Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop Review

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“The new series of HP Laser Printers can help India, we currently have a good selection of gaming laptops with Nvidia’s latest GeForce RTX GPUs. We just recently tested our first laptop with a GeForce RTX 2060 — the Dell G7 15 7590 — and it’s now time to take a look at another one from Asus, called the ROG Strix Scar II (GL504GV).

Compared to the Dell G7 15, Asus has taken the flashy route for the GL504GV, dressing it up with plenty of RGB LEDs. What really makes this laptop interesting is that has pretty much the exact same core specifications as Dell’s offering, but at a slightly higher price.

It’s time to see whether you’re paying this premium for just the light show, or whether Asus has done more in order to justify the higher price.

Asus ROG Strix Scar II (GL504GV) design
One look at this laptop and it’s very obvious what its intended purpose is. Asus hasn’t held back in letting everyone know that this is a gaming laptop. The lid has a very nice dual-tone brushed aluminum finish with a giant backlit ROG logo and the ‘Republic of Gamers’ moniker at the bottom. The lid also has a cutout at the bottom, which lets you see the status LEDs when it’s closed.

There are LEDs for power, battery status, hard disk activity, and airplane mode. The lid is sturdy, there’s barely any flex, and it offers good protection for the display. We didn’t notice any pixel warping even when applying pressure on it. The edges are chamfered but they do feel a little sharp to the touch.

Asus ROG Strix Scar II screen ndtv asusThe display has narrow borders around the sides, which gives you an immersive viewing experience

The laptop is fairly heavy at 2.4kg but its dimensions are quite compact thanks to the narrow bezels around the display. It’s relatively thick at 26.1mm, but despite this, we were able to comfortably carry it around in a messenger bag.

You get a decent selection of ports spread across both sides of the laptop. There are a total of three USB Type-A ports (two USB 3.1 Gen. 1, one USB 3.1 Gen. 2), a USB Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen. 2), a Mini-DisplayPort 1.2 connector, full-sized HDMI 2.0b, Gigabit LAN, a multi-format card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo socket.

The ports are well spaced and easy to get to. There are several vents all around the laptop as well. There’s one on the right side, one above the keyboard area, a couple at the back, and a few more on the bottom.

The keyboard area has a carbon fiber pattern as well as a camouflage pattern overlapping the top right half of the laptop. It’s not the most tasteful design in our books, but some might like it. In our opinion, the carbon fiber pattern alone should have been enough.

Asus ROG Strix Scar II keyboard ndtv asusThe camouflage pattern over the carbon fiber print feels a bit much

You get a full-sized chiclet keyboard with a number pad. The keys are mildly sculpted and the 1.8mm of travel is comfortable for typing. The keys don’t require much effort to press and aren’t noisy. The WASD keys are transparent, so they shine brighter when gaming in the dark.

Apart from the standard set of keys, you also get a few shortcut keys for volume control and muting the microphone, and a ROG button for launching the Asus Armoury Crate application. The power button is isolated in the top right corner, while the direction keys are properly sized. We also like the extra lip given to the spacebar, which makes it easier to hit with your thumb when gaming.

In terms of lighting, the keyboard supports 4-zone RGB backlighting and there’s even an RGB strip on the front of the laptop which can be customized.

The trackpad is decently sized and you get individual trackpad buttons, which is what every serious gaming laptop ought to have.

Asus ROG Strix Scar II ports ndtv asusYou get a good selection of ports on the ROG Strix SCAR II

Finally, we come to the display, which is a 15.6-inch, full-HD IPS panel with a 3ms response time and a 144Hz refresh rate. Just like the Dell G7 15 we tested, the Asus ROG Strix Scar II also has very slim bezels on three of its four sides. However, Asus has placed the webcam in a very awkward position, off-center to the right of the border below the screen.

Now, we poked some fun at Dell when it did this with the XPS 13 a couple of years ago, but this is even more ridiculous. You can adjust the lid to fix the ‘nose-cam’ perspective to some extent, but there’s no way to avoid the side-angle view that you get. Asus should have at least placed it in the center, at the bottom, in place of its logo, which would have been somewhat more acceptable.

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