Thursday, April 2nd 2020

ASUS Reveals ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 - 15" Dual Screen Laptop Featuring Intel 10th Gen and NVIDIA RTX Super

ASUS today revealed their latest gaming flagship laptop in the form of the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. Like the name implies, the Zephyrus features a 15" screen which can vary in configuration from a 1080p panel ticking at 300 Hz refresh rate, or of a 4K, 60 Hz panel for users that would prefer image quality and pixel real estate for graphical work (both panels cover 100% of the AdobeRGB colorspace). Besides the main screen, however, ASUS has also included a second one, right above the keyboard, which it dubbed ScreenPad Plus: a 14.1-inch 60Hz matte touchscreen (3840 x 1100) that can be angled at 13 degrees so it falls into the user's field of vision whilst simultaneously increasing airflow to the PC.

ASUS is working with game and app developers to increase usefulness of the ScreenPad Plus, with the screen supporting apps such as Twitch and Discord. Actual games integration is another story, with the games having to be programmed specifically for this configuration, which means support will be somewhat limited. ASUS has already announced they are working with Techland so that Dying Light 2 can take advantage of the secondary display.
However, being a flagship gaming PC, the cream of the crop in hardware choices come inside, not outside. ASUS has equipped the Zephyrus Duo with Intel's latest 10th gen CPUs alongside NVIDIA's latest RTX Super graphics cards for laptops. The two least expensive configurations ship with the 1080p, 300 Hz panel, and offers two choices: a Core i7-10875H, RTX 2070 Super, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 2 TB of storage (RAID) for $2,999, or hardware list consisting of a Core i9-10980HK, RTX 2080 Super, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of PCIe storage for $3,499.

Another tier above that and you're into the 4K, 60 Hz realm, with this particular Zephyrus Duo featuring a Core i9-10980HK, 32 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage (RAID), and an RTX 2080 Super for $3,699.99. The 1080p options will be available from June 29th, whilst the 4K version will be available on June 1st.
Source: TechSpot
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17 Comments on ASUS Reveals ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 - 15" Dual Screen Laptop Featuring Intel 10th Gen and NVIDIA RTX Super

#1
TheLostSwede
That's a rather insane price for a rather insane looking laptop.
I doubt they'll sell more than a dozen of these at that price under current circumstances...
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#2
Cheeseball
Not a Potato
TheLostSwedeThat's a rather insane price for a rather insane looking laptop.
I doubt they'll sell more than a dozen of these at that price under current circumstances...
Yup, it's one of their halo products, just like the ZenBook Pro Duo.

I can see the usefulness of that second half-panel (ScreenPad) though. Discord and Slack have support for it.
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#3
phanbuey
3700 for a 15" 1080p laptop...

Talk about some buyers remorse right there.
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#4
TheLostSwede
phanbuey3700 for a 15" 1080p laptop...

Talk about some buyers remorse right there.
That's the 4K option, the 1080p model is "only" $3,500...
Although, technically the secondary screen is 4K, wide at least...
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#5
ARF
TheLostSwedeThat's the 4K option, the 1080p model is "only" $3,500...
Although, technically the secondary screen is 4K, wide at least...
You can afford 2 Asus Zephyrus G14 with the Ryzen 9 4900HS and still have some change.
Or 1 Asus Zephyrus G14 and other $2,000 left for top premium desktop machine with a 4K monitor.
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#6
thesmokingman
That's about as ridonkulous as the Helios 700.
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#8
dicktracy
Nvidia and Intel are still the golden standard. Design wins, one after another.
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#9
BArms
Gmr_ChickMe to Asus marketing:

I can't figure out why anyone designs the keyboard being closer to the user instead of the classic arrangment where the wrist rests on the laptop. Doesn't it make it impossibly hard to use on... a lap? Also when using on a desk, having the screen farther away than normal seems like a bad idea too. Hopefully they don't build more than about 50 of these because I can't imagine they'll sell well.
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#10
Caring1
BArmsI can't figure out why anyone designs the keyboard being closer to the user instead of the classic arrangment where the wrist rests on the laptop. Doesn't it make it impossibly hard to use on... a lap? Also when using on a desk, having the screen farther away than normal seems like a bad idea too. Hopefully they don't build more than about 50 of these because I can't imagine they'll sell well.
Because Touchpad that's why.
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#11
BArms
Caring1Because Touchpad that's why.
Do tell
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#12
Patriot
Shame they had to go and ruin them with Intel chips
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ARF
dicktracyNvidia and Intel are still the golden standard. Design wins, one after another.
AMD is the top perfomer right now. AMD is the performance and market leader, innovation leader, too.

To be honest, if it depends on Intel, there would be no x86-64 and no more than a quad-core CPU for the mainstream.

So far with your "golden" standard.... Intel is just laughing stock these days and maybe only its employees might have such a high and unrealistic opinion about themselves.
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dicktracy
ARFAMD is the top perfomer right now. AMD is the performance and market leader, innovation leader, too.

To be honest, if it depends on Intel, there would be no x86-64 and no more than a quad-core CPU for the mainstream.

So far with your "golden" standard.... Intel is just laughing stock these days and maybe only its employees might have such a high and unrealistic opinion about themselves.
Except Intel’s ancient Skylake is still the top gaming performer, which makes sense to use them over Zen 2 for these gaming laptops.
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#16
ARF
dicktracyExcept Intel’s ancient Skylake is still the top gaming performer, which makes sense to use them over Zen 2 for these gaming laptops.
Because the games are not optimised to work with AMD's multi-core processors. Games utilise between 2 and 4 cores only. AMD gives up to 16-core processors in select laptops.
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#17
evernessince
dicktracyExcept Intel’s ancient Skylake is still the top gaming performer, which makes sense to use them over Zen 2 for these gaming laptops.
1. No, the 8700K and 9900K have better gaming performance over the 6700K (the top skylake processor), especially in newer games.

2. We are talking about mobile processors here. Not desktop.

3. Mobile 4900HS, a low power mobile AMD variant, does in fact beat the 6700K in single threaded performance by a decent margin, which is kind of shameful for Intel:
www.cpu-monkey.com/en/cpu-amd_ryzen_9_4900hs-1285
www.cpu-monkey.com/en/cpu-intel_core_i7_6700k-518

It's safe to say AMD is in fact the performance leader in the laptop market. They win big in performance per watt, they win big in multi-threaded, and even AMD's low power 4900HS trades blows in gaming with Intel mobile CPUs that consume significantly more power. They also win big in iGPU performance giving you more than MX250 performance.
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