Right now, the gaming laptop industry is CRAZY. That’s largely due to the arrival of some of the most eagerly anticipated upgrades in recent memory: AMD’s latest Zen 3-based processors and NVIDIA’s RTX 30-series GPUs. Manufacturers have been able to release new gaming laptops with the latest and greatest processors.
And now, we’re showing you our analysis of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (G533WS) for 2021, which features Team Red and Team Green’s top-of-the-line silicons.
|Design & Build||Aluminum build, 13.94W x 10.20D x 0.89H-inches, 2.30 kg, Aura Sync (Light Bar, Logo, Bezel Glow)|
|Display||15.6-inches IPS LCD panel, Non-touch, 300 nits brightness, 75.35% AdobeRGB, 100% sRGB color gamut, 3ms response time, Adaptive-Sync, Anti-glare, 85% screen-to-body ratio|
|Resolution||FHD (1920×1080) resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio|
|Keyboard||Optical switch mechanical keyboard, 1.9mm travel, Per-key RGB|
|Trackpad||Glass-covered multi-touch trackpad, Windows Precision drivers|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, Zen 3, 8C/16T, 4.6GHz Max Boost Frequency, 16MB L3 Cache, 7nm FinFET, 45W+ TDP|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 RAM @3200MHz (2x SO-DIMM slots, Up to 64GB)|
|Storage||1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon Graphics (integrated), NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8GB GDDR6 VRAM (115W, up to 130W with Dynamic Boost)|
|Audio||2x 4W smart amp woofers, 2x 2W tweeter, Built-in array microphone|
|Battery||90 Watt-hours 4S1P Li-Ion battery|
|Power Supply||240W AC power adapter|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1|
|Price in Nepal||Rs. 410,000|
The display is a 15.6-inch non-touch matte screen with small bezels on the top and sides, but the bottom chin remains as wide as ever. You have two options here: one with FHD resolution and 300Hz refresh rate, and the other with QHD resolution and 165Hz refresh rate.
Our Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 2021 analysis unit is the former, with 100% sRGB and 75.35 percent Adobe RGB color coverage. Instead, Asus claims that the QHD option has a 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut. Both have Adaptive-Sync technologies and a 3ms response time.
As a result, the decision is fairly straightforward. Choose the FHD panel if you mainly play FPS games like Apex Legend, Overwatch, or other games that benefit from the ultra-smooth 300Hz refresh rate. After all, it has more-than-capable hardware to drive certain games to their highest FPS.
It’s a tall, bulky computer with all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from an Asus high-end gaming laptop, much like its predecessor. The Scar 15 weighs about 2.3 kilograms, thanks to all of the parts that the manufacturer has managed to cram into this 15″ chassis.
When you factor in the 720 gram battery converter, you’re looking at a rig that weighs just over 3 kg on your back.On the other hand, the Strix Scar 15 boldly displays its gaming history from the outside as well. The lid has a mirrored finish and the iconic ROG branding. It is also RGB compatible. There are squarish perforations on its side with discreet inscriptions that only become visible when seen from a certain perspective.
Mechanical RGB-backlit optical transfer keyboard with 1.9mm key travel time and per-key RGB power.
Regardless, the see-through design continues to the rear, continuing to the Armor Cap, which can be customized. The organization has three of these in the package, one of which is pre-installed. I didn’t bother flipping between them because it doesn’t seem to be a physically appealing part of the laptop.
Moving on, the palm rest area is soft to the fingertips, and the bottom panel isn’t so sharp to be uncomfortable. About the fact that the keyboard chassis, like the aluminum lid, absorbs smudges, cleaning it is easy. When it comes to RGB, the Scar 15 boasts an Aura Lightbar on the front panel that stretches to the lower left and bottom right.
Asus has now added an extra LED strip to the bottom right portion of the display plate, as opposed to its ancestor, so why not? Both of these (including the ROG logo) sync with the RGB setup of the keyboard by default, but Asus allows you to configure them using the Aura Creator app.
Let’s speak I/O now. Except for the bright red Keystone, Scar 15’s right frame is completely clean. It’s a magnetically attached NFC-powered key that can launch a few shortcuts anytime you take it out or bring it in.
Its macros, on the other hand, are very small. When added, it can swap between fan modes and open a single tab, while when removed, it can either hide all windows and muffle the audio, or lock the Windows account.
Surprisingly, there’s a feature called “Shadow Drive” that allows you to store private data in a hidden storage partition.
Still I’m getting ahead of myself. On the left, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports and a 3.5mm combo audio socket, while on the right, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (with DisplayPort and Power Delivery compatibility), one HDMI 2.0b, one RJ45 port, and one DC-in port. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 are two wireless networking solutions.