ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS DS74 Gaming Laptop Review

The ASUS ROG GL703GS is under the hood considered as one of the most powerful gaming device that the company has introduced right now. It features of 17 inch 144 Hz display that I am sure being the best way for playing PUBG and Fortnite right now. Beside than its amazing display, the laptop is also equipped with Intel Core I7 from Coffee Lake generation and NVIDIA GTX 1070 that will let you run any game in higher setting. Of course, by having all of this stuff means will cost you a lot of money and it’s true. With nearly costs you 2000 dollars, the thing is not so affordable for most users.

The price is probably the biggest problem that users have right now besides than its battery problem that I hope should not be appeared here. Its brother, the ROG GM501 features almost similar specification here, but sadly the battery life is poor where it lasts only for 3 hours even on light activities like browsing. Well, I guess its worth for us to take look inside and see how it turns out to be. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Impression

In comparable with its older brother, the design here is fairly simple here. There is not much surprising part since ASUS only puts of gunmetal grey finishing without giving it any impressive detail. Keep in mind, this is not a bad case as many users prefer to have it plain and simple, rather making it crowded with many things. One thing that I love here is the material selection, they pick of plastic for its deck area and surrounded it with carbon fibre finishing on its lid area that not only adds of details, but also protecting it from bumps or drops. This is a small feature, but in the end gives a big impact to our usage.

In term of build quality, I think the chassis is relative stable and rough even most of its base created from roughened plastic. The lid area is strong and impossible to twist and there is a very minimal flex on keyboard area. Everything is sturdy included of its two hinge system that allowing you to open it for 145 degree and providing a proper viewing angle. As for the ports selections, we get of four USB type-A ports, single USB type-C Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, card reader, Kensington lock, and 3.5 mm audio jack. Overall, everything is well complete made here.

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A Perfect Place for Gaming

ASUS GL703GS 2 Let’s start our way by checking its display. Here, the 17.3 inch screen is mind blowing in term of quality. It covers of 97 percent for SRGB color and offer of overall high brightness level. The screen here is not only great, but also fast. The 144 Hz refresh rate is featured alongside with 3 ms response time and providing a faster and smoother way for playing FPS and fast paced action games. I have played Overwatch for dozen of matches here and the result is satisfying and improving my skill. It’s hard to say it by words, but once you get into with it then you have no time to stop.

As for the input methods, the full size keyboard is promised here and unfortunately offers of short travel keys. Keep in mind, the experience is comfortable and solid here, but it takes time for users to get used especially for new users here. The layout itself here is familiar and the keys firmer than my expectation. The backlit support is available here and featuring of 4 different zones configuration. Sadly, controlling it individually is impossible here. Its rival from Gigabyte and Acer provides better RGB support here and I just hope ASUS can improve it more here.

Last price update: 2018-09-21 17:13:42

ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GSMain Specs
CPU Intel Coffee Lake Based Core I7-8750H 2.2 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070
Display Size17.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD

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Hardware Configuration

The hardware specification is pretty high end as its powered by Intel Core I7-8750H from 8th generation, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and dual storage with 256GB SSD and 1TB FireCuda HDD. With this hardware level, it’s possible for running most of games at highest setting included the Far Cry 5 here. The CPU and GPU perform a good job on handling the task especially in proper cooling. The fan will go loudly on intensive task, but does not feel so annoying on my result. There are total of three fans on maintaining the temperature here and each of them working individually for some reasons. It means not all of fans would work at the same time and each of them automatically operated when the heat is getting at their minimum level. This is a good configuration for saving the battery.

Gaming and doing activities are not a big problem here, but what about its battery life? Well, battery usage is still not satisfying in my opinion. The 76 WH battery is smaller enough for its six core CPU moreover we have a G-Sync support and means the NVIDIA GPU is always active even during light usage like editing document. Of course, it eats the battery a lot and only gives us 2 to 3 hours of gaming. Connecting it to wall charging is the only solution you have right now. ASUS is able to make a revision with bigger battery, but the thing is not coming in short time.

Last price update: 2018-09-21 17:13:42
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Final Thought

There is not much to complaint from the ROG GL703GS except for the battery life itself. The performance, design, keyboard, and display are overwhelmingly positive on my test. The performance is the biggest selling point here as the 6 Core CPU and 1070 GPU are powerful enough for 3 to 4 years of usage. The laptop is recommended here as long as you do not mind for spending around 2000 dollars here. I just hope the battery could be better here and it would be a perfect system for gaming. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it.

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