ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 Review: A gaming enthusiast’s dream machine

Relating to the top of right now’s gaming laptops, ASUS ROG’s Zephyrus Duo line undoubtedly receives numerous votes from avid gamers. Along with being outfitted with probably the most cutting-edge {hardware} out there, it additionally has a twin display as a key function that has everybody in awe of its sturdiness and appreciation of its uniqueness. Prime avid gamers solely take note of “fancy” gaming tools, due to this fact ROG’s dual-screen gaming pocket book is the perfect instance of this stage. And after a number of variations, ROG improved and strengthened the Zephyrus Duo, and with the Duo 16 this 12 months, it seems to be pushing the bounds as soon as once more.

This time, ASUS has given us a evaluate unit with an AMD Ryzen 9-6900HX processor that has 8 cores and 16 threads, Zen 3+ structure, and a high clock velocity of 4.9GHz, which isn’t in any respect inferior to the highest i9 competitor. The GPU is all the time extra essential than the CPU to consider on the subject of gaming laptops. This 12 months’s NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti Cell Version is the star of the Zephyrus Duo 16. That is the cellular GPU that each gamer goals of getting—it has extra CUDAs, as much as 16GB of graphics RAM, and ROG help for as much as 165W of TGP.

{Hardware} specs

Mannequin Zephyrus Duo 16
CPU As much as AMD® Rembrandt R9 6900HX (45W) 8 Cores
GPU As much as NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti (140+25W) + MUX Swap
VRAM GDDR6 16GB (for highest GPU configs)
Fundamental show
  • Choice 1: 512 Zones MiniLED 16” 165Hz (3ms), 100% DCI-P3, 1100nits peak brightness, VESA Show HDR1000
  • Choice 2: IPS FHD 165Hz panel, 500nits, 100% sRGB, 3ms
ScreenPad Plus show
  • Choice 1: 14.09″ UHD 60Hz 30ms (sRGB 100%), 400nits, Contact Show
  • Choice 2: 14.09″ FHD 60Hz 30ms (sRGB 100%), 400nits, Contact Show
Reminiscence As much as 64GB Twin Channel DDR5 4800MHz (2 x SODIMM Slots)
Storage As much as 2 x 2TB SSD (PCIe 4.0 SSD M.2 Slots)
I/O port
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Sort A 
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Sort C with DisplayPort (dGPU) and 100W Energy Supply
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Sort C with DisplayPort (iGPU) 1 x HDMI 2.1 (dGPU)
  • Micro SD Card Reader / Audio combo jack / 2.5G LAN RJ-4
Audio
  • 6 Audio system
  • Dolby Atmos Help Two-Manner AI Noise Cancelation Twin-force cancelling woofers Good Amp
Battery 4-cell 90Whr
Energy Adapter 280W

 

The enduring dual-display

The display, because the title implies, is probably the most major factor of the Zephyrus Duo 16. On this technology, as an alternative of the previously out there 4K 60Hz or 1080P with a excessive refresh charge, this mannequin has been changed with a primary 16-inch 2K165Hz display, which is a really sensible determination. As a result of restricted measurement of screens on a laptop computer, utilizing 4K decision would probably not provide customers a superb expertise, however will as an alternative place unneeded pressure on the system {hardware}.

Except for the decision and quick refresh charge, probably the most notable function of the Duo 16 display is that it employs mini-LED know-how, with 512 backlight divisions and a peak brightness of 1100nit. It additionally helps DisplayHDR 1000 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, making it a reasonably high-end panel in right now’s laptops.

This major display has distinctive high quality; with a large color gamut and intensely excessive most brightness, it is a perfect productiveness instrument for creating picture and video content material. The finer picture given by 2K decision might be extra startling than Full HD, to not point out the 165Hz and 3ms response time, which is able to make the gaming expertise extra nice and immersive. This Nebula display’s efficiency is certainly the best within the first class.

ROG’s secondary display design on Zephyrus Duo 16 is now fairly mature after repeated growth and optimisation. The secondary display’s viewing angle is now extra pure and nearer to the principle display due to the progressive 4-way hinge design. There’s a larger space for airflow to enter the laptop computer as a result of greater secondary display, which vastly improves warmth dissipation efficiency. Moreover, due to its artistic concept, the Zephyrus Duo 16 managed to retain a thickness of roughly 20mm.

The secondary display’s specs are equally high-end, with a 14.1-inch 3840*1100 decision. The readability, color, and angles are unbelievable. Nevertheless, there are a number of clear drawbacks to utilizing this further display from my viewpoint. The matte floor coating renders the display very weak to fingerprints and oil stains. In case you are obsessive about cleanliness, utilizing this extra display could also be tough and you’ll need to regularly clear it with a material.

Along with some video games that help it, Adobe’s Photoshop and Premiere Professional incorporate digital shortcut buttons and knobs on this secondary display. These further show sections can help customers to extend their work productiveness even additional.

Design

A lot of the high gaming laptops of this kind will utilise exaggerated kind designs to stress their distinctions. These are undoubtedly components that high-end avid gamers will recognize, however the Zephyrus Duo 16’s relative restrained design language is a bonus. Such a design might entice professionals that require excessive processing efficiency however don’t regularly play huge titles. For instance, UI designers and Youtube influencers want entry to a powerhouse for content material creation in excessive decision and body charges. 

Zephyrus Duo 16 provides a decorative glass panel between the secondary display and the keyboard, and the clear panel lets avid gamers see the motherboard’s slogan instantly. The entire atmosphere is improved by RGB lighting. The keyboard and touchpad are positioned beneath the ornamental space, parallel to at least one one other. Whereas we want to see extra merchandise include distinctive designs, it could unexpectedly trigger inconvenience. As a result of the touchpad is vertically positioned on Zephyrus Duo 16, the realm is reasonably restricted, making it unsuitable for long-term utilization. The format design of the keyboard and trackpad takes up the unique palm relaxation space, which makes

it nearly a certainty to really feel uncomfortable throughout use. Fortunately, ROG included a further palm relaxation within the package deal.

Efficiency

As probably the greatest gaming laptops available on the market, ROG has crammed virtually the entire strongest know-how out there within the Zephyrus Duo 16, with the GPU taking centre stage. It has NVIDIA’s latest RTX 3080 Ti cellular GPU and specs which might be tough to match on gaming laptops. NVIDIA Ampere architecture, 7424 CUDA, 16GB GDDR6 VRAM, and so forth. Even with desktop PCs, these specs are high-end fanatics.

Thermal efficiency was one of many issues that drew my consideration earlier than evaluating the Zephyrus Duo 16. The most important motive for that is that this gaming laptop computer has such robust {hardware} regardless of its low general thickness. My focus has inevitably shifted as to whether it has the required cooling efficiency. 

I can plainly sense the Zephyrus Duo 16’s capability to deal with warmth dissipation within the precise gaming check. Among the many video games that I play frequently, comparable to Forza 5, Last Fantasy XIV, and Elden Ring, the temperature of this cellular 3080-Ti was all the time stored beneath 70 levels, even when all graphical results are set to the utmost (with Ray Tracing and DLSS turned on).

Battery life

Zephyrus Duo 16 packs a 4-cell 90 Whr battery. Here’s a fast run-down of a check outcome all through my use:

Native video playback 1080p 6 hours 28mins
Gaming with the very best graphics settings 1 hour 35mins
Gentle Web use (chatting, searching and so on) 7 hours 10mins
Writing duties (a number of classes)  8 hours 45mins

* Brightness and quantity set to 60%, secondary display enabled, WiFi linked.

For the efficiency it could actually ship, the battery’s general efficiency is definitely reasonably good. Though it didn’t look like a exceptional standout, provided that the Duo 16 has a secondary display that its opponents don’t, such check outcomes are nonetheless respectable.

Audience

It’s evident that this Zephyrus Duo 16 outperforms all of its present competitors. Its unrivalled graphics efficiency, nice craftsmanship, and superb cooling make it a gaming fanatic’s dream laptop. Along with gaming, the top-tier CPU and GPU for cellular platforms permit this monster to effortlessly undertake video modifying and processing jobs.

For the time being, ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX (3080 Ti) is offered for buy at Centre Com, PLE Computer systems, Scorptec, Rosman Computer systems, mwave.com.au and JW Computer systems for $5,999. 

This pricing doesn’t look like geared towards common prospects. There shouldn’t be many people in my neighborhood which might be ready to pay almost $6,000 for a gaming laptop computer. Persons are going to be held again by certainly one of them, the present monetary stage or the woman at dwelling. 

Having mentioned that, if you need the most effective efficiency and cash isn’t your major concern, I might strongly advocate buying this machine over rival manufacturers. There are actually only a handful of things available on the market, exterior the Zephyrus Duo 16, which might be additionally outfitted with the 3080 Ti graphics card. Nevertheless, even probably the most inexpensive one begins at $4,999 and doesn’t have a secondary show like Duo 16.

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