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The Asus Strix Scar II GL704 — finally, a 17-inch laptop with narrow bezels
The Asus Strix Scar II GL704 — finally, a 17-inch laptop with narrow bezels
There have been no notebooks with both narrow bezels and 144 Hz panels until now. Asus has teamed up with AU Optronics to develop a 17.3-inch 144 Hz/3 ms panel made specifically for gaming and the narrow-bezel GL704 will be the first to use it.

Laptops with narrow bezels have been around for a few years now, but they have all been 15 inches or smaller in screen size due to production limitations from panel manufacturers. While 15-inch gaming laptops are getting lighter and sexier, their 17-inch counterparts have been chugging along with thick and unsightly bezels. Fortunately, Asus will be changing all this soon with the 17.3-inch ROG GL704GM.

The GL704GM succeeds the older GL703 and it is essentially the 17-inch version of the 15-inch ROG Strix Scar II GL504. Its bezels are just 7.05 mm thick on three sides to be 40 percent thinner than on the GL703 without sacrificing display quality. In fact, the GL704GM is the first 17-inch notebook we know of to carry a 1080p 144 Hz IPS panel with a fast 3 ms gray-to-gray response time.

Something to keep in mind is that the GL704GM will be limited to GTX 1060 graphics even though Asus says the chassis was designed to support "GTX 1070-class" graphics. It's likely that the GL704GM will be accompanied by a "GL704GS" or equivalent SKU in the future with GTX 1070 or even GTX 1170/2070 Turing options. Until then, however, the GTX 1060 will be the only GPU available at launch.

Asus is keeping quiet on the prices of the GL704GM, but we can expect it to become available by this upcoming September alongside the Zephyrus GX531. Both it and the Zephyrus will be at Gamescom and IFA for visitors to check out. Since there are no other narrow-bezel 17-inch gaming laptops at the time of writing, the GL704 currently has no direct competitors. Keep an eye out for our review of the 15-inch GL504 coming soon as the 17-inch GL704 shares the same design language.

(Source: Asus)
(Source: Asus)
17-inch GL704 is visually very similar to the 15-inch GL504
17-inch GL704 is visually very similar to the 15-inch GL504
USB Type-C relocated to the right-edge compared to the GL504
USB Type-C relocated to the right-edge compared to the GL504
Front edge LED light bar returns
Front edge LED light bar returns
Many of the same ports as on the GL504
Many of the same ports as on the GL504
Rear design has more in common with the GX501 than the GX531
Rear design has more in common with the GX501 than the GX531
Lighter and smaller than the outgoing GL703
Lighter and smaller than the outgoing GL703
Four-zone RGB keyboard lighting with 1.8 mm key travel
Four-zone RGB keyboard lighting with 1.8 mm key travel
Keyboard appears to be 1:1 against the GL504 keyboard
Keyboard appears to be 1:1 against the GL504 keyboard
Same "camouflage" palm rest texture to appeal to FPS gamers
Same "camouflage" palm rest texture to appeal to FPS gamers
Unfavorable camera placement
Unfavorable camera placement
Smooth outer lid texture not unlike on the Zephyrus series
Smooth outer lid texture not unlike on the Zephyrus series
Hinges are stiff enough to prevent teetering. However, the lid is not as rigid as on the G703 series as expected
Hinges are stiff enough to prevent teetering. However, the lid is not as rigid as on the G703 series as expected
7.05 mm bezels with matte 1080p 144 Hz AU Optronics panel as standard
7.05 mm bezels with matte 1080p 144 Hz AU Optronics panel as standard
Left: ROG GX531, Right: ROG GL704
Left: ROG GX531, Right: ROG GL704
Same angular bottom design as the GL504
Same angular bottom design as the GL504
Rear ventilation with same cooling solution as the GL504
Rear ventilation with same cooling solution as the GL504

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08-16 (Update: 2018-08-16)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.