By TechThop Team
Posted on: 27 Jul, 2022
We recently talked about the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED UX8402. In addition to featuring the company's iconic dual-screen design, that laptop also makes use of the new AAS Ultra hinge - which is a dual-hinge.
The opinions expressed here are based on my personal experience and preferences, and yours may differ. his laptop's AAS Ultra hinge is its main highlight. Upon opening the lid, the entire keyboard lifts about 7°. You may like this or not depending on how you use your keyboard.
The latter category applies to me, as I prefer my wrist to be as flat as possible. I use this laptop's keyboard by twisting my wrist upwards. By the way, your wrists should be neutral or flat to ensure proper ergonomics.
In addition, the keys themselves are quite stiff. Typing on the angled keyboard is exhausting. By the way, the part where my arm touches the edge of the laptop is too sharp and created a line. It's just that I don't like this angled keyboard.
ASUS' 30th-anniversary logo also lights up in RGB on the lid. Because the software considers the logo part of the keyboard's lighting system, it cannot be configured.
Trackpads follow. Asus enlarged the trackpad by a lot since the keyboard was moved high. There is a vibration motor on the trackpad that makes it feel good when we click on it. NumberPad is also included.
The ASUS Dial was also added to this laptop by ASUS. The ASUS Dial does have a new 'single functionality' mode now, but it works mostly the same as the ASUS Dials on other laptops.
However, the location could be improved. Due to the way my left hand is positioned on the keyboard, part of my wrist will always touch the ASUS Dial. Despite my best efforts, I cannot use the keyboard properly because of the angle.
Because of its location, the ASUS Dial cannot be used alongside keyboard shortcuts when editing videos. My use case is simple - I want to remove all the excess from a video using Premiere Pro. Since the ASUS Dial is located in a tight space, I can't use both the ASUS Dial and keyboard shortcuts simultaneously.
My preference is the location of the ASUS Dial on something like the ASUS ProArt Studio book 16 OLED H5600 or the ASUS Vivobook Pro 14X OLED N7400. Fortunately, the middle button on the ASUS Dial of this laptop is tactile.
However, the screen will wobble around, making it unfun. Earlier this year, we reviewed the ProArt Studio book 16 OLED H5600, which is compatible with the ASUS Pen 2.0.
On the lowest graphic setting, Halo Infinite gives me around 40 frames per second, and I enjoyed it very much. It still gets around 45fps at the highest graphical setting in Genshin Impact. I tried playing GTA V with medium graphics settings and still didn't get 30 frames per second.
Moreover, the AAS Ultra hinge design created a huge gap at the back of the laptop, allegedly providing better cooling, but as we can see from these numbers, the chip will still get hot. The fan speed, however, isn't whiny.
A very strange feature I would like to point out is the double brightness slider. Previously, I mentioned that the screen would operate in two modes. As it turns out, the MyASUS utility has another brightness slider to lower the brightness during DC dimming.
There is also a role played by Microsoft Windows in this, so some sort of communication is essential. There is no way to upgrade this system. The SSD is the only component not soldered to the motherboard.
There is no warranty sticker on the SSD screw, unlike the ASUS Pro 14 Duo OLED UX8402. The discrepancy is beyond my comprehension.
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