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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR / Hero III G531 15.6" Gaming Laptop

NEX score 71%

Product Overview

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR / Hero III G531 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by 9th-gen Intel Core Coffee Lake processors. It features the world's fastest 240Hz FHD IPS display with 100% sRGB coverage and 3ms response time.
The G531 comes with "Keystone" compatibility: Keystones are NFC-enabled keys that fit neatly into the chassis of the Strix SCAR III. When docked, the personalization profiles stored in them are instantly applied. Access to secure Shadow Drive also becomes available.
The SCAR III and Hero III versions of the G531 are essentially the same laptop with some different design elements to cater to FPS and MOBA gamers respectively.
Alongside the ROG Strix SCAR III G531, ASUS also introduced the 17.3-inch G731 that shares much of the same features.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the Scar III

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
  • Strong gaming performance
  • Strong keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No webcam
  • High CPU and GPU performance
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x UBS-C 3.2 Gen2 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x Audio combo + 1x Keystone
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
66 Wh
Microphone
Array microphone
Speakers
2x 4W speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
275 mm
Size | Height
24.9 mm
Size | Width
360 mm
Weight
2.57 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
Gamut
100% sRGB, 75.35% Adobe RGB
Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)
Response Time
3 ms

Function

Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, or RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
Per-key RGB or 4 zone RGB
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
9th-gen Intel Core i7-9750H or i9-9880H
RGB Lighting
Aura Sync

Performance

Memory | Capacity
16GB (2x SoDIMMs, up to 32GB)
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz
Power Supply
230W / 280W (i9)
Storage
Up to 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD

Production

Debut
2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Strix Scar III is quite impressive, offering strong performance, a long battery life, a clicky keyboard and decent speakers. But keep in mind that this machine lacks a webcam and the chassis is a bit thick. The Asus ROG Strix III is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Strong gaming performance
  • Strong keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No webcam

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Mark benchmark results in isolation, it is well beaten by many of our RTX 2070 powered comparison devices. The G531GW has two fans that work with several heatpipes to dissipate heat generated by the CPU and GPU. Surface temperatures peaked at 52 °C while playing "The Witcher 3", although most of the device remained at between 41 °C and 50 °C. The speakers are a worthy replacement for external speakers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • High CPU and GPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Intel Core i7-9750H is a 6-core processor and in the ROG Strix Scar III 531GW the second fastest model behind the Intel Core i9-9880H. As a second storage module, the gaming notebook offers a hybrid hard drive with 1 TB of storage space. As alternatives, buyers can also choose models with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 or GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Long battery life
  • High-quality case
  • NVMe SSD
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar III review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/asus-rog-strix-scar-iii. 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G531GW (Core i9-9880H, RTX 2070) Laptop Review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/ASUS-ROG-Strix-SCAR-III-G531GW-Core-i9-9880H-RTX-2070-Laptop-Review.422957.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar III G531GW Review: With a fast 240-Hz display. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-Scar-III-G531GW-Review-With-a-fast-240-Hz-display.437630.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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