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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE – World’s Most Powerful Laptop.

Asus kind of dominated the laptop part of the CES 2021, they released laptops powered by the new Ryzen 5000 chipsets, which were much better than their intel counterparts in every single way, but there was a laptop among them which stood out more than others, the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE.

The Zephyrus Duo laptop series is now in its second generation, the first generation which was released the previous year was also excellent, and would have been an ideal choice for most of the content creators.
Now this year we have the second generation of Zephyrus Duo, powered by the more powerful and more efficient AMD CPUs, much better GPU options, much better thermals, and better display options.

This post is a Detailed Review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE Quick Specs

SpecificationsROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
Display1. 15.6-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
sRGB:132.7%
Adobe:100% Pantone Validated
120Hz
2. 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)
sRGB:100%
Adobe:75.35% Pantone Validated
300Hz
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home/Pro
CPU1. AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
(8C/16T, 3.3GHz/4.6GHz)
2. AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
(8C/16T, 3.2GHz/4.4GHz)
GPU1. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
2. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
3. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
Memory16GB DDR4-3200 On Board
Upgraded Up to 48GB.
StorageUp To
1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0
ConnectivityWifi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
I/O Ports1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery
1x RJ45 LAN port
1x card reader (microSD)
SecurityNormal Windows Password/Pin
CameraNo.
Power90WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion
280W AC Adapter

Specification Details
https://rog.asus.com/us/laptops/rog-zephyrus/2021-rog-zephyrus-duo-15-se-series/spec/

Design and Build Quality

The design is pretty similar to that of the previous year’s model, but this time there are fans under the secondary display and more vents at the bottom.
Nothing Much to Say.

The Build Quality is excellent, it has a metal chassis.

Display

So yeah I know that the design and build quality part was kind of boring, but here is where the interesting part starts.

With the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, you have two display options, a 4K 120Hz Display, or a 1080P 300Hz Display, and the best part is unlike the previous year when even with the 1080P display you were getting a 4K secondary display which was a pretty bad experience for eyes, this time both the primary and secondary display have the same resolution, if you buy the 4K version then both the display will have 4K resolution and same goes with the 1080P displays.

Other Specs of the Display include
a 15.6 inch 4K UHD display with an sRGB color gamut of almost 133%, Adobe color gamut of 100%, and is Pantone validated with a 120Hz Refresh Rate.
The 1080P has a bit lower specs, it has an sRGB color gamut of 100%, Adobe color gamut of almost 76%, is Pantone validated, with a 300Hz Refresh Rate.

So The Choice is simple, if you want you primarily use the laptop for gaming then 1080P is the one to go for, and if you want to use the laptop for more content creation works, like Video/Photo editing, and so on then, 4K display is the one to go for.

Performance

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

CPU

We got 2 CPU options with the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, the base model is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, an 8 core 16 thread CPU with a base clock of 3.2GHz and a boost clock of 4.4GHz, its an excellent CPU and is better than most of the intel laptop CPUs out there, but it’s not the star of this post.

The Star of this post is the AMD Ryzen 9 5900Hx, again an 8 core 16 thread CPU with a slightly higher base clock of 3.3GHz and boost clock of 4.6GHz.
Currently its the best laptop CPU out there, and is also one of the most powerful 8 Core CPU out there, and it’s better than any of the 8 Core CPUs by Intel be a laptop chip or a desktop chip, yes the 5900Hz beats all the 8 Core CPUs made by Intel, be it a laptop chip or a desktop one.
Amazing Huh!!

Cinebench R23 Multi-Core scores
AMD Ryzen 9 5900Hx14196
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H11396
Intel Core i9-10980HK10750
Intel Core i7-10700K(Desktop CPU)12720
Cinebench R23 Multi-Core scores

GPU

We got 3 GPU options
1. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
2. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
3. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

The Highest end model the RTX 3080, it’s a 130W GPU and is kind of at the limit of what a mobile RTX 3080 can give in terms of performance, it performs better than a Desktop RTX 2080 Super, but is behind a desktop RTX 3070.

The Gaming performance was one of the best you can get out of a laptop.
With around 80 FPS in Cyberpunk, 275 FPS in RDR, 230FPS in Doom Eternal, and 115FPS in Horizon Zero Dawn.
All of these titles are demanding titles, and you can see how the RTX 3080 Performs.

Fire Strike Graphics Scores
RTX 3080(130W Laptop)29386
RTX 2080 Super Max-P(150W Laptop)25503
RTX 3070 Founders Edition(Desktop)31116
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition(Desktop)28910

Thermals

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

The ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE has one of the best, if not the best thermal system on a laptop out there, like its at that level that this laptop never throttles, it can sustain peak performance for very long, the max CPU temp recorded was 98 Degree Celcius, and the max GPU temp recorded was around 80 Degree Celcius.
It has liquid metal running, and the exhaust design is simply awesome.

Memory and Storage

It comes with 16GB DDR4-3200MHz RAM onboard, can be upgraded up to 48GB of RAM.
But for the Base model, it comes with 8GB of DDR4-3200MHz RAM and can only be upgraded up to 24GB of RAM

As for Storage, the top-end variant comes with 1TB+1TB of NVMe PCIe 3.0 configured in RAID 0, as for the other model, they come with 1TB of NVMe PCIe 3.0, and has one slot empty for future expansions.

Battery

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We got a 90Wh battery, the battery life is great, for a gaming laptop, you can get around 5 hours of battery life with both the display and around 6 hours of battery life with the secondary display disabled.
The base model comes with a 240W AC adapter, while the top variants come with a 280W AC adapter, also you charger the laptop using a 100W adapter through USB-C.

I/O Ports

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The Port selection is excellent.
1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C support DisplayPort / power delivery
1x RJ45 LAN port
1x card reader (microSD)

Keyboard and Trackpad

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The Keyboard is great, the typing experience was good, good feedback from the keys, and is comfortable to type on for long hours.
However the trackpad is a problem, it’s good, but due to its positioning, it can be a hassle to use, well most of the people who will be using it will surely be using an external mouse.

Audio

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Built-in array microphone
2x 4W speaker with Smart Amp Technology
2x 2W tweeter

Speakers are an upgrade from last year but don’t expect much from them, they are above average at best.

Pricing

The Base model of the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 starts at around $2200 and goes all the way up to around $3100.
As of now, there is no official Indian pricing available.

Conclusion

The top-end variant ROG Zephyrus DUO 15 the Ryzen 9 5900Hx+RTX 3080 can easily be said to be the most powerful laptop in the world as of now.
There is nothing much to say about this laptop, everything from its design to its I/O ports everything can be said to be its Pros, and there is nothing that can be termed as its Cons.

It’s great to see AMD CPUs in the high-end laptops, as it was not the case in previous year’s laptops, when even though the AMD CPUs were better, much of the high-end laptops had Intel CPUs, but now we have the more powerful AMD CPUs in the high-end laptops.

Even though the Zephyrus Duo 15 is priced much higher, if we compare it to with last years model, it’s still $500 cheaper, which means that the AMD CPU’s are cheaper and at the same time better than the Intel CPUs, so its an excellent thing for lower budget laptop consumers, as they will be getting a better value for money laptop with AMD CPUs.

Visual Image Credits
https://rog.asus.com/us/laptops/rog-zephyrus/2021-rog-zephyrus-duo-15-se-series/

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