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Asus' insane dual-screen laptop streak continues with the Zephyrus Duo 15 for $2999 USD

Asus' insane dual-screen laptop streak continues with the Zephyrus Duo 15 for $2999 USD (Image source: Newegg)
Asus' insane dual-screen laptop streak continues with the Zephyrus Duo 15 for $2999 USD (Image source: Newegg)
Are laptops really better with two displays? At least one manufacturer is insisting on it. The high-power Zephyrus Duo 15 will offer a primary 15.6-inch FHD or 4K UHD display alongside a secondary 14.1-inch 3840 x 1100 touchscreen that tilts when opened.
Allen Ngo,

We gotta hand it to Asus for sticking to its guns and launching some of the most visually interesting laptops we've seen in a while. The 15.6-inch Zephyrus Duo 15 with secondary 14.1-inch Screenpad Plus display is now available for $3000 USD with SKUs reaching upwards of $3700.

The full specifications are listed below, but it's the design that will make readers look twice. The ScreenPad display pops upwards at an angle when the lid is opened to give the user a more direct view of the screen. Previously, the ScreenPad would be flat and always facing directly towards the ceiling like on the ZenBook Duo series. The subpar angle would inevitably introduce glare and cause apparent brightness to dip for a less-than-optimal viewing experience. This latest Zephyrus Duo 15 design addresses the core issue head on.

Other than the 14.1-inch 3840 x 1100 resolution ScreenPad, the hardware inside is essentially a high-end gaming laptop. Users can configure with up to the unlocked Core i9-10980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, and up to 48 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. The relatively large 90 Wh should hopefully provide decent runtimes.

At least three SKUs are currently open for pre-order across multiple online outlets.

SPECIFICATIONS

Processor Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i9-10980HK
Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i7-10875H
Graphics 
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER™, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER™, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Display Main Screen: 15.6” PANTONE® Validated, supports Microsoft Hybrid Graphics / G-SYNC switching
- 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz Adobe 100%, non-touchscreen
- FHD IPS 300 Hz sRGB 100% 3 ms, non-touchscreen
Memory 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz onboard, plus 1 x SODIMM slot up to 32 GB (supports up to 48 GB total)
 Storage 2 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe® PCIe®), PCIe® 3.0 x4 1 TB / 2 TB, supports RAID 0
 Keyboard Backlit chiclet keyboard, supports n-key, per-key with 1.4 mm key travel
 Audio 2 x speakers, ESS + Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification, supports smart amplifier, Nahimic Sonic Studio + ISST
Microsoft Cortana (far-field mic array)
Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth 2x2 multi-atenna WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth® 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C™, DisplayPort 1.4, TBT, PD input 20 V/3A;output 5 V/3A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (right)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (Bottom)
1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0b support)
2 x audio jack: mic-in & headphone, plus mic-in
1 x RJ45 LAN
Battery 90 Wh
Power Supply 240 W power adaptor
Supports USB-C™ Power Delivery 3.0 up to 65 W
Size 36 x 26.8 x 2.1 cm
Weight 5.29 lb
(Image source: Newegg)
(Image source: Newegg)

Fremont, CA, (June 22, 2020) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today launched the groundbreaking ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. The laptop has two integrated displays that fits in an ultraslim form factor, bringing a new dimension of versatility to premium gaming laptops without having to sacrifice any of the high-powered performance that defines ROG. It’s powerfully equipped with an innovative cooling system to optimize performance and has the portability to create, play, and stay productive anywhere you go.

ROG ScreenPad Plus unlocks endless possibilities
The 14.1-inch panel in ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the largest second display ever put in a production gaming laptop. As the laptop opens, the ROG ScreenPad Plus tilts up at a 13° angle for comfortable viewing and touchscreen interaction. The custom hinge staggers the rise of the display to prevent damage and incorporates curved sliders that delay the deployment of the secondary screen. The IPS panel stretches wide viewing angles across the full width of the body, and its 3840 x 1100 resolution boasts a high pixel density that delivers rich details, crisp text, and flowing lines at a smooth 60 Hz refresh rate.

ScreenPad Plus can be used to turn the primary display into a more immersive medium for gaming, streaming, and content creation. Users can get a more expansive view of their game, movie, or other media, while using the secondary screen to keep an eye on emails, social media, and more. The touchscreen also supports the ASUS Pen active stylus that makes scribbling and sketching seamless.

ROG is working with game developers like Techland to optimize AAA games like Dying Light 2, which artfully moves co-op chats to ScreenPad Plus for easy viewing, and adds touchscreen controls for easy switching between inventory items and quests. Gamer's can see real-time stats, build recommendations, and more — all to amplify the advantages that the multi-screen design offers.

The Task Group feature lets users take snapshots of app arrangements across both screens, and then open those apps instantly with a tap of its associated icon. ROG Armoury Crate has a built-in resource monitor that allows users to track vital stats like CPU and GPU frequencies at a glance. And streamers can run their broadcasts more easily with an interface optimized for the secondary screen thanks to Xsplit Gamecaster.
 
AAS Plus amplifies airflow
With AAS Plus, tilting the touchscreen at an angle opens a larger 28.5 mm air intake, and allows the fans to draw in cooler air from above the laptop instead of warmer air from beneath it. This massive air intake increases airflow by up to 30% over previous AAS implementations, improving performance and putting less strain on the internal cooling system. Decreased need for heat dissipation means that noise levels can be kept below 46 dB(A) in Turbo mode, and 43 dB(A) in Performance mode.
 
Go hi-res or hi-speed
Users can choose between an ultrafast 300 Hz / 3 ms gaming panel or a high-resolution 4K UHD display.
The 4K UHD display offers incredible visuals at the highest fidelity detail. Both of these displays are factory calibrated and PANTONE® Validated to guarantee color accuracy, but this particular panel also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. The wide gamut and accurate colors let gamers who are also creators produce work at a professional level.

Both primary display options use NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology to enable a uniquely engaging experience. G-SYNC synchronizes the refresh rate with the frame rate to eliminate tearing, minimize stuttering, and reduce input lag. A GPU switch exclusive to ROG lets users toggle between G-SYNC and Optimus modes depending on whether they want smoother gaming or longer battery life, reinforcing this laptop’s innate duality.
 
Super-powered speed
Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER makes everything fast and fluid. The GPU can hit peak clock speeds as high as 1330 MHz in Turbo mode.
The revolutionary Turing architecture behind the GeForce RTX series enables incredible visual realism and accelerate workloads like image processing, 3D modeling, and deep learning.
 
Boosted productivity
Up to an 8-core 10th Generation Intel® Core i9 CPU hits speeds as high as 5.3 GHz on a single core, and can engage up to 16 parallel threads with Hyper-Threading technology to power through heavy duty tasks.

With up to 48 GB of combined onboard and SO-DIMM memory, Zephyrus Duo 15 is ready for multitasking mastery across multiple displays. Its DDR4-3200 RAM outpaces the old 2666 MHz standard, improving system speed and responsiveness.

Two nimble NVM Express® PCIe® x4 SSDs run in RAID 0 to provide plenty of high-speed storage. With up to 2 TB of capacity, gamers and creators can take their entire game library and professional portfolio wherever they go.

USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) with Thunderbolt 3 offers versatile connectivity for a wide range of powerful accompaniments. With peak theoretical interface bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps – 4X the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard – Thunderbolt 3 can balance multiple performance-hungry devices and drive external displays up to 8K resolution.
 
Revolutionary cooling
The CPU of Zephyrus Duo 15 is coated with Thermal Grizzly’s liquid metal compound instead of standard thermal paste. The cooling module strategically snakes five heat pipes to draw degrees from the CPU, GPU, and surrounding power circuitry. Dual n-Blade fans circulate air with superslim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s strong enough to withstand high spin speeds. A mesh cover guards the fans against anything that pokes into the AAS vent.

Zephyrus Duo 15 has multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode sacrifices a touch of speed to keep acoustics low. Performance mode offers the horsepower needed for high gaming frame rates without too much noise. Turbo mode dials the CPU up to full power and reaches higher speeds with a louder fan profile.

Available through the ROG Armoury Crate utility, Scenario Profiles lets users link individual games and programs to specific operating modes, lighting effects, and other settings.
 
Accuracy, comfort, and durability are key
To keep hands away from the warmest parts of the machine and create more space for ScreenPad Plus, the keyboard is shifted forward. The design lets wrists sit on the table, like with a desktop keyboard, and there's a detachable palm rest to improve user comfort.

A handful of keyboard enhancements upgrade the input area below the touchscreen. The separated groups of function keys are easier to intuitively identify. Dedicated hotkeys put volume and microphone mute within easy reach. ROG Overstroke technology lifts the actuation point of the underlying switches for a more responsive experience and multi-key inputs are more accurate. The touchpad tucked neatly to the right of the keys lights up a digital numeric keypad with the press of a button.

Per-key RGB is great for highlighting critical commands and time-saving shortcuts. It can be used to streamline workflows or just coordinate RGB lighting across an ecosystem of Aura Sync peripheral devices.

Stay active anywhere with portable power
Stay productive with Zephyrus Duo’s high-capacity 90 Wh battery. The laptop can also charge via USB Power Delivery, so users can take care of lighter work with a 65 W USB-C adapter that’s much smaller than the standard unit required for full performance. If the battery runs low and there's no free socket available, users can buy time by charging from a compatible USB power pack.

The ins and outs of on-the-go gaming
The USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with Thunderbolt 3 supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4, and can be used to connect a G-SYNC desktop monitor. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b output capable of driving a 60 Hz signal for 4K UHD monitors and TVs. Three Type-A USB ports accommodate additional peripherals, including a mouse, gamepad, and VR tracking.

Zephyrus Duo 15 features superfast WiFi 6 (802.11ax). It also reduces latency and expands upstream capacity, which provides more bandwidth for livestreaming.

Two audio jacks make it easier to connect a standalone microphone and headset for streaming or voice chat, and a premium ESS Sabre DAC elevates the experience for gamers with high-end headphones. The hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range. Combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound, spatial immersion in games and virtual reality is deeper. Hi-Res Audio certification guarantees full-quality audio and other media, providing rich and detailed sound.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-06-22 (Update: 2020-06-22)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.