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ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review - ROG Strix Scar 17 ReviewASUS ROG is well known in the laptop department for pushing extraordinary specs and methods to improve their gaming laptops. The ROG Mothership and ROG Zephyrus Duo are prime examples of ROG’s methods. While these laptops are at the pinnacle of ASUS ROG’s innovation, the rest of the lineup receives a drop of the same treatment, especially the ROG Strix Scar 17’s whopping 300Hz display.

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The ROG Strix Scar laptops featuring Intel’s 10th generation processors come in either a 15-inch or 17-inch form factor. Both sizes can be configured up to an Intel Core i9 10980HK processor but only the 17-inch model can be configured up to an RTX 2080 Super graphics card. Our review unit, the ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS-HG086TS sports an i9 10980HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD in Raid 0, and an RTX 2080 Super. Our specific configuration retails for Php 219,995.

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ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review - 003The slashed design that made its debut on the ROG Zephyrus has become the standard with a few minor tweaks on the system on newer laptops such as the ROG Strix Scar 17. The design aesthetic is collaborated by BMW’s Designworks Group for a low profile suitable for both work and play.

ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review - 12More than half of the ROG Strix Scar 17’s bottom panel has a mesh-like perforated design for airflow. There are larger perforations where the fans and heat pipes are located.

ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review - 024The ROG Strix Scar 17 veers away from the ergo lift hinge as it isn’t using an active aerodynamic system for its cooling. The power button is located on the upper right side of the keyboard.

 

Ports selection on the ROG Strix Scar 17 is average, considering that it’s a 17-inch gaming laptop. Much of the laptop’s real estate is reserved to cool the i9 10980HK and RTX 2080 Super. Still, you get a respectable amount of USB 3.1 ports on the side as well as an

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The back of the ROG Strix Scar 17 contains an additional USB-A port, USB-C ports, HDMI port, and an ethernet jack. The power jack is located beside the ethernet port.

ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review - 022The top lid design of the ROG Strix Scar 17 follows the keyboard but with an ROG Cybertext on the top side. There’s not much improvement on the ROG Strix Scar 17’s keyboard compared to the previous generation.

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A known signature of ROG gaming laptops is the dedicated media keys above the F1-F4 row. They are slightly smaller than the function keys but hold a similar tactile feel. The fan button lets you change between the ROG Strix Scar 17’s fan profiles and the ROG key launches the ROG Armory Crate software.

ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review - 025The arrow keys on the ROG Strix Scar 17 remain unchanged. These keys are almost one-fourth the side of other 1u keys, a compromise to in order to accommodate a full-sized keyboard on a 17-inch form factor.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is the theme for the trackpad of the ROG Strix Scar 17. Frankly, I would’ve appreciated it if the Scar 17 had a bigger trackpad that scales for a 17-inch form factor.

Unlike other gaming laptops, the ROG Strix Scar 17’s trackpad has the least chance of accidental palm touches when gaming.

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The ROG keystone found on the ROG Strix Scar 17 is already the second iteration of the NFC powered technology. Docking the keystone lets your laptop unlock access to personalized and profile on the armory crate, quick-launch apps or games, or reveal a hidden drive partition on your Scar 17.

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ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS Review – Just The Right Amount of Overkill
Our Verdict
Frankly, the biggest let down of the ROG Strix Scar 17 lies within the keyboard and its speakers. The price of Php 219,995 should offer complete entertainment, gaming, and professional package packed in a 17.3" enclosure. But both the keyboard and speaker can be addressed by getting a third party mechanical keyboard and headset, that's if you have the money to spare. At first glance, the ROG Strix Scar 17, particularly the G732LXS-HG086TS variant looks overkill for its specs and pricing. But using the unit and benchmarks proved otherwise. What the ROG Strix Scar 17 offers is an almost perfect desktop replacement thanks to the superb internals and the screen that surpasses and rivals most Php 30,000 gaming monitors.
What's Good
Superb Cooling
Customizable Fan Profile
Fast, Color Accurate Display
Sturdy Build Quality
ROG Keystone II
What's Not
Little performance difference between Performance Mode and Turbo Mode
Steep Price
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Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.