What you need to know
- The ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is available for order starting today.
- The gaming laptop features powerful internals and a secondary display above the keyboard.
- The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 starts at $3,000.
ASUS launched the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 today, a powerful gaming laptop with a large secondary display. The 15-inch laptop houses a 14.1-inch panel just above the keyboard that can be used as a secondary display or an extension of your primary display. ASUS and some third parties have customized apps and experiences for the secondary display, such as moving chats or menus to the lower display. The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 starts at $3,000 and is available starting today.
The secondary display, known as the ROG ScreenPad Plus, stands out and will likely grab people's eye right away. In addition to being a secondary display, a rare feature for any non-ASUS laptop, the ROG ScreenPad Plus also bumps up 13 degrees to improve its viewing angle. The ScreenPad Plus is 3840x1100 pixels at 60Hz and supports touch.
The ScreenPad Plus can be used for multitasking, such as putting a couple of windows down below while having a large window on the primary display. It can also be used as an extension of the primary display. ROG worked with Techland to optimize games, including Dying Light 2, to move chats to the ScreenPad Plus. The ScreenPad Plus also adds touchscreen controls for some games, including managing your inventory.
While the ScreenPad Plus is unique, the laptop has internals that line up with more traditional gaming laptops. People can choose between a 4K UHD primary display or an FHD primary display with a 300Hz refresh rate and a response time of 3ms. The displays support NVIDIA G-SYNC to help ensure smooth gameplay.
The laptop runs on up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super that has peak clock speeds of up to 1330MHz in Turbo mode. Those graphics are paired with up to an 8-core 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor.
|Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake i9-10980HK
Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake i7-10875H
|15.6" 4K UHD IPS 60HZ (non-touch)
15.6" FHD IPS 300HZ (non-touch)
|14.1" 3840x1100 IPS 60Hz (touch)
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
|16GB DDR4 3200MHz + 1x SODIMM slot up to 32GB
|2x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe), PCIe 3.0 x4 1TB / 2TB, supports RAID 0
|1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Thunderbolt with PD
2x 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
|2x2 multi-antenna Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
We got an early preview of the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 earlier this year. After a relatively brief hands-on with the device, our editor Richard Devine, came away excited to get his hands on the laptop again. He concludes his preview by saying, "Once more ASUS has gone wild with its hero gaming laptop and it looks like a remarkable spectacle. I can't wait to spend actual, proper time with it in the future."
At the time of publication, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 doesn't seem to be on sale, or at least the store listings don't let you place an order. But ASUS states the laptop is launching today, so it should be available for purchase soon.
Double the screen
Two screens are better than one
This unique laptop features a 14.1-inch secondary display that can extend your monitor or be used to multitask. It also packs up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super and up to an Intel Core i9 processor.
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