Gaming laptops are like sports cars, you don’t need them, but you will have them no matter how expensive they are. While reviewing the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, I felt the same way. Starting at 3,00,000 rubles, the Zephyrus Duo 15 SE not only caters to hardcore PC players but also targets content creators and YouTube. Yes, AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 mobile processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs are ridiculously expensive. But while some call it a good product, the reality is that in India there are some who take it to major gaming notebooks.
In this review, I would like to share with you my experience of using Zephyr Duo 15 SE and what you can get by paying for a one-year salary for a young trainee.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Price in India 300,000+ rubles
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Review -Design and Beauty
Although this is a ROG product (Asos gaming notebooks and smartphones line) laptop, the Zephyr Duo is very similar to the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED, with the awesome notebook I recently reviewed. But there are cosmetic changes between the laptops: the latter one is for high-end users.
In any case, Zephyr Duo has a black chassis with narrow edges, the lid is covered with a dot matrix design next to the ROG logo. If you look at the recently released gaming laptops of Asus, the design language has become even more subtle, supporting a more aggressive style.
The notebook is still on its heavy side, weighing 2.48 kg. I must say that today’s game notebooks are very simple and comfortable. The Zephyr may be heavy but fits in a standard work bag designed for laptops 15 inches or more.
Note, this is a desktop-level laptop, so even if it is a little heavy, the formatting makes a lot of sense. I don’t mind taking this laptop to start events to put stories in place. He still looks professional, but he has a wild side that attracts players.
Open the notebook and you will see a second screen – or ScreenPad Plus. The display has a purpose and many ideas have gone into designing the ScreenPad Plus. A 14.1-inch, 3840 x 1100-pixel touch screen controls half of the keyboard. So when you open the lid, the second display will be tilted at a 13 degree angle to you.
Like I said, it is not adjusted and is slightly raised to provide a better viewing angle. The idea is to provide improved airflow, even if the above-installed speakers are not under the screen pad and for air conditioners. I have to say that Asus could shorten the side edges of the second screen. This would create more space for the keyboard, which now seems narrow.
In terms of connectivity, you have two USB-A 3.2Gan 2 ports and a USB-C 3.2Gan 2 port to drive and charge external displays. On the right, with an Asus proprietary port, a microSD card reader, a 3.5mm combined audio jack. The laptop also comes with an Ethernet port, a full HDMI port. In addition, the ROG Zephyrus Duo supports Wi-fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Review – Display and keyboard
The main screen here is 15.6 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels but a smooth 300Hz resolution. Full HD display is sharp for gaming and anything else. The display is great, and the photos, websites, streaming content and YouTube videos look great. I’m not sure graphic designers and video editors will appreciate this display, but since they are concerned about the wider Adobe RGB color scheme and DCI-P3, I suggest you choose the latest ZenBook Pro Duo over the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE. At a time when everyone is dependent on remote work, there is no webcam that is a little confusing.
The keyboard actually plays RGB light, which one expects from a game notebook. But the layout of the keyboard and touchpad is a bit controversial in my opinion. Because the screenpad plus occupies a large part of the ship, Asus had no choice but to adjust the keyboard in some way.
This resulted in a compressed and crowded keyboard. Although I had no problem typing on the keyboard, I was annoyed that there was no space to rest your wrist while typing. Vertically adjusted touchpad Ditto. The touchpad is responsive on the right, but sometimes browsing can be a problem. The small touchpad doubles as a number pad with a long press in the upper left corner. It is really useful in certain games, especially when playing Overwatch.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Review: ScreenPad Plus and Speakers
What is the use of Screenpad Plus in a gaming laptop? I asked myself. Well, after using Zephyr Duo 15 SE for over a week, I have an answer, but you don’t expect it.
When I reviewed the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED, I explained how the ScreenPad Plus works with the computer as a secondary controller. In Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, the main function of the screenpad plus is the same. I can edit stories on the main screen and watch YouTube videos on the second screen. I can also move apps to full screen or half screen. Everything I expect to do on the second screen is there. What I really don’t know is how to integrate the Asus ScreenPad Plus into games. Of course, on the second screen, I can open the chat app disc and play the game on the main screen. But that’s not what I want the second display. For at least 10 to 15 PC games using the second screen, I want a deep integration of the screenpad plus. In the meantime, I’m not sure what ScreenPad Plus is intended for in such an expensive gaming laptop.
Speakers and microphones are amazing on this notebook. Although it is not a standard 16-inch MacBook Pro, the speakers are really loud without any distortion. The microphones have also been upgraded to make your zoom calls clearer.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Review – Performance and Battery
Inside, they got a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, 32GB of memory, 2TB of SSD storage and a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. This is the highest-selling version of Asus in India and I found the same alternative to review. Such a machine must be the best in class and validate the price tag ordered. I ran Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves – both of which are available on Xbox Play. Games were quick to load and I didn’t see frames falling. Once plugged in, the game was smooth and free of stuttering. Let me tell you, this is not a machine that tests your patience.
Outside of the game, Zephyr Duo 15 SE is a complete workplace. Given the hardware specifications it boasts, the device can easily control the things I do on my laptop (write and edit stories, edit photos, WhatsApp web, zoom calls and many Chrome tabs). I can assure you that the Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is beyond function.
Zephyrus Duo 15 SE earns between four and five hours of productive production. This is how I used my laptop for work and other purposes. The game quickly drains battery life. Wait for the laptop to warm up after heavy game sessions, and a device designed for that purpose is fine.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Review: Should You Buy?
I know today that it is difficult to choose a laptop, especially a gaming laptop. But Zephyr Duo 15 SE is not for those who know how to spend their money. This notebook is for those who are looking for the best, and for those who have extra money to scatter the second idea on Louis Whitton bags and the ROG Zephyrus Duo.