The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 was unveiled the world several months back, and it has now graced Malaysian shores with a hefty price tag to boot.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15
|Processor||Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i9-10980HK|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 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
ScreenPad™ Plus: 14.09”
– UHD (3840 x 1100) IPS 60 Hz NTSC 72%, touchscreen
|Memory||32 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 512 GB / 1 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 + ISSTMicrosoft Cortana (far-field mic array)|
|Wi-Fi / Bluetooth||2×2 multi-antenna 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
|Power Supply||240 W power adaptorSupports USB-C™ Power Delivery 3.0 up to 65 W|
|Size||36 x 26.8 x 2.1 cm|
To recap, the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 integrates two displays into an ultraslim form factor for a gaming machine. The main display is a 15.6-inch Pantone validated display that supports Microsoft Hybrid Graphics and G-Sync switching. You can either opt for the 4K UHD IPS panel which has a 60Hz refresh rate that supports Adobe 100%, or go full bonkers with the FHD IPS 300Hz refresh rate panel that supports sRGB 100%.
ROG ScreenPad Plus
Below the main display you will find an additional display called the ROG ScreenPad Plus. It is a 14.09-inch UHD IPS display, with a 60Hz refresh rate and support for NTSC 72%. Oh, did we mention? The secondary display is indeed touchscreen.
How it’s different from the one on the ZenBook Pro Duo is that when you open up the laptop, it automatically tilts up at a 13-degree angle for more comfortable viewing. The hinge is built directly into curved sliders that delay deployment of the secondary display.
Asus has worked with game developers like Techland to optimize the ScreenPad Plus for its latest AAA game title, Dying Light 2. This would move co-op chats to the second screen, add touchscreen controls for easy switching between inventory items and quests. Their collaboration with Overwolf would also help players download apps for games like League of Legends, Fortnite, and CS:GO that allows gamers to see real-time stats, build recommendations, and more. Apart from that, content creators can also make use of the ScreenPad Plus to manage their timelines and reference materials better.
Powered by the latest 10th generation Intel Core processors, the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is also paired with the Nvidia GeForce RTX2080 Super GPU for improved graphics performance. Thanks to the Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) technology and ROG Boost, the GPU is able to hit a peak clock speed as high as 1330MHz in Turbo mode.
It is also fitted with 3200MHz RAM that supercedes the old 2666MHz standard. Not only that, the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 also has two NVMe PCIe x4 SSDs running in RAID 0 to provide faster read write speeds. Players can fit the laptop with up to 48GB of RAM, and 2TB of NVMe storage. Did you see from the spec sheet that there’s Thunderbolt 3 as well?
Battery wise, the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 has a 90Wh battery that can be charged via USB Power Delivery. That means it can be charged with a 65W USB Type-C adapter that is much smaller than regular charging adapters.
Connectivity wise, the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 features the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, giving it even higher speeds when paired with a compatible Wi-Fi router. Otherwise, it will still push out maximum speeds on a Wi-Fi 5 router.
Pricing and Availability
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 will be priced at RM19,999 and it is now available for purchase in Malaysia. But if you wish to get your hands on one, you’ll need to get in touch with your favourite local retailer.
Each purchase will come with an ROG backpack, and a ROG Delta gaming headset. The one being sold here is the 4K 60Hz model, and the FHD 300Hz model will be coming, but a release date has not yet been mentioned.