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ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 Dual-Screen Gaming Laptop

NEX score 72%

Product Overview

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is a dual-screen 15.6-inch flagship gaming laptop that can be equipped with RTX 2080 SUPER graphics, Intel Core i9 processor, dual and UHD displays.
Packing the most advanced components available in a laptop in 2020, the Zephyrus Duo 15 rounds up its spec sheet with DDR4 3200MHz memory, dual NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD in RAID 0, and optional 300Hz FHD display. It is the only gaming laptop on the market that offers the convenience of the dual display setup.
In its 2020 gaming laptop lineup, ASUS ROG also offers the mainstream ROG Strix SCAR 15 and SCAR 17. The ROG Strix G15 and G17 are tuned-down versions of the SCAR-series, while the ROG Zephyrus S15 and S17 are ultra-portable version that do not compromise on performance. The Zephyrus M15 is a tuned-down version of the Zephyrus S15.
ASUS also markets AMD-powered Zephyrus G14 and G15 for those that prefer the red team.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • ScreenPad tilts up when you open the lid
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Not the fastest gaming laptop

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 72% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb performance
  • Great performance
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Poor thermal performance
  • Poor battery life
  • No multi-monitor option
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
FHD
ScreenPad Plus
UHD

Connectivity

Ports
2x UBS 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x 3.5mm Audio combo + 1x RJ45
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
90 Wh
Camera | Front
Optional
Microphone
Far-field mic array
Speakers
2x speaker

Dimensions

Size | Depth
268 mm
Size | Height
21 mm
Size | Width
360 mm
Weight
2.4 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
ScreenPad PlusDisplay Diagonal
14.09 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
ScreenPad PlusGamut
72% NTSC
FHDGamut
100% sRGB, 75.36% Adobe RGB
UHDGamut
100% Adobe RGB
FHDRefresh Rate
300 Hz
Resolution
4K UHD (3840x2160) or FHD (1920x1080)
ScreenPad PlusResolution
UHD (3840x1100)
Response Time
3 ms

Function

Audio
ESS + Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification, supports smart amplifier, Nahimic Sonic Studio
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB or RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB
Keyboard Backlight
Per-key RGB lighting
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i7-10875H or i9-10980HK
RGB Lighting
Aura Sync
Variable Framerate
G-Sync

Performance

Key Travel
1.4 mm
Memory | Capacity
16GB onboard + 1x SO-DIMM (up to 48GB total)
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
240 W
Storage
Up to 2x 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0, RAID 0

Production

Debut
2020-04

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K screen
  • Excellent gaming performance
Cons
  • Battery life could be better
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review: Dual-screen gaming in your lap. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-duo-15-review/. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550LXS in Review: Unique Gaming Laptop with Lots of Performance Below the Hood. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Zephyrus-Duo-15-GX550LXS-in-Review-Unique-Gaming-Laptop-with-Lots-of-Performance-Below-the-Hood.483002.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-duo-15-gx550. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review: Two screens and a whole lot of speed. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3563417/asus-rog-zephyrus-duo-15-gx550-review-two-screens-and-a-whole-lot-of-speed.html. 2020-06-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/asus-rog-zephyrus-duo-15-3793928/. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/asus-zephyrus-duo-gx550. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 Review: Two-Screen Cool. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-duo-15. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-rog-zephyrus-duo. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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