ASUS has a wide range of laptops, particularly for gaming category. This time, in collaboration with BMW DesignWorks on ROG Face-Off, the team has succeeded in making the concept laptop a real product where gamers can buy and play games on it.
In addition to the new chassis and clear internal upgrades, ASUS has also thrown in a bunch of new features, notably the 240Hz IPS display as well as the ROG Keystone. Read on to find out what I think of the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G531G.
Starting with aesthetics, there is no difference in its design language compared to the more expensive ROG Strix Hero and Scar laptops. It is a bit heavy for size but surprisingly compact. Although it is not really light. With a weight of about 2.4 kg, it is a standard weight for gaming laptops.
And about its looks – it looks different from other gaming laptops, as the signature design of ASUS is classier than the others. The outer lid is dual-tone with brushed texture and the ROG logo on the side. The one-half hairline is brushed and the other is anodized.
The logo doesn’t have to shine, but it’s not a bad thing, because, it means you can take it to your workplace without worrying about showing too much. Of course, for some, flashing logos are more attractive. But it’s like everything, and if you see it as a work-item too, that’s great.
The build looks metallic, but it is actually plastic. And yet, the construction is really solid. It also shows when you only hold the laptop and the fact that it doesn’t flex on the keyboard deck, it just makes a strong case for itself. There are air vents on the back and below, and some ports on the back. Overall, a classic ASUS laptop design.
A stroke of personality
To the right of these laptops, Asus is called Keoston, a new feature for ROG Streaks. This is a physical thumb drive-size “key” that uses NFC to store your preferences. Just insert the key and your laptop and it will replace. The physical dongle worked well during my demo, changing the keyboard and light bar lighting immediately I plugged it in. While Keystone seems useful for large families who share a computer, its functionality is limited to lighting effects and some key gaming settings. In Asus Armory Crate Software.
The ROG Strix Scar and Strix Hero will be available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions. Both 1080p displays looked vivid and bright in a lit event space. Unfortunately, I was not able to test a feature that stood out these displays: a 240Hz refresh rate.
1080p on most of today’s premium gaming laptops is displayed at 144Hz, so this is a big step for Asus. Available only on top-tier models, the 240Hz refresh rate, 3 millisecond response time display is for esports teams and professional streamers who need the fastest refresh rates to stay with fast-paced first-person shooters.
The more entry-level Strix G also comes with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch display options, but refresh rates are maximum at 144Hz.
Keyboard and trackpad
Moving on to the keyboard … This is the keyboard layout of your ASUS, therefore, it is slightly different. You have additional hotkeys on top for certain tasks that help in quick action during gaming. However, what I don’t like about the keyboard is the size and position of these arrow keys. They are small and kept in completely.
Other than that, I have no complaints with the keyboard. The response is quite decent, the key travel is also fine … and the sounds are soft but audible enough. There is only one zone RGB light on the keyboard and you can change the effects with the ASUS Aura software. Also, there are 4 levels of backlighting to adjust it according to your needs.
The trackpad is superior to most other gaming laptops. It is detailed, tracking is good and gestures are accurate. The physical buttons are also tactile. It uses Windows Precision Drivers, therefore, you get the GIST.
I / O
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps) (DP support)
3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1x 3.5mm audio combo jack
I particularly like how the design team deployed the ports on the left and back sides of the laptop. Leaving portless on the right side means that you don’t have to worry about USB peripherals connected in the way of your mouse movement.
The selection of ports is rather basic, while we have a USB Type C port that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), too bad that you won’t get Thunderbolt 3 support on the Strix SCAR III. The SD card reader is also absent from this laptop.
On the power side of things, you get the latest 9th gen i7-9750H, which means great performance. And since it’s a high-end processor, there’s really not much to talk about here. It only has 8 GB of RAM in a single channel, but has two slots, allowing you to slip one more stick and increase the performance of dual channels.
It handles things like video editing, and photo editing really well, but you may want to keep color accuracy in mind. Just keep in mind that heavy apps run without any interruption.
On the gaming side, the GTX 1650 does as advertised. It is 30% better than the GTX 1050 Ti, but less than the GTX 1060. But it handles all types of games, inappropriate settings. You get about 60 frames per second in Battlefield V on medium settings and about the same on Fortnite on high settings. For PUBG, you get about 45-55 frames per second on Ultra and 75-80 on Medium.
And as expected, the GPU is a bottleneck for the CPU, because while gaming, GPU usage exceeds 80% each time, but the CPU does not go above 60%.
Still, be assured that it will handle all types of sports, and the temperature is fine too. What I mean is, it gets close to 100-degrees after 2 hours of gaming, and there was some amount of throttling as well. Dual fans work quite well, but it cannot handle stress very well for a long time.
The 66Wh battery on the SCAR III is sufficient for only 3 hours of productivity work while the screen runs at 60 Hz. If you decide to run some games on battery mode, expect the laptop to shut down before the 90-minute mark.
In short, always bring a charging brick with you.
ASUS ROG Strix G531G Specifications:
- Design: Plastic body, with a dual-tone matte aluminum finish, 2.4 kg
- Display: 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS LCD panel, 60Hz refresh rate, 60% sRGB
- Processor: Hexa-core 9th gen i7-9750H processor, Base-Clock @ 2.6 GHz, Turbo Boost Clock up to 4.5 GHz
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, 4 GB VRAM, GDDR5
- RAM: 8 GB DDR4 @ 2666 MHz (Max 32 GB), Dual-slot
- Storage: 512 GB PCIe Gen-3 NVMe SSD
- Ports: 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet, 1x MiniDisplay display port, audio port
- Connectivity: Gigabit LAN + Intel® 802.11ac (2×2) Gigabit Wi-Fi with Rangeboost support + Bluetooth 5
- Keyboard: Full-Size One-zone Backlit chiclet Keyboard
- Webcam: None
- Speakers: 4W*2 speakers with Smart AMP technology/1.5W speaker for W/O Smart AMP technology
- Battery: 50 Watt-hour battery
- OS: Windows 10 Home
- Price: $900 / Rs.140000