Asus ROG laptops are synonymous with hardcore gaming, and the brand’s Strix Scar series is the perfect example of that portable gaming beast gamers want. The Scar 17 has always looked good and been powerful. Now the new 2022 refresh comes with Intel’s 12th 19th Gen ‘Alder Lake’ CPU and other powerful specs to match.
But is that enough to make you consider the new Strix Scar 17? Should this be your first gaming laptop or your next upgrade? Or should you skip it? Find out in our full review below.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 Specifications: 17.3-inch WQHD display | Intel i9 12900H + Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti | 2TB SSD storage + 16GBx2 LPDDR5 RAM | 90WH battery 280W adapter |
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17: What’s Good?
The aesthetic is what most people will first notice with any Asus ROG laptop, and it’s no different here. This laptop is a metal-body tank with solid build quality and RGB lighting throughout. The per-key RGB lighting and under-keyboard lighting really help create the gamer vibe in a room and look stunning in a dark environment.
You get a lot of the important ports, including the power port on the back, which is always great if you want an installation with minimal or no cables sticking out the side. ROG has also implemented new customization features here, including the ‘armor plate’‘, a replaceable corner at the hinge that you can adjust to your liking.
The lid also comes with a large ROG logo, unsurprisingly RGB too. However, the lid is also super fast at taking up fingerprints and smudges, so the more you handle this laptop, the more you need to keep it clean.
17-inch laptops have always been my favorite when it comes to gaming. It may stem from my preference for PC gaming, where I enjoy my 22-inch monitor, but personally I think 17-inch is the ideal size for anyone serious about gaming on a laptop without an external display. The one here on the Strix Scar 17 is a joy to use.
It’s not the brightest panel I’ve seen, but the colors look really good and the resolution on the model I have goes all the way up to 2560×1440 pixels (1440p or QHD). As a result, games and other media all look great here. The IPS panel also has a refresh rate of up to 240Hz, so if you’re someone who cares about every frame when playing titles like Valorant or CS:GO, you shouldn’t be disappointed here.
Keyboard and trackpad
Typing and gaming were both enjoyable experiences for me on Asus ROG laptops, and the experience was no different here. The Strix Scar 17 has a good keyboard, with the keys spaced well for a gaming laptop. You get a full size keyboard here and if your gaming or other use cases include the numpad you will be happy with this. Good travel and per-key RGB support are also nice to have. For serious gamers, there are also some macro keys in the top left corner.
About half of the keyboard also gets this cool transparent design where you can slightly see the inside of the laptop. This looks really cool and is one of those features that makes the laptop stand out even with the RGB turned off. The large trackpad on the bottom is also great for performing a wide range of tasks and has seamless buttons with a satisfying click.
Performance, gaming experience and battery life
The Asus ROG Strix Scar is a beast when it comes to running games. The 12th Gen i9 and RTX 3070 Ti GPU are together powerful enough to run most games at maximum settings and these high configurations also allow you to tailor games to your needs rather than sticking to what your machine ‘can’ to carry out. This is a top performance here.
For FPS shooters like Valorant, there’s the high refresh rate screen and the GPU to pump out the frames. For titles like God of War or the Tomb Raider series, you can still enjoy a high-resolution gaming experience. Asus ROG’s MUX switching feature lets you draw frames directly through the GPU (rather than running it through the integrated graphics card like most non-MUX gaming laptops do), eliminating bottlenecks.
The laptop also has good thermals and while it does get warm, it doesn’t feel uncomfortably warm. This is probably with the help of a good internal design and the fans, which aren’t very noisy either. Another aspect to mention is that the sound on the speakers is loud and enjoyable as far as gaming laptops go.
ROG Strix Scar 17 takes advantage of its large size to deliver good battery life. During my non-gaming tests, I managed to keep the screen lit for 6-7 hours at about half brightness, lots of programs running in the background, and Wi-Fi turned on all the time. This is probably due to good battery optimization in the machine when not gaming.
ROG Keystone Support
While I haven’t fully used the ROG Keystone, it’s a handy tool/feature to have. The little red thumb drive. With the physical key, Asus ROG users can save their hardware profile and settings, such as macro key configurations, and take them anywhere. These settings can then be replicated on another keystone-compatible ROG laptop by simply inserting the keystone into the slot.
The ROG keystone can also be used to execute commands every time it is entered or deleted. For example, you can log out of Windows every time you take the device out. These settings can be configured through the included Armory Crate software.
The Strix Scar 17 has good I/O ports. All ports go on the left or the back. This is great for several reasons. Common ports, including the power input, go in the back, making your sides look cleaner when the laptop is on a desk. Meanwhile, with no ports on the right side, there are no wires, drives, or other peripherals sticking out from the right edge of the laptop that might get in the way of your external mouse.
On the back we have two USB 3.2 Type-C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt 4), an HDMI 2.1 port, an RJ45 ethernet port and the power port. On the left you have a 3.5mm headphone port and a pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17: What’s Wrong?
While it excels at pretty much everything, the laptop’s Achilles heel is the lack of a dedicated webcam, which would have made this a more complete package. While gaming laptops that omit the webcam is a common sight, I expect something that costs so much doesn’t omit feature voids, especially those like the webcam, which are critical after a pandemic.
Unsurprisingly, it’s also a heavy laptop, complete with a large and heavy charging adapter, making the whole bundle portable, but not the most convenient to carry around often. Like most gaming laptops in its class, the ROG Strix Scar 17 is ideally not meant to be carried around in a backpack on a daily basis.
Verdict: Who should get the ROG Strix Scar 17 2022?
While delivering top-notch performance, the ROG Strix Scar 2022 is understandably not for everyone and is a machine for purists who don’t want to compromise when it comes to gaming. The machine is a performance beast and has the specs to enjoy titles for years to come, no less than what you would expect from a laptop costing Rs 2,61,990. If you can ignore some aspects like the use of an external webcam and the weight of the machine, this powerhouse is a solid recommendation.