Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons - Future News

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons – Future News

ROG’s ASUS lineup is at the forefront of gaming laptop innovation, and the Zephyrus Duo 15, the first dual-screen device announced in 2020, exemplifies this well. Now, after a gap of nearly two years, the device that succeeded the device has finally been launched in the Indian market, and it comes in the form of the Zephyrus Duo 16. Apart from the dual screen functions, the laptop also has top of the line specs including AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series CPU. and NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series GPU. With a starting price of Rs 2,49,990, the Zephyrus Duo 16 is a device meant for users with deep pockets. Its unusual design can be moot in terms of its usefulness, so let’s try to learn more about the laptop in this detailed review.

Build, design and display

The design of the laptop consists of a polycarbonate chassis with a matte black finish across the keyboard. The ROG logo is embossed on the back panel of the cover and the device weighs about 2.5 kg. For a laptop with two screens, the profile is relatively thin at just 2cm. The cover movement is fluid and attached to the ScreenPad Plus hinge (secondary display). This allows the latter to be supported in an inclined position each time the former is opened, creating a gap of 28.5 mm below it. Aside from allowing for an easier viewing angle, this also facilitates better heat flow for the system.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons

The ASUS design team certainly did their best in building this intricate mechanism for the secondary display, while still maintaining a respectable amount of durability for the overall laptop build. However, with the ScreenPad Plus screen taking up most of the space at the top, the keyboard is unconventionally pushed down. This leaves no room for the palm and even the touchpad is placed vertically to the right. Now personally, it took a while to adjust to this layout but after some time, the typing experience became more or less manageable.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons

Now coming to the ports, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A slots with two USB 3.2 Gen Type-C ports. You also get a combo 3.5mm audio jack, an HDMI 2.1 port, and an RJ45 LAN port. Since this device is AMD powered, there is no Thunderbolt 4 support but both USB Type C slots have DisplayPort functionality. Wireless connectivity options are pretty standard including Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. There is a webcam on top, capable of recording 720p videos.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons

The main screen is 16 inches diagonally and offers QHD resolution along with an aspect ratio of 16:10. The variant I have with me comes with a small LED panel called the ASUS Nebula HDR Display. With a 165Hz refresh rate, 1100nits of peak brightness, and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, the Zephyrus Duo 16 is for visually appealing content. Although not associated with traditional OLED panels, the 512 local dimming zones provide a healthy contrast ratio of 100,000:1. The screen can output HDR content as well and I particularly enjoyed watching Interstellar Comes to life on a small LED screen. Whether you are inside CyberPunk 2077 A futuristic night city or pass through its Aztec ruins Shadow of the Tomb RaiderThe viewing experience remains top notch.

ScreenPad Plus is the real screensaver here and can be considered as an extension for the Home screen. The 14 inch touch screen panel has a texture It has a resolution of 3840 x 1100 but it can only refresh at 60Hz. ASUS Smart Software applications allow for the smooth movement of windows from the Home screen to ScreenPad Plus and vice versa. However, the anti-glare coating on the panel, which I feel is a bit unnecessary, does distort the colors a bit on the screen. It supports only SDR content and has an 8-bit color depth. Needless to say, your main viewing partner will be the 16-inch motherboard while ScreenPad acts as a support representative. While writing this review, I kept my Slack and WhatsApp chats open on ScreenPad which made my workflow much more efficient. You can also use it to open your timeline when working on Premier Pro or monitor your Twitch stream while playing a game. The possibilities are wide and ASUS has configured the ScreenPad Plus display in a way that facilitates continuity with the home screen.

Keyboard and trackpad

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons

The six-row chiclet-style keyboard has been in line with other ROG laptops over the years and is completely touchscreen. With 1.7mm of travel and a relatively quiet typing experience, the keyboard itself was very good. However, its positioning at the bottom and the lack of a palm rest makes it a little more difficult to get used to. Per-key RGB customization is available for each key to be manipulated in the Armory Crate app. The backlight is adjustable in three levels and is more than bright enough to be visible at night. The keyboard isn’t particularly cramped but placing the trackpad to the right takes up some space. Speaking of which, the trackpad can also double as a one-click numpad. However, I would recommend getting an external mouse for gaming related activities.

performance and battery

With the Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU at its helm, the ASUS Zephyrus Duo 16 is one of the most powerful processing machines available. While AMD’s lead over Intel has been cut short by its 12th-generation CPUs, the former is still ahead in terms of energy efficiency. I don’t have to tell you that menial tasks, like opening dozens of Chrome or Microsoft Office tabs, won’t cause a system problem. The Zephyrus Duo 16 flies in benchmark tests with the Cinebench R23 yielding a multi-core score of close to 14,000 while the PCMark 10 working simulation output was 6,731. Regardless, the laptop is packed with 32 GB of dual-channel DDR5 memory which can be upgraded to 64 GB. For storage needs, my variant has a 2TB NVME PCIe 4.0 SSD that has read and write scores of 6,709MB/s and 4,953MB/s respectively.


Thermal-wise, the system remains moderately stable with the fans spinning loudly under constant load although it can be customized in an Armory box. The AAS Plus 2.0 system, which raises the ScreenPad Plus off the chassis, allows for better thermal airflow into the room. The 28.5mm raised chamber is said to increase air intake by 30 percent. ASUS has also used Grizzly’s new “Conconaute Extreme Liquid Metal” thermal paste instead of the standard thermal paste that can cool the CPU by an additional 15 degrees. Finally, there are also Arc Flow fans that increase air intake by about 5 percent. All said and done, the Zephyrus Duo 16 does get a little warm but not quite as annoying.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons

In terms of graphic capabilities, my review unit is packed with the latest NVIDIA RTX 3080Ti with 140W TGP. With Dynamic Boost, the total power draw can be increased by another 25W. Apart from that the MUX Switch from ASUS also lends itself to the device for better graphics performance. You can read more about it in our ROG Strix Scar 15 review here. Even with its relatively slim body, the Zephyrus Duo 16 proves to be more than just a capable gaming machine. On 3DMark’s TimeSpy benchmark, it returned an excellent index of 12,007, one of the highest I’ve seen. God of War At QHD and ray tracing, 100-120 fps gave a consistent count in Ultra Graphics. cyberbank 2077 QHD with ray tracing and graphics at 50-65 fps during playback Witcher 3 Keep a steady 90-110 fps even after a few hours of gaming. Less intense nicknames like CS: GO And the brave It easily exceeds 200 fps and can sustain it for long periods of time. I must stress that all games run on a Turbo fan profile with the MUX Switch set to mute the GPU for best performance.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 review with pros and cons

The sound on the Zephyrus Duo 16 is pretty decent when compared to the rather poor standards gaming consoles usually set. A six-speaker setup that includes two 2W amplifiers and two 2W tweeters can provide a great audio experience in a quiet room. The top of the webcam has a ToF sensor and a built-in IR blaster for quick face authentication via Windows Hello. There is a 90Wh battery under the hood which needs to support two monitors along with all the heavy duty hardware. It stands to reason that the device’s battery life is not very good. I got about 3-3.5 hours of screen time which I consider to be slightly below average for a gaming laptop. The 240W adapter supplied with your laptop is the key to optimizing the use of this device.

Final verdict

The Zephyrus Duo 16 is ASUS’ most productive laptop to date but comes with a hefty price tag. My unit with a tiny LED display, top-of-the-line AMD silicon and NVIDIA’s best mobile GPU will set you back up to Rs 3,61,990. Now you should definitely ask yourself if ScreenPad Plus has some benefits for your business. There is an air of undeniable superiority about the Zephyrus Duo 16 whether that is the sound system, the crispness of the screen, or just the overall design of the laptop. If these aspects, combined with the superior laptop performance, appeal to you and you can afford the price, then the Zephyrus Duo 16 may be for you.

Editor’s Rating: 4/5


  • MiniLED screen capable of 165Hz
  • ScreenPad Plus works fine
  • Excellent performance
  • good speakers


  • The price
  • Battery life could be better

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