ASUS ZenBookDuo UX481 Review – Laptop for Workaholics


GadgetSquad.idThe term multitasking has been around for a long time, especially since computing devices have increased performance thanks to the rapid development of technology. Multitasking in the world of computing means running two or more applications simultaneously. Multitasking is also very closely related to productivity because the work will be completed faster if the applications needed to work can run simultaneously.

ASUS ZenBookDuo UX481

But increasing productivity depends not only on how many computing devices can run applications simultaneously, but also how to display them effectively. This can be overcome by adding screens or monitors so that computing device users can actually run two or more applications simultaneously optimally.

While desktop PCs can be connected with two or more monitors easily, laptops that mostly only have one screen clearly cannot deliver optimal multitasking performance. Unfortunately, presenting an additional screen on a laptop with optimal functions for multitasking is not easy.

Answering this problem, ASUS introduced the ZenBook Duo UX481 in mid-2019 globally. The laptop with a 14-inch screen appears very unique because it has a second screen called ScreenPad Plus specifically designed to increase the productivity of its users through multitasking.

Compact and Light

The ZenBook Duo UX481 is a laptop with a concept of the future that represents timeless innovation. Through this concept, the ZenBook Duo UX481 comes with an asymmetrical body that is unique and modern, but still displays the distinctive ZenBook design with a spun-metal finish on the back of the screen.

ZenBook Duo UX481 also comes with a very elegant Celestial Blue bandage. Not only that, this laptop also has MIL-STD 810G military standard endurance certification. The certification proves that the ZenBook Duo UX481 has passed various extreme tests ranging from the usage test at extreme altitude, the endurance test if the laptop is dropped from a certain height, the vibration resistance test, to the usage test at extreme temperatures.

ZenBook Duo UX481 has been equipped with a special cooling system so that the performance of this laptop is maintained well. In addition, the ZenBook Duo UX481 has been equipped with ErgoLift Design features that make the main body lifted and bring extra air cavities. The air cavity can help present a smoother air flow.

Not only makes the air flow for the cooling system better, ErgoLift Design also makes the typing experience on the ZenBook Duo UX481 better. That is because ErgoLift Design also makes the keyboard position slightly tilted and more comfortable for typing.

Created for Multitasking

ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 is a premium laptop for users who like to do multitasking or multitasker. To support the activities of its users, this laptop is not only equipped with ScreenPad Plus but also the best screen in its class.

ZenBook Duo UX481 uses a Full HD resolution screen with professional-grade color reproduction, namely at 100% sRGB color space. Not only that, the color produced on this laptop screen is also accurate because it has been calibrated and has pocketed the Pantone Validated Display certification. It can be said that this laptop is also suitable for creative professionals who often work with standard creative applications such as photo editors or illustrators. To facilitate its users, ASUS also provides a special pen.

ScreenPad Plus for Maximum Productivity

The main feature that distinguishes the ZenBook Duo UX481 from other laptops is the ScreenPad Plus. Unlike the ScreenPad in the previous ZenBook series, ScreenPad Plus comes with a much larger screen size and is specifically designed to maximize productivity.

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ScreenPad Plus is basically a second screen that is half the size of the main screen. In other words the ScreenPad Plus resolution size on the ZenBook Duo UX481 is also 4K, to be exact 3840 × 1100 pixels. The ScreenPad Plus on the ZenBook Duo UX481 also has the same panel quality as the main screen.

How can ScreenPad Plus maximize productivity? The ability of multitasking is the answer. ZenBook Duo UX481 users can display up to three windows or applications on ScreenPad Plus. Simply drag-and-drop the desired application and position it according to the layout provided. If you only want to display two applications, drag the selected application to the edge of the ScreenPad Plus screen and the system will divide the screen into two parts automatically.

ASUS also provides a special interface for ZenBook Duo UX481 users to manage various applications that are currently displayed both on the main screen and on the ScreenPad Plus. One feature to help multitasking is App Switcher which allows users to move applications from the main screen to the ScreenPad Plus instantly. Through this feature, users can even display the application in full through the main screen and ScreenPad Plus.

ScreenPad Plus also has a feature called Swap Bag that allows ZenBook Duo UX481 users to move applications on the main screen to ScreenPad Plus instantly, and vice versa. While the App Navigator and Task Group features make it easier for ZenBook Duo UX481 users to manage and monitor what applications are running more easily through ScreenPad Plus.

One special feature that should not be missed is the Quick Key. This feature allows ZenBook Duo UX481 users to display a shortcut button on the ScreenPad Plus screen. Besides being able to be tailored to the needs of its users, Quick Key can also be integrated with whatever application is being run. Thus the Quick Key can display shortcut keys according to the currently running application.

Powerful performance

ScreenPad Plus is not the only advantage possessed by the ZenBook Duo UX481. As a laptop that is designed to be optimal for multitasking, the ZenBook Duo UX481 comes with powerful performance thanks to the components embedded in it.

Intel Core 10 processorth The genes that are the brain of the ZenBook Duo UX481 have powerful performance for a variety of activities, from work to enjoy multimedia content. Not only that, the Intel Core 10th Genes also have lower power consumption than the previous generation, so this laptop user can work longer without having to connect to a power source.

Talking about multitasking, ZenBook Duo UX481 has been equipped with DDR4 RAM with a capacity of up to 16GB and has met multitasking standards for office applications. The large enough RAM capacity is also supported by the storage of M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD which is fast and has a relief capacity of up to 1TB. The combination of the two ensures that all applications run seamlessly.

ZenBook Duo UX481 also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics chip which is quite powerful for various computing activities such as working and enjoying a variety of multimedia content. Not only that, this 2GB VRAM graphics chip can even be relied upon to accelerate performance when doing light photo or video editing.

One thing that makes the ZenBook Duo UX481 very interesting is the battery's durability. Thanks to a 70Whrs battery, this laptop can last a long time when used without being connected to a power source. Testing using PCMark 10 battery in modern office mode even shows the ZenBook Duo UX481 can last up to 8 hours.

Multitasking Without Obstacles

Unlike laptops of its class, the ZenBook Duo UX481 offers a much better performance and multitasking experience. Thanks to qualified specifications and ScreenPad Plus, ZenBook Duo UX481 users can do more, including getting things done faster.

Although not as thin as other ZenBook variants, the ZenBook Duo UX481 is still very easy to carry around because of its compact dimensions and light weight. Adapters that are not large in size also make this laptop easier to carry around. Thus, ZenBook Duo UX481 can be said as a productivity support tool that can be used anywhere and anytime.

Main Spec. ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481
The CPU Intel® Core ™ i5-10210U Processor 1.6 GHz (6M cache, up to 4.2 GHz)

Intel® Core ™ i7-10510U 1.8 GHz Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz)

Operating System Windows 10
Memory 8GB DDR4 (Core i5 Variant)

16GB DDR4 (Core i7 variant)

Storage 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

Display Main Display:

14 ”(16: 9) IPS FHD (1920 × 1080), 100% sRGB, Pantone Validated Display, 300nits

ScreenPad Plus:

12.6 “(16: 4,5) FHD Touch Screen (1920 × 240) wide-view

Graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB VRAM
Input / Output 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (Gen1), 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (Gen2), 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), 1 x Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI
Camera IR HD Web Camera (Windows Hello facial recognition support)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ax) 2 * 2 + Bluetooth 5.0
Audio Built-in Harman / Kardon certified speaker, Built-in array microphone
Battery 70WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion
Dimension 32.3 (W) x 22.3 (D) x 1.99 ~ 1.99 (H) cm
Weight 1.5 kg
Colors Celestial Blue
Price Rp.16,299,000 (Core i5, UMA, 8GB / 512GB)

IDR18,299,000 (Core i5, MX250, 8GB / 512GB)

Rp20,299,000 (Core i7, MX250, 16GB / 512GB)

Rp23,999,000 (Core i7, MX250, 16GB / 1TB)

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