This is ASUS latest Gamer notebook, the ASUS ROG STRIX Scar II (ASUS GL504), based on the latest, 8th gen Intel Core I processor family!
First, let’s start with the specs. The ASUS GL504 comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a Nvidia Geforce GTX1060 VGA, 15 inches FullHD IPS display with an impressive 144 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response time. Storage-wise it has 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD for your operating system and additional programs and games for fast loading and response time, and a 1TB regular HDD for extra storage space. As for RAM it comes with a massive 32GB DDR4 memory, I don’t think I ever used that much, but still, it is a good option if you plan to use it for extra memory intense programs.
ASUS GL504 port selections are good. Most of the ports are on the left which is better for us as an external mouse may be used on the right and no cables will interfere. We have a regular USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port, an SD card reader and Kensington lock. On the left, we find a DC jack, LAN port, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and a combo audio jack. No Thunderbolt 3 connection with the USB-C, so if you plan to use it with an external GPU, this is not an option with this model.
The display is great. It has a 144 Hz refresh rate Full HD display, with a very good 3ms response time. An average of 330 nits maximum brightness and with a good contrast, its color reproduction is also very good. Its display covers 96% of sRGB and 72% NTSC.
The 66Wh battery is slightly bigger than its older brothers, the GL503, but don’t expect any significant changes. For standard web browsing and casual gaming your maximum bet is around 2:30 hours of battery life, wheres the display brightness was at 50% and WiFi was on. The keyboard backlit was also off, with this you can save a ton of battery life.
Speaking of keyboard backlit, the ASUS GL504 has a 4 zone full RGB backlit keyboard with AURA Sync support. If you have any additional AURA Sync accessories, you can sync them up and be prepared for the RGB light fest! Anyway, the keys are really good, typing on it is excellent. If you plan to use it for purely typing you don’t have to worry. It is really that good. Gaming on it might be a bit strange, and if you play a lot may be an external keyboard will be a better choice, but still, the build in keyboard is really really good!
As for the performance, usually, games set it up at High as a default setting. You can also crank it up more and still a good 60 FPS is easily reachable. Altho be ready, that the ASUS GL504 can be very loud if you plan to use it at really high settings, and the 2 new 12V fans should keep it cool enough, yet the fan noise can be an issue for some.
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Video REVIEW of the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR II GL504: