ROG, ASUS’ gamer division, presented a new notebook that brings a feature widely used by those who play intensely or are multitasking: a secondary screen. However, here this feature is not an extra monitor, but a panel attached to the device itself.
The Zephyrus Duo 15 brings the so-called ROG ScreenPad Plus, a display that sits on the other half of the laptop, taking up some of the space previously directed to the keyboard and trackpad. The touch-sensitive surface is on the right corner of the device, and the keys are smaller and better selected. When the notebook is opened, the extra panel is already angled perfectly for you — and the idea is to make it an accessory to what is displayed on the main screen.
The uses on the secondary screen will be many, but that will depend on collaboration with app and game developers. In Dying Light 2, for example, it will be possible to use the chat in cooperative modes and the item and mission exchange menu on the bottom panel, to leave the entire main screen dedicated to the game. If preferred, the player can maintain communication and transmission services such as Discord or Twitch open, without having to change the tab or use another device to do so.
- Operational system: Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i9-10980HK or Intel Core i7-10875H
- Screen: 15.6″ UHD (60Hz) or 15.6″ FHD (300Hz)
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (8GB GDDR6) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER (8GB GDDR6)
- RAM: 16GB (3200 MHz DDR4)
- Internal storage: 512GB or 512GB+512GB or 1TB or 1TB+1TB (M.2 PCIe) SSD
- Modem: Intel AX201 2×2 802.11ax Gigabit WiFi 6
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN, USB-C 3.2 (1), USB-A 3.2 (2), HDMI (1), 3.5 jacks for microphone and headphones
- Battery: 4-cell Li-Ion (90 Whrs)
- Size: 14.2″ x 10.6″ x 0.82″
- Weight: 2.5 kg
ASUS’ focus here is not just on gamers, but also professionals in the fields of programming and visual creation. So you can choose in the purchase settings between a gaming screen with 300 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms latency or a 4K panel with 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB standard. Both feature NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, as well as modern processor and graphics card options.
The liquid cooling system has improved and also includes a series of operating modes for the fans, which can act more silently in times when they are not very required. The player doesn’t even come into contact with the hottest sectors of the notebook anymore thanks to the redesign of the keyboard — which has backlighting.
The Zephyrus Duo 15 will be sold from May this year, with the cheapest configuration alternative costing US$ 2,999 — about R$ 15,73 thousand in the current fashion price. The most powerful alternative costs US$ 3,699, approximately R$ 19.4 thousand.