Gaming laptops are getting higher with every new era. They not solely pack sufficient punch to run demanding titles but in addition supply portability and flexibility. Take the headlining Scar 15 itself. It comes with a 10th gen Intel Core i9 processor, Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 Supergraphics, a 15-inch 300Hz show, WiFi 6, as much as 32 gigs of RAM, and 2TB SSD storage. This means (spoiler alert) gaming is immensely enjoyable on this machine.
But its heavy price tag of Rs. 2.17 lakhs beg deeper scrutiny, which is what we did. We have spent a big period of time testing varied features of it. This has revealed some awkward design selections and deliberate omissions, which it’s essential to know earlier than putting the order.
This is the Smartprix evaluation of Asus ROG Strix Scar 15. Read on to know whether or not it’s value placing down your funding on this machine.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 Specs
|Product||ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 G532LWS|
|Display||15.6” vIPS-level FHD 300Hz/3ms|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-10980HK|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-P GDDR6 8GB|
|Dimensions and Weight||39.9(W) x 29.3(D) x 2.79 (H) cm; 2.99 Kgs|
|Storage||2 X 1TB PCIe SSD (Raid 0)|
|Keyboard||Backlit chiclet keyboard, Aura Sync, Per key RGB|
|Audio||2x 3.5W with Smart AMP Technology|
|I/O port||Three x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A|
1 x Audio combo jack: Mic-in and Headphone
1 X USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C (helps DisplayPort 1.4, no PD charging)
1x LAN RJ-45 jack1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0b assist 4K HDR), HDCP SPEC 2.2
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Battery||66WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion, 15.4V; 280W adapter|
That’s a smorgasbord of specs. Let’s see how all of those satiate a gamer’s urge for food:
The Scar 15 is available in matte black colour, which’s the one sober factor about it. ‘Cause once you turn it on, it has got an ostentatious neon light affair going on. Not just the keyboard and the ROG logo on the deck, but the LED wraparound the laptop’s base additionally flares up, making it look both drop useless attractive or tripping. You can customise the RGB gentle present from inside the built-in Aura Creator app (extra on that later).
The laptop computer is manufactured from plastic however doesn’t really feel plasticky. Asus has taken care of the construct high quality. The corners are squared off easily. The hinge feels sturdy. The floor though will get smudgy and dusty over time, can simply be cleaned. The laptop computer (2.39 kg) plus energy adapter combo is hefty sufficient to pressure your shoulders if you happen to carry it round. But, continues to be carriable and that’s a serious purpose to purchase a gaming laptop computer.
Lastly, the ports are loads good, however the placement is weird. You see there are three USB A 3.2 ports and an audio jack on the left. And nothing on the precise, besides Keystone (extra on it within the Performance part). So, right-handed mouse customers have to tug the cable from the opposite aspect. Asus has accommodated the remainder of the I/O sockets on the again. There is a LAN port, an HDMI port, USB-C port (3.1 Gen2) DisplayPort, and the ability enter port on the again. There is not any thunderbolt Three right here, which is a bizarre omission on a machine of this worth.
Let’s now carry the laptop computer lid (which, btw, you are able to do with a single hand) and see what we get inside.
Upfront, there’s the eponymous 15″ show. It is an LCD with FHD decision, 81.5% display screen to physique ratio, delectable colour distinction, and huge viewing angles. On prime of that, there’s the sick 300Hz refresh pace and 3ms response time (no G-sync although). So, the 15 has the display screen traits for inventive pursuits, fast-paced gaming, and informal media consumption.
The prime bezel, as you see, is obvious. In the post-Covid-19 work-from-home life, even these customary shabby webcam on laptops turn out to be useful. As such, we miss the dearth of 1 right here. Asus’s personal ROG Eye prices round ₹8,850 on Amazon. Even if you happen to go together with a third occasion alt, that’s a price whammied on prime of the premium worth. We hope the model chases to demand within the subsequent iteration.
Beneath the show, there’s a Rainbow Glowing Board, or so I name it. It is ergonomically aligned within the center. Neato! Keys have a tender floor and so they supply agency suggestions. Asus has baked in options like N-key rollover and anti-ghosting to make the typing correct and cozy. There are devoted keys for controlling quantity, mic output, efficiency modes, and Armoury crate (to be mentioned quickly). Even Function+ toggles are extraordinarily useful. Thanks, Asus!
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The trackpad additionally syncs effectively with my fingertips. The embedded num-pad and the press buttons weren’t of a lot use to me. But, hey, you would possibly like ’em.
The audio is abundantly loud from the aspect audio system. But, I felt it may benefit from a bit extra bass.
A mix of Intel Core i9-10980HK, 8GB of GDDR6 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-P graphics, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and 2TB of PCIe SSD storage means this laptop computer can drive nearly all the things below the solar.
|3DMark Firestrike Extreme||10043|
|3DMark Firestrike Ultra||5252|
|3DMark Time Spy||8119|
|Cinebench R15 OpenGL | CPU||144.38 fps | 1400 cb|
|CrystalDiskMark Seq Read | Write Speed||3024.48 | 2797.93 MB/s|
|CrystalDiskMark Random Read | Write Speed||522.12 | 372.32 MB/s|
|Geekbench 5 Single-Core (CPU)||1350|
|Geekbench 5 Multi-Core (CPU)||7544|
|Geekbench 5 Compute OpenCL (GPU)||99452|
|PCMark 10 Full System Drive||1498|
|PCMark 10 Battery check (Gaming)||56 min|
|Unigine Superposition VR Optimum||10,000|
|Handbrake check (1GB WebM file to H.265 MKV 1080p30 conversion)||30 minutes|
You can run AAA titles to satiate your greed for graphics and zip by e-Sports matches, all whereas the show caps off at excessive frames.
- Avengers: 84 fps
- Microsoft Flight Simulator: 51 fps
- Fortnite: 129 fps
- GTA 5: 112 fps
- PES 2021: 150 fps
- Red Dead Redemption 2: 49 fps
- Rocket League: 250 fps
- Valorant: 152 fps
- Witcher 3: 60 fps
For the perfect efficiency, it’s important to allow the Turbo profile from inside the Armoury Crate app. This overclocks GPU, CPU, and raises the fan pace. While on this mode, or say intensive gaming periods, you’ll hear the fan screaming. Even with all that cooling occurring, there’ll be some quantity of warmth that makes it much less lapable. Oh and in case that fan noise bothers you a lot, attempt Performance mode.
You get to avoid wasting the sport settings recordsdata, sound, and efficiency profiles inside a shadow drive. It is known as so as a result of except you enter the password or insert the Keystone, the recordsdata can be out of attain. It is a cool idea however I might have most well-liked a USB-A port as a substitute.
As for the battery life, you possibly can count on someplace from
- 1 hour 45 minutes (throughout gaming and films at full brightness; silent profile)
- to 2 hours and 30 minutes of runtime out of this machine (mild workplace utilization together with shopping dozens of Chrome tabs and Spotify within the background; silent profile).
Even the PCMark 10 battery (Gaming) check revealed a 2 and half hour mark. The battery life, I might say, is on par with what you’d get with most gaming laptops. And it’s higher to recreation on direct energy for higher efficiency.
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The bundled 280W adapter expenses the laptop computer full in 1 / 4 to 2. But man o man that’s a bigass brick.
Scar 15 is nigh-impressive. Yea, nearly all the things’s a cakewalk for it. But, that’s anticipated out of this upstate configuration. It has bought an enormous, brisk, and exquisite show. A nice sort and contact expertise from the board beneath. A Rainbow Glowing Beauty, that the majority players would enjoy. And those that favor one thing understated can personalize each type of power emitting out of it.
Now as this can be a evaluation, I’ve drawn your consideration to its points like loud fan noise, heft, lacking issues (webcam, Thunderbolt 3, G-Sync, biometric unlock), common battery life, and massive adapter.
Rs. 2.17 lakhs is critical cash and even a fortune for some. So, if any person decides to splurge this a lot, they’re entitled to need all of it. And if any of the above issues are buzzkill, then that’s completely comprehensible. In the present local weather, when you’ve got hassle coughing up this a lot money, you possibly can go together with the Zephyrus G14 (evaluation) too. Again, a beast of a machine. You might also try the Scar 17 evaluation. That one’s darn close to an identical to this one, however the display screen is a tad larger.