Asus ROG Strix Series of Gaming Laptops Deliver Power and Portability

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If you have ever seen the warehouse-like rooms packed high with IBM computers that ran the Apollo space program, it is hard to fathom that all of that equipment. All of that computing power and technology — taking up all of that space — had about as much computing power as a pocket calculator.

Today, modern computers are vastly more powerful, portable and increasingly lighter.

We want to introduce you to the Asus ROG STIX Series of gaming laptops.

It is a portable alternative to a big, at home gaming set up. First, let us turn your attention to some gaming laptop features and specifications that we believe you need to examine.

What to Look for in a Gaming Laptop

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For gamers, there are more opportunities to game in groups. Gaming is turning into a munch more social, shared experience, compared to years past.

Game designer Jane McGonigal in a TED talk points out, “The idea of the 'lone gamer' is really not true anymore. Up to 65 percent of gaming now is social — played either online or in the same room with people we know in real life.”

Whenever you are comparing laptop gaming power, you must take a good, hard look at the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).

Any modern GPU, whether discrete or integrated, handles the display of 2D and 3D content. It “draws the desktop,” as well as decodes and encodes all video content.

Your monitor and your graphics card work together to produce the eye popping images your game requires. The graphics card renders the frames as your monitor displays the images. Your graphics card needs to be powerful enough to render more than 60 frames per second.

Even if your monitor can compete with a 200Hz refresh rate, big deal if your GPU is only capable of producing 30 fps (frames per second). If you are into virtual reality.

High end graphics cards are large. This fact has no impact on a traditional, desktop gaming PC. However, the main selling point of any laptop is the size, weight and temperature management. 

Many advanced GPU’s have cooling technology that just doesn’t perform as well within the profile of an attractive gaming laptop.

So, there are several issues to consider when it comes to fitting all of the massive components that your typical gaming desktop utilizes inside the thin frame of a laptop. Make yourself aware of the capabilities and limitations of your potential pick.

Size and weight

Laptops are required to use special mobile versions of GPUs that are specifically engineered to fit inside the limited interior, and have as little impact on the overall mass of the notebook as possible.

Temperature

GPUs run hot. The heatsinks (a device that incorporates either a fan, or some other means to keep a processor cool) and triple-fan coolers are not just there to impress your friends. A GPU needs to fit inside the laptop. However, any laptop’s overall cooling system needs to be designed to accommodate the undeniable heat that comes from a dedicated, powerful graphics card.

CPU

Intel and AMD have mobile versions of their Central Processing Units which reduced heat generation and less power drain.

RAM

Laptops usually have lower amounts of RAM, and a number of them allow for additional RAM modules to be installed.

Storage

Clearly, laptops have limited space. Installing extra HDDs or SSDs is a non starter. However, there are workarounds like either replacing the existing HDD/SSD or using an external storage drive.

Consider the Peripherals

Obviously, when you purchase a gaming laptop, the peripherals are built in to the unit. The monitor, keyboard, touchpad all come with the unit. The upside is that you don’t need to pay extra for them. The downside is that you are stuck with what the manufacturer has included.

If you decide you to plug in a better monitor or flashier keyboard, that cost is on top of what you already purchased, but don’t intend to use.

It is important to consider the following:

Display

Currently, the majority of gaming laptops on the market have Full HD screens with 60 Hz refresh rates, and a 15 to 17-inch diagonal. The screen size is understandably limited because the advantage to a laptop is portability and size.

Keyboard

Laptops use regular, low-profile, membrane keys. Mechanical keyboards, which are commonplace among gaming PCs, are few and far between on laptops. This is why we are very impressed with the built-in ROG AURA RGB Keyboard.

Touchpad

Take it from us that touchpads are highly inconvenient for gaming. Games with lots of selections and clicking are going to be frustrating if you use a touchpad. You will absolutely have to buy a mouse for your gaming laptop.

Speakers and Microphone

Built-in speakers and microphones tend to be quite good in gaming laptops.

Great Feature: ROG AURA RGB Keyboard Reflects Your Gaming Style

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This keyboard is as functional as it is cool. As we mentioned, great built-in keyboards are a rare feature in gaming laptops. Not in this instance.

The ASUS AURA is a combination of RGB backlighting and control software that lets you customize your gaming style. Modes include static, breathing, and color-cycling.

Anti-ghosting technology with n-key rollover ensures that your inputs are tracked precisely, no matter how many keys are pressed.

6 Ways The ROG Strix GL503 and GL703 Meet the Challenge

We’ve outlined what criteria to consider when evaluating a worthwhile gaming laptop. When you take into account all of the built-in peripherals and processing capabilities, The ROG Strix GL503 and GL703 gaming laptops answer definitely meet the challenge, and deliver a fantastic gaming experience.

  • Sleek in appearance as it is strong in performance. The minimalistic, black, brushed-metal cover is modernist, high-tech sophistication.
  • The 7th Generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics combine to deliver a visual performance that is as powerful as your gaming.
  • These gaming laptops are built for outstanding portability and gaming performance. They weigh as little as 5.6 lbs (GL503), and with a thin profile that’s only 0.9” thick.
  • The ROG Strix GL503 and GL703 feature a brilliant, wide-view, IPS-type panel that is up to 50% brighter than competing models. It offers a 100% RGB color range.
  • Features an intelligent thermal design that employs multiple heat pipes and dual fans to maximize CPU and GPU performance. Consequently, throttling is greatly reduced during intense sessions.
  • New D-door that makes accessing vital internals as simple as removing a single screw. You have access to the M.2 SSD drive bay, SATA drive, and RAM.
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ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD 17.3” Gaming Laptop, GTX 1050 4GB, Intel Core...
  • 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo to 3.8GHz) with discrete GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics. Dual-fan thermal design.
  • Slim 0.9" profile and lightweight 6.7 lbs body with 17.3" Full HD Wideview Panel, 72% NTSC
  • 1TB SSHD FireCuda Hybrid Drive (up to 6x faster performance than traditional HDD)
ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD 17.3” Gaming Laptop, GTX 1050 4GB, Intel Core...
ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD 17.3” Gaming Laptop, GTX 1050 4GB, Intel Core...
ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD 17.3” Gaming Laptop, GTX 1050 4GB, Intel Core...

The main difference between the 503 and the 703 is the monitor size. The 503, which starts at $925, has a 15.6 inch display monitor. The 703VD has a 17 inch display monitor, and costs a bit more.

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ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD 17.3” Gaming Laptop, GTX 1050 4GB, Intel Core...
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You can upgrade your 503 to the “Hero Edition” which retails for about $1450. The 703 offers a Scar Edition for eSports pc gamers. Priced around $1400.

Product Details

Processing

7th-generation Intel® Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo to 3.8GHz) with discrete GeForce® GTX 1050 4GB graphics

Dual-fan thermal design.

Design

Slim 0.9” profile and lightweight 6.7 lbs. body with 17.3” Full HD Wideview Panel, 72% NTSC

Drive

1TB SSHD FireCuda Hybrid Drive (up to 6x faster performance than traditional HDD)

Keyboard

Aura RGB lighting keyboard with 4 isolated hotkeys

1.8mm key travel,​

Anti-ghosting technology,

4 zones of lighting control,

20-million keystroke durability

Connectivity

802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi (up to 6x faster than traditional BGN)

Bluetooth 4.1

3x USB 3.0

1x USB 3.1 (Type C)

1x USB 2.0

1x HDMI

1x Mini DisplayPort

1x headphone/Mic jack,

1x RJ45 LAN port.

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ASUS ROG STRIX Hero Edition Gaming Laptop, 15.6” IPS-Type Full HD,...
  • Special design for MOBA gamers: slim 0.9" profile and lightweight 5.6 lbs body with dragonscale pattern. 15.6" 120Hz Full HD IPS-Type Panel designed for maximum contrast and clarity
  • 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo to 3.8GHz) with discrete GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics. Dual-fan thermal design
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB FireCuda SSHD for combination of fast OS drive speed and high capacity storage

PC gamers take notice.

ROG Strix Hero Edition is artfully designed for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games. It is optimized to deliver a competitive edge for you and your team.

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ASUS ROG STRIX Hero Edition Gaming Laptop, 15.6” IPS-Type Full HD,...
ASUS ROG STRIX Hero Edition Gaming Laptop, 15.6” IPS-Type Full HD,...

You will definitely lead the way as you are armed with the powerful Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics.

ASUS ROG STRIX Hero Edition Gaming Laptop, 15.6” IPS-Type Full HD,...
ASUS ROG STRIX Hero Edition Gaming Laptop, 15.6” IPS-Type Full HD,...
ASUS ROG STRIX Hero Edition Gaming Laptop, 15.6” IPS-Type Full HD,...

The Strix Hero Edition packs a rich-color, 120Hz wide-view display, and a desktop-style RGB keyboard that is designed for winning against all odds. The N-key rollover is fine-tuned for quick, precise responses to your input.

Product Details

Processing

7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo to 3.8GHz) with discrete GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics. Dual-fan thermal design.

Design

Special design for MOBA gamers.

Slim 0.9” profile and lightweight 5.6 lbs.

Body with dragonscale pattern.

15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS-Type Panel designed for maximum contrast and clarity.

Drive

256GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB FireCuda SSHD for combination of fast OS drive
speed and high capacity storage

Keyboard

Aura RGB lighting keyboard with 4 isolated hotkeys,

1.8mm key travel,​

Anti-ghosting technology,

4 zones of lighting control,

20-million keystroke durability

Connectivity

802.11ac 2x2 WiFi (up to 6x faster than traditional BGN),

Bluetooth 4.1

3x USB 3.0

1x USB 3.1 (Type C)

1x USB 2.0

1x HDMI

1x Mini DisplayPort

1x headphone/Mic jack,

1x RJ45 LAN port.

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ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17.3” 120Hz 3ms Gaming Laptop, 8th-Gen...
  • 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor. 6 cores, up to 3.9GHz (Boost clock)
  • Powerful gaming performance with GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics
  • 120Hz 17.3" Full HD display. Ultra-fast 3ms response time; Battery: 64WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion

The new ROG Strix Scar Edition is built for the next generation of pc gamers who are ready to take to their eSports gaming to the next level. This edition is specifically built for eSports and AAA titles — thanks to a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, GTX graphics, and a high refresh rate gaming display.

The 8th-Generation Scar Edition brings several refinements to the series, such as an AURA SYNC RGB keyboard, and 12V fans for improved thermal performance.

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ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17.3” 120Hz 3ms Gaming Laptop, 8th-Gen...

You will notice a vast leap in gaming and productivity performance with Intel’s first mobile Core i7 processor with 6 cores and 12 threads.

Exclusive to this model is an internal component that forces dust and debris to exit the chassis through two anti-dust tunnels. This prevents the thermal fins from becoming caked in grime. This exclusive feature benefits performance and reliability.

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ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17.3” 120Hz 3ms Gaming Laptop, 8th-Gen...

When you assess regular 5V fans, the two powerful 12V fans have a higher maximum fan speed. You can game confidently that your laptop will remain cool during intense gaming sessions.

The hallmark of the Strix Scar Edition is its high refresh rate display. High refresh rates result in smoother playback, giving you a competitive advantage in fast-paced FPS games. For many gamers, the difference of going from 60Hz to 120Hz is much more dramatic, compared to switching to a higher screen resolution.

Product Details

Processing

Intel Core i7-8750H 6 Core Processor (9MB Cache, 2.2GHz-4.1GHz) 45W

RAM

16GB DDR4 2666MHz

Hard Drive

500GB NVME Solid State Drive + 1TB 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive

Keyboard

ASUS AURA SYNC Customizable RGB Gaming Keyboard

Operating System

Windows 10 Home x64

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5

Display

17.3" Full HD Matte 120Hz Display (1920 x 1080)

A Worthy Gaming Investment

Truly, it is mind-blowing how far gaming PCs have come in such a relatively short time. 

The awkward, hot, heavy units of the past look silly compared to today's thin designs.

Relatively affordable laptops, like the Asus ROG Strix GL503, deliver the kind of power that was simply not available a decade ago, or less.

With the Asus ROG Strix Series you aren’t required to trade power for portability and style. The interior is extremely attractive, with a programmable, full-sized RGB keyboard. The display and keyboard are easily the finest features in this series. The monitor delivers a reliable, rich image.

Whichever of the gaming laptops you choose, you’ll be impressed with the Asus ROG Series.

They are an undeniable gaming force designed with the hard core gamer in mind.

In the end, it’s all about the immersive, gaming experience. With that in mind, The ROG Strix GL503 and GL703 deliver on every point.

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