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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533 Gaming Laptop (2021)

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Product Overview

The 2021 ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 (G533) is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by AMD Ryzen processors and NVIDIA RTX 30-series graphics. It is lighter and more compact than its Intel-powered predecessor.
The ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533 retains the 300Hz display with 3ms response time as well as extended RGB lighting. It also keeps the mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting.
Additionally, the G533 is newly compatible with up to 64GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 also come as standard.
Alongside the Strix SCAR G15, ASUS also refreshed the ROG Strix G15, Strix G17, Strix SCAR 17, Flow X13, Zephyrus G14, Zephyrus G15, and Zephyrus Duo 15 SE at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Fast response times for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop
  • 144 Hz panel with 165 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response times
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Below-average CPU performance when gaming on Turbo mode

What external reviewers found***

Ext 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Great battery life
  • Great value for money
  • Comfortable keyboard and clickpad
  • Faster CPU and GPU performance than the G532LWS
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No 4K display option
  • Fan noise can be loud when gaming
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Specifications

FHDQHD

Connectivity

Ports3x UBS 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 / DP + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x Audio combo + 1x RJ45
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity90 Wh
Camera | FrontOptional camera
MaterialAluminum
MicrophoneBuilt-in array microphone
Speakers2x 4W speaker with smart AMP technology

Dimensions

Bezels85% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth259 mm / 10.2 inch
Size | Height22.6~27.2 mm / 0.89~1.07 inch
Size | Width354 mm / 13.94 inch
Weight2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Display Diagonal15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS, matte
Gamut100% sRGB, 75.35% Adobe RGB100% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate300 Hz165 Hz
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or QHD (2560x1440)
Response Time3 ms

Function

GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, RTX 3080 8GB, or RTX 3080 16GB
Keyboard BacklightPer-key RGB lighting
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX
RGB LightingAura Sync, Aura Sync Light Bar, Logo, and Edge Lighting included

Performance

Key Travel1.9 mm
Memory | CapacityUp to 64 GB, 2x SO-DIMMs
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply240 W
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD

Production

Debut2021-01-13 (CES 2021)

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Fan noise is generally quieter than on the G532 and closer to that of the Razer Blade 15. Surface temperatures are almost always warm on the keyboard keys and bottom panel at about 35 C or higher even when idling on desktop. Charging from empty to full capacity takes just over 1.5 hours. The battery charges more slowly if gaming, but it will thankfully not drain.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Faster CPU and GPU performance than the G532LWS
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and clickpad
  • Slim bezels
Cons
  • Fan noise can be loud when gaming

trustedreviews[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 has a 2560 x 1440 IPS panel with a 165Hz refresh rate. It has an eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 5900HX processor, 32GB of memory and 2TB of NVMe storage. The screen rendered 99.6% of the sRGB colour gamut at 136.3% volume. Gaming experience is as good as it is on any other laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No 4K display option

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533QS Laptop Review: AMD Zen 3 and 165 Hz 1440p Sweet Spot. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-Scar-15-G533QS-Laptop-Review-AMD-Zen-3-and-165-Hz-1440p-Sweet-Spot.551441.0.html. 2021-07-23. Retrieved 2021-07-24.
2. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-rog-strix-scar-15-2021. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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