Amid the innovation around the higher resolutions and refresh rates announced at CES 2022, a smaller display ad caught my eye that could be even bigger.
Asus has announced an update to its popular ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, which is already a fairly unconventional gaming laptop. But this year’s update makes it even more interesting by offering what Asus calls a “dual specification” monitor.
What is a dual specification monitor? Well, literally, it’s a screen that can run to two different specs – or more precisely, at two different refresh rates. That means a gaming laptop that might, for example, offer the option of scaling the display to a higher resolution with a slower refresh rate – or a lower resolution with a faster refresh rate.
This is exactly what the new ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 can do. It can display UHD at 120Hz or FHD at 240Hz. Presumably, switching between the two is as easy as changing the resolution in a game.
Until now, the maximum refresh rate of a panel in gaming laptops has been frozen. Buy a 4K 60Hz panel? Well, that means your 1440p and 1080p games will also be stuck at 60Hz. That made slower 4K panels out of the question for PC gamers, although you would appreciate that 4K panel outside of gaming.
But if a panel could support two different refresh rates, you wouldn’t be limited by that one refresh rate.
The reason why it is so advantageous? Well, different games require different specs. You will be more competitive in fast shooting game with lower resolution with higher refresh rate. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy the higher resolution of a slower-paced adventure title that emphasizes immersion and loyalty.
A dual-specification panel, like the one in the new ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, would allow the gamer to tailor their screen to the game they are playing beyond single resolution.
Asus only offers the Dual Spec panel as one of the display options for its Zephyrus Duo 16. The other is a more conventional QHD mini-LED display. And while there’s no reason it couldn’t offer a gaming monitor with the same functionality, we haven’t seen the announcement yet.
Suffice it to say, the dual spec panel is still an experience. But for my part, I hope it will be felt.