It was rather refreshing, taking the Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504 out of its box, feeling this weighty, beefy machine in the palm of my hands. Gaming notebooks used to always be these behemoth machines, and while it is nice to see them become sleeker and slimmer, while maintaining their power, something felt different about this fuller model.
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
Memory: 16GB 2666MHz SDRAM (Dual-Channel)
Storage: 1 x M.2 NVMe PCIE 512GB SSD, 1 x 2.5" 5400rpm 1TB SSHD
Display: 15.6" non'glare Full HD, 1920 x 1080p, IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB
Power: 230W Power Adaptor
Wi-Fi: Intel 802.11ac (2x2) Gigabit Wi-Fi
Bluetooth: Buletooth 5.0
Dimensions: 36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm (WxDxH)
Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 x mDP 1.2, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x RJ-45 Jack, 1 x SD Card Reader. 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack (microphone as well), and 1 x Kensington lock
Speakers: 2 x 1W speaker with Smart AMP technology
Removing the notebook from its packaging was the first indication that this laptop means business. The 2,4kg machine feels weighty, but more so from its rigid and solid construction, rather than a bulky mess.
The gunmetal aluminium finish, with a cut out ROG logo on the left side of the display cover, sure sets the tone of what you are about to experience. While not a shining beacon that screams "look at me", it is more of a concentrated focus, letting you know that it's ready to tackle any challenge you throw at it.
Before we flip the lid, I noticed the striking diagonal line across the centre of the panel, which Asus has designed to give two contrasting lines across their notebook, finished in anodised Gunmetal Grey. The finish and design encompass the notebooks aesthetic inspiration, which "mimics a warfighter’s inner calm, focus, and precision". The line resonated with me every time I scanned the lid, and especially while using the notebook each day.
The finish and design encompass the notebooks aesthetic inspiration, which "mimics a warfighter’s inner calm, focus, and precision".
Asus must be commended on their ingenuity in making sure that heat is dissipated in the most convenient way possible to improve thermals while maintaining comfort for the user.
Loves games with deep character development and a rich storyline. Also, shooty-shooties. Loathes microtransactions. Likes to use sarcasm and metaphors.
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23 May 2019
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