ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED review: Perfecting the dual-screen notebook

ASUS almost produced the perfect dual-screen laptop. Almost.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED
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The original Zenbook Pro 14 Duo was quite the conversational starter. It was something that was totally new, but it had some serious flaws, including how the secondary screen was positioned on the main deck. The latest iteration is the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED for 2022, which brings with it notable improvements to thermals and ergonomics.

ASUS installed the Active Aerodynamic System Ultra (AAS Ultra) hinge, which lifts the secondary screen by 12 degrees (compared to 7 degrees of its predecessor). This is to create a more ergonomic working environment for those who like to use the panel for secondary functions and/or drawing, but it's also said to have a positive effect on thermal performance.

Whether you're looking for a companion to handle video editing and rendering or a platform to create some art, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED could be the best Windows laptop for creative professionals.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED: Price and availability

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED starts from $1,699.99. For what you're getting — the specs start at an Intel Core i5-12500H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti — this isn't a bad deal. The second display brings so many functional benefits that aren't only useful for professionals.

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CategoryZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402)
OSWindows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen Intel
Up to Core i9-12900H
RAMUp to 32GB LPDDR5-4800
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti laptop
NVIDIA Studio drivers
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD
Display14.5 inches
16:10 aspect ratio
2.8K resolution
OLED, touch, 100% DCI-P3, Dolby Vision, Pantone validated, TÜV Rheinland low blue light
12.7 inches
Touch, 120Hz, 500 nits
PenASUS Pen 2.0
4,096 levels pressure sensitivity
PortsTwo Thunderbolt 4
USB-A
HDMI 2.1
SD card reader
AudioDolby Atmos
Smart Amp
Four microphones
AI noise cancellation
WirelessWi-Fi 6E
SecurityIR camera
Fingerprint reader
Camera shutter
Battery76Wh
Dimensions0.70 inches (17.9mm) thin
Weight3.74 pounds (1.7kg)

Our review sample of the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED came with the range-topping Intel Core i9-12900H with an ASUS Pen. This specification would set you back by $2,000.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED: What's good

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo has been around for a few years now. We first laid eyes on this dual-screen laptop at Computex 2019 and were taken back by just how outlandish the form factor was. While unique, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo required numerous improvements.

The Zenbook Pro Duo 14 OLED is stunning to look at with its two 2.8K 120Hz displays.

ASUS came out with a successor, which lifted the second display slightly. A few other changes were made, but it's this latest iteration (the UX8402Z) that takes everything to a whole new level. The second screen is now brighter and has a higher resolution than before, which makes it easier to use both inside and out.

Other highlights of the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED include the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 12th Gen Intel CPU, LPDDR5-4800 RAM, and speedy M.2 SSDs. The design of the laptop has altered slightly too, rocking a new logo on the lid, but the original design was so good that ASUS didn't need to change much for the 2022 refresh.

So, let's look at the 2022 ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED. It's touted as having the world's first 14.5-inch 2.8K 120Hz OLED touchscreen display. It's a huge panel with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a maximum brightness level of 550 nits. The second display is a 12.7-inch 2.8K 120Hz display with a maximum brightness of 500 nits. This laptop is pretty much all screen.

The Zenbook Pro Duo 14 OLED is stunning to look at, measuring in at just 0.70 inches (17.9mm) thin with a weight of 3.74 pounds (1.7kg). For ports, we've got an audio jack on the left and two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports on the right with a single USB-A port. The rear houses DC in for charging, HDMI output, and a single SD card reader.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED

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This is more than enough to hook up all your devices, be it external storage, a second (or in this case, third) display, and other peripherals. Even opening the lid of the laptop is an experience in itself. The second screen is raised by 12 degrees to almost greet you as you boot up Windows 11. This is achieved thanks to the Active Aerodynamic System Ultra (AAS Ultra) hinge.

As well as tilting the second display, this hinge also has the added benefit of raising up the main display to reveal some space for heat to be dissipated from the CPU and GPU fans. The keyboard is located below the ScreenPad Plus with the small touchpad to the right. This will seem awkward at first and will take some getting used to.

For performance, we're looking at quite the laptop with an Intel Core i9-12900H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. Our review sample also came with 16GB of LPDDR5-4800 RAM, and a 1TB M.2 SSD. So, while it's not the range-topping configuration, our testing and benchmark results will provide a good insight into how it'll perform.