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ASUS ROG Strix G G531 first impressions

ASUS has a new set of laptops for 2019 we’re lucky to see a few of them in person before it officially launches. One of which is the ROG Strix G G531GU which is different from the Scar and Hero edition that we already know. Check out my initial impressions on this gaming laptop below.

Just like with the new ROG Strix laptops, the Strix G doesn’t stray away from the design as the lid comes with the same brushed aluminum finish and a large ROG Logo at the top right corner. One significant design change here is the port placements and vents located at the back of the device.

Lifting the lid will show you the slim top and side bezels covering the 15.6-inch screen with a 144Hz refresh rate. It’s also worth noting that the thick bottom bezel doesn’t come with the traditional ROG Logo in the middle; instead, you’re greeted with the “ROG Strix” label on the left part. You’ll also notice that there is no webcam which is fine given that users usually use this type of laptop just for gaming.

On the left are three USB Type-A ports which seem to be 3.1 along with the 3.5mm audio port. What’s new is that there is now an RGB LED strip below the components which is quite nice given that their previous Strix models only have one piece.

On the right is the lone exhaust vent along with another RGB LED strip underneath it. I have to say, ASUS digs on putting a lot of RGB lighting on their gaming laptops which wouldn’t look aesthetically pleasing if they continue doing this — that’s what I think, at the very least.

Looking at the back will show you the RJ-45 LAN, HDMI ports, USB Type-C port, and the charging port. In between these components are two exhaust vents which are always great to see. Above them is a grille-like design which is most likely the loudspeakers given that it’s extending away from the screen.

Just like with the SCAR ii, it comes with an RGB backlit keyboard with the “W,” “A,” “S,” and “D” keys being different as they have a transparent design to emphasize that the laptop is meant for first-person shooter games.

Another new feature is the trackpad located below the keyboard. At first, you wouldn’t notice any changes as it has the same setup as the usual ROG Strix laptops. However, you can toggle the numpad button to show the virtual numpad just like with the latest ROG Zephyrus S model. This set up is a pretty nice addition to make up for the lost physical number pad in some 15.6-inch laptops.

I’ve yet to get my hands on it entirely, but my initial feeling is that it is heavier than the ROG Zephyrus M GU502 that I also checked out. In any case, powering the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 is an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 512GB PCIe NVME M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD.

ASUS ROG Strix G G531 specs:

  • 15.6-inch FHD 144Hz display @1920 x 1080px
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
  • 9th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor
  • NVIDIA GTX 1660ti (6GB GDDR5)
  • 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 8GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  • 3x USB 3.1 Type-A ports
  • 1x HDMI port
  • 1x RJ-45 LAN port
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 1x 3.5mm audio port

Pricing and availability of the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 are yet to be announced.

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Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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