Sometimes a piece of technology lands in my lap which immediately amazes me. It rarely happens, but when it does, I know I’ll get treatment right from the start. That’s exactly the feeling and impression the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 gave me when I first removed it and opened the laptop, and that’s because it’s not just a regular gaming laptop. no. This is a beautifully crafted product that doubles its game when it comes to functional displays.
The Zephyrus Duo gets its name from its dual-screen display service. It’s not a dual screen in the sense that you have two screens side by side, rather you have a traditional 16″ laptop screen that can deliver QHD (2K) quality images and up to 165Hz, and it’s paired with a smaller touchscreen. Bottom of the main screen and above the keyboard at an angle. This screen, known as the Screenpad, can be used to launch apps and other features using your fingers or by using the cursor within its confines. It’s a really interesting concept, which will immediately grab your attention and leave you drunk with its design, although using Screenpad creates a different story. And I say this, as I realized while testing this laptop, the display panel is more of a novelty than a really useful feature. But that doesn’t mean it’s not cool enough.
Since the Zephyrus Duo is a gaming laptop, you probably aren’t too concerned with the cool new features it offers, and more concerned with how well you know it…it actually plays video games. I’m happy to say that this laptop is an absolute beast when it comes down to it, although that does take into account the hardware that powers the review unit I tested. Under the hood, the Zephyrus Duo features an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor, along with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and 64GB of DDR6 RAM. Basically, you will be able to play most games on the market today at the highest possible graphics settings and get frame rates above 80, even when talking about the most demanding titles.
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I know this because I tested Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2, Life is Strange: True Colors and more, and every game was able to deliver great visuals that really use the strengths of a QHD screen, everything works amazingly well with no drop in frame rate or performance Even during the mission. Situations. Whether you’re racing along the golden coast of Baja California in Forza, into the deepest and most exotic depths of someone’s mind in Psychonauts, or rather exploring the bustling city of Haven Springs in Life is Strange, the Zephyrus Duo truly is a laptop that can do it all.
Where some laptops can deliver similar performance at the cost of generating tons of noise and heat, the Zephyrus Duo also manages to get around this pretty well. Yes, fans aren’t quite as cool as the Strix Scar 17’s impressive cooling system, and likewise, you don’t get a device that stays cool like this tall gadget. But as you can tell by that wording, the Zephyrus Duo isn’t quite as big and isn’t as thick as the Strix Scar 17, so you can’t expect a similar level of performance here. It doesn’t mean that it’s bad to stay calm and calm, because it really isn’t.
Likewise, the battery takes a while when playing high-quality games, which means you’ll need to plug it in if you want to have an extended gaming session. In laptop tasks, the battery is more efficient and will last for a long time without the need to recharge it.
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With all the hardware and features that the Zephyrus Duo offers in mind, you should know that this is a pretty bulky laptop, although it has rather slim proportions when you consider the other gaming laptops on the market. Likewise, I’m probably just picky, but I’m not a huge fan of the placement of the keyboard and mousepad, which are positioned around the edges of the Zephyrus Duo due to the fact that this laptop uses very little space on its body. You could argue that the lack of negative space on the body is a plus, but I like to have a little room to rest my palm when using the trackpad, which isn’t available with this device. The trackpad is also very small and doesn’t give you much space to move around on it.
But while I have a few minor issues with the Zephyrus Duo 16, the quality and great performance of this laptop mostly shine through. It’s a really cool, powerful and efficient tool designed in such a way that it makes other gaming laptops look mediocre. The advantage of this impressive plus is that it will cost you an arm and a leg to buy one, but if you have the money to dispense and don’t want to skimp on quality, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this device.