Asus ROG is known for its expensive gaming equipment, high performance, and excellent RGB light display and the Asus ROG Strix G has all of this. The previous generation Scar II comes with an eye-catching RGB bar on the front, the Strix G from this year has this bar and doubles on the sides of the laptop extending around the base. The biggest difference factor of the Asus ROG Strix G when compared to other laptops in this price segment is the inclusion of a 240Hz refresh rate panel.
The Asus ROG Strix G also comes with Keystone configuration technology that allows you to create and move your configuration across compatible devices.
We don’t usually start evaluating specifications, but the Asus ROG Strix G has proud specifications that can leave most gaming laptops embarrassed. The device was one of the first mobile gaming machines to offer a 240Hz display, making it a unique selling point for passionate gamers.
The Asus ROG Strix G has a lot to offer in terms of RAW specifications, the variant we get has a 15.6-inch IPS FullHD backdrop with a 240Hz refresh rate. The processing power on laptops is provided by the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, the graphics processor is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 8GB GPU. The variant we get comes with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD capacity large enough to host a huge game library.
Design – RGB wherever you are
The Asus ROG Strix G has surprisingly sleek for internal parts, the weight of the laptop is only at 2.39Kg and although it is not the lightest laptop on the market, it may be one of the lightest laptops of a certain caliber. The laptop is light enough to comfortably carry in a backpack, however, the large volume adds significant weight, in general, the package is fully worthy of the added weight. Asus ROG Strix G is surprisingly mostly made of plastic, which is one of the main reasons why it becomes so light. The laptop doesn’t feel premium and definitely at the price it’s on offer, the design is vivid and has textures on the laptop’s plastic frame. Rich RGB is a subjective option for you to like or dislike.
In addition to the individually illuminated RGB keyboard and the RGB bars at the bottom of the laptop, their logo on the back of the Asus ROG Strix G is also RGB that attracts more attention than usual. The RGB Lightbar and keyboard lighting can be easily customized with the Aura Sync software that comes with the laptop. The laptop comes with some unique and interesting lighting effects including Laser, Ripple, and Rain.
The screen of the Asus ROG Strix G looks beautiful and the thin borders at the top and sides only add to the appeal, however, it is disappointing to know that the webcam has been ignored and there is no webcam above the screen. We searched a bit around and found that Asus offers an optional clip-on camera, which is because a lot of gamers have told Asus that they prefer to freely place the webcam in the position they choose rather than adapt to certain fixed positions. There is a huge bezel frame at the bottom of the device with an asymmetrical cut on the right side.
The connection options are numerous, the left edge of the laptop has three USB Type-A ports and a headphone jack while the back of the laptop has a power port, USB Type C, Ethernet RJ45 port, and HDMI 2.0 port. The right edge of the laptop contains only the proprietary Keystone port, which is a memory drive that allows you to transfer ROG configurations and quick lighting effects to another laptop.
Show – Best in class
We often see in the past; some excellent gaming laptops are ruined because of the extra screen. The lucky Asus ROG Strix G comes with an extremely efficient and unpressed display. The 15.6-inch IPS panel on the laptop has a matte finish and is viewable even under the glare. The screen has a maximum brightness of about 278nits, honestly a little at the bottom, but the brightness is enough to play games in most indoor conditions. While color reproducing is pretty good on laptops, the contrast ratio is a bit disappointing at 972:1. This level is much lower than a regular gaming laptop and the distance between dark and light colors does not stand out as much as most good screens.
On the other side, color regeneration is amazing. Asus ROG Strix G covers 94% of sRGB grams with a volume of 99%. This closely overlaps with the color space used by most PC applications and web content, the outstanding color accuracy with Delta E is 0.94, which is one of the best points we notice on laptops. The highlight is the 240Hz refresh rate on the Asus ROG Strix G, which promises the smoothest gaming experience.
Performance – Best in all the worlds
The Asus ROG Strix G comes with some of the best internal parts, which is evident at the price at which it is being offered and the screen it needs to power. The CPU is the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H CPU and the graphics processor is the 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 GPU. The ram that comes on our device is 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory and memory provided by a 1TB m.2 NVME SSD.
Asus ROG Strix G did pretty well on the Geekbench 4 test with a multi-core score of 20,478 and a single-core score of 4045. These are some of the highest scores we’ve ever seen on a gaming laptop and it clearly describes the levels of performance certain levels must expect. However, in intensive repetitive tests, although the laptop is cooled quite well, we reach a temperature of 95 degrees on most cores. Extremely hot plastic frames and air pumped out of laptops can be used to heat your hands on a freezing cold night. While it is impossible to blame the cooling on laptops due to certain internal parts and sizes, it is disappointing to see such powerful components hindered from fulcriving due to heat management issues.
A laptop of this caliber sets many expectations, this is the first laptop evaluated by us to come with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU and it is a big step forward in performance when compared to previous-generation chips. DiRT Benchmark: Showdown leads to a record-breaking average of 121 frames per second, which is the fastest we’ve ever seen on mobile. The GFX Bench GL Car Chase benchmark gives an even better 222fps average result, while there are other laptops that deliver better results, their 144Hz refresh rate table is none of a major obstacle none way.
It’s a controversial topic for most gamers about the number of frames that the human eye can feel, however, with the Asus ROG Strix G, you can confidently get great playable frame rates from any game even at the highest settings. While running Forza 7 games on laptops, we get an average of about 70FPS even at the highest settings. Check the performance of the SSD, the speed of reading is about 1485MB /sec and the squeezing recording speed is about 241MB/sec. Although the reading speed on the SSD is fast enough, the write speed is quite slow. However, this is good for a gamer as the game and level will load as quickly as possible.
Although the Asus ROG Strix G has a fairly good battery, the heavy inner part consumes water quite quickly, the Core i7 CPU along with the RTX2070 GPU still gives video playback results and web browsing for about 2:30 minutes. While it may sound very disappointing, most gaming laptops have similar battery life and it’s a sacrifice one has to make for performance. Battery life drops severely as the CPU or GPU loads a little more and this is evident when gaming.
Keyboards and touchpads
The Asus ROG Strix G comes with an island-style keyboard that’s just enough to type, the key journey is pretty good, and every click feels solid. The space bar is asymmetrical and matches the bottom screen border, which is an incredible highlight. In addition to the usual shortcuts, there is a power control switch and rog Armoury Crate key. Power switches allow you to switch between Turbo, Balanced, and Silent modes to control CPU, GPU, and temperature performance. There is no physical dial pad on the Asus ROG Strix G which has now been switched to the touchpad.
NumPad can be activated by holding the finger on the Numark sensor in the top right corner of the trackpad for a second, touching the sensor again turns off the NumPad. Although overall, NumPad is not the most convenient to use, it is a smart way to provide a full-sized dial pad without using the keyboard size.
Comment – Is it excessively necessary?
If you like RGB lighting on your computer device, then the Asus ROG Strix G is one of the best offers on the market. The Asus ROG Strix G is one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market today with one of the fastest CPUs and GPUs. The laptop can handle any certain game at the highest settings without sweating. Reducing the setting to normal can help you enjoy the ultrafine 240Hz display that the device comes with. The heat management on the device is a highlight and miss, the better temperature will lead to even better overall performance. Although this laptop is quite expensive, it is one of the best gaming laptops that you can buy right now for the money.