ASUS’ premium workstation laptop is the ASUS Zephyrus Duo 16, which comes with a massively powerful AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX processor, up to 64GB of fast 4800MHz DDR5 RAM, and up to 4TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage, with RAID 0 support to make read and write speeds even quicker. The laptop comes with the option for an RTX 3070 Ti as well as higher SKU graphics cards.
With Dynamic boost, the TGP of the RTX 3070 Ti maxes out at 150W, which is the highest available for this GPU, so gaming performance is up there with the best. For workstation users, you won’t find a retail laptop with better a multi-core performing CPU than the Ryzen 9 6980HX. This beast makes short work of even the most demanding rendering workloads or 3D modeling tasks. The liquid metal cooling also means you can push the CPU even further before thermal throttling occurs.
The Asus Zephyrus Duo series is well known for its unique secondary screen design. The miniature display is placed between the keyboard and the main display, and can be transitioned from a flat, horizontal position to one that lifts up flush with the edge of the screen (now without the gap of the previous version). The secondary display has touch screen functionality, and can be used to display alternative media whilst gaming (Discord or YouTube for instance) or different windows of your editing program (the timeline for example, allowing more screen space to watch the footage and to move and manipulate it via touch).
The positioning of the secondary screen does mean that the touchpad of the laptop is positioned on the right side of the keyboard, where the numpad is located (the touchpad switches to a numpad when a key is pressed), which takes some getting used to (a mouse is recommended). Furthermore, there is no space beneath the keyboard to rest your hands on, which can be a bit irritating though an attachable wrist rest does come with the laptop that is good for using on flat surfaces. The overall quality of the keyboard is however decent, and it feels responsive to type on. Unlike the previous Duo, the Duo 16 now has a webcam included on the top of the display, which has InfraRed technology with Windows Hello support.
The best thing about this RTX 3070 Ti laptop in our opinion is the new variable resolution and refresh rate option for the main panel. If you go with this model you get a 4K 120Hz display that can switch to a 1080p 240Hz display using the onboard software: a superb feature for switching between graphical and video workflows at 4K, then turning the resolution down and the refresh rate up when gaming. If you enable Overdrive on the Duo 15 you get a 7ms response time, which is decent if not the best, so we can expect this new model to be as good if not better, given the higher refresh rate option. In terms of the color gamut you get around 98% sRGB and 75% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 replication, so it’s suitable for colorwork in the sRGB space, though not much beyond that sadly. Nevertheless, this is a unique 3070 Ti workstation and gaming laptop with great features you won’t find anywhere else.