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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 review: Two screens and a whole lot of speed


The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is a dual-screen gaming laptop that’s learned a thing or two. It has a few predecessors, most recently the HP Omen X 2S 15 and Asus ZenBook Pro from 2019. But auxiliary screen sizes have been the limiting factor. The ZenBook Pro upped the ante with a much larger screen, for example, but it still lay flat, which made viewing angles a pain in the neck.

With the eye-catching—and blisteringly fast—ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550, Asus takes the same small-screen concept from the ZenBook Pro and uses a folding mechanism to tilt the screen up about 20 degrees as you open the lid. That tilt both increases visibility and allows for a more efficient cooling path through the laptop. Pretty slick. And pretty expensive ($3,699 from Asus.com). But being the first at your LAN party with a dual-display gaming laptop must be worth something.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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The ScreenPad Plus touchscreen tilts up about 20 degrees for easier readability and better cooling.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX5550 Specs

The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550 is about medium-sized for a gaming laptop, with very few compromises in features. Here are the details: 

CPU: Intel 10th gen 8-core Core i9-10980HK with liquid metal thermal interface material

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q

RAM: 32GB DDR4/3200 in dual-channel mode

Displays: 15.6-inch, UHD 4K 60Hz factory-calibrated 100 percent Adobe RGB panel with support for G-Sync and Optimus; 13.4-inch x 7.4-inch 1920×550 touch screen.

Storage: Two 1TB Samsung PM981 NVMe M.2 in RAID 0

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