The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo SE GX551 is quite expensive, but behind the name lies one of the most powerful and innovative gaming laptops that (a lot of) money can buy. The GX551 uses the latest Nvidia RTX 3000 series graphics chip and eight AMD Zen 3 processors – alongside a second display that promises to rock games, creative workloads, and the Duo's unique design brings many other benefits.
However, with a design that tends to be prone to splitting, problems with the keyboard and battery are quite annoying. Not to mention, gamers will have to shell out £3,499 (or around Rp.69,604,242.39-) for this laptop – so can the GX551 prove its worth as the best gaming laptop?
Who's it for?
For whom the hell use this laptop? From the name, Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo SE GX551, 'ROG' stands for Republic of Gamers and Zephyrus is Asus' high-end sub-brand, so it's clear that the GX551 is designed primarily for those who want the best possible experience. Most laptops gaming also used for content creation, including stream and video production, so Asus thinks that the GX551 can satisfy its fans gamers.
Now,, that's why this machine has high-end graphics and processing hardware and that's why Asus worked so hard to cram a second screen inside this laptop.
The second screen is called the ScreenPad, and it's a 14-inch touchscreen with a 3840 x 1100 resolution. It occupies half of the laptop's base, and opening the machine activates a hinge that pushes the ScreenPad upwards where each corner makes it easier for the laptop to provide more cooling of its own components. good.
ScreenPad is managed by an app called Screen Xpert which installs software around the second screen and groups apps, and also has a handy, customizable shortcut dock. Any software can be used with ScreenPad – users can use it for chat apps or browsers, while content creators can use timeline, controls, or secondary software to the ScreenPad. ScreenPad has an applet full of touch controls optimized for Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro.
To play games, ScreenPad uses a system called Overwolf, which allows the extension to provide statistics, tracking, and tools for games popular. Most supported titles are esports games and adjacent services, such as Fortnite, League of Legends, TeamSpeak, and Xsplit Gamecaster.
The main screen of this laptop is a 15.6-inch IPS panel with 4K resolution, and it has a 120Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync, 3ms response time, and Pantone validation. The measured contrast is 1144:1, the color depth and accuracy are impressive, and screen displays 100% sRGB and Adobe RGB gamut. To play games, refresh rate and response time deliver gameplay smooth, fast-paced motion, and color accuracy and gamut coverage ensure adequate quality for work.
If you're an esports fan and want even higher screen speeds, Asus is producing a £2,499 version of the GX551 with a 1080p, 300Hz display and an RTX 3070 graphics core.
The RTX 3080 is Nvidia's newest and most powerful laptop GPU, with a 6,144 Ampere-powered CUDA core. The larger version has been used here, with 16GB of dedicated memory, and the GX551 pairs a mighty graphics core with an eight-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 32GB of memory and a pair of 1TB Samsung SSDs set up in a RAID 0 configuration. So what do all those specs mean to you? para gamers?
Nvidia GPUs are something of an extraordinary thing. At the laptop's native 4K resolution, it plays games top tiers such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Borderlands 3 with frame rate which easily goes above 30fps and often exceeds 45fps – and that's with games in their top chart settings and with ray-tracing and DLSS. If you want to go beyond 60fps for a smoother 4K experience, then a few minor settings modifications will do the trick for most games big.