To mangle a quote from Justice Potter Stewart, I’ll not all the time be capable to outline what makes a very good laptop computer keyboard, however I do know it after I see it. The chunky, clicky keyboard is a spotlight of this 15-inch gaming laptop computer, which mixes a handful of premium options with an in any other case pedestrian design.

For those who go searching for this specific mannequin, pay shut consideration and ensure you’re in search of the right identify. Asus makes numerous gaming laptops, and this has the unwieldy moniker: ROG Strix GL504 Scar II.

Asus presents a dizzying array of gaming laptops with totally different mixtures of names: ROG (Republic of Players), Strix, Zephyrus, Scar, Hero, FX, and so on., most obtainable in quite a few configurations. It often takes some digging into specs to determine precisely how one differs from one other. The Scar II falls solidly in the midst of the pack, including some high-end options, however inside a cumbersome, generic physique.

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The show does not get previous 1,920×12,080 decision, and is lacking extras like Nvidia G-Sync help, but it surely’s a 144Hz show (that means it has a better refresh charge than most laptop computer screens). That might be necessary to aggressive esports players, who want low latency and quick refresh charges. Simply as fascinating, the bezel across the show is pleasingly skinny — a really uncommon accomplishment for a gaming laptop computer.

Apart from that, the boxy chassis is a little bit of a yawn. There is a delicate camouflage sample that does not actually pop sufficient. At first look, some folks advised me the laptop computer simply seemed soiled. The customizable keyboard backlighting (which additionally features a light-up emblem on the again of the lid and a small gentle bar proper in entrance of the touchpad) will get the job completed, but it surely solely has 4 keyboard lighting zones, reasonably than per-key lighting. The all-important WASD keys, usually utilized in PC gaming, are clear plastic. It is a bit of visible pop I preferred, even when it is a bit gamer-y.

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The Intel Core i7-8750H/Nvidia GeForce 1070 model examined right here is $1,999, whereas dropping the GPU to the Nvidia 1060 will get you right down to $1,699. Asus costs and configurations fluctuate broadly all over the world, however comparable fashions run round £1,499 or AU$2,999. 

Asus ROG Strix Scar II

Worth as reviewed


Show measurement/decision

15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080


2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H


32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz


8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070




802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.TK

Working system

Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit)

Made for gaming

Regardless of not being knocked out by the general design of the Scar II, utilizing it to play video games was a wonderful expertise. The system matched or beat out a number of different laptops with Nvidia 1070 or 1070 Max-Q GPUs in some assessments, and handily beat a few examples with Nvidia 1060 GPUs. Transferring as much as a full 1080 GPU was the one approach to present up the Scar II.


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