Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (G732) Review

by birtanpublished on November 22, 2020

Hi i'm matthew buzzy here with the asus rog strix scar 17 a 17 inch laptop with some pretty serious specs our tester model is 3 300 and even the starting configuration is 2200 so it's a pretty premium laptop no matter how you slice it our tesla model is the highest end configuration with it you get a core i9 processor nvidia rtx 2080 super 32 gigabytes of ram and a one terabyte ssd so you can easily see where the price comes from on top of that you get a 300 hertz refresh rate display and most gpus can't really make use of that but the rtx 20 super which is more or

Less the top option for laptops available can actually push frame rates that high in competitive multiplayer titles aaa games more like 100 to 120 frames per second depending on the game but that's still really good that's big budget high fidelity games with demanding visuals multiplayer games you play on lower settings or less visually demanding intentionally can run upwards of 100 200 close to 300 frames so this laptop actually makes use of its

High refresh screen now as a 17 inch laptop it's pretty hefty 6.3 pounds other 17-inch laptops have made some strides and becoming more portable this is more firmly on the on the hefty side it's not huge but it's not especially thin it's not especially portable you can take it with you it got about five and a half hours on our battery run down test so it lasts off the charger for a little bit uh it wouldn't be what i recommend if you're someone on the go often who takes your gaming laptop

Uh various places all the time or wants to use it as your general use laptop for daily travel or commuting or anything like that because it's gonna weigh you down a pretty good amount if you do bring it with you to a cafe you will certainly be noticed this ringed sort of led trim here is pretty cool there's more led on the lid as well as the keyboard this all customizable of course you can turn it off so people don't look at you funny in a cafe but really uh it's a pretty attractive

Thing for what's otherwise a not basic but relatively plain and unspectacular laptop design we've seen some kind of crazy experimental designs recently from acer the printer triton with the flipping screen the asus rg mothership which comes up the keyboard comes apart and as well as the asus rg zephyrus duo which has a second screen on its keyboard for gaming and touch technology and it's really cool but this is a much more basic performance first gaming laptop as for

The ports on this laptop most are on the left flank and the rear on the left you have usb 3.1 ports a headphone jack and on the rear you have another usb port usb c hdmi and even an ethernet jack the power connector is back there as well the right side has just one connection and it's actually asus's proprietary keystone connection for what they sell separately as a usb flash drive where you can kind of take your game setting profiles and lighting customization settings on the go

You can swap them between asus machines that's really for like hardcore enthusiasts maybe esports players who take their profiles on the go and switch between laptops that is sold separately the touchpad and the keyboard are fine on this laptop the touchpad looks a little small for how big the laptop is and the keys are okay there's some decent travel but they're a little mushy customizable perky lighting is always nice there's no webcam on this laptop that's actually one of several recent asus laptops that just

Doesn't include a webcam in our current climate not really a great decision i would say um that might even hold some people back from buying it given our modern context overall the strix scar 17 has a lot to like there's nothing really wrong with it you would hope not for 3 300 and for that price you get top end gaming performance it really is a performance first gaming laptop there are some that i mentioned that have more experimental designs some go more portable they're less

Expensive but this is for people who mostly stay at home mostly don't take their laptop on the go you can of course but it's not that portable it's really focused on giving you the best performance for the price rather than any fancy designs or any really crazy extras or experimental design features it's really all about pushing high frame rates giving you the high refresh screen uh the processor is insane it can eight core 16 thread it can shoot through cpu based tasks as well the gpu is about as good as it gets on

Laptops and uh even asus thermal compound the liquid metal that they use is what they call it uh keeps the thermals in check it it runs pretty quietly it didn't bottleneck on our tests it was one of the fastest performers on cpu-based tests so a lot to like nothing really wrong with it per se so if you're sort of a performance first gamer and you have a lot of money to spend this is a really good option a few frills but there's a lot to like and the cons are

Sort of subjective like oh it's expensive it's not portable if that's not a problem for you you're in business check out our full review on pcmag.com you

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