ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review

An Asus ROG gaming laptop with a good screen is a good thing. But isn’t the Asus ROG gaming laptop with two screens better? Let’s test the ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, a device that also benefits from a wild tech sheet.

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  • Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 ميزات Features
  • Design and ergonomics: portable, not portable
  • Screen: firmly player
  • Software: maximum optimization
  • Performance: only the best
  • Autonomy: Surprisingly true

Asus, and thus its companion Republic of Gamers (ROG), is one of the few manufacturers to offer an exotic, but not without interest, concept: laptops that integrate two screens. For designers and designers, we can quickly see interest. What about the players? With the Zephyrus Duo 16, ROG offers the same service, but for the most demanding gamers … and also more affluent, since the model we are testing is 4,799 euros.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 ميزات Features

Screen Size 16 inches
screen type IPS-LCD
Screen definition 3840 x 2400 pixels
refresh rate 120/240 Hz
Healer AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080T
RAM 32 GB DDR5-4800
storage 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
connectors 1 power port, 1 HDMI 2.1, 1 combo jack, 1 USB-C, 2 USB A, 1 Ethernet, 1 microSD
Dimensions 35.5 x 26.6 x 2.05 cm
weight 2.55 kg

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Design and ergonomics: portable, not portable

I actually questioned it because it makes sense: you can’t integrate two monitors into a laptop without making some sacrifices. The ROG Zephirus Duo 16 should have done it, but not in its overall design. The brand’s well-known lines continue to be adhered to, including its back split that mimics the Zephyrus G14’s stippling, although it doesn’t share the highlights. It must be said that the big kid of 2.55 kg did not need more.

Upon opening we discover the true peculiarity of this model: this second screen, which opens at a specific angle at the same time with the hood. Let’s stress it now: This simple fact is itself an engineering marvel, one that it is impossible to get tired of. This is also what allows the computer to have very improved airflow, because this raised screen also allows air to circulate underneath to cool components.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

Below is a small window that can be illuminated in RGB and provides a small display of the “gamer” inscriptions on the motherboard. A nice little touch, which really sets the Zephyrus Duo 16 special, but it’s useless. Useless so necessary? will be the verdict.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

The real sacrifice of all that space left for a second screen is seeing it naturally on the keyboard and touchpad placement side. If the quality of the former has always been excellent, ROG will never disappoint on this point, the fact that it is positioned on the lower edge of the chassis makes it terribly uncomfortable when used on its knees.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

Thus the Zephyrus Duo 16 asserts that it is made for use on the desk; So, a “laptop” computer. Even with an external mouse, the very narrow touchpad placed on the side is not comfortable at all. It is better to make it take on the function of a numeric keypad, with a simple press of a button, connect an external mouse. We told you a laptop. Above it, there are buttons that are used to activate or deactivate the second screen as desired.

Screen: firmly player

Having two screens is an achievement. But it is still essential that these requirements really live up to the player’s requirements. The Zephyrus Duo 16 never disappoints on this point, with a motherboard that can either do 4K at 120 frames per second or Full HD at 240Hz. Having this option frees up the possibility of focusing on graphics quality on a single board – the player experience and screen response in a competitive game. More choices is always better.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

The main screen for our test configuration is an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2400 (16:10), which delivers 486 nits in normal use but can push up to 1,000 nits in HDR content. It covers 154.6% of the sRGB area, 106.5% of the Adobe RGB area and 109.5% of the DCI P3 area. Average color temperature is measured at 6256K in native mode, which is really good, but as always you can enjoy DCI P3 or sRGB mode at your leisure by selecting it in the hardware configuration. This screen is simply excellent.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

The second screen is more…special. Given its 3840 x 1100 pixel format, it can be seen as two classic small screens placed side by side. It also remains excellent, with a maximum brightness of 378 nits and a color temperature measured at 6,466 Kelvin. It is also tactile, which makes interacting with it easy and fast.

Software: maximum optimization

On the software side, in addition to the usual Windows 11, we still find Asus’ favorite bloatware (pre-installed software) with the basic installation of McAfee in particular … which is still quite difficult on expensive sold devices. However, it is still fun to use ROG Armory Crate to control and tweak your device’s performance in the blink of an eye. It’s also more useful than ever thanks to this second screen, which behaves like a classic tablet. A good addition thought by Asus is a shortcut bar that is constantly displayed on its right side, which allows you to quickly control its brightness and quickly launch shortcut applications.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

This monitor will come in handy for anyone who streams on their gaming PCs, edits video, or just wants to keep their chat apps visible at all times. It’s quite a niche, but one that is so well served by this device that its software features are so well designed to accompany it.

Performance: only the best

At €4,800 per configuration, the Zephyrus Duo 16 has a stake in offering the absolute best. There is no disappointment in this aspect, because it includes in the composition of our test everything that we are entitled to expect. The SoC is AMD’s Ryzen 9 6900HX, the best of the range, and it’s paired here with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, the best graphics card available on a gaming laptop. We add 32 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, and 2 TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD. Once again, first class.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

On the Cinebench R23, its score of 14,499 on multiple cores and 1558 on single core is exactly what is expected of a CPU. The latter is really only surpassed today by Intel’s best 12th-generation processor, the Core i9 12900H, which will soon be surpassed by the next Ryzen 7000s: so the cycle continues.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

The same goes for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which sends out a score of 5879 on 3DMark. In fact, thanks to this power, you’ll be able to enjoy Shadow of the Tomb Raider driven to the max, including ray tracing, in native 4K definition and without DLSS at 30 frames per second. All that’s left is to add a bit of DLSS to reach 60 or even 120 fps easily. Same goes for Cyberpunk 2077, which you can push again at top speed of up to 24fps without DLSS. The monster is greedy, but it can be tamed using DLSS.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

How can you touch all this on a laptop? Thanks to a really efficient cooling system. It must be said that the ability to open an entire section of the computer for ventilation has its advantages: external temperatures do not exceed 48 ° C, even if the fans themselves are very audible in Turbo mode. The most balanced performance mode will be your best ally against noise.

Autonomy: Surprisingly true

ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 is equipped with a 90Wh battery. It’s a big size of course, but it still has to pay this brutal configuration as a bonus for two screens. So, don’t expect to waste a lot of battery life, even if the ability to turn off the second screen and the excellent power management of Ryzen processors mean you can last 7-8 hours on office automation. Once you really want to use all of his abilities, on the other hand… go back to 1-2 hours instead.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16

This is where you’ll have to rely on the massive 280W power supply, which is essential to successfully operate the Zephyrus Duo 16 at full power. We don’t get anything for nothing, even if the USB C ports are still Power Delivery compatible in the event of a heavy hit.

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conclusion

strength point

  • Two excellent screens
  • beast force
  • Incredible autonomy in office automation
  • Gorgeous design

Weak points

  • This is a special concept
  • A very special working environment for a laptop
  • passable webcam
  • exorbitant price

It is very difficult to rate the ROG Zephyrus Duo 16. In purely performance terms, the PC is a real beast. On a purely qualitative level, everything is there, especially on these two really powerful screens. But here it is: sacrifices in ergonomics make it more of a portable “Frankenstein computer” rather than a “real laptop”. It covers a super niche of users, but the latter will be happy. For others: go your own way.

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