It was a great day at CES 2021 for laptop manufacturers now like Nvidia Take off the veil officially Of its lineup of mobile phones is RTX 30 series graphics cards. Of course, AMD has news of it Ryzen 5000 Series portable processors It shouldn’t be taken lightly either. These two competitors produce some great devices that achieve consistent results when working together on specific applications. The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE laptop is a product of these new high-end devices, and it appears to be the last laptop you have needed for a while. At least on paper.
Asus didn’t hesitate to explore every detail in one of its flagship new laptop designs. There’s a lot to like about the latest Duo, because it really feels like a next-generation product that far exceeds the sum of its parts. It is clearly designed for ‘consumers’ with an emphasis on powerful new hardware, high bandwidth capabilities, customization options and advanced interfaces. For those who need mobile workstations that can also double as game consoles, this is definitely a justified purchase. If you can afford it.
The Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE definitely isn’t cheap, starting at $ 2,899. However, unlike many premium products, it appears that this product will withstand the harshness of technological advances in several key areas. This makes it worth considering a laptop that you might purchase with short term use in mind. We’ve definitely come to the point where you have to wonder just how good the technology it needs to be in order to simply have fun. Starting in 2021, this monster will kill almost any game you can find in Settings, Resolution, and / or High Frames. Although it certainly won’t be able to do this in every future game, it will still deliver a measure of satisfying performance over time. This might be a good thing to brag about now if you want to, as it will provide you many years of satisfaction in the future in respectable places. Let’s dive into why this potential money pit is a truly great device.
One of the first things that will catch your attention is the second screen on the device, hence the “Duo”. It allows users to have a second widget screen other than the main app on the home screen. I can think of a lot of cases where this helps, but game streamers in particular should have extra space for things like streaming apps and extra controls. However, there are several features included in the laptop.
The power of the next generation for any purpose
For starters, the Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE sports CPU options from AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 series portable which is based on the Zen 3 architecture. With eight cores and 16 threads, the 5800H or HX variants are more than enough to run additional games and applications simultaneously . If you just weigh the practicality of gaming and streaming on a single mobile device, you can put these concerns aside. It’s 2021, after all.
You will also be able to pair this powerful CPU with new Ampere-powered mobile GPUs that can deliver loads of games with amazing accuracy and frame rates. The Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE offers a range of configurations that include the RTX 3060, 3070 or 3080 cards. Asus claims to have added some extra performance with its proprietary boost technology.
Ultra HD or extreme refresh rates
Together, these components can deliver gaming experiences that were previously only available on the first-class desktop components of the previous generation. As you’ll see with the launch of many other new laptops, high-refresh 4K displays are now available on laptops, although premium 1080p refresh options are also available as standard. The Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE offers a 15.6-inch 4K IPS display with 120Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, rich color, as well as Adaptive-Sync. Alternately, you get a 300Hz 108p variant that includes the same general features as the 4K variant.
As for the second screen, it comes with a size of 14.1 inches with touch screen support. You can get that in 4K as well, or just choose the traditional 1080p. Both feature IPS technology with 60Hz refresh rates. Speaking of the screen design itself, it rises when the device is opened to an angle of 13 degrees. Asus indicated that it has revised the design, so there is no contact point between the screens when you unlock the device. Just a smooth sliding experience.
When it comes to gaming specifically, there are some extra great notes about what the second screen can do. Tech Land Death light 2 Moves collaborative chats to the secondary screen for easy viewing and adds touch screen controls for quick switching between inventory and task items.
Like some final notes about display specifications, Asus didn’t go into the finer details of color accuracy, brightness levels, or extra features like blue light filters. We’ll have to wait to find out more.
Cooling power is crucial
One thing you might still be wondering is if this laptop will be able to cool the likes of the 3080 in such a compact environment to deliver the performance it promises. Obviously, Asus has thought a lot about this challenge as well, and has spent a lot of time explaining its solution. Duo’s latest revised cooling design supports high-performance components with smart apps that are more than just marketing slang. The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE includes four heatsinks and five heat pipes, paired with larger openings. One of these holes is hidden under the secondary screen allowing for 28.5mm of draft, allowing the fans to draw in cool air from the top of the laptop instead of warm air from underneath. The fans also carry thinner, stronger blades that can move more air at lower decibel levels.
Aside from the previously mentioned specifications, the CPU is paired with Grizzly Thermal Liquid Metal, which is known to provide better heat transfer than traditional thermal pastes. Asus notes an improvement of more than 10 ° C in CPU temperatures. With all that being said, you can also set your own cooling fan profiles via software that lets you choose daily use, silent operation, or high but impressive performance.
Massive bandwidth and capacity in all sections
In addition to the above specifications, there is a clear focus on providing a significant amount of memory and bandwidth to “consumers” in every possible aspect. The system comes in 16 or 32 GB options with DDR4 3200MHz. Based on what we know about Infinity Fabric controllers for Ryzen 5000 products, Asus could have technically skyrocketed a bit (maybe to 3600MHz), but that’s pretty close. The truth is, most of them will not miss the small variation in possible performance.
However, the rest is good news and it appears that Asus has made no sacrifices for performance. For storage, the system offers dual NVME PCIe 4.0 SSDs with a storage capacity of up to 2TB. Components are rated for transfer speeds of up to 7000MB / s with support for RAID in a subsequent update.
Users can also take advantage of the great data transfer rates by supporting Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax that allows for a maximum interface bandwidth of up to 2.4 Gbps. Competing gamers can of course opt for a direct, low-delay connection via the RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port.
I / O options that do mostly everything
You will notice that this laptop is equipped with most of the popular modern ports you may need. Asus Lists:
- HDMI 2.0b x1 output capable of playing 4K monitor or 60Hz TV.
- x1 USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 2 support DisplayPort 1.4.
- x3 USB 3.2 Type A Gen 2 ports.
- MicroSD 4.0 x1 reader.
- 1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack.
It’s disappointing that this unit lacks HDMI 2.1, as the laptop screen itself is capable of 4K at 120Hz, while the output is limited to half that. Although we say this device is generally equipped with increasing age and increasing computing demands, this output is a clear oversight from Asus. With that being said, another perk is definitely a great one. The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE laptop supports USB Type-C charging up to 100W and can apparently recover half of its charge in less than 30 minutes, according to the press release. This is definitely important for those who are constantly on the go as well as those with portable batteries that support USB Type-C charging.
When it comes to battery life, there is a surprising lack of information. However, we know that Zephyrus has a 90Wh battery. Based on all the performance claims, we think this laptop is probably good for light tasks, but once you hit RTX ON you can kiss the battery life. No matter the jokes, we always recommend that you follow product reviews to make sure you are aware of what you are buying. Obviously, this is a powerful machine, but it may also need to meet some mobility needs.
When it comes to said navigation, we can at least confirm that this is a compact package that is not too heavy for what is being packed. The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE laptop comes in at 360 x 268 x 21mm (14.2 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches) with a weight of 2.4kg (5.3lbs). The case, too, has an all-metal design, consisting of magnesium and aluminum. The design is stunning and adheres to a low profile look. That’s important for someone like me who prefers gaming features and lite style without too much logos or RGB screaming “gamer”. You can use this particular device to meet clients, perform work at school, and smash enemies without much excitement other than a great second screen. Let’s be honest, people will still be asking questions.
This is because with an RGB keyboard you probably won’t be able to resist programming color patterns in it. However, utilitarians will also notice that specific keys can be assigned with color for actual work purposes such as command functions. This keyboard is also ultra-fine, so you won’t lose any inputs affecting the game or disrupting work-related tasks.
Asus has also set out to bring comfort to life with the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE. The keyboard is clearly located on the front of the chassis. This not only moves it away from the hot ingredients but also allows your wrists to sit at the table, just like a desktop keyboard. If you don’t like it, you can use the removable palm rest for extra comfort.
Last but not least, we need to cover the audio features. This laptop features virtual 5.2.1ch surround sound, supported by four speakers (two speakers, two submarines). Asus claims to offer some features for a laptop, but we’d like to be your judge on that since there aren’t any speaker specs available. In addition to the aforementioned “hole”, it features Smart Amp technology that prevents damage to subwoofer cones even at full size.
Since this device is advertised as the ideal choice for live stream creators or anyone involved in a video based live chat, users will find the CPU-based AI Noise Cancellation features useful to get rid of unwanted background noise. You can also combine this with the live streaming software that comes with Nvidia GPUs for unprecedented simplicity in setting up high-quality communication environments. Ironically, we don’t see a webcam anywhere on the laptop, so Asus is apparently assuming you’ll be using a device dedicated to capturing video.
Overall, this feels like a really advanced laptop that can make you think twice about giving up on mobility. Obviously, it delivers the power needed for any task and isn’t going out of style anytime soon. The price is high, but many seem to need laptops now more than ever. You may find a place for this laptop, depending on the budget.
Asus plans to start stocking the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE “soon”. At least at this price point, you might be able to find one in stock as it goes on sale. If Asus gives us a chance to get the device in action, we will provide more feedback on whether or not it’s worth it. You can find a file Full press release here.