If you are in the market for a gaming laptop, you cannot ignore Asus' ROG series of gaming laptops. The company offers the most comprehensive collection of gaming laptops with so many choices that you will be spoilt for choices. And that's especially when you look at its affordable range of laptops. You got the performance-focused TUF series but its ROG series is the one that offers all the bells and whistles of a modern-day gaming laptop.
And that is what the ROG Strix G attempts to do for those who don't want to spend upwards of Rs 1 lakh. The Strix G essentially borrows a lot from the high-end ROG models but with the help of certain compromises, keeps the prices well within everyone's reach.
But is it good enough for some serious gaming? To check it out, I used the Strix G for a couple of days as my primary laptop and in the end, it did manage to impress highly.
Asus ROG Strix G: The Pros
To be honest, there are a lot of areas where the ROG Strix G gets its right. Let's start with the obvious.
The ROG Strix G is the most affordable ROG laptop for this year but if you look at it, you might argue. That's because the ROG Strix G borrows its design from the more premium Strix Scar 3 that I reviewed a few months ago. The Strix G gets the same thick and strong metal-plastic chassis with the rigged design theme as seen on the other ROG laptops. It even the retains the wraparound RGB LED light strip on its edges. The design is done by BMW Design studios and it looks handsome yet aggressive at the same time. Sadly, the ROG logo on the brushed aluminium lid doesn't glow.
That said, the laptop is on the heavier side and is substantially thick, thereby accommodating all the essential ports you would expect in a gaming laptop.
Asus takes performance seriously and the ROG Strix G is no exception. The base models will get you Core i5 processors and Nvidia's lower-end GTX graphics card but the one I had for testing came with an Intel Core i7-9750H along with the Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card and 16GB RAM. This is one of the top-end models and hence, performance has been as expected -- flawless. The speed was also helped with 256GB SSD and 1TB SSHD, and hence loading times of games were significantly faster than the base models with HDD storage.
I played a couple of latest gaming titles such as F1 2019, Control, Wolfenstein YoungBlood, Need For Speed Payback, Project Cars 2 and PUBG. Most of these games ran smoothly but I had to play around with the graphics settings to get the most out of it. For example, F1 2019 ran on Ultra settings but I had to dial down the resolution to get 60 fps consistently. Same was the case with Wolfenstein YoungBlood where I avoided going to the Ultra settings. Control managed to stay smooth at 60 fps with a combination of medium to high settings. The Nvidia GTX 1650 can only do so much but again for the price, it makes sense.
Even for regular usage, the Strix G offers effortless performance. Working on a document with a couple of Chrome tabs opened in the background as well as streaming music in the background doesn't stress the laptop. Even the battery life is good considering this is a gaming laptop. Without gaming and under normal usage, I managed to get under five hours of battery life at a stretch which is not bad in any way.
Asus ROG Strix G: Cons
Up until now, the ROG Strix G was coming across as a solid option for a sub-Rs 1 lakh model. However, this laptop disappoints in one area where you least expect it to.
Most of the Asus ROG laptops that I have reviewed have always impressed highly with the display performance. That's not the case with the Stix G. On paper, it looks great as there's a Full HD IPS LCD screen. The screen produced sharp images but the colours aren't as vibrant as you would expect from a gaming laptop.
Games and movies look dull than other laptops in this price range. Asus could have offered the Pantone-validated screen from the premium ROG models. Nonetheless, once your eyes get adjusted to the dull screen, it is more than decent for your casual gaming sessions. The viewing angles are wide enough too.
Most affordable gaming laptops come with sub-par speakers and the ROG Strix G doesn't change anything about that. The speakers are just good enough for occasional YouTube binge-watching but for optimum gaming audio performance during gaming, it sis advisable to go fora headphones or external speakers.
The Asus ROG Strix G is overall a great gaming laptop especially when you consider its price. Surely, the display could have been better for a ROG laptop but if you can compromise with that, the rest of the package will keep you happy. The performance is smooth and consistent due to its excellent thermal management. Additionally, the aggressive design with the now-signature wraparound RGB LED lighting makes for a gaming laptop that will keep the smile plastered on your face for long. For 2202,28 USD on Gearbest website, it's an unbeatable option for gamers on a budget.
ASUS ROG Strix G Game Laptop 15.6 inch FHD Notebook Windows 10 Home Intel Core i7-9750H CPU 4.5Hz
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