Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012


Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012
Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012 (G531 Series)
16384 MB 
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, glossy: no
512 GB SSD
3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 360 x 275 ( = 1.02 x 14.17 x 10.83 in)
48 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 89% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: 95%, performance: 90%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 75%, workmanship: 95%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012

89% ASUS Rog Strix G531GT-BQ012, análisis: un portátil gaming que busca el equilibrio
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 95% performance: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 95%


Model: Everyday, there is another gaming laptop hitting the market. Maybe because of new hardware or because of competition or maybe, just maybe because the manufacturer wanted to try something new. Then there is also price point. There is upper , lower, and of course middle segment.

The Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012 is nothing extraordinary, it is just a gaming laptop for people who think about their budget. Does it make it a bad laptop? Of course not. Especially considering the fact that improved hardware makes it easier to access high performing modules cheaper as days pass. Yesterday's high performing devices may not be able to compete with today's middle level devices. With this definition I would identify the Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012 as a high performing device as well, even though it is considered as a budget gaming laptop.

Looking at the specs, you are getting almost all new tech. A GTX 1650 GPU, 9th generation Intel 9750H CPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, WIFI5, HDMI 2.0b, Bluetooth 5.0… So from hardware specs, I can not think of anything to criticize harshly. It is well adjusted and seems like well thought. Maybe a USB-C port would have been nice, but remind you, this is a budget laptop.

Let me explain why the Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012 is a budget laptop. First of all, it weighs around 2.4 kg. With modern world standards, this is not mobile friendly. Then compared to RTX GPUs, GTX GPUs are not the future. If you are a hardcore gamer, you might be missing out on better details. Can the GTX 1650 serve you well? It depends on which games you are playing. Also the screen is only 60 Hz. With newest gaming laptops you can get screens from 75 Hz to 200 Hz. So, 60 Hz again is something from the past for gaming devices.

I am used to LEDs on laptops, but the Asus ROG Strix G531GT-BQ012 also has LEDs around the base unit. So, you truly stand out from the crowd. It is definitely not my taste, but obviously there are people willing to have such shiny things.

One thing to criticize can be storage. If you are a gamer, is a 512 GB SSD really enough? It would have been nice to have a 1 TB HDD maybe, but then I assume the weight will come close to 2.7 kg.

Would I suggest this laptop? It depends. If you are not a hardcore gamer, I can definitely suggest it, because there is nothing it can't do. If you are a hardcore gamer, well, please don't invest your money in this model, but save a few hundreds (maybe a thousands?) more and get something serious. What is the difference between hardcore gaming laptops and this one? Just two things: RTX GPU and 144 Hz Screen. But those two can be very costly. My overall assessment is definitely a thumbs up.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop): Mid range dedicated graphics card for laptops based on the desktop GTX 1650 and therefore the Turing architecture (TU117 chip in 12nm FFN) without raytracing and Tensor cores. 

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

9750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.6 - 4.5 GHz (4 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.4 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.

In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).

89%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2019-10-22 (Update: 2019-10-22)