We’ve seen the ROG Strix SCAR II not too long ago, and now ASUS has just announced the first 17.3-inch version of that laptop – codenamed GL704. It is a gaming laptop under 400mm wide and boasts an ultrafast display.
Strix SCAR II puts an industry-leading 17.3-inch display — with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and complete sRGB coverage. All of these features are packed into a 15.7-inch chassis, for great mobility. That is thanks to the use of super-narrow bezels and it is the first laptop that is less than 400mm wide with a 17.3-inch screen.
The new ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 is equipped with the latest 8th Generation Intel processors with up to Core i7-8750H and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB VRAM. Strix SCAR II also includes ROG RangeBoost technology, which intelligently utilizes additional antennas to extend Wi-Fi range. It also has the HyperCool Pro cooling system that incorporates three heatsinks and two fans.
Drawing inspiration from FPS games, the ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 features a camouflage and Kevlar textures.
The brand new ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL704 is also compatible with AURA Sync and you can sync it up across seven zones: four for the keyboard, two located within the light bar stretching across the front edge, and the last one within the ROG logo on the lid. Of course, you can sync with other AURA Sync compatible peripherals as well, like the Strix Fusion 700.
The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II also sports four USB Type-A ports, a reversible USB-C port, a mini DisplayPort connection that supports G-SYNC gaming monitors, and a HDMI 2.0 port.
You’ll also get an M.2 NVMe SSD with a 1TB SSHD for both speedy storage and high capacity.
This is also the first time that ASUS is introducing the Armoury Crate – a new unified control center. It currently covers system settings and Aura Sync lighting, and users can save changes to one of four profiles that automatically load their preferences for specific games and applications. The companion Mobile Dashboard extends the interface to Android and iOS devices, allowing remote monitoring and adjustment without alt-tabbing away from games.
Armoury Crate has five different system profiles with different performance and acoustic targets. Turbo mode is best for serious gaming, Silent mode cuts noise output for watching movies or surfing the web, and Balanced mode occupies a middle ground between the two. There’s also a default Windows fan settings mode and a manual mode to allow users to make their own adjustments. Modes can also be toggled on-the-fly without ever leaving the game by hitting Fn + F5 to cycle through the options.