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ASUS Zephyrus Duo GX551 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**
  • Stunning dual-screen design
  • Excellent performance for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop
  • Dual-monitor desktop setup
  • 2TB SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Asus' second-generation dual-screen gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 is a joy for early adopters and streamers. Sharing the same dimensions as its Intel-powered predecessor, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE shares much of the same features as the 2020 model. It remains the only gaming laptop from a major manufacturer that comes with the convenience of two displays, though it now uses a FHD ScreenPad Plus secondary display rather than a 4K one.
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

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GXS is packed with new hardware to outperform the previous model by quite a wide margin. Running Witcher 3 consumes about 181 W to be 20 percent more demanding than last year's GX550. The raw graphics boost is much greater, however, meaning performance-per-watt is still in favor of the newer GX551. Charging from empty to full takes about 2 to 2.5 hours.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 120 Hz 4K panel
  • Slim bezels
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Zephyrus Duo GX551's performance is undeniably high, but not quite commensurate with its stratospheric price. It's hard to see why you'd pay a lot more for a GeForce RTX 3080 laptop over an RTX 3070 model. The Duo won't last you all day, but it won't die after a measly two hours like some gaming laptops.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful GeForce RTX 3080 GPU
  • High-quality dual UHD screens
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Middling performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

t3[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is one of the best gaming laptops of 2020. It has an eight-core Intel Core i9-10980HK processor plus an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics chip. Under heavy load though, this laptop does run rather hot and loud. While we like the imagination of the second screen, it's not all that useful right now.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Impressive performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not the best value for money
  • Second screen isn't for everyone

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 is a 4K gaming powerhouse. Powered by an octa-core AMD processor that can boost its 16 threads up to 4.6 GHz. The 4K screen gets a boost from the previous generation's 60Hz to 120Hz, and looks magnificent with it. There's a massive amount of storage, and a full 32GB RAM on board.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Superb CPU and GPU performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Quite heavy
  • No Thunderbolt 3

tomshardware[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 arguably represents the epitome of gaming laptop design. While its frame rates weren't quite as high as the more traditional MSI GP66 Leopard at 1080p, it excelled at 4K and particularly in productivity tasks. The company's ScreenPad Plus hardware and software combo continue to get better, making the dual-screen experience feel more functional.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid performance for a gaming laptop
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No webcam

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The GX551 comes with two 4W speakers and two 2W tweeters. Audio is loud, clear and well-balanced, with powerful bass that’s never overwhelming. The AMD processor is a beast. In PCMark 10 and Geekbench, it outpaced the high-end Intel CPU used in the Aorus – and virtually everything else in laptops. The machine does have to balance CPU and GPU power consumption.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

References

2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX551) Review. pcmag. 2021-02-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 review. techradar. 2021-04-13 Retrieved 2021-04-14.
5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551 Review: Dual-Screen Ryzen Rig. tomshardware. 2021-03-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE (GX551) 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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