ASUS 'ROG or Republic of Gamers in its current form, has long been the weapon of choice for most players. With an attractive logo, large RGB LEDs, good keyboard, bright screen and charged internal parts, the ROG series of notebooks verifies all the correct boxes. The Taiwanese brand has launched a number of laptops in the recent past and the latest coming from its stable is the ASUS ROG Strix Scar III G531 loaded. I received the laptop and I can guarantee that it shouts "games" from miles away. Let's find out why I say it.
Before pressing the power button on the Strix Scar III with Windows 10, I suggest that you place the blinds. I may have exaggerated there, but that is due to the extensive use of the ASUS RGB LEDs in this particular model. There is an RGB strip that runs around the edge on the sides and in the front. Add to this the NumPad-less keyboard lit with RGB and you will have a full aura of RGB lighting looking at your face. This is appropriate since ASUS has used the AURA RGB on the laptop, which can be customized and adjusted according to your taste.
The keyboard is shipped with an anti-ghost technology, which allows you to accurately process simultaneous beats that are natural for many players. The keys have a wide travel distance but feel soft, which can irritate players who like a good tactile response similar to mechanical keyboards. As for the numeric keypad, although it is missing from the keyboard, it can be activated in the touch panel by pressing the numeric link button for one second. This is a good touch of truth (pun) The touchpad itself is quite sensitive and also has physical mouse buttons. There are dedicated buttons for volume, microphone, fan and Keynote settings at the top.
Having talked about the input devices, we go to the output unit. The ASUS ROG Strix Scar III comes with a 15.6-inch IPS-level screen with Full HD display resolution. The screen boasts an impressive update rate of 144Hz, which would be reflected during the first person recording, since there will be almost no fluctuations and the game will be extremely smooth. In addition, with thin bevels on three sides and an impressive screen-body ratio of 81.5 percent, the viewing experience is also immersive. On the theme of the bevels, ASUS has excluded the webcam on the ROG Strix Scar III because the brand feels that players do not really need a camera. However, if you were planning to broadcast your game with the webcam, you have no luck here and you may have to invest in a third-party webcam.
In terms of performance, the ROG Strix Scar III is loaded with gills with cutting-edge specifications. The revision unit that I have at my disposal comes with the Intel Core i9-9880H ninth generation chipset with up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. In the graphics department, you can get NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 or GTX 1660Ti graphics with up to 8 GB of video RAM, depending on the variant. The one I have has the GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB of RAM. This should be sufficient for the use of resource-intensive productivity applications such as Photoshop or titles of heavy games. I will test the laptop and give a detailed description of the performance in my complete review.
In terms of design, the ASUS ROG Strix Scar III is quite compact for a gaming laptop, since it weighs only 2.57 kg and is 24.9 mm thick. The light weight of the laptop can be credited to the completely plastic construction, which still feels resilient. The laptop boasts a brushed metal finish with a double tone on the lid and an intricate carbon design on the inside. ASUS has announced that the ROG Strix Scar III has been designed in collaboration with the BMW Designworks Group, which is shown in the 3D Flow Zone on the right. You will also notice a unique notch on the right edge, which houses what ASUS is calling Keystone. Keystone activates a secure storage vault in the laptop, which allows players to store game data securely and remove them from the laptop at will. While this is a Keystone functionality, ASUS claims that the possibilities are endless with the Keystone.
In terms of ports, the ASUS ROG Strix Scar III has three USB ports on the left edge along with a 3.5mm audio jack. The right edge is empty, except for a single ventilation outlet. The laptop marks a deviation in the design of the brand, as it comes with an HDMI port, an Ethernet RJ45 link and a USB type C port on the back along with a ventilation on each side. The bar that houses the ports on the back protrudes from the screen and also houses two 4W speakers tuned with Smart AMP technology. ASUS ROG's Strix Scar III also boasts RangeBoost Wi-Fi multi-antenna technology that increases wireless range by up to 30 percent.
ASUS will launch the new line of laptops for games in India on July 9 and, therefore, we are not yet aware of the ROG Strix Scar III prices. However, if the company values it, you can easily take home a chicken dinner for the brand.
Photos by Raj Rout