Behold, the Dual-Screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 Gaming Laptop


I really like ASUS. Not as a result of I see them as a faultless firm with a spread of merchandise that may do no improper (though the ASUS Zenfone 8 was my favorite cellphone of final 12 months and I’m anticipating its successor), however as a result of they’re at all times as much as one thing attention-grabbing, even when it’s not that revolutionary or helpful. Such is the case with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo.

This is ASUS’ high-performance laptop computer of 2022, filled with specs to make a framerate-loving gamer drool. It’s the flagship system of the ROG fleet, although I’d finest describe it as an idea laptop computer.

Why? It has two screens built-in.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo

WHAT IS IT?

The tremendously {powerful} flagship laptop computer from Republic of Gamers (ROG), the ASUS gaming division.

PRICE

$4,699 (3070Ti), $5,999 (3080Ti)

LIKE

Terrific gameplay with a superb keyboard and RGB structure. An attention-grabbing second show.

NO LIKE

Extremely excessive price ticket. Layout and second display screen may annoy some customers.

State of the artwork

ASUS has been doing multiscreen laptop computer know-how for some time. In reality, we reviewed an ASUS built-in mousepad display screen laptop computer in April, and even earlier than this 12 months, the “Duo” subtitle on ASUS laptops has indicated a second, elevated display screen.

This is the second time the ROG Zephyrus line has produced a Duo laptop, after the Zephyrus Duo 15 from 2021. While I by no means had a tinker with that laptop computer, I did get to play with a reasonably shut competitor to the Zephyrus Duo 16 not too long ago, the Alienware M15 R7. You’ll see comparisons all through the article.

Internally, the Zephyrus Duo 16 is {powerful} definitely. The mannequin I reviewed options an RTX 3080Ti GPU (although an RTX 3070Ti mannequin is offered), an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU (8 cores, 16 threads at 3.30Ghz), 32GB DDR5 RAM and a 1TB NVMe laborious drive. The display screen is a 2K show (2560 x 1600) and includes a 165hz refresh fee.

The secondary show is a touchscreen (the first show isn’t), with 2560 x 734 dimensions and a 60hz refresh fee. You received’t be taking part in video games on it, however this display screen is designed to be an auxiliary show, that includes data from secondary apps as you’re utilizing the primary display screen to your sport or program. The secondary show folds upward as you open the laptop computer up.

Personally, I’m not an enormous fan of the aesthetics of this system. It’s very gamer-y. If that’s your factor I want you happiness, nonetheless, I’ve by no means been an enormous fan of ROG’s extra-ness. Unfortunately, the ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo hasn’t swayed me

This is an ultra-powerful laptop computer, one of many highest spec ones on the market, developed to be further in each approach potential, even ways in which it has invented for itself. Let’s put it to the take a look at.

Battlestation

To kick issues off, right here’s how the ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo dealt with the Forza Horizon 5 benchmark.

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Forza Horizon 5 benchmark. Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

70 FPS on excessive settings is a reasonably welcome rating, nonetheless, I’ll notice that it did are available in about 10 FPS under the Alienware M15 R7’s rating.

I’ll additionally notice that brightness wasn’t as nice as I might have hoped. It was a lot darker than I might have favored. Additionally, whereas the followers made a noticeable noise, it wasn’t a stage of noise that irritated me.

Later checks revealed related outcomes. In Overwatch, the Zephyrus 16 Duo achieved 140 FPS on the best settings and 150 FPS in Call of Duty: Vanguard. While Overwatch seemed to be 20 frames decrease on the ROG, the laptop computer scored 5 frames above the Alienware take a look at in COD. I don’t consider it is a large deal. It’s not an enormous body distinction between each units, nonetheless, we’re not executed but.

The laptop computer did properly on our Chrome tab take a look at, attaining 45 open YouTube tabs earlier than turning into unable to play a video. Tabs 38 by to 44 took some time earlier than their YouTube movies started to play, whereas YouTube encountered an error at tab 45. Again, barely under the Alienware.

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

Moving over to Cinebench checks, the laptop computer scored third place (1,510 factors) on the single-core take a look at, whereas scoring fifth place (13,395 factors) on the multi-core take a look at. Yet once more, under the Alienware.

Unfortunately although, regardless of these being satisfying outcomes all-around, the ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo really failed our battery take a look at. Streaming the whole lot of Avengers: Endgame on battery energy with all settings enabled, the laptop computer went right down to 64 per cent within the first hour, 24 per cent within the second and, by the point I checked in on the finish of the third hour, the laptop computer had shut itself down at a crucial energy stage (5 per cent once I turned it again on). There was nonetheless about 25 minutes of the film to go.

This is the primary laptop computer I’ve reviewed that has failed this take a look at and it’s seemingly due to the extra display screen. I’m assured that the laptop computer would do a lot better have been the second display screen to be disabled (you are able to do this with the flick of a button).

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

This won’t be an issue to most customers. After all, to get probably the most efficiency out of a gaming laptop computer, the system must be plugged into energy. Though I’ll say {that a} failure on this earlier take a look at is worrying, have been you to depend on battery energy all through a complete day.

Showboat

I really like what the ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo is making an attempt to do right here with its keyboard structure and its second display screen. At the second, laptops have plenty of lifeless house, the place there’s an unlucky quantity of periphery house across the keyboard the place nothing occurs. Brands like Dell, Windows (with the Surface vary) and Apple have made this periphery house look elegant moderately than uninteresting, nonetheless, it’s nonetheless unused house.

love the structure of the ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo. tucking the mousepad into the underside proper of the nook is a terrific use of house and truly labored out fairly properly for me ergonomically, as I used it to work on over two days. The mousepad really doubles as a Numpad on the click on of a button, switching over to Numpad buttons you could sort with. I discovered this notably cool.

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

The RGB is pretty reserved, however deep in what you are able to do with it. Each particular person key’s macroable and utilizing ROG’s proprietary “Armory Crate” know-how, you’ll be able to add dwell wallpapers that change the keyboard colors accordingly (together with wallpapers for the extra display screen). The customisation right here and the help from ROG with this customisation is, for my part, second to none. It’s very fairly.

Around the periphery of the system, there’s no house going to waste. It’s both a part of the keyboard or the extra display screen. Which, with none extra delay, let’s dive into.

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

Duo

This display screen feels to me like a pure evolution from Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

The extra display screen on the Zephyrus 16 Duo is way more realised than its contemporaries, although it does little to justify its existence. It provides weight, processing necessity and energy consumption at the price of… Well, a complete extra show.

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

This isn’t one thing individuals have been asking for, nor been wanting, from a laptop computer, particularly within the gaming market the place customers sometimes have extra, exterior screens as part of their setups. However, it retains an “all-in-one” side that outpaces different laptops. The laptop computer additionally comes with a plastic stand that permits you to sit the machine on an angle.

ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo
Image: Zachariah Kelly/Gizmodo Australia

This is a doubtful factor. Working all through the day, it was helpful with the ability to look down and see my Slack messages, or put stuff collectively in Canva. I can positively see the utility within the system for a multitasker, however I’m undecided if it presents an argument for its existence over a further, exterior display screen.

I’m glad that ASUS is retaining the “Duo” tagline going. Someone, someplace out there’s getting an honest quantity of use out of this display screen, however I believe it’s a really small quantity of customers.

Send phrase to the republic

The ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo is an excellent flagship system, separating itself from the competitors in a really distinctive approach. Another display screen means one other place to place shiny, flashy colors. Those colors are matched by excessive efficiency, a few of the finest efficiency you’ll get from a gaming laptop computer, nonetheless it’s at the price of battery energy.

Physically, the system seems like a prop within the background of a sci-fi, one thing Rodney McKay may pull out in Stargate.

But the best marketplace for this laptop computer is small. Something to bear in mind with this laptop computer is that you’ll find yourself paying greater than $1,000 further for this unremovable further display screen than the (barely) extra {powerful} Alienware laptop computer it’s instantly competing with. With that in thoughts, I don’t suppose you need to get this laptop computer in the event you have been after critical efficiency by itself.

This is a laptop computer for creators and multitaskers, ones that demand a close-by touchscreen. For that, it’s an extremely area of interest laptop computer, however one which I’m certain is welcome to some customers.

As I mentioned initially, It’s at all times good to see ASUS messing round with one thing completely different. I don’t suppose the common laptop computer person desires this, nor the common laptop computer gamer.

But you’re not going to get “common” with a division like Republic of Gamers.

Where can I purchase the ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo?

The ROG Zephyrus 16 Duo is offered from right now in two configurations.

3070Ti

MWave ($4,699) | Scorptec ($4,699) | Centrecom ($4,699)

3080Ti

PBTech ($5,465) | JW ($5,999) | Computer Alliance ($5,999)

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