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The 8 Best Dual Screen Laptops of 2022

An incredible innovation for serious users: We review the best

Dual Screen Laptop

We have significantly updated this article in July 2022. There’s been a huge wave of new dual-screen models that we’ve reviewed, many of which have overtaken our previous top picks. Now is a great time to buy in this market, with the latest versions offering tons of value and no superior improvements in sight.

Of all the innovative portable technology we’ve come across, nothing meets the “once you use it, you’ll struggle to go back” category more than a dual-screen laptop.

These revolutionary setups include a second monitor underneath your main display.

Back in 2019 when introduced, some sites wrote off dual display laptops as a gimmick or distraction.

But with the recent new iterations and dramatic improvement in their quality, as well as more publications actually getting to try them, it is fast becoming the next generation of laptops for video editing, productivity, and even gaming/general use.

We’ve reviewed the latest and greatest models. Today’s feature is here to guide you through the best options available today for your different needs and budgets.

1

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582

Overall Best Dual Screen Laptop

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX582

Our Rating: 10/10

2

asus zenbook duo

Best Cheap Dual Screen Laptop

ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482

Our Rating: 9.5/10

3

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

Best Dual Screen Gaming Laptop

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

Our Rating: 9.75/10

4

OMEN X 2S

Alternative Gaming Pick

OMEN X 2S

Our Rating: 6/10

5

Thinkbook Plus Gen 2 2

Best Dual Screen Laptop for Business

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2

Our Rating: 8.5/10

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582

Overall Best Dual Screen Laptop: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX582

2022 mid-year update: A new set of Pro Duo models have been released with significantly updated CPUs. We’ve updated our review and links to reflect the best new choices.

Don’t be dissuaded by this new model having a low amount of customer reviews, it’s the latest version available with upgraded specs and comes from a long line of Pro Duo models with 1,000s of positive reviews (such as this one from 2021).

Also, while the RTX 3060 version is our top pick to balance price and capability, if you have a larger budget or need the most graphical capability possible (e.g. gamers), you would do well to invest in the RTX 3080 version, which is one of the most powerful laptops available on the market today (but rest assured, if you can’t stretch your budget this far, the 3060 version is our top choice for a reason).

There are multiple great options in the multi-screen laptop space, but unless you’re on a tight budget or are looking for gaming, nothing comes close to the ZenBook Pro Duo.

There is so much to love about this offering, but let’s start with the obvious…

The included ASUS ScreenPad Plus is the best second monitor available today. Its specs and software capability combine to provide unmatched productivity options for creatives/professionals compared to any other laptop technology we’ve used.

Boasting 4K OLED IPS touchscreens for both your main screen (3840×2160) & the ScreenPad Plus (3840×1100) with excellent HDR capability, bright 400-nits and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, these displays are all capable of an incredible picture.

We really appreciate how ASUS has matched the specs of the main screen with the secondary monitor. Not only do they both have wonderful pictures suitable for professionals, media, and gamers alike, but there are also tons of pre-built and customizable utilities across applications:

  • For photographers, artists, and other designers -> You have the capability to use the second screen for most of your UI (clearing up the main screen), specific favorite shortcuts, and/or a zoomed version of your picture/design for detail touch-up.
  • For programmers – > Code windows can be extended by nearly 50% or the bottom panel can be used to display debugs, previews (or even a video call if you’re multi-tasking).
  • For general use -> Quick app accessibility, displaying the same content across multiple screens, writing notes while watching a main-screen video, the possibilities are huge.

We could go on for music producers, video editors, and many more, but you probably get the idea.

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Source: alfredator

Nearly every popular program today (from Photoshop to Visual Studio) has customizability to get the setup you want with your screen layout.  The Pro Duo makes this easier with plenty of presets available.

With the inclusion of the high-quality active stylus and excellent pressure variability on both screens, we really can’t think of a type of user that will be left wanting more from a design/note-taking perspective either.

Ergonomically, the setup feels carefully designed for your head to alternate between the two screens without discomfort, with a very thin bezel between the two displays and a slight tilt in the bottom half of the laptop to create a more comfortable angle (these may sound minor, but its subtle features like this that can make or break an experience long-term, and ASUS has refined the Duo in these important nuanced ways).

We will say that if you’re the sort of user that likes to use their laptop on their actual lap, the Pro Duo can feel a bit clunky. It’s definitely more of a desk/table setup.

What makes this offering extra special is the fantastic specs that match the high-quality external setup.

Led by a powerful Intel 12th gen core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and a very capable RTX 3060 GPU, the machine is clearly made with smooth operation in mind, including decent hardware for 4k video editing, advanced designers, and gamers.

With an enormous 1TB PCIe solid-state drive included, we’re pleased to see the storage solution is appropriately sized for creative demands too.

Which Pro Duo version to purchase?

If you search through Amazon, you’ll see a ton of different Pro Duo models. Many sound similar but actually boast outdated CPUs & GPUs. I’d recommend following our updated links to the latest versions we’ve reviewed.

I chose to feature the RTX 3060 model as I believe it represents the best balance between price and utility that most users will want.

If you’re using your laptop for high-end professional work (or simply want the most powerful version), you could opt for the RTX 3080 + 32GB RAM model. This is a great upgrade, but I think it may be overkill for many non-gamers.

If gaming is your main focus, you can get a lot done on either the 3060 or 3080 Pro Duos, with the latter performing about 40% better in gaming benchmarks. We would say, however, that the new Zephyrus Duo 16 we recommend further below would be the ideal pick for gamers.

ASUS has announced a new Pro Duo 14 OLED model; with a slightly smaller, brighter screen that has decreased the resolution to 2.8K in aid of a 120hz refresh rate (alongside a few tiny quality-of-life improvements).

We don’t know what the release date of this version is yet (likely late 2022/early 2023) but we would say it’s not worth waiting out for. The 3060/3080 versions we recommend here are both new 2022 models and will have very similar specs to the upcoming 14-inch version. In addition, the improvements are negligible and many will even prefer the existing 4k 60Hz screen over the new 2.8K 120hz display.

Is there anything we don’t like about the Pro Duo?

Well, to be honest; very little. This dual-screen ASUS laptop excels across the board.

One thing we would point out is a challenge you will get with most dual-screen laptops; the keyboard placement requires some getting used to.

Because these laptops have a second screen built-in, the keyboard is pushed to the very bottom of the machine, and the trackpad to the right (instead of its usual under-keyboard alignment).

Mostly, it just requires some muscle-memory relearning to get used to the new trackpad placement.

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The Pro Duo has a lot of gaming potential – Source: aryaan04

Price-wise, yes this is an expensive laptop, but with everything on offer, we are pleasantly surprised by the value included.

When you consider the great CPU, RAM, GPU & storage accompanying the machine’s base specs and how both displays are some of the most beautiful 4k screens we’ve come across, it doesn’t feel like you’re just paying an unfair premium for the second display.

If you are a productivity user, we think the combination of powerful specs and the utility of the ScreenPad Plus could be treated as an investment that can markedly improve your output.

Still, we appreciate this not everyone will have the budget for this, and some of our options below (including the next one) are notably cheaper for you.

The battery life ranges from about 3-5 hours depending on usage. This is disappointing compared to an average laptop, but considering the power draw required for 2 bright, high-res displays, it’s nice to see it can still clock a few hours.

Finally, the Pro Duo has the build quality we hope for from a premium laptop. With a full aluminum exterior, very high-quality hinges, a tactile/satisfying keyboard, and a striking design, this is a rugged product that feels built for longevity.

It even demonstrates this by meeting the US MIL-STD 810G military-grade standard, a certification that involves tests with high pressures, salt fog, light rain/water spray, and certain levels of mechanical shock.

We’re pleased by the thermal design which does a decent job at keeping the system under control. Benchmarks have recorded high temperatures during very demanding activity, but never beyond the realm of normality for a powerful PC.

With everything said, we are simply floored by what a fantastic offering the ZenBook Pro Duo is.

Ticking pretty much every box we could hope for in displays, specs, software, and build quality, this is not just our top pick for the best dual-screen laptop available today, but one of the best PCs available in any category.

Our Rating: 10/10

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