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ASUS Zenbook Duo impressions: Oh my, it's the notebook that excites me the most at CES 2024 (Updated)

By Aaron Yip - 19 Jan 2024

ASUS Zenbook Duo impressions: Oh my, it's the notebook that excites me the most at CES 2024

Note: This feature was first published on 10 January 2024 and was updated on 19 January 2024 with local pricing and availability details.

The ASUS Zenbook Duo comes with a detachable keyboard.

ASUS pulled the wraps off their latest model in the Zenbook Duo series at CES 2024, and at first glance, I’m impressed by how sleek-looking the dual-screen notebook is, with a pair of 14-inch displays complemented by a built-in kickstand.

To be sure, this isn't ASUS' first rodeo in the dual-screen space, as they've been tinkering with this concept across various models over the past years, including the 2022 gaming-focused ROG Zephyrus Duo 16. What sets the new Zenbook Duo apart is the upsizing of the secondary display to mirror the main screen in size, which is a notable shift from previous iterations’ narrower auxiliary screens, and draws inspiration from the Zenbook Fold series (read our Zenbook Fold 17 OLED review here), which featured a single, large foldable screen.

The laptop can be used in a 'traditional' form factor too.

So the Zenbook Duo has two separate screens, bypassing the foldable's hinge-related limitations. The result? A pair of equally-sized, lustrous 14-inch 3K OLED touchscreens, each boasting an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. With a combined screen size of nearly 20 inches across, this setup dwarfs the cramped lower displays of its predecessors. Even the Zenbook 17 Fold, which halves into two 12.5-inch screens when folded, loses out in terms of sheer screen real estate.

Yet, the crux of the Zenbook Duo's appeal lies in its design ingenuity. The addition of a built-in kickstand and a detachable keyboard injects a remarkable degree of versatility into the dual-screen setup. The keyboard, which attaches magnetically, can be placed over the lower screen, essentially transforming the Duo into a traditional notebook.

Should all laptops come with a built-in kick-stand? Why not.

This configuration is highly adaptable for various work contexts. With the keyboard atop the lower screen and the kickstand deployed, it removes the need to place the notebook on, say, a third-party stand (for ergonomic reasons). For a more conventional notebook feel, simply collapse the kickstand. The design also allows for both screens to lay flat – ideal for collaborative viewing – or to be arranged vertically or side by side, effectively emulating a portable dual-monitor workstation. During my hands-on demo, I found the stand and keyboard to be user-friendly, easily adjustable, and detachable. You literally can use the Zenbook Duo as a mobile productivity station in any form that works best for you. The ‘Duo’ name should have been replaced with ‘Flexible’ for better accuracy, but hey, I’m not marketer.

Despite its advanced features, I’m also impressed by how the notebook remains relatively light and slim, weighing just 1.35kg and measuring a mere 1.9cm at its thickest point.

The Zenbook Duo also comes with a sleeve, that also doubles as a laptop stand (not pictured, sorry).

Under the hood, the Zenbook Duo is powered by either an Intel Core Ultra 7 or Core Ultra 9 depending on the availability in your region. Hopeful gamers might be wondering if an NVIDIA or AMD discrete GPU option will be available – well, spoiler, nope. The Zenbook Duo isn’t a gaming focus machine, but since the Meteor Lake Core Ultra processor comes with a more-than-decent Arc GPU built-in, the notebook is still capable of some 1080p resolution gaming. Of course, we’ll only know once a review unit arrives to test it ourselves.

Other specs include up to 32GB of memory and a 1TB SSD. Connectivity is well-covered, with two USB-C ports featuring Thunderbolt 4, a USB-A port, an HDMI output, and an audio jack.

PC makers tend to make their notebooks safe, focusing on incremental improvements such as CPU and GPU upgrades. It's not easy to make risky bets like a foldable or dual-screen notebook, but nonetheless, I wished more tech companies could follow the likes of ASUS and Lenovo (with their Yoga Book 9i) and step up with their own innovations in the notebook space.

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Anyway, do check out our TikTok video above, where an ASUS rep walked through the notebook with me - I think it says more about what the notebook can do than what I've written so far.

Pricing for the new Zenbook Duo has yet to be announced, but the same rep did share that the Zenbook Duo will be available at the end of this month – again, depending on your region. We’ll update you with more local details once we hear from ASUS.

Updated on 19 January 2024:

ASUS has just announced that the Zenbook Duo will be available for pre-order starting today until 22 February 2024. It will be available in retail on 23 February 2024. Customers will pre-order will receive a free ASUS Vlogour backpack worth S$88.

Prices will start S$2,999 and you can find it on the ASUS Online Store, ASUS Experience Store Bugis, and selected authorised retailers.

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