A few months ago, ASUS launched both the ZenBook Duo 14 and ZenBook Pro Duo 15. That is considered generation 2 of these dual-screen laptops. But what we have today is a mid-gen refresh with a few minor changes, and also has an OLED screen.
So, let’s check out what this new ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 has to offer.
Before we begin, we have to highlight that we’ll skim over many things about this laptop because it’s the same as the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 that we looked at a few months ago.
After unboxing the laptop, we are greeted by the typical ZenBook look. It has that iconic hue of blue and also the concentric circle design that’s instantly recognizable. And as you can see, those concentric circles are going to trap fingerprints and grime in between – and you can definitely see them.
Opening up reveals the dual-screen setup – a big 15.6-inch 4K OLED screen and the ScreenPad Plus with 3840×1100 (technically 4K) resolution that is IPS-level.
Honestly speaking, this screen is amazing. It’s bright, vivid, and definitely beautiful. I watched some anime and animated shows like Adventure Time and Amphibia using the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 – and man, this 4K OLED screen makes it just so much more beautiful and crisp.
When we whipped out our colorimeter, we found out that the colors are supremely accurate, too. At the highest brightness – which is 400 nits – it covers 100% sRGB color gamut and 99.96% of DCI-P3.
But I don’t think anyone will use this laptop at its highest brightness since it’s… really blindingly bright.
So, at a more manageable 40% brightness – which is at around 100 nits of brightness – manages to cover 100% sRGB color gamut again, and 99.94% of DCI-P3.
For what I gotta say – this OLED panel is really bright and beautiful.
But, beauty comes at a price. OLED degradation is a thing – but we’re not going to talk about it here because you can learn more about it in this video. I really recommend you watch that video because OLED degradation is not a risk, it’s a certainty.
What we’re going to focus on here is the battery life. You see, this laptop comes with a 92Wh battery but we only managed to get about 2-4 hours of battery life through my usual usage.
I also kept everything in balance power profile and the brightness of the OLED screen at about 30% while the ScreenPad Plus is at 40% throughout those 2-4 hours.
But why does the expected battery life have such a large range of 2-4 hours? Well, that is because of how OLED works. If the screen is showing something that’s mostly black, then those individual OLED pixels won’t even have to turn on. However, if I’m not showing viewing something that’s mostly black, then the OLED pixels turn on, thus consuming more power.
This short battery life is also due to the hardware that is included in this laptop. Our unit here packs with:
- Intel Core i7-10870H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
- 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2933MHz
This list of hardware is nothing to scoff at since it can definitely run all of the Adobe software with ease. The GPU runs at 90W typically, but can boost up to 110W with the help of NVIDIA’s Dynamic Boost 2.0.
Either way, this doesn’t really affect the content creation process since content creation workloads are in short bursts instead of being a non-stop workload like games. Well, except for video rendering time since Premiere Pro now uses NVIDIA GPUs to speed up the rendering time.
Anyway, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 still has the ScreenXpert feature where the ScreenPad Plus becomes some sort of a control panel that compliments keyboard shortcuts so you can zoom in and out of the timeline or insert effects more efficiently.
These buttons on the ScreenXpert are also customizable too – and we talked more about that in our previous video about the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482.
As for the keyboard and trackpad of this laptop, it remains pretty much unchanged from the previous generation. The keyboard keys still feel great to type on – and ASUS also includes a wrist rest if you want to use it.
The trackpad got me in a love-hate relationship. I actually love the placement of the trackpad because I kinda treat it as a vertical mouse because my wrist isn’t twisted. The trackpad’s tracking is good but I realized not having individual left- and right-click buttons is a problem since pressing the trackpad harder feels… weird.
Overall, my user experience with the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 has been a fairly pleasant one. I really do appreciate that the ScreenPad Plus now pops out of the laptop and angle itself to be a little more ergonomic to use.
However, it’s still not perfect. I really do wish that the ScreenPad Plus angle is self-adjustable. That would’ve been perfect.
Also, we should mention that ASUS included a custom-made folding laptop stand that fits perfectly on this laptop. Once installed, you can prop up the laptop to improve cooling and also ergonomics – particularly to look at the ScreenPad Plus more comfortably.
There’s also another ASUS Pen inside the box that can be used to draw stuff on both the main OLED screen and also the ScreenPad Plus.
Oh – before we forget, the ports. This laptop has a pretty disappointing slew of ports, honestly.
- DC barrel jack
- HDMI port
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Indicator LEDs
On the right, we have:
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports
Remember, this laptop is using a 10th Gen Intel CPU, so it doesn’t support Thunderbolt 4. But that’s beside the point – I have a few issues with the I/O ports in general:
- The USB port placements will cause issues since the USB cables will stick out to the mouse movement area.
- This is a laptop made for creators in mind but there’s no SD card reader?
- The lack of USB-A ports. Yeah, I know that this laptop is technically just slightly thicker than the USB-A port but I honestly think we’ll need at least one more USB-A port. Currently, there’s only one. If I plug in a mouse then whoop – it’s gone.
So, who should actually buy this laptop? And who’s the target customer?
To me, I think of this ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 as a “portable desktop”. It’s a device that can be carried around but stays at one location for a long time because I won’t want to carry it around with me all the time.
Why? Because this laptop is freaking heavy. I seriously don’t want to lug this around with me.
So with the idea of a “portable desktop” in mind, then my complaints about ergonomics and the I/O ports don’t matter. Get a laptop stand and two Thunderbolt 3 hubs and connect however many USB devices or monitors you want. I mean, that’s technically what I’m doing with my laptop too.
At the price of RM12,999, I do think that this is a niche laptop. If you like what you see in this video, then I think this laptop will suit your needs.