Best Dual Screen Laptop for Stock Trading
Best Dual Screen Laptop | Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED Review
Two-minute review of the best dual screen laptop for stock trading
Availability and price
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 (UX582L) starts at $2,299 and includes an Intel Core i7-10870H processor, RTX 3070 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 vRAM, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD.
The device I reviewed has the same specifications as the above but has an Intel Core i9-10980HK processor and 32GB RAM. For those added features, the price jumps to $3,099.
However, this isn't the priciest stock trading laptop I've seen. The HP ZBook Studio G7 has a cheaper beginning price, while the Acer ConceptD 7 is significantly more expensive on the high end, and I'd argue that the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 is probably even more functional, albeit not as powerful.
The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15's design will stand out regardless, but there are a few other features that will make it a laptop you'll want to show off.
The chassis is a tough, well-made item with a pleasing celestial blue brushed magnesium-aluminum finish that is appealing to the eye, which serves as a great introduction to the rest of the world before the secondary display, which lifts up to a comfortable angle when the lid is opened.
The lack of airflow intake on the underside may lead you to believe that this laptop runs hot, but that this isn't the case thanks to enough venting from the side vents and vents beneath the secondary display.
Because the display is taking up a lot of space where the keyboard deck would typically be, the keyboard and trackpad on the bottom part are pretty tight. Unfortunately, writing is the only creative activity for which this laptop is not well suited.
The laptop itself is quite thick, measuring 0.85 inches (21.5mm) when closed, and weighing 5.16 pounds (2.34kg), it'll feel like a brick if you take it with you on the road, especially since you'll be bringing the power supply (which is an actual brick with some hefty cords attached) with you.
The accompanying pen responds well to both displays, so stylus wizards will get a lot of use out of it, assuming the AAA battery doesn't die. On the plus side, if the battery runs out, you can simply replace it and get back to work. On the downside, you'll have to replace the battery to get back to work, and if you don't have one, you're out of luck.
One of the ZenBook Duo Pro 15's main flaws is its lack of connectors, which includes the utter lack of any form of SD card slot. If you're a photographer or videographer, your work will require the use of a dongle or wireless/cloud transfer. Thunderbolt 3 ports are also available, not the newer Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Performance of the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED
One of the biggest selling aspects of the Asus ZenBook Duo Pro 15 (UX582L) is its performance, but it's also one of the major factors blocking it from capturing the creative crown fully.
On the plus side, the RTX 3070 GPU and Intel Core i9 processor, aided by 32GB RAM, deliver absolutely outstanding performance on a variety of content creation activities. Opening and navigating between more than a dozen high-resolution photographs in Adobe Photoshop was speedy and responsive, especially for a laptop.
There are, however, better creative workstations out there, such as the Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021), which has a Pantone-validated 4K OLED display, though it is slightly larger at 17.3 inches, and can go as high as an RTX 3080 GPU, which solidly outperforms the RTX 3070 in the ZenBook Duo Pro 15 (as it should), and whose 64GB RAM scoffs at all your Chrome tabs and Adobe Photoshop canvases.
However, even genuinely premium mobile creative workstations, such as the Create G7 and ConceptD 7, don't quite match the ZenBook Duo Pro 15, despite costing far more and lacking the adaptability of the ZenBook Duo Pro 15.
Overall, it wouldn't be a contest if the ZenBook Duo Pro 15 had the latest hardware and some more premium component options, such as an RTX 3080, but some creative professionals, such as 3D animators or game developers, will find more powerful options on the market that are better suited to their work, even if they cost a little more.
Even with a 92WHr battery, the Asus ZenBook Duo Pro 15 (UX582L) won't last long while operating two 4K OLED displays, especially without an 11th-Gen Intel processor with Intel Evo certification.
To its credit, the ZenBook Duo Pro 15's battery performance was very steady regardless of task, lasting four hours. Unfortunately, you won't be spending much time away from an outlet with this one because it's still not very good.
Microphone and Webcam
The webcam on the Asus ZenBook Duo Pro 15 (UX582L) is the typical 720p you'll find on even the best Windows laptops, so we can't really complain about the poor image quality — small bezels come at a price, folks.
The lack of a physical camera shutter is something I will critique. Yes, you can turn off your webcam by pressing F10, but if someone manages to remotely get into your computer, software controls are useless, and they'll have full access to your webcam, with everything that entails. That's not good.
Physical camera shutters should be the only acceptable option in this day and age, and because many other laptop manufacturers have found ways to make these shutters work on a variety of laptops, we'll continue to expect other laptop manufacturers to do the same.
On the plus side, the IR webcam is Windows Hello compatible, and we had no issues with its performance throughout our video calls.
The microphone is certainly fine for the basic functionality we've all grown accustomed to over the previous year and a half, but if your content creation includes streaming or audio recording, we don't think we need to remind you that you'll want to invest in one of the best USB mics available.
Features and software
There should be no bloatware on a laptop this pricey, and the Asus ZenBook Duo Pro 15 (UX582L) comes close. There are only a few preinstalled apps on the system, but they are all standard manufacturer apps like MyAsus or the Nvidia Control Panel. The system is basically clean otherwise.
The big exception is McAfee Antivirus, which is a simple enough uninstall (which you should do, it's near the bottom of our best antivirus software rankings), but McAfee uses obnoxiously-bright red desktop notification popups to try to get you to buy a subscription once the trial period expires, almost as if it needs to remind you to uninstall it.
To be honest, it feels like the bloatware equivalent of robocalls informing you that your car's extended warranty has expired and that you must call them right away. It's beyond us why something like this is allowed on a $3,000 laptop, but it's a horrible look for a luxury laptop.
Reasons to Buy
You need a lot of 4K screen real estate.
The ZenBook Duo Pro 15's second 4K screen isn't simply a gimmick; it provides capability unavailable on any other laptop.
You require a capable creative workstation.
With an RTX 3070, a powerful Intel processor, and lots of RAM, there's not much this laptop can't handle.
A bright OLED display is required.
For graphic design or photo and video editing, the ZenBook Duo Pro 15's Pantone-validated displays provide a clean, bright, and accurate colorscape.
Reasons not to buy
You can't spend all day plugged into a wall outlet.
The ZenBook Duo Pro 15's battery life is barely half-day, therefore full-day battery life is unlikely.
You type just as much as you draw with the stylus.
Most users will find the cramped keyboard and trackpad difficult to adjust to, and others may find the keys and trackpad simply too tight to use efficiently.
You have a limited budget.
The ZenBook Duo Pro 15 starts at $2,299, and the most expensive variant costs just over $3,000. This is a significant investment.