In anecdotal gaming, running recent games fromto Vampyr, the system ran smoothly at full 1080p resolution and high-to-ultra detail settings. Still, the system fans did kick in during gaming, and they get pretty loud. Asus says the cooling system includes "antidust tunnels" which blow dust away using faster fans.
Does anyone really leave their gaming laptop unplugged for too long? I know I usually don't. In this case, that's a good thing, as the Scar II ran for only 3 hours, 7 minutes in our streaming-video battery-drain test. A handful of gaming laptops can top 5 or 6 hours on this test (see the chart below), but doing any kind of unplugged gaming will drop battery life significantly.
Plenty to unpack
There's a lot going on with the Scar II. It has an excellent CPU-GPU combo and strong performance. The slim screen bezels and 144Hz refresh rate make for superb display specs. A handful of design touches, like the transparent WASD keys, add some visual interest. But the rest of the design is boxy and generic, with the needle tipping too far into "gamer" territory, especially its silly camo paint job.
For $2,000, it's fair to expect more zing. If you're specifically looking for an Nvidia 1070 gaming laptop, those can found for a few hundred dollars less. Or you might like something especially sharp-looking, like the new 15-inch Razer Blade, which can be had for a little less (for the Nvidia 1060 version) or a bit more (for the 1070 version). Keep in mind, however, those include just a 256GB SSD, not the 256GB SSD-1TB hybrid HDD combo included here.
|Asus ROG Strix Scar II||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD|
|Razer Blade (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 (2018)||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD|
|Alienware 15 R3 (2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070; 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (late 2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD|
|Origin PC Eon17X||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (OC) 4.7GHz Intel Core i7-8700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2800MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; (2) 250GB SSD RAID 0|
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