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ASUS ROG Strix G15 (G512, 2020) Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Solid keyboard
  • Solid performance for the price
  • Solid build quality
Cons**
  • Below-average battery life

Summary

Asus ROG Strix Scar G15 isn't the bulkiest gaming laptop around, but it's got some meat to it. Much like its bigger brother, the SCAR 15, the G15 G512 comes in a compact chassis. However, as a tuned-down version, the G15 has more limited RGB lighting and drops support for the 300Hz display. Nevertheless, the 240Hz / 3ms panel compares well in 2020 against models available from the competition. The ROG Strix G15 can be configured with up to 32GB DDR4-3200MHz memories and dual M.2 SSD running in RAID0. WiFi 6 is also newly available.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The ROG Strix Scar G15 uses liquid metal compound (usually made of mostly Gallium) instead of traditional thermal paste or a thermal pad in between the CPU and heatsink plate. It's better at conducting heat, and considering how hot the Core i9-10980HK seems to get, it's probably a good thing the ROG use liquid metal instead of paste. At 1080p ultra (or highest graphical settings), the Strixscar G15 spat out an average of 110 fps in Far Cry 5.
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Pros[**]
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Solid build quality
Cons[**]
  • Loud fans
  • No webcam

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 51%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Strix G15 runs the Far Cry New Dawn benchmark at 57 fps, finally putting it above the category average. It transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 10 minutes and 28 seconds on the HandBrake benchmark. Asus' 512GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in a lengthy 41.81 seconds, translating to 130 MBps.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Subpar speakers
  • Poor speakers

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 52%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
There is a healthy selection of integrated ports including RJ-45, HDMI, and USB-C with DisplayPort support. Thunderbolt 3 is not supported and there is no SD card reader. The Intel AX200 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. There is no integrated webcam which Asus says is due to the very narrow bezels around the display.
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Pros[**]
  • 144 Hz panel
  • Good input devices
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No integrated webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No SD card reader

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Strix G15 G512 looks and feels cheaper to the touch when compared to the ROG G531. Because of its extended rear, the system is larger than many other gaming laptops. The Intel AX201 comes standard on all SKUs for Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. Color space is narrow at just 60 percent of sRGB to be indicative of a budget display.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lid could be more flexible

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 45%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Intel AX201 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1. Average transmit rates are strangely slower this time around at 790 Mbps when connected to our Netgear RAX200 router. All benchmarks below were performed on Asus Turbo mode. Running Witcher 3 on Turbo mode would result in slightly faster clock rates and memory rates.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-contrast IPS display with high contrast ratio
  • Very good battery life
  • Good input devices
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 support
  • Slow Wi-Fi 6 connectivity

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Asus uses the weakest version of the RTX 3080 laptop GPU that has an 80-watt TDP (100 watts including Dynamic Boost) The low TDP has a correspondingly negative impact on performance. As long as you limit yourself to the native resolution, the Zephyrus G15 delivers very good performance in games.
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Pros[**]
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
  • Good keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Low color space coverage
  • No G-Sync
  • No Thunderbolt 3

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ROG Strix G15 is a far more straitlaced laptop, with no headline-grabbing gimmick on show. A newly launched Electro Punk design looks just as striking as it sounds, with a dark black chassis complimented by a hot pink rim and logo on the lid. An RGB light strip also runs around the bottom edge of the main chassis, which is bound to be accused of being ‘overbearing' by those who prefer a minimalist approach.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 5000 GPU
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for what it offers

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar G15 Review: Fast, Loud, and Expensive as Hell. gizmodo. 2020-09-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Asus ROG Strix G15 (G512LI) review. laptopmag. 2020-08-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LW Laptop Review: Much Better Than The G512LI. notebookcheck. 2020-11-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 laptop review: Eye-catcher. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Hands on: Asus ROG Strix G15 Review. trustedreviews. 2020-04-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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