ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV-XB74T is a great laptop for graphic design with a beautiful look and powerful performance. ASUS calls it “The Laptop of Tomorrow” since it comes as a blended of great specs and stylish design. Aside, this laptop also comes with some pretty striking differences compared to laptops on the market today. Do you want to know what the differences are? Let’s continue reading this review.
Inside this laptop, a 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H becomes the main processor. This hexa-core CPU features 12 threads, 12 MB cache memory, and draws 45 Watts of power. The frequency starts from 2.60 GHz. When in turbo mode, it can achieve up to a maximum of 4.50 GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost Technology. This processor also features the integrated graphics card, the Intel UHD Graphics 630. The processor above allows you to do almost everything you need to do with this laptop. The graphics tasks, such as making or editing videos, 3D rendering, or illustrating will run smoothly and need less time.
ASUS also equips this laptop with a discrete graphics card, NVDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6. It features advanced technologies and will give the best visuals for graphic design laptop. Those who work much with graphics and design will get many advantages.
The system memory on this Zenbook is a DDR4-2666 MHz RAM module with a capacity of 16 GB. This actually will meet the needs of many users and very helpful for doing the tasks said above. Not like other powerful laptops today, such as the MSI WS65 9TM-857 and Gigabyte AERO 15 Classic-SA-U73ADW, its memory system cannot be upgraded. So, for those who need a laptop with more capacity of RAM, ASUS provides Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV-XB94T. It has 32 GB of RAM and a Core i9 processor but it costs about $500 more.
As for storage space, ASUS equips this ZenBook with 1-terabyte PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive. It should be enough to keep tons of documents and media files. However, if it is not enough for you, then you can replace it with any M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 model. Remember, always use the high-speed unit.
The picture quality is almost flawless. There are two 4K displays on ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV-XB74T. The first is a 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge OLED HDR main display surrounded by very thin bezels. It has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. This glossy touchscreen will provide ultra-vivid colors and deep blacks.
Another display is the ScreenPad which lies extending between the hinges and the keyboard. This 14-inch 4K matte touchscreen features a resolution of 3840 x 1110 and IPS tech. This tech provides contrast color and sharp image even when viewed from extreme angles. The ScreenPad has some useful functionality such as below :
App Switcher – drag an app or window onto the App Switcher icon and launch it on ScreenPad Plus for multi-window experience
ViewMax – maximize the viewing experience by dragging an app onto the ViewMax to extend the screen to secondary display ScreenPad Plus
Organizer – drag apps or Windows on ScreenPad and let the organizer sorts them as the way you want
Task Group – customize the multi-screen setups that you use the most and access with a quick tap on Task Group icon
Hand-Writing – take note, sketch and edit on ScreenPad Plus with bundled ASUS pen or active stylus
App Navigator – tap the App Navigator icon to view all open apps or windows on ScreenPad Plus- one tap to launch, close or move onto the main display
The touchpad is integrated with the virtual number pad, sits on the right side of the keyboard. The surface is smooth and both functions work well and comfortably. With the size of 2.48 x 2.39 inches, the touchpad is rather smaller compared to other laptops. However, it is actually enough as for NumPad.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV-XB74T has enough interface options for daily tasks. One of them, the Thunderbolt 3 port, enables you to have high-speed transfer rates. So, all the available options are :
1 x USB C Thunderbolt 3 port
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Combo Jack
This notebook also comes with a stylus pen, makes it ready as a laptop for graphic design.
Networking comes with the latest in wireless connectivity. This ZenBook features an 802.11ax Intel Wi-Fi card. It offers reduced latency (down 75%) and improves transfer speeds up to 30-40% compared to the 802.11ac. This laptop features Bluetooth 5.0 technology as well.
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo measures 14.0 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches and weighs 5.5 lbs. It is heavier compared to most 15.6 inch laptops, even than some workstations, for example, the 17.3 inch MSI P75 Creator weighs 4.8 pounds. It can be understood because having two fully functioning touchscreens will increase weight, too. Some say that it is not a good travel mate since it is too heavy to carry everywhere. In my opinion, it is a nice portable device for work. Yes, it is a bit heavier. However considering its capability for working during outdoor or on the go, then it shouldn’t be a problem. It is an effective work travel companion. But indeed, this laptop seems a bit too heavy to be a travel companion while on vacation.
The battery inside is a 71Whr, 8-cell Li-ion battery pack. It will power the device about 5-6 hours of average use, such as editing documents, internet browsing, streaming some media content, and else. However, it will drop significantly when you are doing some heavy work while unplugged.
At last, I can say that ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV-XB74T is a valuable laptop. It is worth every penny. This laptop is well-suited especially for those whose work is related to graphics and design such as, photographers, architects, designers, engineers, and else. They can take many advantages of this dual-display laptop.
Summary of ASUS ZENBOOK PRO DUO UX581GV-XB74T
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H/Hexa-Core/2.60GHz - 4.50 GHz/12MB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4-2666 MHz RAM|
|Storage||1TB PCIe M.2 SSD|
|Graphics Processor||NVDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6|
|Display||15.6-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED HDR Touchscreen Display
14-inch 4K (3840 x 1110) IPS Touchscreen Display (ScreenPad)
|I/O Options||1 x USB C Thunderbolt 3 port
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Audio Combo Jack
|Networking||802.11ax Intel Wi-Fi
|Battery||71Whr, 8-cell Li-ion battery (5-6 hours)|
|Dimensions||14.0 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches|