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The ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX SCAR Edition Notebook, developed by ASUS and positioned to their new gaming brand: ROG (Republic of Gamers), is easily one of the most seamlessly engaging notebooks I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past six months. Surpassing my experience with the recent HP OMEN 17 Gaming Laptop in flow and overall mechanical feel (If you enjoy mechanical keyboards, the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR provides real finger-tip feedback; you do feel like you’re smashing buttons).

When purchasing your standard ASUS STRIX SCAR Edition, in addition to Windows 10 Pro you also get, an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10-Series graphics, you’ll experience silky-smooth visuals thanks to the IPS-level display, which features a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology.

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Gun Metal and Kevlar:

The design of the ASUS STRIX SCAR Edition is focused on the casual and professional first person shooter gamer or esporter, making the user feel like they have invested into a machine that has equipped them to win the grand prize at the local RUSH or VS Gaming event.

The combination of how the ROG brand is integrated into the flow of the keyboard and display aesthetic makes for a more polished and less stock standard plastic finish. When you’re playing on a ROG you feel like it’s an ROG without looking at the mark.

Keyboard Battle-Dressed and Functional:

The ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX SCAR Edition notebook keyboard feels smooth and engaging, making working on the keyboard or using the system to play your favourite shooter a breeze; unencumbered by awkward hand positions smaller notebooks make your fingers take.

The keyboard looks naturally beautiful, showcasing ASUS’ Aura Light keyboard display. Although I’ve come to expect the LED multi-light display on all modern gaming notebooks, it’s nothing really new, but it is good to see that the ASUS ROG brand is maintaining standards that gamers expect.

ASUS call their keyboard design battle-dressed…

ASUS call their keyboard design battle-dressed; creating the look of a Kevlar weave, camouflage-inspired markings around and across the keyboard epitomize life on the virtual battlefield. A special eight-step in-mold roller process is used to achieve the unique 3D-weave and color overlays. The style of production also apparently means that the base is finger-print smudge proof, which I admit didn’t seem to work at first, but my hand and finger prints did disappear by the following day, not bad.

Playing DOOM, I realised quickly that I wasn’t going to have any flow or management problems when reaching any key-stroke for my glory-kills.

Notebook Display and Visual:

The ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR Edition’s display monitor is gorgeous, while I normally couldn’t care about how good a screen is, you only notice how amazing the display’s delivery is when you’ve used a substandard screen for the past twelve months.

The STRIX SCAR Edition provides an engaging experience; adding immense detail to any game or video work you may be interested in. The display features the world’s first 144Hz super-narrow-bezel display with a 3ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time, which apparently gives esporters or gamers the virtual edge in competitive play.

you only notice how amazing the display’s delivery is when you’ve used a substandard screen for the past twelve months.

Overall, the 2.33cm border and 17″ display is big enough to enjoy the 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time that the notebook boasts. At first I thought the screen too small, but it turns out that it’s perfect for anything that you may find yourself doing; from gaming to work.

Pricing and Investment:

Like any awesome gaming notebook in 2018, you’re looking at laying down some decent cash for this investment, and you know what, the experience I’ve had with this machine really makes me consider the estimated South African price-tag of: R21 999 (SCAR) and R23 999 (HERO (not reviewed here)), which are both available at Incredible Connection, Evetech and Takealot.

This price does put the SCAR on par with the OMEN 15, but only just, you’re definitely looking at a higher quality build with the ASUS ROG, though you wouldn’t be disappointed with either purchase, it does come down to preference in brand for these market positioned machines.

Should you invest in this gaming laptop? Well, if I had that kind of money, sure I would, it’s a great machine and one that I feel will last in specifications and style for at an upper limit of six years before you should consider needing a new build. I prefer the feel of the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR edition notebook, so I advise you to test our the machine at your local retail store before making a purchase.

ASUS STRIX SCAR Edition Notebook Specifications:

Processor (CPU) 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Memory 16 GB RAM
Storage 1 TB SSD
Display Size IPS-level display, 17″inch Display, 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology.
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports 1 HDMI; 1 headphone-out; 1 microphone-in; 3 USB 3.1; SD Card Reader; USB C-Type and one USB 2.0
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10-Series graphics
Colour Gun Weapon black

*These specs are based on what is offered on the ASUS USA store online and may change when sold locally in South Africa.

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Written by Brett Magill


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