The ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo is definitely one of a kind of a laptop, which does a little more than a conventional laptop does. With its dual display attribute, it makes an appealing laptop for many consumers who want the peak productivity performance one could ask for. In our hands, we have the new ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED and rather than making this an in-depth review, we are going to highlight the major changes and dive right into the performance.
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED
Nicer and Subtle Design
Unlike the predecessor which carried forward a signature design that we have seen in the past, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED has some interesting changes in its design that looks a lot more bespoke and stands out in a much more elegant way.
On the back we now have a beautiful soft touch finish that feels silky and buttery smooth at the same time. Instead of having a big Asus logo, it now features the new, what I like to call it, the Star Trek-like Insignia which we have seen with the other Zenbook we reviewed and the 30th Anniversary laptop back in COMPUTEX 2019. Sure, it still does carry the name on the laptop, but it’s printed in a subtle manner all the way at the bottom of the laptop.
As you lift the lid of the laptop, you are greeted with the beautiful display on the top and above the keyboard. The border on the main display is a lot thinner and has a bigger display real estate. The ScreenPad + lifts as always and now as more space at the bottom where the open space helps with thermals. Otherwise, the laptop has most of the same style we have seen before. Again, it’s a lot more bespoke with more rounded off edges.
OLED Display Treatment
This definitely doesn’t come off as a surprise as the brand has been equipping every single laptop sans the ROG lineup with OLED display and this is no exception. The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED has a close to edge-to-edge display that gives the beautiful immersive-ness at a resolution of QHD. However, the second display now has an increased incline that kind of gives this illusion of blending both the displays together, making it look like one.
With the touch input support on both the display and not to forget, ASUS Pen support – it’s definitely a creator’s heaven. In fact, we did a video on the ScreenPad+ a while back, which is still relevant with this product too. However, because of the display above, your keyboard experience is as awkward as it’s predecessor.
Good IO Selection
IO-wise – you have a decent selection for you to get all your devices up and running. On one side we have 2x Thunderbolt port with a 10Gbp USB-A Port. On the back, we have a HDMI port with a Barrel DC connector and a Micro SD card slot. Finally, on the other side, we have one headphone/microphone combo jack.
I have given up with ASUS for a proper SD Card slot because it seems like it will never happen and you will have to get a StudioBook to have one or get a good USB-C/USB-A Card Reader.
New 12th Generation Treatment
Rather than going all indepth, we chose to focus on what has changed. Along with the aforementioned changes, the biggest change is what’s under the hood. This time around, the 12th generation Intel processor is making its appearance with a souped-up performance improvement that’s about to blow its predecessor out the water and not to forget, be a real threat to Team Red’s processor.
- 12th Generation Intel Core i7-12700H
- 16GB DDR5 4800MHz RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB VRAM
We performed our benchmark with the help of the usual applications that we use on a daily basis for us to get an idea on how well it performs. Starting off with Cinebench R23: our scores with the 14-cores, 20-thread processor is showing some good performance with a multicore point of 10498 and single core performance at 1561 points.
This is much better than the 11th generation processor we saw as it did have some performance cap. Following this, you can see the Blender Render scores at less than 4 minutes – which shows that, chances of us encountering any more than 4 minutes to render is gone and now the gap to becoming a powerful processor is absolutely miniscule.
In 3DMARK, the scores as you’d expect with a RTX 3050 Ti which is the bottlenecking element from having the best graphical performance for rendering or even creative work. But its definitely better than the integrated Iris graphics. Which is the reason why it defeats the purpose to get the non-pro Duo. Good scores in Wild Life Extremes with a best score at 10 844 and 3000 with Time Spy Extreme. You can most definitely game on this, but the display refresh rate or the lack of an “Adaptive Sync” element in its display may turn off and you’d see tearing in intense games.
You can check out the scores in the screenshot below.
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED all comes down to the price tag it goes for and the laptop we reviewed here only comes in one variant – which is priced at RM 8,999 respectively. Now, there are things I would change with this laptop – first and foremost, needing a proper SD Card Slot and secondly, not soldering the RAM even if it’s a 16GB DDR5 RAM as I am sure there’s some wiggle room to have both. But at the price above, you best bet you are in for a tough luck to find another laptop that has dual display experience as this.
Are you stuck with this only option then? Yes, but in a good way because to execute what ASUS did here takes dedication and coming from someone who has reviewed every generation, it’s safe to say you are walking away with a good laptop – just be aware that Windows 11 is erratic with dual display experience.