ASUS Zenbook Duo OLED 2024 review: laptop of the year?

ASUS knocks it out of the park with a dual-screened delight.

An ASUS Zenbook Duo OLED 2024 laptop on a white table
(Image: © Ian Evenden)

Our Verdict

Forget 2-in-1s, this is a 1-in-2: a laptop with two OLED touchscreens that allows you incredible flexibility in how you set it up, means you don’t need to carry a portable external monitor around with you, and comes with enough power and storage to make meaningful creative work on the move not only possible but actually enjoyable. The ZenBook Duo OLED is one of the few times we’ve looked at the price of a £2,000 laptop, then at our bank balance, and thought ‘actually, maybe it is worth that’.

For

  • Futuristic form factor
  • Powerful components
  • Fun to use

Against

  • Kind of expensive
  • Two screens can drain the battery
  • Picky about chargers

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Whenever anything arrives that’s a little bit different, which offers a hint of a step forward in technology design or function, you immediately start looking for the compromise. In the ASUS Zenbook Duo OLED 2024 model, we found none.

This is a remarkable laptop. One of the very best to have ever passed through the large sliding doors of the Creative Bloq Hardware Labs. The white-coated geeks who toil there amid fountains of dry ice and those crackly plasma balls that were all the rage in the ‘80s searched it all over for flaws, and came up empty. The worst thing we can say about it is that, if you’re using both its OLED screens and have a 1440p ultrawide monitor connected to the HDMI port as well, the mouse pointer can get a bit jumpy as the integrated GPU strains to keep up. That’s it. We’d expected the Duo to have poor battery life, but you’ll get more than 12 hours out of the 75Wh battery when using it in laptop mode, though opening up the second screen will lower this.

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CPU:Intel Core Ultra 9 185H
GPU:Intel Arc Graphics
RAM:32GB
Storage:2TB SSD
Screen:2x 14in 2880x1800 120Hz OLED
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.1, 3.5mm combo jack
Dimensions31.35 x 21.79 x 1.46cm
Weight:1.65kg
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ASUS Zenbook Duo OLED 2024: benchmark scoring
Cinebench R23:Single-core: 1,701Multi-core: 9,437
Cinebench 2024:Single-core: 105Multi-core: 607
PC Mark 10:Test: 6,430Battery: 12h 20m
Geekbench 6:Single-core: 2,340Multi-core: 11,259
Row 4 - Cell 0 GPU: 29,737Row 4 - Cell 2
Handbrake: 7m 21sRow 5 - Cell 2
The Verdict
5

out of 10

Asus Zenbook Pro Duo OLED

Forget 2-in-1s, this is a 1-in-2: a laptop with two OLED touchscreens that allows you incredible flexibility in how you set it up, means you don’t need to carry a portable external monitor around with you, and comes with enough power and storage to make meaningful creative work on the move not only possible but actually enjoyable. The ZenBook Duo OLED is one of the few times we’ve looked at the price of a £2,000 laptop, then at our bank balance, and thought ‘actually, maybe it is worth that’.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.