When it comes to gaming laptops, there are only a few companies out there that make them, but mainstream companies like Asus have their own lineup of gaming PCs with their Republic of Gamers (ROG) series.
I’ve been testing out the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition for a few weeks now and it’s one of the better gaming laptops I’ve tested.
Design & Hardware
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is not the thinnest gaming laptop out there but it’s a decent size. The thinnest gaming laptop would have to go to the Asus ROG Zephyrus. That being said, the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition isn’t too heavy to carry around but power adapter is pretty heavy.
The body of the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is made mostly of plastic which doesn’t feel that cheap, the laptop’s screen feels a bit thin and wobbly. It’s not too bad but when lifting up the lid, it can seem a bit flimsy.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition has a 7th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor (the 7700HQ to be exact) clocked at 2.8 GHz along with 16GB of RAM. The device has Windows 10 Home with the Fall Creators Update. The GPU is a Nvidia GTX 1060 which is capable of playing most games on medium to high quality.
The laptop is capable of running Windows Mixed Reality and is VR-Ready for other headsets such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. For storage, the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition has a 256GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition has a 17.3-inch Full HD display with 5ms-response time. That helps so there’s virtually no lag while playing games.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition has a ROG logo on the back of the display that lights up in red and the keyboard has an RGB lighting system that can be customized to basically any colour and different modes.
The keyboard on the laptop is comfortable to type on with some great key travel that isn’t too deep or to shallow. The laptop has an HD webcam but it’s not the best.
The touchpad on the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition can be a bit fiddly, sometimes when I would be typing on the keyboard and I wouldn’t even be touching the touchpad and the laptop thought that I touched away, so I disabled the touchpad when I was typing on the keyboard.
One of the gripes I have with the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is that the device produces a lot of fan noise, especially when I just had a few Chrome tabs open and no games open. It especially becomes annoying when the fan noise is louder than the game you’re playing out loud through the speakers.
As for ports, the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition has Ethernet port, mDP, 2 USB 3.1 ports and a headphone jack on the left side and on the right side, there’s a 2-in-1 card reader, USB Type-C port, 2 USB 3.1 ports and a Kensington lock.
The battery on the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is 64 Whrs but I won’t recommend using the laptop solely on battery power, you’ll only get about 2-3 hours.
Another thing is that I did experience a few Wi-Fi issues with the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition, especially when it was connected to a 5GHz network, it would frequently disconnect.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is available for around $1,499 CAD which is still relatively cheaper than other gaming laptops. You can buy the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition from Canada Computers.
Software (& Gaming Performance)
Since the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is a gaming laptop, you’ll want to play some PC games. The laptop can easily handle games such as Planet Coaster, Euro Truck Simulator 2 and The Sims 4 on medium to high settings.
However, the fan noise on the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is very loud and can be distracting when playing games.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is capable of running Windows Mixed Reality, which is Microsoft’s attempt to make VR more affordable and bring it to the masses. I tested out the HP Windows Mixed Reality headset with the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition, you can read my experience with that in that review.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is running Windows 10, which Microsoft says it the best version of Windows yet. Which I do agree with Microsoft, they have made major improvements to their OS. Windows 10 takes the best of Windows 7 and 8.
Even though the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is running Windows 10 Home, it should be noted that you shouldn’t be using it for super heavy tasks, that’s where a beefier Windows laptop or desktop will come in handy.
Just like in Windows 8, Windows 10 can be used with devices with and without touchscreens. And unlike Android, there are lots of Windows 10 apps that work well on a tablet. Sure, there might not be as many apps as on Android or iOS but there are alternatives and you can easily install apps that are not in the Windows store.
Most of the other apps you’ll find pre-installed on the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition are standard with any Windows 10 PC.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition is a capable gaming PC that can also be used to play VR games including Windows Mixed Reality.
Overall, I really liked the Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition, however, there were just a few issues with the build quality such as flimsy screen along with Wi-Fi issues and the super loud fan.
- Great gaming performance
- Nice display
- VR * Windows Mixed Reality ready
- Good design
- Wi-Fi issues
- Loud fan noise
- Limited battery life