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ASUS ROG Strix SCAR / Hero III G731 17.3" Gaming Laptop

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Product Overview

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR / Hero III G731 is a 17.3-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, while a 144Hz model is also available.
The G731 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.
Like other ROG Strix devices, the G731 features ASUS's Aura Sync RGB lighting system with a large range of programs.
The SCAR III and Hero III versions of the G731 are essentially the same laptop with some different design elements to cater to FPS and MOBA gamers respectively.
Alongside the ROG Strix SCAR / Hero III G731, ASUS also introduced the 15.6-inch G531 that shares much of the same features.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful 240Hz gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Excellent speakers
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Middling battery life
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No Wi-Fi 6
  • Below-average CPU and GPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No webcam
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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
293 mm
Size | Height
26.2 mm
Size | Width
399 mm
Weight
2.85 kg

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
17.3 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
Gamut
100% sRGB, 75.35% Adobe RGB
Refresh Rate
144 or 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 Pro
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 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD + 1TB 5400RPM 2.5" HDD

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 71%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Asus G731GW offers multiple preset fan profiles and allows users to customize the fan curve through software. The fan sound profile is well-balanced and evenly tuned; thus, the fans are not whiny and emit a low-pitched whir, even when running at full blast. Power draw is in high line with other high-end gaming laptops when the machine is doing light work.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast 144 Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent speakers
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Below-average CPU and GPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

trustedreviews[3]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
ROG Strix Scar III is a decent laptop, displaying solid performances in key areas. It has sufficient gaming speed for 1080p titles and e-sports, and the can handle day-to-day computing. The screen is easily good enough for gaming: it offers plenty of punch, and colours are accurate. The GTX 1660 Ti is decent, but the Nvidia RTX 2060 will add around 10 more frames of performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Middling battery life
  • No Wi-Fi 6

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 Hero III G731GW Review - a colorful laptop with compromises. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-ROG-Strix-Hero-III-G731GW-Review-a-colorful-laptop-with-compromises.427678.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ROG Strix Scar III (G731GU) Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/asus-rog-strix-scar-iii-g731gu. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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