Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 makes you wonder: Are two screens better than one?

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Is it just us, or do you also often feel that more display real estate is incredibly useful while getting work done? Multi-windows for apps, quick controls or a second screen to dedicate to an entire window, makes computing better. Laptop makers have a solution for that. Two screens in one laptop. Not exactly new, but still quite rare. The advantage now is that after a couple of years of learning dual-screen laptops are a refined lot.

That neatly leads us to the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, the latest in the company’s line of attempts at putting two screens (the second being usable, as you would expect) in gaming laptops. This also is the most elaborate attempt yet. Visually, it looks brilliant. On the potential flipside, there are more moving parts to contend with on a laptop. Double the screen means double the fun? Or double the productivity? Or double the convenience?

It isn’t as simple as more is better. The second screen is meant to be a companion for the first. Apps need to support it, to make the most of this setup. You’d be surprised, more do now. Not taking any chances, Asus has made sure of a few software tricks too.

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Depending on which spec you pick (there are 4 on sale in India, at this time), the 16-inch main display will either be the mini-LED type (this is what you should aspire for) or an “IPS-level” (make of it what you will), in different states of tune as far as resolutions are concerned. The second screen is what Asus calls the 14-inch ScreenPad+ (this has an ultra-wide aspect ratio, and you may not immediately realize its size). The resolution for this is 3840 x 1100 pixels.

The second screen sits between the main display and the keyboard, the latter pushed downward, and the touchpad moved to the right. Gamers are cool kids and would likely have no problem getting to terms with this reconfigured layout. For the rest of us, this laptop isn’t a potential purchase candidate anyway. The touchpad is quite small too (isn’t much larger than a couple of inches in width), one of the drawbacks of this experimentation.

As you open the lid, the ScreenPad+ eventually sits at an angle – the hinge mechanism driving this is substantial. That dictates the need for extra care with this laptop (hinge mechanisms can get thrown out of alignment). But that’s the worst-case scenario, something you should be prepared for. Nevertheless, when in action, these two displays look gorgeous.

But what’ll you use this for? There are largely two ways of going about it. First, this can be an extension display, which means you can keep certain apps on this screen while continuing to work on the main screen – video calls can be relegated here, so that they don’t get in the way of your open documents and web browsers, for instance. Or get this to show the number pad if your work at the time demands that.

Satheendhar Sahani

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