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Asus expands the RoG Strix gaming laptop lineup with Hero and Scar editions

The Strix Hero edition features a custom design on the outer display casing. (Source: Asus)
The Strix Hero edition features a custom design on the outer display casing. (Source: Asus)
Three new gaming laptops were added to the ROG Strix lineup: a 15-inch Hero edition and two 17-inch Scar editions. All new models are powered by Intel's Core i7-7700HQ CPUs coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and come with a 256 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB FireCuda SSHD storage combo. The 15-inch and the less expensive 17-inch integrate the GTX 1060 GPU, while the top of the line 17-inch comes equipped with the GTX 1070.

Al the gaming-related products from Asus are now found under the Republic of Gamers brand. This applies to the gaming laptop lines, as well, and Asus also employs the Strix brand to further delineate the premium performance. Asus announced that it will add three new models to the ROG Strix gaming laptop lineup – one Hero edition and two Scar edition models – that are powered by Intel’s i7-7700HQ CPU. All new models come with 16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and a 256 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB FireCuda SSHD storage combo.

The Hero Edition GL503VM-DB74 is the only 15-inch model among the three new gaming laptops. It features a 15.6-inch 1080P 120 Hz display with 25 ms response time and 178-degree viewing angles, which is coupled with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GPU. The same GPU is featured with the Strix Scar Edition GL703VM-DB74 model.

The Strix Scar models come with 17-inch displays, but these have different specs: the Strix Scar Edition GL703VM-DB74 comes with a 17.3-inch [email protected] Hz display with 5 ms response time and wide viewing angles, while the Strix Scar Edition GL503VS-DH7 integrates AMD’s G-SYNC technology with 144 Hz refresh rate and 9 ms response time. The Strix Scar Edition GL503VS-DH74 is also the only model to come with Nvidia’s GTX 1070 8 GB GPU.

Other shared specs include:
•    720p webcam
•    dual Wi-Fi boards with Bluetooth 4.1 and Ethernet jack
•    3.5 W stereo speakers
•    Connectors: combo audio jack, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 4X USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, HDMI
•    64 Wh 4-cell Li-Ion battery
•    Dimensions: 15.1 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches
•    Weight: 5.1 lbs

The only model immediately available is the 17.3-inch Strix Scar Edition GL703VM-DB74, which has an MSRP of US$1,600. The 15” Strix Hero and the Strix Scar Edition GL703VM-DB74 are expected to ship in November with prices starting at US$1,600 and US$1,900, respectively.

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The Strix Scar come with a scar-like design on the outer display casing. (Source: Asus)
The Strix Scar come with a scar-like design on the outer display casing. (Source: Asus)

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Bogdan Solca, 2017-10-25 (Update: 2017-10-25)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.