A few months ago, my gaming passion saw a new height of fanaticism and made me crazy enough to search for a good gaming laptop to invest in. Being a little tight on budget, I decided to stick myself to only searching for some of the best gaming laptops under $1000 so that I don’t get carried away with the features of a good laptop and spend more than that I should be.
I’d like to call it my good fate that of my searches for the best gaming laptop at that time took me to the laptop that I am going to review for you today. Yes, it was quite out of my budget, but the extravagant features and all the good reviews somehow tricked me into crossing my financial limits and I got my hands on the amazing ASUS ROG SCAR II gaming beast.
I’ve no regrets about buying this one because it is literally an amazing device in such a price and can come up to all your expectations when it comes to hardcore gaming. Without further ado, let us jump right in the review and see what this laptop has to offer.
An Overview: Stepping inside the world of gaming laptops, it is not every day that you come across a laptop that has all those features which a good gaming laptops buying guide suggests you to go for. However, this one was an exception because it has almost all those things that a good gaming laptop is supposed to have.
With a price tag that may feel to some like a hardly affordable luxury, this laptop is a lethal combination of speed and strength. The thin bezels with an excellent GPU are enough to make the ASUS ROG SCAR II stand out of the crowd.
- Excellent speed
- Strong GPU
- Gaming-suitable Processor
- Sturdy body built
- Thinner bezels
- Great refresh rate
- Efficient cooling
- Average battery life
- Not an impressive look
- No individual key lighting in the backlit keyboard
- Heavy weight
Display and Screen
A bulky and dull but strong body build is the first thing that characterizes the look of this 15 inch laptop. There is a military like pattern in two diagonally divided sections that give its lid a rugged look. Upon opening it up, a 15.6 inches of strong IPS screen that has a great display resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels welcomes the users.
For an efficient gaming visual experience, there is the latest NVIDIA GTX 1070 GeForce GPU with 8 GB capacity under the hood. This GPU is what makes this screen and visuals so good that a gamer can easily fall in love with this laptop just for them.
The fact that the ASUS SCAR II has 144Hz of display makes it better than other gaming laptops of its league in terms of refresh rate. It has lower display latency with exceptionally thin bezels adding some plus to its screen looks and visuals
Like most of the ASUS gaming beasts, this laptop also has an 8th generation 6 cores Intel i7 processing unit that performs really well when it comes to gaming. The processor is fast, efficient, and an amazing multitasking beast above all that gives this laptop its true gaming speed.
Coming to the RAM and storage, this laptop is a full package there too. It has a huge 16 GB of Random Access Memory alongside a dedicated 256GB of SSD storage space. Such spaciousness lets you store as many games as you want along with letting you store your favorite media and other useful files too.
Although the speed and processing efficacy is already strong enough, over time and with a rough usage the speed may get a little slower. In such a case, there’s no need to worry. My guide on how to make your laptop’s speed superfast can easily help you revert this gaming laptop to its original speed so that you may enjoy an efficient performance again.
Some other features that may assist the fast speed and performance include:
- Windows 10 Home as OS
- 5.0 Bluetooth connectivity
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- ROG Boost Technology to improve connectivity speed even more
- 3Ms response time
- Hyper cooling pro thermal ventilation
- Anti-Dust features
- Good Speaker and stereo system
- A lot of ports
- Shock proof covering
A key board, for me, is the most important thing to look out for in any gaming laptop and it is safe to say that this ASUS gaming laptop is a winner in this race.
The customizable AURA laptop by ASUS with its RGB lighting is a feature to die for. It has a light bar for a subtle lighting effect and the four zones do well even when there is no per key lighting setup at all.
Moreover, both the keyboard and touch pad are soft to touch, allowing to stay in your gaming flow without having your fingers hurt by the end of the day.
There is also the ASUS ROG Gaming center that lets you tweak and monitor your keys, fixing and playing with the lighting features as you want. The most amazing part about this keyboard are its transparent WASD keys made out of plastic, that give such a cool gaming feel.
Since this is purely a gaming laptop, I have experienced some amazing features of this ASUS Strix ROG SCAR II that add a lot to a smoother hardcore gaming. Let us have a look at them here below:
- A visual experience that is much better than other laptops with the same GPU make it a great option for gamers who wish for perfect graphics and refresh rates in their gaming experience. Not to mention the high refresh rate and thinner bezels which make its screen and even more pleasurable feature.
- High end and hardcore gaming has a lot of heating issues to tackle and it is safe to say that this laptop has a solution for all such problems. With its dual 12V fans that are ready to deliver their best all the time, this laptop can tackle even the hottest of the gaming sessions with no difficulty at all.
- The processor is fast enough to let you do your thing even when there is music running at the background, thus maintaining what are known as the best gaming standards.
- An easy to operate RGB backlit keyboard and an anti-dust technology are just too good for a gaming laptop that comes in the price of an ASUS SCAR II.
Frequently Asked Questions about this Laptop:
Ans: Yes, indeed. You can also edit videos and pictures using your ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II gamer. Even when endorsed as a gaming laptop it can easily be fitted in the category of best laptops to Photoshop and video editing too.
Ans: Well, I found it a little lesser than other gaming laptop’s and you may find some of the budget gaming laptops under $500 offering more battery life but, considering that the gamers keep their devices all plugged in, its 3.5 hours life should be more than enough.
Ans: I got some minor issues with this one after a few months of usage (my own fault though) and getting those fixed was not a hard deal at all. Finding its parts is also a piece of cake.
With a strong combo of CPU and GPU and an added plus in the form of a great processing speed, this gaming laptop should be a gift for every hardcore gamer to cherish. Don’t forget the price that is not too high and is totally justifiable considering the features of this gaming laptop.