Review ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GM): as the Taiwanese 17-inch gaming laptop reduced
ASUS released the latest model GL704GM, which belongs to a class of 17-inch gaming laptops. The device the Taiwanese company is much smaller. How did the manufacturer to achieve this and what else the novelty differs from its predecessors describe in our detailed review.
Specifications, equipment and
Different versions of the ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GM) supplied only with mobile graphics GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB. In my opinion, it is also an indirect indication that ASUS is trying to
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GM)|
|Display||A 17.3″, 1920 × 1080, IPS (144 Hz, 3 MS)
A 17.3″, 1920 × 1080, IPS (60 Hz)
|The CPU||Intel Core i7-8750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 m (4,1) GHz, 45 W|
|Intel Core i7-8300H, 4/8 cores/threads, 2,3 (4,0) GHz, 45 W|
|Video card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB, DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing drives||1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0, 128/256/512 GB
1 × SATA 6 Gbps SSHD 1 TB HDD or 1 TB
|Interfaces||3 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack
1 × HDMI
1 × mini-DisplayPort
1 × card reader
1 × RJ-45
|Built-in battery||No data|
|External power supply||180 W|
|Dimensions||400 × 274 × 26 mm|
|The weight of the laptop||2.9 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64|
|Price in Russia, according to Yandex.Market||138 000 rubles for a model with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1TB SSHD|
To our test lab arrived almost the most “stuffed” version of the 17-inch ROG Strix SCAR II, but the market at the time of writing we laptop with such a configuration is not found. For as close a version with a 6-core Intel chip, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and 1TB HDD on the average in Moscow asking 138 000 rubles.
All laptops series ROG Strix SCAR II is equipped with a wireless module Intel Wireless-AC 9560, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbps and Bluetooth 5. Complete with “seven hundred and four” was only the external power supply 180 watts and a mass of about 600 g. As always, along with the operating system Windows 10 on the laptop comes with many proprietary utilities ASUS ROG, which can be activated by the corresponding button located above the keyboard.
The ROG series notebooks with Core processors of the 8th generation is included in the Premium service Pick Up and Return for a period of 2 years. This means that if a problem occurs to owners of new laptops do not have to go to the service center — laptop and free pick-up, repair and return promptly.
Appearance and input device
Model GL704GM, in fact, is a larger version of previously considered “agropuka” GL504GS. Really, laptops are very similar, but some differences are noticeable to the naked eye. So, “Semashko” turned out to be more functional — on the sides of the laptop he could get more connectors. Otherwise you have device with recognizable ROG-traits: strict, contoured shapes and familiar materials used in the Assembly. Cover device are made of metal and the logo Republic of Gamers during operation is highlighted. The rest of the body is made of matte plastic.
During testing, the ROG Strix SCAR II in the test lab lay models such as GL703GE and FX504G. The first laptop is “Semashko” ASUS old model; the second is the 15-inch version of the Taiwanese manufacturer. For greater clarity, I photographed these models together.
The design GL704GM used 17.3-inch matrix with a thin (6 mm) frames on top and sides. In particular, why the web laptop camera located under the display. In comparison with GL703GE new “lost” half an inch, its width is 400 mm and is well seen on the photos and in person.
At the same time GL704GM was wider FX504G on 16 mm. Note that the previously tested GL504GS has a width 361 mm. GL704GM Although still not equaled in size from 15-inch models, comparing GL704GM with GL703GE, we see that 17 inch laptops are really becoming more compact, which can not but rejoice.
Sorry, “weight loss” ROG Strix SCAR II affected mainly in its size, not weight — the laptop weighs 2.9 kg (though this is slightly less than GL703GE, which weighs 3 kg). In road configuration to this should be added and weight of power supply 0.6 kg. It is certainly no longer 5 kg, but for daily carry 17-inch device still can only choose the most passionate about (or trained) gamers.
The heated cooling air is discharged outside the case through the lattice on the back wall. On the front side are RGB-stripe, you can set the backlight, preinstalled BY ASUS.
On the left side of the 17-inch ROG Strix SCAR II is located the connector for the power supply, Ethernet port, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, three USB 3.1 Gen1 A-type and a combined 3.5 mm Jack for connecting headphones or a headset. The right one is soldered USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type, one USB 3.1 Gen2 C-class and the reader. On the same side of the loop for a Kensington lock.
The laptop uses full-size keyboard with a digital block, which was called HyperStrike Pro. Used pretty standard for gaming devices scissor mechanism for actuation of the switch must be applied strictly certain strength of 62 grams. The key travel is 1.8 mm. the Manufacturer claims that the keyboard takes an infinite number of simultaneous keystrokes, and resource each key is 20 million keystrokes.
The photo clearly shows that the power of the WASD buttons allocated for this purpose. The entire keyboard features a three-level RGB led with the possibility of allocating the different colour of the four zones.
To the keyboard layout serious complaints. So, ROG Strix SCAR II large Ctrl and Shift, which are often used in shooters. Personally, I would like to have in the Arsenal and a large Enter key, but this button can be used for any couple of days. Uncomfortable to use, except that the arrow keys — they have traditionally laptops are made very small. The power button is located where it should be — apart from the rest of the keys. Four keys separate from the main keyboard. With their help adjustable speaker volume and turns on and off built-in microphone. When you press the button with the brand logo application opens Armoury Crate successor program Gaming Center.
The remote button is made specifically to quickly manage voice chat. It would be great to ROG Strix SCAR II approached and for the streams, but only the webcam works in 720p resolution at a frequency of 30 Hz. As you know, the image quality of this webcam is very lame. And if Skype calls with murky and noisy images will be enough, then, for example, for the streams on platforms Twitch and YouTube is definitely not.
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
Unlike tested this year model ROG Strix GL703GM, 17-inch ROG Strix SCAR II has no hatch on the bottom, which allows you to instantly replace hard drives and RAM. But to get to the cooling system and removable component of the laptop is still very easy — just Unscrew the 12 screws and carefully remove the plastic bottom.
The Central processor and the mobile GeForce GTX 1060 cools the system Pro HyperCool fitted with two tangential fans type and four copper teletrapami. Three heat pipes cool the CPU and GPU simultaneously, one intended for heat dissipation from the LNB supply chip. The manufacturer claims that Pro HyperCool used aluminum radiators with fins with a thickness of only 0.1 mm, and this solution allowed us to increase the total number of edges, hoist area teplosetevaya 10 %, and also reduce the resistance to air flow by 7 %. Also used two 12-volt fan, which have more power compared to a conventional 5-volt impeller. According to ASUS, their new “Carlson” spin 20% faster, create a 42.5% more powerful air flow and 92% higher air pressure. 71 the blade of each fan is made of liquid crystal polymer for 20% more than the superchargers used in the laptops of the previous generation.
To increase the volume to 32 GB of RAM simply nowhere. The system uses modules Hyundai HMAB2G56CJR8N-VK running on the effective frequency 2666 MHz delays 19-19-19-43. Hard drive Seagate ST1000LX015 may be time to replace some of the SSD interface SATA 6 GB/s. as the primary drive is a WD WDC PC SDAPNUW-256-1002 with capacity of 256 GB.