ASUS Republic of Gamers launches dual-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

Ultra-slim gaming laptop features integrated secondary 14.1-inch full-width touchscreen for accelerated multitasking, gaming, content creation and more.

Johannesburg, 30 Jul 2020
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Key points

Second screen expands possibilities

A 14.1-inch integrated secondary display is tilted for viewing comfort and supports touch and stylus input.

Powerful productivity

Everything from gaming to content creation to coding is faster with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU.

Superiority you can see

Pantone validated display: 4K with 100% Adobe RGB. Featuring ASUS ProArt TruColor Technology utilising factory pre-calibration.

Next-level cooling with AAS Plus

A large 28.5mm opening beneath the second screen elevates air intake through an intelligent cooling system with liquid metal thermal compound on the CPU.

Powerhouse portability

Work hard anywhere with a 90Wh battery, power-saving GPU Switch, Type-C charging with Thunderbolt 3, and a strong magnesium-alloy chassis.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) launched the groundbreaking ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 in South Africa today, for serious gamers, streamers and professional creators.

The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 integrates two displays in an ultra-slim form factor to bring a new dimension of versatility to premium gaming laptops, without sacrificing any of the high-powered performance that defines ROG.

Empowering gamers who also create with flexible designs that streamline their work is a passion at ROG. Multi-monitor arrangements enable gamers, creators and power users to work more effectively on their desktops. Laptop users are also commonly seen using their phones as a second screen. To make that level of productivity portable, the Zephyrus Duo 15 doubles down on displays with an elegant Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) Plus design that makes the full-width ROG ScreenPad Plus touchscreen an integral part of the cooling system. As the AAS Plus system tilts the laptop up, the second display also rises for comfortable viewing, while revealing a large air intake for deep airflow. The sophisticated cooling design gives Zephyrus Duo 15 ample thermal headroom to fit powerful flagship processors in a groundbreaking multi-screen gaming laptop.

ROG ScreenPad Plus unlocks endless possibilities

Adding another display is no simple endeavour for ultra-slim gaming laptops, where every millimetre matters. The screen must be large enough to show useful information yet close enough to be within easy reach.

As the laptop is opened, ROG ScreenPad Plus tilts up at a 13° angle for comfortable viewing and touchscreen interaction. This fluid motion is carefully choreographed by a custom hinge that staggers the rise of the displays to prevent damage. To prevent the screens making contact as the lid opens, the hinge incorporates curved sliders that delay the deployment of the secondary display.

Double your possibilities Boost your productivity with the first gaming laptop to feature a built-in ROG ScreenPad Plus display. Tilted 13° for comfortable viewing, the innovative secondary display makes multitasking easy, and features optimised apps that enhance your workflow. Keep chats and stream controls on deck while gaming on the main screen and enjoy a larger working area for your creative projects with screen space to spare for critical tools.

Metagaming – Enhance your game with tools that optimise your play. Overlaid apps from Overwolf let you see real-time stats, build recommendations, and more.

Gaming – Stay engaged with team chats, streams, patch notes, browser windows and more on the secondary screen while you game on the main screen.

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Stream – Keep broadcast controls, video feed and stream chats on deck as you game. Optimised apps like Xsplit Gamecaster make it easy to produce a high-quality stream on the go.

Animation  Give yourself more working space to create your next masterpiece by moving your timeline, layers and other contextual menus to your second screen.

Design – Streamline your content creation, from photo editing to 3D modelling, by keeping crucial commands within easy reach while you work.

Multitask More screen space means more efficient multitasking. Stream videos, browse the Web and keep incoming messages, chats and more in view simultaneously.

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AAS Plus amplifies airflow

For maximum efficiency in a compact form factor, the ROG ScreenPad Plus secondary display also doubles as a crucial component of the overall cooling system.

Modern processors only achieve their full potential under optimal thermal conditions, which is particularly challenging in slender systems. The original ROG Zephyrus revolutionised ultra-slim laptop cooling with an innovative Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that opens a large intake vent as the lid is lifted. Different implementations of this design improve airflow by opening 7mm~10 mm vents that extend across the bottom of the laptop, but the Zephyrus Duo provides an opportunity to take things in another direction.

With AAS Plus, tilting the touchscreen at an angle opens a larger 28.5mm air intake, and allows the fans to draw in cooler air from above the laptop instead of warmer air from beneath it. This massive air intake increases airflow by up to 30% over previous AAS implementations, improving performance and putting less strain on the internal cooling system. Decreased need for heat dissipation means that noise levels can be kept below 46dB(A) in Turbo mode, and 43dB(A) in performance mode.

Go hi-res

Displays determine how virtual worlds are experienced. There is no substitute for a good one, which is why ROG works closely with panel partners to ensure that each device can be configured in ways that fit every need. For Zephyrus Duo 15, users will experience a high-resolution 4K UHD display.

The 4K UHD display offers incredible visuals at the highest fidelity detail. This display is factory calibrated and Pantone validated to guarantee colour accuracy, but this particular panel also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB colour space. The wide gamut and accurate colours let gamers who are also creators produce work at a professional level.

The primary display uses NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to enable a uniquely engaging experience, when making use of your external gaming monitor. Game performance tends to vary with the intensity of the scene, but traditional displays refresh the on-screen image at a constant clip. This disparity can cause visual tearing artefacts that disrupt immersion. G-SYNC synchronises the refresh rate with the frame rate to eliminate tearing, minimise stuttering and reduce input lag.

A GPU switch exclusive to ROG lets users toggle between G-SYNC and Optimus modes depending on whether they want smoother gaming or longer battery life, reinforcing this laptop’s innate duality.

Super-powered speed

A top-tier display requires a top-tier GPU to keep up. The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER makes everything fast and fluid. Thanks to advanced cooling and ROG Boost, the GPU can hit peak clock speeds as high as 1 330MHz in Turbo mode.

The revolutionary Turing architecture behind the GeForce RTX series enables incredible visual realism. Lifelike lighting, shadows, and reflections render with speed across upgraded CUDA cores for programmable shading, RT cores for real-time ray tracing and Tensor cores for AI processing. These versatile cores can also accelerate workloads like image processing, 3D modelling and deep learning.

Boosted productivity

Up to an eight-core 10th Generation Intel Core i9 CPU hits speeds as high as 5.3GHz on a single core, and can engage up to 16 parallel threads with Hyper-Threading technology to power through heavy duty tasks.

With up to 48GB of combined onboard and SO-DIMM memory, Zephyrus Duo 15 is ready for multitasking mastery across multiple displays. Its DDR4-3200 RAM outpaces the old 2 666MHz standard, improving system speed and responsiveness.

Two nimble NVM Express PCIe x4 SSDs run in RAID 0 to provide plenty of high-speed storage. The dual-drive array makes the whole system feel more responsive, with lightning load times and quick access to data. With up to 2TB of capacity, gamers and creators can take their entire game library and professional portfolio wherever they go.

Beyond the hardware inside, USB Type-C (USB-C) with Thunderbolt 3 offers versatile connectivity for a wide range of powerful accompaniments. Gamers can hook up to high-speed storage for ultrafast multimedia editing and transfers, speed up gaming and rendering by plugging into external graphics, daisy-chain multiple monitors to augment the integrated displays, or connect to a fully equipped desktop dock with the simplicity of a single cable. With peak theoretical interface bandwidth of up to 40Gbps – 4X the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard – Thunderbolt 3 can balance multiple performance-hungry devices and drive external displays up to 8K resolution.

Revolutionary cooling

To carve out even greater cooling headroom, the CPU of Zephyrus Duo 15 is coated with Thermal Grizzly’s liquid metal compound instead of standard thermal paste. Applying the exotic material is delicate work typically done by hand. That’s not viable for mass production, so ROG commissioned custom equipment to automate the process with mechanical precision, and also designed a special internal fence to prevent the liquid from leaking, over time. After honing the approach with the ROG Mothership, it is being rolled out across the entire line-up of laptops with 10th Generation Intel Core processors.

Improving heat transfer between the CPU and cooling module provides thermal margin that can be used to lower temperatures, reduce noise or increase performance.

The cooling module strategically snakes five heat pipes to draw degrees from the CPU, GPU and surrounding power circuitry. Each of the four heatsinks is filled with ultra-thin fins that maximise surface area for heat dissipation while decreasing resistance to airflow. Dual n-Blade fans circulate air with super-slim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s strong enough to withstand high spin speeds. Thinner blades leave room to fit 83 per fan, increasing airflow by up to 17% compared to traditional designs. A mesh cover guards the fans against anything that pokes into the AAS vent.

Cooling requirements change based on the task, so Zephyrus Duo 15 has multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode sacrifices a touch of speed to keep acoustics low, which is ideal for everyday tasks. Performance mode offers the horsepower needed for high gaming frame rates without too much noise. Turbo mode dials the CPU up to full power and reaches higher speeds with a louder fan profile.

Users can switch between operating modes on demand with a handy keyboard shortcut or automatically with Scenario Profiles. Available through the ROG Armoury Crate utility, Scenario Profiles lets users link individual games and programs to specific operating modes, lighting effects and other settings. They’re triggered by the foreground application and allow seamless switching that adapts to the active task.

Accuracy, comfort and durability are key

The heat from powerful internal components can sometimes make laptop keyboards uncomfortable to use, particularly during marathon gaming sessions and with sustained heavy workloads. To keep hands away from the warmest parts of the machine and create more space for ScreenPad Plus, the keyboard is shifted forward. The design lets wrists sit on the table, like with a desktop keyboard, and there's a detachable palm rest to improve user comfort.

A handful of keyboard enhancements upgrade the input area below the touchscreen. The separated groups of function keys are easier to intuitively identify. Dedicated hotkeys put volume and microphone mute within easy reach. ROG Overstroke technology lifts the actuation point of the underlying switches for a more responsive experience. And multi-key inputs are more accurate thanks to n-key rollover that registers every press precisely. The touchpad tucked neatly to the right of the keys lights up a digital numeric keypad with the press of a button.

Per-key RGB is great for highlighting critical commands and time-saving shortcuts. It can be used to streamline workflows or just co-ordinate RGB lighting across an ecosystem of Aura Sync peripheral devices.

Stay active anywhere with portable power

The Zephyrus Duo 15 squeezes power and premium features into an impressively slim body that’s just 20.9mm thin and weighs only 2.4kg. The sleek magnesium-aluminide chassis is resilient, with clean lines, all-metal construction and an anodised finish that imparts a professional feel.

It’s easier to stay productive anywhere with Zephyrus Duo’s high-capacity 90Wh battery. The laptop can also charge via USB Power Delivery, so users can take care of lighter work with a 65W USB-C adapter that’s much smaller than the standard unit required for full performance. If the battery runs low and there's no free socket available, users can buy time by charging from a compatible USB power pack.

The ins and outs of on-the-go gaming

Comprehensive connectivity lets this gaming laptop power a full battle station or workstation. The USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with Thunderbolt 3 supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4, and can be used to connect a G-SYNC desktop monitor. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b output capable of driving a 60 Hz signal for 4K UHD monitors and TVs. Three Type-A USB ports accommodate additional peripherals, including a mouse, gamepad and VR tracking.

Wireless networking is essential for everyday productivity, so Zephyrus Duo 15 features super-fast WiFi 6 (802.11ax). When paired with a compatible router, WiFi 6 boosts peak interface bandwidth up to 2.4Gbps, and improves efficiency for busy networks. It also reduces latency, meaning less lag for sensitive activities like online gaming, and expands upstream capacity, which provides more bandwidth for live-streaming.

A premium ESS Sabre DAC elevates the experience for gamers with high-end headphones. The hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range. Combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound, spatial immersion in games and virtual reality is deeper. Hi-Res Audio certification guarantees fidelity for full-quality audio and other media, providing rich and detailed sound.

Onboard speakers deliver reliable and engaging audio with minimal distortion. Smart amplifier technology keeps the speakers within thermal and excursion limits, so the volume can be turned up higher without damaging the cones.

Great gaming awaits

To kickstart your adventures, we’ve teamed up with Techland to offer you a copy of Dying Light and Dying Light 2 with the purchase of the Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550). This gaming bundle offer can be seeing as the gift that keeps on giving.

For more information, please see below ROG GX550 Dying Light Bundle Landing Page:

https://www.asus.com/event/ROGdyinglight2_bundle/ROG-Zephyrus-Duo-15/

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information. 

ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com

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