The Asus ZenBook Duo 14 checks all of the standard boxes, as do many high-end performance laptops. A 14-inch Full HD touchscreen panel with a wide colour gamut, dedicated graphics, and Thunderbolt 4 connectors are also available. The smaller screen on the Duo 14's predecessor, the ScreenPad Plus, was flat on the body, so you had to twist your neck to access it.
The screen can now be angled up to 7 degrees thanks to its improved hinge design. It not only improves your viewing angle, but it also improves airflow and closes the gap between it and the primary display. It's not seamless, but it's akin to wow because the frames on both screens are slim.
The ScreenPad Plus is recognized by Windows as a second monitor, and Asus' ScreenXpert 2.0 software can resize up to three windows on the ScreenPad to fit evenly across it. You may also use your fingertip to move windows between screens.
Asus also includes a number of utilities for the ScreenPad Plus, which may be accessed via an onscreen touch bar. You can use it to launch a number pad or turn it into a big touchpad with a three-finger tap. If you need to jot down a short note, sign a document, or just doodle, you can use the supplied active pen to write on it.
For Adobe Creative Cloud apps, a new Control Panel app for the ScreenPad Plus lets you customize dial, slider, and button decks. If you open Photoshop, for example, it will load a custom tool deck on the ScreenPad.
The keyboard and touchpad, though, are a trade-off for the extra display. To begin with, the touchpad is small and narrow, and I frequently press the right arrow key instead of the left button on the touchpad. There's also the issue of it being on the left side of the keyboard.
Muscle memory will not be your friend if you're switching from a traditional laptop configuration with the keyboard at the top and the touchpad at the bottom to the Duo 14. Memory is also expandable up to 32GB, although it is onboard and cannot be upgraded. If you require 16GB or 32GB, make sure it is included in your first setup. One final point: At 3.5 pounds (1.6 kilogrammes), the ZenBook Duo 14 is slightly heavier than the normal premium 14-inch laptop, but it's still light and thin at 16.9 millimetres (0.7 inch).