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ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 Dual-Screen Gaming Laptop
Neoscore* 70%
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • ScreenPad tilts up when you open the lid
  • Excellent battery life
  • Not the fastest gaming laptop

Summary

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is not your everyday gaming laptop. It boasts a second full-width touch display between the keyboard and main screen. It's priced out of reach for the average user, but we applaud this peek into a possible future for gaming notebooks.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 might be the most interesting gaming laptop ever made. Its $3,700 starting price will scare off anyone not committed to the idea of having a built-in second screen on your gaming laptop. Despite having only a 15-inch screen, Asus needed plenty of space to squeeze in the ScreenPad Plus without scrunching the keyboard.
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Pros[**]
  • Great gaming performance
  • Tilt-up secondary screen is great
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • ScreenPad Plus isn't for everyone

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is one of the most bizarre gaming laptops I've ever reviewed. It features an ultrawide, second display rising majestically, just to the rear of an RGB backlit keyboard. With no wrist-rest and a touchpad that doubles as a touch-sensitive number pad to the right, it's a weird hybrid of a machine. But beneath that outlandish exterior lurks a fairly standard set of components.
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Pros[**]
  • Extremely powerful
  • ScreenPad tilts up and lifts
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LXS is not your everyday gaming laptop. The keyboard and touchpad are not found in their usual positions. Asus has placed a secondary display with a touchscreen behind them. The octa-core Core-i9-10980HK CPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU provide enough performance.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • Full HD resolution
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
  • Thunderbolt 3
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB-C port

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus Duo has a second full-width touch display between the keyboard and main screen. The starting price is a costly $2,999.99, but our flagship $3,699.99 test model nets you an Intel Core i9 processor. The Zeph Cyrus Duo is the most expensive in the batch, but that has more to do with its display.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast 2:2 display
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • ScreenPad Plus isn't for everyone

pcworld[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is a dual-screen gaming laptop. It uses a folding mechanism to tilt the screen up about 20 degrees as you open the lid. The per-key RGB keyboard is pretty typical of gaming laptops. This is the second ROG laptop we've seen without a webcam.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful dual-screen design
  • Sleek design
  • Flexible tilt mechanism
Cons[**]
  • Middling CPU performance
  • Lid could be more rigid

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 53%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Asus Zephyrus Duo has a second screen for gaming. It has one full-size USB 3.2 Gen 2 connection and a Type-C port that supports DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 and power delivery. It weighs a reasonable 2.4kg and is 21mm thick – so it's lighter than the Razer Blade 17. The ScreenPad Plus can be used to hold chat apps, browsers and music players while you're gaming, and it's the default home for the Asus Armory Crate software.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, punchy 2.4-inch 2.5Gbps screen
  • Excellent gaming performance
Cons[**]
  • ScreenPad is a bit cramped
  • Poor battery life

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus Duo GX550 gaming laptop costs an eye-watering $3,699 (about £2,990, AU$5,410) It has a second screen that lifts up at an angle above the keyboard when you open the laptop. The trackpad is shoved off to the right-hand side of the laptop, which definitely takes some getting used to.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, sleek design
  • Second screen lifts up at an angle
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks SDXC port

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Asus' ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 has a second touch display above the keyboard. It lets Asus significantly increase the cooling abilities of the system. At 14.1 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches and 5.3 pounds, the laptop is far from a lightweight.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Two 1TB NVMe SSDs included
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a webcam

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo is a monstrously powerful gaming laptop. It features an Intel Core i9-10980HK processor and an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super graphics card. The ScreenPad Plus allows you to ‘optimize your space for gaming, content creation, and more’ The keyboard feels like an afterthought, making it difficult to play games such as Crusader Kings and Civilization.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Powerful enough for competitive gaming
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • ScreenPad lacks SD card slot

references

  1. 1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review: Dual-screen gaming in your lap. Digitaltrends. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review: Two-pronged attack. Expertreviews. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LXS in Review: Unique Gaming Laptop with Lots of Performance Below the Hood. Notebookcheck. 26 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550) Review. Pcmag. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review: Two screens and a whole lot of speed. Pcworld. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review. Techadvisor. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review. Techradar. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 Review: Two-Screen Cool. Tomshardware. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo Review. Trustedreviews. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  11. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  12. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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