lengthy runtimes up an excessive amount of.

Right here’s what we received in our battery life checks, with solely the primary display lively and manually set on 60 Hz refresh, at round 120 nits (~70 brightness).

  • 18 W (~3-5 h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Customary Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14.5 W (~5-6 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Customary Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.5 W (~5-6 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Customary Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 21 W (~3-4 h of use) – looking in Edge, Customary Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON.

Based mostly on my expertise with different Intel Twelfth-gen implementations such because the ROG Stream Z13 or the ZenBook 14X, these outcomes ought to enhance with extra mature software program. I’d count on round 6-9 hours of video streaming on the retail models and about 4-6 hours of real-use multitasking.

Nevertheless, right here’s what we received with the ScreenPad switched on as properly at 50% brightness (round 200-nits), and each shows set at 60 Hz refresh.

  • 25 W (~3 h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Customary Mode, each screens on, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 20 W (~3-4 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Customary Battery Mode, each screens on, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 25 W (~3 h of use) – looking in Edge, Customary Mode, each screens on, Wi-Fi ON.

You may additional dim the ScreenPad, however that may influence its visibility. Moreover, you may also decide to maintain each screens on 120 Hz, which is the default setting, and it will additional take a toll on the battery life. In contrast to on ROG laptops, the screens don’t routinely change between 120/60 Hz modes when plugging/unplugging the laptop computer from the wall.

I’ll additionally add that this laptop computer ships with a 180W barrel-lug charger, a good bit heavier and chunkier than the USB-C chargers out there with most ultraportables as of late.

USB-C sharing is supported right here, as much as 100W, and the laptop computer can nonetheless run at full blast on USB-C energy, however the battery discharges aggressively on this case. I solely had a 65W Asus USB-C charger to check out, and the Witcher 3 log exhibits the battery discharging in about an hour on the Efficiency mode. I’d count on this to discharge a lot slower with a 100W SUB-C charger, particularly if you happen to go for the Customary profile.

Worth and availability

The ZenBook Professional 14 Duo will not be but available in shops on the time of this text.

Keep put for updates, and within the meantime, follow this link for updated prices and configurations in your region.

Closing thoughts- 2022 Asus ZenBook Professional 14 Duo OLED

The 2022 replace of the 14-inch ZenBook Duo improves on the previous technology in a number of methods, making it a extra competent multi-purpose laptop computer.

Nevertheless, that’s not altering my conclusions from the earlier years about this sequence. That is an possibility for many who should have a dual-screen pc and are keen to pay further and settle for the compromises inherent with this format: the heavier weight, the upper worth, and the restricted ergonomics when not utilizing the laptop computer on the desk, on account of implementing the keyboard/clickpad on the entrance facet of the chassis.

If that’s you, then this 2022 ZenBook Professional 14 Duo is healthier than ever earlier than. It gives two glorious shows with small bezels throughout, and it’s just about twice the efficiency of the earlier fashions and sooner than most different 14-inch models available on the market with comparable mid-level specs. It additionally gives a extra usable keyboard and IO format than earlier than, and implements a stable thermal module that retains the elements and exterior chassis inside glorious thermal limits.

On the similar time, this does run very loud on the Efficiency mode, and I discover the mid-level Customary profile to be way more sensible with demanding masses, even when the {hardware} doesn’t run at full blast on this case.

Ultimately, I’m score this technology of the Professional 14 Duo at 4.25 out of 5. The loud followers, the reasonably restricted runtimes, and the value will increase over common ZenBooks drag it down and are points you’ll simply have to just accept if the dual-screen format is a should for you. That’s as a result of there’s just about no competitors for this laptop computer within the sub 4-lbs class. Asus gives the extra highly effective and costlier ZenBook 15 DUO and Zephyrus DUO 16 fashions, however these are considerably bigger and heavier, and never essentially options for this 14-inch mannequin.

As a substitute, the options are the common single-screen models, with the thinner, lighter and never as highly effective decisions out there within the ultrabook area, or with much more highly effective 14-inch all-purpose choices such because the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE, Alienware X14, Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 or the Razer Blade 14.

This wraps up our evaluate of the 2022 Asus ZenBook Professional 14 Duo UX8402. Let me know what you concentrate on it down beneath.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been overlaying cellular computer systems for the reason that 2000s and you will largely discover critiques and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.