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ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • ScreenPad tilts up when you open the lid
  • Excellent battery life
Cons**
  • 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[*] 66%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is more than just a one-trick pony. It delivers in both performance and in usability of its second screen. Port selection is fantastic, offering a solid mix of gaming must-haves and future-proofing. $3,700 is a hefty price to pay, though.
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Pros[**]
  • Great performance
  • Second screen is great
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Poor battery life
  • No built-in webcam

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
A powerful octa-core processor, dual-channel memory and RAID 0 drives make for a smooth and responsive system. The GTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card supports DirectX 12 and runs at a base clock speed of 735 MHz. Selecting the power profile "Turbo" from within the Armoury Crate software results in higher frame rates.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • NVMe SSD
  • Thunderbolt 3
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Zephyrus Duo is a highly proficient gaming laptop. The price tag is more to do with the 4K display, 2TB SSD, and second screen. The fans are definitely audible while gaming, but even in performance mode they're not egregious. It's not destined to influence the future, but we think it can be useful at least.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Unique 4K display
  • Solid performance
  • 2TB SSD
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Loud fans

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
The ROG Zephyrus Duo has a 15.6-inch 60Hz 4K panel. The primary display is factory-calibrated, G-Sync-certified, and can hit 100 percent of Adobe RGB. It's not particularly bright at a measured 300 nits. The gaming experience isn't perfect, though.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No webcam
  • No multi-monitor option

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Zephyrus Duo has a powerful Intel Core i9-10980HK processor. It has eight multi-threaded cores and a Turbo speed of 5.1GHz. The graphics core has a modest boost clock of 1,080MHz due to thermal concerns. The speakers are reasonable, with ample volume and decent mid-range performance. The top-end is a little tinny, though, and bass was inconsistent.
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Pros[**]
  • Stunning 4K screen
  • Superb performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Poor thermal performance
  • Poor battery life

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus Zephyrus Duo GX550 has an Intel Core i9-10980HK, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super with Max-Q and 32GB of RAM. It has a screen brightness of 351 nits and hits just 75% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The inclusion of McAfee LiveSafe is absolutely insulting and if you get this laptop you should immediately uninstall it and replace it with one that isn't going to extort money out of you.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomshardware[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is a top-of-the-line gaming laptop from Asus. It comes with a Core i9 processor, 2TB storage, and an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. There is no webcam on the laptop, which is a noticeable omission. It's still plenty capable for high-refresh 1080p gaming.
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Pros[**]
  • High-refresh 1080p gaming
  • Solid build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No webcam

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
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. In terms of actual gaming performance it was capable of hitting the golden 60fps mark in Full HD for even the most demanding titles. Since it’s equipped with an RTX graphics card, you also get access to fancy features such as ray tracing and DLSS.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Excellent gaming performance
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Thunderbolt 3

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review: Dual-screen gaming in your lap. digitaltrends. 2020-06-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550) Review. pcmag. 2020-06-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review. techadvisor. 2020-08-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review. techradar. 2020-06-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 Review: Two-Screen Cool. tomshardware. 2020-06-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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