Image 1: Zephyrus Duo 15 SE: Asus' dual-screen gaming notebook moves to next-gen CPUs and GPUs

Asus’ dual-screen gaming notebook moves to next-gen CPU and GPU

Asus is taking advantage of the release of the new Ryzen 5000 mobile processors and GeForce RTX 3000 Mobile to present its Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, an improved version of its previous dual-screen gaming notebook.

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Barely announced by AMD and NVIDIA, the new Ryzen 5000 mobile processors of the first and RTX 3080 Mobile of the second are embedded by Asus in the ROG Two 15 FR SE. This gaming laptop with two screens therefore embeds what is currently best in terms of components to play.

Hormone-boosted ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

Evolution of the Zephyrus Duo 15 that we tested a few months ago, this SE version takes the general design and the aluminum-magnesium alloy shell, but improves the main screen of 15.6 inches. Two versions of it are available: a first compatible with 4K 120 Hz, and a second Full HD with a refresh rate of 300 Hz for demanding gamers. In both cases, the IPS panel benefits from a refresh rate of 3 ms and Pantone certification, which guarantees excellent color reproduction.

The secondary touch screen, or ScreenPad Plus, takes the characteristics of the previous Zephyrus Duo 15 SE: definition of 3840 x 1100 pixels and IPS panel at 60 Hz, with a premium coverage of 72% of the NTSC color space. A second version is also available, with identical characteristics apart from the definition which drops to 1920 x 550 pixels.

Image 2: Zephyrus Duo 15 SE: Asus' dual-screen gaming notebook moves to next-gen CPUs and GPUs
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On the component side, Asus uses a GeForce RTX 3060, 3070 or 3080 Mobile depending on the version, and a Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX processor to bring its Zephyrus Duo 15 SE to life. With ROG Boost, the GPU can consume up to 115 watts, with an additional 15 watts reserve via Dynamic Boost technology, allowing it to run up to 1645 MHz. The CPU benefits from a power envelope of 50 watts when the GPU is active, and up to 90W when used alone.

Asus has chosen to solder 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory directly to the motherboard, while leaving the possibility of adding an additional 16 GB thanks to a SoDimm slot. The storage is entrusted to two M.2 NVMe SSDs of 512 GB or 1 TB, mounted in RAID 0. The whole is cooled by a very well designed system, an improved version of the AAS (Active Aerodynamic System) Plus present on the Zephyrus Duo 15. Asus in particular has optimized the design of the fan blades, improving airflow by 13% compared to the previous generation.

Connectivity and complete characteristics

The Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is as complete in terms of connectivity as the previous model, with 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, two of which are Type-C (one of them being DisplayPort 1.4 and PowerDelivery compatible), an HDMI 2.0b output, a RJ45 connector, a memory card reader and an audio connector (combo in / out). The network part is not left out with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility. Finally, the Dolby Atmos compatible audio part has been refined: four speakers are integrated.

Let’s finish with the backlit chiclet keyboard: n-key type, this one is always of quality with a stroke of the keys of 1.4 mm. Finally, the battery has a capacity of 90 Wh, with a 50% charge in 30 minutes thanks to the 240W or 280W charger included, and the possibility of recharging via the USB-C port (100W max). Expected for February, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE from Asus does not yet have an official price.

Yannick Guerrini

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