ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition: Brilliant screen in a handy but noisy package

ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition
A reviewer’s life is not all hunky-dory. I had a lot of explaining to do when I gifted Grand Theft Auto V to my wife. Trouble is, while my wife does play videogames, GTA isn’t her poison. But I needed this game to try out the advanced features of the ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition (Rs 184,990), which sports NVIDIA’s G-Sync ready GeForce GTX1070 card.

I liked the understated design and the backlit keyboard, which I found quite comfortable to type on. A pity the direction keys are squeezed. Also, I didn’t find any macro keys. Running Windows 10 Home, the notebook booted up fast because of the 512GB SSD drive; there’s also a 1TB hard drive.

The best feature of the laptop is its 15.6-inch non-reflective screen, and with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, it seems to jump out at you. The colours seemed more vibrant and punchy in all the games I played, though I didn’t find the laptop a big upgrade while watching my favourite shows.

With 16GB RAM and an Intel i7-7700HQ processor, the laptop ran all games I played at maxed-out settings smoothly. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor were a walk in the park, while I made the most of my purchase of GTA V. A caveat: please wear cans while playing; one, the tinny speakers don’t do justice to the games’ soundtracks; and two, more importantly, the laptop’s fans make such a racket that they can often drown out the game’s audio. Also, the battery won’t last two hours while gaming.

The ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition is for those who want a brilliant screen on a portable gaming rig and don’t mind its noisy nature. But if the screen’s not your top priority, there are better gaming laptops available in this range.

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