The appearance of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 in 2020 and then managed to steal attention with its innovative dual screen. The gaming performance is also very powerful. This year, ASUS presents an updated version, namely the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551. Curious how it performs? Check out the following review.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM Desain Design
In the design sector, it looks at first glance similar to the first generation. The difference is, the body color is now dark gray. Admittedly, its minimalist appearance looks even cooler.
Overall the body design is relatively thin. The design is also very sturdy. It weighs about 2.48 kg. So, it’s not in the category of thin and light gaming laptops. Not ideal for gamers who have high mobility.
The connectivity port it carries is quite complete. On the left side there is a 3.5mm audio jack hole, a microSD slot, and a power adapter port. On the right side can be found two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and one USB-C port. Meanwhile, on the back you can find an HDMI output port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port and Ethernet.
One that is absent from this laptop is a webcam. Instead, ASUS provides an external webcam option that is already available in the sales package. There is also a Palm Rest which can be added to add comfort when playing games or typing on the keyboard.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM . Display
The screen sector is indeed the main attraction of this laptop. The main screen carries a 15.6-inch IPS panel whose resolution is Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels. This panel is very pleasing to the eye with 100% sRGB color coverage. The color accuracy has also earned the Pantone Validated label. So, it can also be relied on for content creation needs. For gaming, the screen panel supports a refresh rate of 300 Hz and a response time of 3 milliseconds. Very fast and above the average gaming laptop in general.
Meanwhile, both screens come with a size of 14.1 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 550 pixels. The second screen, called ScreenPad Plus, is equipped with a touch feature. Both screen designs have a special mechanism called Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) Plus. This mechanism allows the display panel to slightly lift and form a 13-degree angle. This is useful for providing additional air cavities so that the cooling system is more optimal.
From our tests, the second screen it carries is indeed functional. Various usage scenarios for gaming, content creation, to multitasking can take advantage of both screens. ASUS also provides a variety of settings and application options for both screens. So, it can be arranged and adjusted according to the needs of each user.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM Keyboard Keyboard
The impact of the presence of the screen is both in the keyboard and mouse trackpad sector. There is no Palm Rest area on this laptop. The TrackPad mouse is aligned to the right of the keyboard. For those who are not used to it, it is necessary to adapt. To make it more comfortable to use, we recommend using an additional palm rest in the sales package.
For typing and playing games the keyboard is quite comfortable. The distance between the buttons is quite close. But, it doesn’t detract from our experience for gaming or fast typing. RGB backlit lights are also available to accompany playing games in dim conditions. Meanwhile, the touchpad on the right side of the keyboard is very responsive to the touch of a finger. The size of the touchpad is relatively small. However, it is enough to accommodate daily browsing or productivity activities. The mouse trackpad can also be used as a num-pad.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM Specifications
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM specifications use AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GPU. The RAM it supports is 16GB with an onboard 8GB configuration and one 8GB RAM chip. The maximum RAM capacity it supports is a total of 24GB. This means that one 8GB RAM chip can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB RAM. Meanwhile, for storage space, there is a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.
ASUS also provides other, faster variants. The option is to use AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX with a choice of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 graphics cards. So, for the Ryzen 7 model, this is arguably the most entry model in the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE line. The overall performance is very satisfying. Benchmark results can be seen below.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 6G is powerful enough for some AAA gaming titles. Like for example Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) and Metro Exodus. Both of these games can run smoothly at the highest graphics settings and the DLSS option is active in the 30-50 fps range. Games like Shadow of Tomb Raider and Death Stranding can also be played smoothly.
Thermal management is quite good despite the slim body design. The cooling system is proven to be able to compensate for its fast performance. Performance can be kept stable and cool, even when gaming or creating content. The cooling fan performance is also relatively quiet.
Another advantage is in the audio sector. The audio quality is very good with powerful sound performance through the four speakers it carries. Dolby Atmos and 5.1.2 surround support are also available to provide a more immersive audio experience when gaming or watching your favorite movie collection.
To optimize its performance, ASUS provides a variety of performance setting modes. This option can be accessed through the Armory Crate application. The available modes of Windows mode, Silent, Performance, and Turbo. Manual option is also available. So, gamers can adjust the speed of the cooling fan, CPU to GPU according to their individual needs.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM Baterai Battery
We used the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM battery test for standard productivity tasks such as document creation and browsing. Tests were also carried out without turning on the backlit keyboard and connecting to WiFi. Then, Windows Power Saver mode and Silent mode are active, and the screen brightness level is around 30%. With these settings the battery can last about 6 hours. Quite durable considering its powerful performance and carrying two screen panels. For charging this laptop battery, it also supports the fast recharge feature.
Carrying the concept of an innovative two-screen gaming laptop is indeed unusual. Its presence can clearly be an alternative for gamers who want to be different. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor and an Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics card, the performance is indeed more powerful than the first generation. Even though what we tested is the model with the most entry specifications, its performance is still very reliable for gaming to creative content.
Another thing to consider is the selling price. The price of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and RTX 3060 is around 35.99 million Rupiah. The selling price is indeed premium and not for all gamers. This gaming laptop must be considered for gamers and content creators who want to be different. Or, it’s also suitable for gamers and content creators who want to try a gaming laptop with a dual screen.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM Suitable for:
– Gamers sultan who want to be different: The dual screen concept is very special. Perfect for gamers sultans who want to be different
– Content creators: Powerful performance and accurate screens are ideal for content creation. The second screen is also very functional to support content creation.
Excess ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM:
+ Innovative Concepts
+ Screen Charming and accurate
+ ScreenPad functional Plus
+ screen refresh rate is high
+ Performance toned
+ Audio powered
+ Design relatively lean
+ RAM can be upgraded
Disadvantages of ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QM:
– Premium price
– Not equipped with an integrated webcam
– The weight is quite heavy