Amid the innovation round larger resolutions and refresh charges introduced at CES 2022, one smaller show announcement caught my eye that is perhaps much more essential.
Asus introduced an replace to its common ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, which is already fairly an unconventional gaming laptop computer. However this yr’s replace makes it much more fascinating by providing what Asus calls a “dual-spec” monitor.
What’s a dual-spec monitor? Effectively, fairly actually, it’s a show that may run at two totally different specs — or extra particularly, at two totally different refresh charges. Meaning a gaming laptop computer that might, for instance, present the choice to regulate the show to a better decision with a slower refresh fee — or a decrease decision with a sooner refresh fee.
That’s precisely what the brand new ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 can do. It will probably show UHD at 120Hz or FHD at 240Hz. Presumably, switching between the 2 is simply as straightforward as switching decision in a recreation.
Till now, the utmost refresh fee of a panel in gaming laptops has been set in stone. Purchase a 4K 60Hz panel? Effectively, which means your 1440p and 1080p gaming can be going to be caught at 60Hz. That made slower 4K panels out of the query for PC avid gamers, even in the event you’d admire that 4K panel exterior of gaming.
But when a panel may help two totally different refresh charges, you wouldn’t be restricted by that single refresh fee.
The rationale that is so advantageous? Effectively, totally different video games name for various specs. You’ll be extra aggressive in a fast-paced shooter on a decrease decision with a better refresh fee. In the meantime, you’d admire the upper decision of a slower-paced journey title that has an emphasis on immersion and constancy.
A dual-spec panel, just like the one on the brand new ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, would permit the participant to adapt their display to the sport they’re taking part in past simply decision.
Asus solely gives the dual-spec panel as one of many show choices for its Zephyrus Duo 16. The opposite is a extra typical QHD mini-LED show. And whereas there’s no cause it couldn’t supply a gaming monitor with the identical characteristic, we haven’t seen one introduced but.
Suffice to say, the dual-spec panel remains to be very a lot an experiment. However I, for one, am hoping that it catches on.