Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550) Review

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

Hi I'm Matthew buzzy here with a laptop it's probably not like anything you've ever seen before this is the asou sorrow Jesus duo 15 a gaming laptop that shares something in common with a Seuss's own Zen book line but has its own twist on it now it might not surprise you that this is a more premium laptop it has a $3,000 starting price and our test unit was a $3,700 configuration for that much you get a core online processor 32 gigabytes of RAM and NVIDIA r-tx 2080 supermax q GPU and 2 terabytes of storage as well as a 4k display rest assured those parts do deliver

High-end gaming experience of blistering fast speed and high frame rates and games as well as good performance across the board the star of the show is the secondary screen and that's what kind of sets his laptop apart the Zen Book Pro duo series from the Seuss has a similar type of display its full width across the body here but it doesn't tilt up an angle at you which is really the unique feature which also allows for additional cooling since this is a gaming laptop it gets very hot while you're gaming that's one of the main challenges of creating a thin gaming laptop but the extra room

Here allows the top vents to take in cool air underneath this display and then exhausted out the back on the side so it kind of turns the Tilted display which makes it easier to see into an additional advantage with the cooling now the burning question is what does the screen use for and is it worthwhile I don't think anyone needs this display I do think it's very impressive and it's a really cool feat of Engineering especially on a laptop that's this thin and light it's 5.3 pounds it you can see how thin it is so I admire that about the design but the screen itself is more

Of a bonus of a luxury if you can't afford a laptop this expensive already you can use this built-in display like you would any secondary monitor you can drag and drop windows onto it you can put apps there that sit there persistently while you're gaming on the main screen that's sort of the real use case since this is the gaming monitor if you wanted to have discord up on the bottom so you could see your friends chat or Spotify to control your music or really any other chat service or reference for whatever game you're playing that you want to have up on the

Second screen without minimizing you can put that all in the bottom screen you can drag and drop straight to it there's also a quick tool bar that lets you select the button and pops it down onto the screen for you so you don't drag it every time and since it the touch screen they include this cool launcher for your apps instead so the functionality here is really only limited by your use cases I mean these are all luxuries it's a really expensive gaming laptop that no one needs but they're really cool luxuries a really cool bonus is I think this is a

Difficult concept to pull off it's a smart concept but it's hard to execute well I could have seen this going badly but it's really streamlined it's simple the laptop itself is nicely built and I kind of find myself liking it a lot this is the like kind of laptop you'd see in a sci-fi movie or TV show and I think having it come to life albeit at a high price is really impressive so to sacrifice for the location of the screen and the cooling the keyboard is pushed down further than you're used to seeing on a laptop and a touchpad is relegated to the bottom right corner

We've seen this on other Asuza first laptops but it takes a little getting used to I kept finding myself reaching for the middle remembering it's not there it's a little skinny but it works and you're probably gonna be using a mouse most of the time with a laptop like this you have a pretty full complement of ports on this laptop again despite the relatively thin size one side just has the audio jacks with a power connector another has two USB ports and a USB C port and the back end has a Ethernet jack and HDMI connection and another USB port as for the battery

Life I didn't really expect it to be that great because it has really powerful components at a 4k display but actually ran for a little over six hours on our rundown test that's not bad that was what the second screen turned off which you can do with a button above the touchpad I feel like if you're in a scenario where you're trying to conserve battery you might not need the second screen on that's kind of a waste I did turn it off on a second run and it cut about an hour and a half off at the time so one thing to note here is there's no webcam not really sure why issues

Decided not to include one not the first time you've seen them do that recently but yeah no webcam in the system and a time where everyone's working from home maybe not the best exclusion but I don't make the rules finally just to hop back to the particulars of our review configuration the core I nine CPU is blistering fast across the board the 4k display is not the one I would choose for this laptop even the Arctic's 2080 Super has trouble running games at 60 frames at 4k you can always dial it down to 1080p resolution but then you still are stuck at 60 Hertz

So you might as well go with one of the high refresh screen options since that's what you're probably going to play games on and the power of your GPU is kind of being wasted it so there's a lot to consider with this laptop and you can read many more details and more of my thoughts about the execution and how it works in my review but the long story short is I do like it and I think it's cool I think it's impressive I don't think most shoppers are going to buy this I don't think as soos expects most shoppers to buy this this is kind of a halo product

Showcase of what they can do I think you might see this design filter down into some less expensive laptops it's not the first one to do this between the Seuss's own laptops and the HP omen X 2's which has a small square screen in the middle but I think it does it the best and I kind of want to applaud its ingenuity and its innovation and for that we gave it a high score check out the full review and more of our coverage on PC Mag com

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