Asus Zenbook Pro Duo hands-on: First impressions

Last Updated 10 October 2019, 11:50 IST

AsusTek Computer, a well-known producer of computer motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, networking devices and smartphones, announced a premium entry to their Zenbook lineup this year at Computex - the Pro Duo.

Boasting a powerful 8-core Intel i9-9980HK CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 paired with a high-quality HDR-capable 4K display, the device was promised to be a powerhouse for designers who also like to play games on the off.

Deccan Herald got a week with the machine, and this is our first impressions of it:

In the box:

The laptop comes in a hefty box, which has 2 smaller boxes, one housing the 230-watt charging cable and another housing the laptop with its included accessories: a hand-rest, a stylus and a little foldable pad attached to the machine to raise it a little higher for improved airflow.


The first things you'll notice when you open up the machine are the fact that it has a completely separate screen just above the keyboard and that the trackpad has been moved to the right - and it acts like a numberpad with the push of a button!

Other than that, the laptop's keyboard has a very impressive and comfortable layout, and the main display, though glossy, is surprisingly not much of a fingerprint magnet that glossy displays have had the infamy of being; this honour seems to go to the secondary display, which Asus calls ScreenPad (or, in this case, ScreenPad X).


Without beating around the bush, the display is super crisp. The Pro Duo features a 4K Ultra HD panel with 133% sRGB coverage, meaning doing average, daily work like watching movies and playing games look much more colourful than most average screens. It also supports DCP-3, allowing people who have real work to do, such as designing, modelling and such, to create with life-like colours.

The display also supports HDR, and the results are certainly worth beholding - at least for content that supports HDR output. It's a tool I recommend only using when you know you are either watching HDR video, playing HDR games or creating models in HDR, because it does suck up a bit of power to run.

The only gripe I have with the display is the locked 60 Hz regardless of chosen resolution. I would've liked it if the laptop gave an option for 90-120 Hz at Full HD for a smoother, more responsive experience, but overall, the display does not disappoint.

Watch out for the full review on October 17.

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(Published 10 October 2019, 09:26 IST)

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