Inside ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402) – disassembly and upgrade options
The Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402) is quite an innovative machine, which gets a lot of boxes checked. However, upgradability is a bit overlooked.
1. Remove the bottom plate
To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 10 Torx-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and lift it away from the chassis.
Inside, we see a 76Wh battery pack. It lasts for 7 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 6 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. To take it out, unplug the battery connector by pulling the metal retention bracket. Then, undo all 4 Phillips-head screws that hold it in place.
3. Memory and storage
Here, the memory is soldered to the motherboard. The maximum available configuration comes with 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, working in quad-channel mode. Storage-wise, you get one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, which supports Gen 4 drives.
4. Cooling system
The cooling here comprises two heat pipes, two heat sinks, and two fans. In addition, there are heat spreaders above the VRMs and the graphics memory.
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED (UX8402, 12th Gen Intel) in-depth review
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- Deep blacks and infinite contrast ratio
- 100% DCI-P3 coverage from the main panel (Samsung ATNA45AF01-0 (SDC416D))
- 120Hz refresh rate with crazy fast pixel response times (Samsung ATNA45AF01-0 (SDC416D))
- Surprising performance
- ScreenPad Plus experience
- Exceptional concept
- Loud and dynamic speakers
- Includes a stylus and a stand
- Rigid build quality
- 2x Thunderbolt 4 + MicroSD card slot + HDMI 2.1 connector
- IR face recognition
- Soldered memory
- Uncomfortable keyboard and touchpad location
- Gets pretty warm during long gaming sessions
- Average battery life