When it comes to gaming laptops, there is no other brand that offers the best gaming experience at competitive prices other than Asus ROG in the Indian market. This year, Asus has updated its entire lineup from Strix to the Zephyrus series. We had a chance to review the all-new Asus ROG Streaks Scar III G531GW, which comes with Nvidia’s new RTX 2070 GPU with the latest generation Intel i7 processor.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III has been our daily driver for two weeks, priced at INR 1,99,990 (for those thinking), it is one of the most attractive gaming laptops right now and we have our review here.
While brands are trying to slim down the laptop using MaxQ versions of graphic cards, Asus went with a full card here with a host of other additions. The laptop weighs around 2.8Kg and you cannot carry it in a backpack all day. Like previous iterations of the Strix series, Asus went with an all-plastic build, which seems to be quite sturdy with quality materials used all around. Since the build is all plastic, you get patterns carved on all panels.
The lid has a two-tone pattern with two ROG logos on one side. Since this is gaming, how can we miss RGB lighting, and it starts with the logo itself. All ports are scattered on the back and left side of the laptop, while the right side is reserved only for ‘keystone’. Below, you also see an RGB strip, which runs along the edge of the base, giving it a spaceship-like feel.
All of this exceptional design was created by the brand in partnership with BMW Design Works. Talking About the Display you get a gorgeous full HD display with minimal bezel on all sides except the lower bezel. Asus went one step further and engraved about 2/3 of the bottom bezel with hinges on either side, which only adds a receptacle to the laptop, but allows the user to see the notification LED even when the lid is closed.
The keyboard edges have a nice, carbon-fiber-like design pattern that looks cool but reflects all the smoothness and sweat marks left behind. At the bottom is a low layer of keyboard with a moderately sized touchpad with right-left keys.
Asus ROG Streaks Scar III comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS panel with narrow borders. Many gaming laptops in the market come with a reflective display which can be annoying at times, but Asus went with a matte display which is a bonus. The panel has a 240 Hz refresh rate with a 3ms response time which may not be of much use to the average user but would definitely be a delight for gamers. The high reference rate also enhances the overall user experience as the Windows transition looks crispy and smooth.
The display is not only a delight for gamers, but content creators will also like it, which is a demographic that Asus is offering this product. You get a display that supports 100% sRGB color gamut, which means you get very accurate colors. Our unit had a 240Hz panel, but the company gives you a choice between 144Hz or 240Hz panels, and they are all 1080p panels.
The display on the laptop is great overall but the only gripe we have is with brightness and we wish it could be a bit more.
ROG Armory Crate and Keystone
Asus has worked on ROG control software and added some new features, one of them being Keystone. Now this keystone is a drive that unlocks some of the safety features present in Armory Crate. As soon as you plug in the keystone, it automatically launches the Armory Crate application, where you can connect the keystone to your PC.
Keystone not only stores your user profile with the corresponding RGB settings, but it also decrypts an existing shadow drive when plugged into your device. This shadow drive is an additional 800GB of storage built into your system that you can lock and hide.
ROG Armory Crate also has its own smartphone app, which lets you control your laptop’s CPU, GPU, and cooling settings via your phone. Now, these things may seem gimmicky, but you will find them really useful.
Keyboard and touchpad
Now talking about the keyboard, Asus went with generous keys that provide a decent amount of travel when cutting the number keys transferred to the trackpad. After using a wide range of Asus products, we seem to have the best keyboard among all. The keys have a soft-touch finish and noticeable pressure points that make them ideal for long typing sessions.
Sticking to the entire RGB theme here, the keyboard is backlit as well as separate RGB lights under each key that can be configured using the Aura Sync feature in the Armory Crate software.
Coming to the trackpad, it is not the largest we’ve seen in a gaming laptop, but it does the job. As per the current theme in its laptop lineup, Asus went ahead and added Numpad to the trackpad itself. Now, it can only be activated by pressing the Num Key inscribed on the top right corner of the touchpad for a few seconds. While every bit of this laptop has configurable RGB lights, sadly, the Numpad can only be lit in red color.
Adequately sensitive with ridiculously soft left-right keys on the bottom, moving to the actual display of the touchpad. It’s a precise touchpad that gives you access to gestures and better tracking, which is great.
I / O and ports
With the ports and I / O options you are getting with a laptop, there is also a good amount. You get three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB-C port, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, a headphone and mic combo jack, an HDMI port and of course a charging port. Also, there is a keystone port.
There is just one port that is missing, considering the slot ‘SD card slot’ that Asus is also offering this laptop to content creators, this omission makes no sense. Apart from this, you get all the necessary ports to fulfill your needs.
Performance and battery life
Now pay attention to the main aspect of this laptop, its performance. The ROG Strix Scar III is being offered in a variety of processor and graphics options. As previously mentioned, our unit came with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, which was based on a base frequency of 2.6GHz and a maximum frequency of 4.50GHz. Onboard is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM and 8GB GDDR6 VRAM with 1TB NVMe SSD for fast storage.
This laptop has enough power thrown in terms of both graphics and raw CPU performance. We are not too much of a benchmark devil and will instead review our performance on actual real-world usage. The laptop can easily handle 20+ Chrome tabs and you guys can come across a Chrome-RAM meme, so you will understand this. Our resident graphic designer/video editor took the laptop in parallel for a spin with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Aftereffects and the laptop did not leave a sweat.
When it came to gaming, we tried many popular titles including Assassins Creed, Far Cry 5, Apex Legends and PUBG. With Far Cry, we got between 75–105 fps depending on game settings, with PUBG performing well with over 120fps. Next on the list was Apex Legends which gave us an average of around 90 fps on higher settings. Asus has installed enough cooling pipes in this product to pump hot air with the help of two huge fans, so there is no need to worry about over-heating or throttling of any kind.
Furthering battery life, this is probably one of the areas where the Asus ROG Streaks Scar III hits. With the laptop placed on airplane mode, we managed to achieve a battery life of around 5 hours while holding onto movies. With the Airplane mode turned off and around 30% brightness we managed to get close to 3 hours with Photoshop running Chrome in the background.
Now, this is not a problem for gamers, to get that extreme FPS results out of this laptop, it would be great if just plugged it in.
- Great performance
- Comfortable keyboard
- Good design
- Eye-catching RBG lighting
- Shadow Drive and Keystone
- Battery life is average at best
- No thunderbolt 3
So now talking about our Final Conclusion about the Asus ROG Strix Scar III – Should You Buy the It?. The answer is simple, yes, go for it. The laptop offers many amazing features for the price, such as spaceship-like design, RGB light, 240Hz Full HD display, and most importantly performance.
When looking for other options, we find none with this tip to price ratio. So for INR 1,99,990, the Asus ROG Streaks Scar III gets a big yes from our side.
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|Series||ROG Strix SCAR III|
|Item Height||25 Millimeters|
|Item Width||36 Centimeters|
|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Maximum Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|
|Item Weight||2.57 Kg|
|Product Dimensions||27.5 x 36 x 2.5 cm|
|Batteries:||1 Lithium-ion batteries required. (included)|
|Item model number||G531GW-AZ014T|
|Processor Type||Core i7|
|Processor Speed||4.50 GHz|
|Memory Technology||DDR4 2666|
|Maximum Memory Supported||16 GB|
|Hard Drive Size||1024 GB|
|Hard Disk Technology||Flash Memory Solid State|
|Speaker Description||2x 4W with Smart AMP|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||8 GB|
|Connectivity Type||Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac) 2*2, Bluetooth 5.0 (*BT version may change with OS upgrades.) -RangeBoost|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
|Number of HDMI Ports||1|
|Number of Audio-out Ports||1|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||1|
|Number of Microphone Ports||1|
|Operating System||Windows 10 (64bit)|
|Supported Software||Armoury Crate GameFirst V Sonic Studio GameVisual|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||66 Watt-Hours|
|Number of Lithium Ion Cells||4|
|Included Components||Laptop, AC Adapter, User Guide, Manuals|