The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the ZenBook Pro Duo but with ROG’s DNA
If you wanted the dual-screen functionality of the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo but thought that the GeForce RTX 2060 was too weak for you, then this might just be the perfect laptop for you. This is the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, but with a good dose of ROG’s innovation to give rise to the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15.
The main difference coming from the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo comes down to the design of the secondary display, dubbed the ROG ScreenPad Plus. Instead of having the entire laptop’s lower half raised with the ASUS ErgoLift mechanism, the ROG team designed the Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) Plus system to raise the 14.1″ ROG ScreenPad Plus by 13° as you open the laptop.
As you might expect of a ROG product, there will always be some performance-oriented feature hiding somewhere. Under the secondary display also lies intake vents for cooling, which is what AAS Plus is about. With this new system, airflow is improved by up to 30% over previous AAS implementations. Thanks to being able to breathe better, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 can run more quietly, with ROG quoting a 46 dB(A) figure even in Turbo mode. Considering that you can configure the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 with an 8-core 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and a GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, that’s an impressive figure. And of course, there’s the new Conductonaut liquid metal replacing the standard thermal paste for better cooling efficiency too.
To better make use of the secondary display, ROG worked with developers like Techland to optimize Dying Light 2 to take advantage of the secondary display by moving co-op chats and adding touchscreen control for the inventory and quests. They have also worked with Overwolf to let gamers download apps to see real-time stats in games like League of Legends, Fortnite and CS:GO. Creators can also take advantage of the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15’s ROG ScreenPad Plus just like they can with the ZenBook Pro Duo’s ScreenPad Plus, with it supporting the ASUS Pen active stylus too for seamless scribbling and sketching.
For the main display, users can choose between two display options for the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15: a 1080p 300 Hz / 3ms gaming panel or a 4K UHD panel which is oriented towards creators. Both display options are factory calibrated and PANTONE Validated too, but the 4K UHD panel gets the advantage of 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut. In addition to the accurate colors, both display options support NVIDIA G-SYNC, with a twist. ROG implemented a proprietary GPU switch to toggle between G-SYNC and Optimus modes, without having to go through a full system restart, letting you immediately switch between fluid tear-free gaming with G-SYNC or improved efficiency with Optimus. Meanwhile, the ROG ScreenPad Plus is a 14.1″ display with a 3840 x 1100 resolution and a 60 Hz refresh rate. There’s a matte coating too to allow for a smooth touch experience while also avoiding glare.
ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Specs
|CPU||10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK (8C/16T @ 5.3 GHz) /
10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H (8C/16T @ 5.1 GHz)
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER /
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200 MHz onboard
(1 x SO-DIMM slot up to 32GB)
|Storage||2 x M.2 slots (Support 2 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe)
RAID 0 support
15.6″ 4K IPS display, 60 Hz, 100% Adobe RGB
15.6″ FHD IPS display, 300 Hz, 100% sRGB
14.09″ UHD IPS display, 60 Hz, NTSC 72%, touchscreen
|I/O Port||1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Thunderbolt 3, USB-PD)
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x mic-in
1 x combo jack
1 x RJ45 LAN
|Audio||2 x speakers, ESS + Hi-Res Audio|
|Communication||WiFi 6 (2 x 2)
240W power adapter
USB-PD up to 65W
|Dimensions||360 x 268 x 21 mm|
With so much innovation crammed into the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, you can expect that prices would also be relatively high. How much do you think the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 will cost when it finally arrives here in Malaysia?
Pokdepinion: While the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo was decent for gaming, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is definitely better optimized for gamers. And that sweet AAS Plus… I wonder how much better temps will we see?