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While moreis made with muted design to appeal to a wider range of users, the new ROG Strix Scar from Asus is unmistakably made for gamers. Advertised for , the new flagship Scar – available in sizes of 15.6 and 17.3 inches – is aimed at sports players who want top performance and the aggressive design aesthetics that gaming computers are known for.
Before we dive into the design, let’s talk about the screens. On the 17-inch model, Scar will be available with an IPS level panel of 1,920×1,080 pixels with a refresh rate of 360Hz, a response time of 3 milliseconds and 100% sRGB color coverage. It is the fastest screen on any laptop, says Asus. If you prefer a higher resolution panel, a 2,560×1,440 pixel panel with up to 165Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time and 100% DCI-P3 color spectrum coverage will also be available. That screen will be available for the 15-inch version, as well as a 1080p 300Hz option.
Configurations will include:
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX processor
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 with 8 GB VRAM or 3080 with 16 GB VRAM graphics
- Up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz SDRAM memory
- 1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (RAID 0) storage
When it comes to design, the unique look was inspired by athletic clothing, says Asus. The bodies are smaller and thinner than last year’s models, with increased ratio between screen and body, partly due to slimmer frames around the screens. The aluminum lid has a slash through it and a matrix design that continues down the back of the laptop. RGB light wraps around the front of the laptop and illuminates the large logo on the lid.
The keyboard cover is similarly cut, and most of the cover has a soft texture that feels fantastic. The rest is covered with a smoky transparent plastic so you can see some of the underlying components. The keyboard has RGB lighting per key, but more importantly, Asus used an optical-mechanical keyboard for a response time of 0.2 ms. The keys are tactile and clicky with 1.9 mm travel, which gives you both a good typing and gaming experience, provided you do not mind the extra noise.
The keyboard on the 17-inch Scar has room for a numeric keypad. For the 15-inch model, Asus used one of its NumberPad trackpieces, where pressing the Num Lock key turns the glass-coated touchpad into an LED-lit numeric keypad. Press it again and it disappears. Asus also included ROG’s Keystone II technology: Put a key in a notch on the right side of the keyboard deck, and you can get the system to do things like start games automatically, change performance mode, or unlock a hidden, encrypted drive partition.
To keep it cool, Asus uses liquid metal on AMD processors, an extended heat spreader and up to six heat pipes. New 84-blade fans push air out of the laptop’s four rear valves. Asus even improved how the system removes dust from heat sinks and fans while increasing airflow.
Asus has outdone itself with the design and features of these new Strix Scar models, but I can not tell you how the performance is yet. Although I spent some time using one, it was a pre-production model, so it was not 100% the same as what you can get when they start shipping once in the first quarter. No prices for both sizes were announced either.