Asus ROG Strix Scar III hands-on assessment: Exhausting-core laptop computer gaming at 240Hz
Asus has simply unleashed a brand new line of ROG gaming laptops for 2019, and we’ve had early hands-on entry to the gadgets on the agency’s ReDefine occasion in New York. Among the many vary of intensive new additions – largely refreshes of present fashions – the Strix Scar III seems to be the fiercest of the lot.
Launched alongside the Asus ROG Strix Hero III, the Scar III is a complete refresh of its predecessor, the ROG Strix Scar II. Amongst numerous design tweaks, the Scar III has the “world’s quickest” laptop computer panel with a silky-smooth 240Hz refresh charge and comes outfitted with the most recent and best CPUs and GPUs from Intel and Nvidia.
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Asus ROG Strix Scar III assessment: Key specs, value and launch date
- 15.6in, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS show, 240Hz (17.3in, 144Hz mannequin additionally accessible)
- As much as Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU (Octa-core, 2.4GHz base clock, 5GHz Turbo Enhance)
- As much as 32GB RAM (16GB x 2)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU
- As much as 1TB PCIe SSD
- 360 x 275 x 24.7mm (WDH)
- Home windows 10 Professional
- UK value: £2,800 inc VAT
- UK launch: Could 2019 (Preorder accessible now)
Asus ROG Strix Scar III assessment: Design, key options and first impressions
Players have waited an awfully very long time for a gaming laptop computer with a 240Hz panel and, due to Republic of Players (ROG), it’s lastly right here. I ought to word that not all fashions of the Strix Scar III include such a stunning refresh charge; it options on solely the 15.6in mannequin, whereas the bigger 17.3in mannequin is 144Hz solely. For the reason that top-spec 15.6in and 17.3in fashions each value £2,800, I think about most will go for the extra moveable 244Hz model.
As you’ll have already seen within the photographs, the Asus ROG Strix Scar III is a gaudy little bit of equipment, with an RGB panel (or Mild Bar) that pumps out a rainbow of neon gentle across the laptop computer’s base and per-key RGB backlighting on the chiclet-style keyboard. The truth that the Scar III’s touchpad doubles as a digital quantity pad provides to the outlandish look.
It’s most positively a contemporary laptop computer, although. Extremely slim bezels surrounding the IPS show give it an ultra-sleek, fashionable look, and though this comes at the price of a built-in webcam – as with the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 – Asus is together with an exterior digital camera at no further value.
On the right-hand edge, you’ll discover an odd-looking translucent orange wedge. This detachable doohickey is ROG’s newest invention, the “Keystone”, and it’s current on each the Scar III and Hero III laptops. I’ll go into its goal just a little afterward. There are many different connectivity choices on the ROG Strix Scar III, although, together with three USB Sort-A ports, a USB Sort-C slot (Gen 2, DisplayPort), a full-sized HDMI 2.zero port, twin three.5mm audio jacks for headset connection plus a Gigabit Ethernet port.
Maybe most excitingly, the top-spec Asus ROG Strix Scar III may have the freshly-announced octa-core Intel Core i9-9980HK chipset, with a base clock pace of two.4GHz that Turbo Boosts as much as 5GHz. Maximising the gaming prowess is Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, which is included on all of the Strix Scar III fashions and sizes.
I’ve talked about the Strix Hero III a few occasions now and also you could be questioning what that’s. Basically, it’s the dual of the Strix Scar III however with a distinct pores and skin. In most areas, there can be no inside or exterior distinction (aside from color) between the top-spec Scar III and Hero III, and each can be accessible in 15.6 or 17.3in sizes. Within the UK, nevertheless, the Strix Hero III would be the extra inexpensive machine. The best-spec Hero III accessible within the UK may have a 144Hz refresh charge, RTX 2060 graphics and an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU. At £1,800 will probably be a full £1,000 cheaper than the premium Scar III mannequin.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III assessment: Keystone profiles
Again to that small orange wedge, I spoke of earlier. This “Keystone” is a reminiscence card of kinds, and slots into its personal proprietary port. As soon as put in within the laptop computer, you should utilize it to retailer an unlimited variety of totally different settings, from keyboard lighting to show brightness and CPU tweaks. Asus says that utilizing quite a lot of totally different Keystone “wedges” you’ll have the ability to swap over all of your settings in a matter of seconds to go well with no matter sport you’re taking part in.
The Keystone characteristic appears extremely area of interest however it could have some profit to elite esports opponents. In principle, additionally, you will have the ability to signal into your ROG profile after which plug your Keystone into every other ROG system with Keystone help with a view to entry your settings straight away. For the reason that solely laptops at current with Keystone ports are the Strix Scar III and Hero III, nevertheless, we are able to’t think about that many individuals taking benefit.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III assessment: Early verdict
That is the primary laptop computer I’ve seen with a 240Hz show and one of many new ninth-gen Intel Core i9 chips inside and it’s an thrilling prospect. Mixed with 32GB RAM and the most recent Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 graphics, the Asus ROG Strix Scar III goes to be a gaming power to be reckoned with.
Not many individuals will have the ability to afford the high-end mannequin’s £2,800 asking value however ROG has lengthy been often called an costly, premium line. The truth is, for a super-powered esports machine just like the Scar III, I’m virtually stunned that Asus isn’t charging extra.
You may anticipate a full assessment of the Asus ROG Strix Scar III as soon as it lands within the UK in Could 2019. Our expectations couldn’t be increased.