The Republic of Gamers brand under ASUS has become a household name among gamers in its 12-year history. The company has over the years built laptops, systems and peripherals which bring style and gaming performance to the table.
Last year, ROG introduced two gaming laptops under the STRIX moniker taking aim at the two emerging e-sports categories: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and FPS (First Person Shooter). The two specialised builds bring features and specifications which optimise performance based on the type of game.
Similarly, this year’s ROG Strix II series bring the top of the line specifications with key differences. Both laptops are 15-inch laptops equipped with 8th Generation Intel Core i processors. Of course, being gaming laptops, the Core i5-8300H and the Core i7-8750H are the only variants available. Both the ROG Strix HERO II and the ROG Strix SCAR II come with up to 32GB of RAM. The laptops also come in a M.2 SSD and rotating drive setup. The former ranges from 128GB to 512GB of space while the latter comes in 1TB SSHD with 5400 rpm rotating speed or 1TB HDD with up to 7200 rpm rotating speed. The biggest improvement this year is the near bezel-less display design of the laptops.
Both versions of the ROG Strix II laptops are equipped with backlit chiclet keyboards with about 1.8mm travel. This is definitely one feature which gamers from both sides of the fence will appreciate. In addition, the keyboard comes with AuraSync which allows users to customise the backlight colour as well as sync the pulsation or pattern according to the music of the game. The keyboard’s backlight can be further individualised in 4 zones. This means that users are able to set up to 4 different colour settings according to the zones for their keyboards.
Both versions support WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with a 2×2 MIMO configuration. The WiFi card also comes with Wave 2 WLAN support for better, more reliable connectivity.
The Strix II laptops come with a USB type-C port with USB 3.1 support, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. They also come with an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini display v1.2 port, an RJ-45 jack, a 2-in-1 card reader and a 3.5mm headphone and mic jack. It also comes with a Kensington lock socket.
ROG Strix SCAR II
The ROG Strix SCAR II is optimised for FPS gaming. As such it comes with a 15.6-inch FullHD IPS display. The display supports 100% if the RGB gamut and has a refresh rate of 144Hz and a response time of 3ms. This is essential for the quick action of FPS gaming and will allow players to react to the game more effectively.
In addition, the SCAR II comes with either the NVIDIA GTX1060 or GTX1070 graphics processor. This is supported with up to 8GB of GDDR5 RAM.
The keyboard of the SCAR II has semitransparent keycaps on the WASD keys frequently used for movement in FPS games.
ROG Strix HERO II
The HERO II, on the other hand, is optimised for MOBA gaming. In addition to the display option of the SCAR II, it also comes with the lower end option of a 15.6-inch display with 60Hz refresh rate which also covers 100% of the sRGB gamut. In addition, the HERO II is only available with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM. The lower refresh rate and the single variant of the GPU is a reflection of the less taxing nature of MOBA games.
The HERO II has semitransparent keycaps to highlight the QWER keys which are frequently used in MOBAs.
Pricing & Availability
The ROG Strix II laptops will be available worldwide in Q2 (April – June) 2018. Pricing information hasn’t been made available as of yet.