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ASUS ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II Gaming laptops announced




Back in late 2017, ASUS ROG announced the Strix Scar and Hero Edition laptops. These gaming machines sport different configurations depending on the gamer’s needs. Now, at Computex 2018 we get to meet their successors — the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II.

 

The last generation Scar and Hero laptops had different screen configurations to appeal to FPS/MOBA gamers (Scar) and MMORPG/RPG gamers (Hero). Looks like this time around, the new generation Scar II and Hero II will have almost the same specs and will only differ in internals rather than display setups.

Both Scar II and Hero II will be powered by a 15.6-inch 144hz, 3ms GTG response time IPS-level FHD display, Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7-8750H six-core processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB FireCuda SSHD, HyperStrike Pro technology keyboard, ROG RangeBoost technology, HyperCool Pro cooling system, and Windows 10 Home.

Scar II

Now for the difference in specs. The Scar II is equipped with a more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a larger 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. The Hero II, on the other hand, has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and a smaller 128GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.

Hero II

SpecificationROG Strix SCAR II (GL504GS)ROG Strix Hero II (GL504GM)
Processor8th Gen Intel ® Core ™ i7-8750H 8th Gen Intel ® Core ™ i7-8750H
Operating systemWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
Display15.6" IPS-level FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, 100% sRGB color gamut, and non-glare coating15.6" IPS-level FHD (1920 x 1080) panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms GTG response time, 100% sRGB color gamut, and non-glare coating
GraphicsFor GL504GS: NVIDIA ® GeForce ® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
NVIDIA ® GeForce ® GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
MemoryUp to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (dual-channel)Up to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM (dual-channel)
Storage M.2 NVMe PCIe ® 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe ® 128GB 2.5” 1TB FIRECUDA SSHD
2.5” 1TB FIRECUDA SSHD
Wireless802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 W-Fi
Bluetooth ® 5.0Bluetooth ® 5.0
Connectivity1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ™ (USB-C ™ )1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (USB-C™)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 12 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2 1 x mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.01 x HDMI 2.0
1 x RJ-45 jack1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader1 x SD card reader
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x Kensington lock1 x Kensington lock
KeyboardBacklit chiclet keyboardBacklit chiclet keyboard
RGB across four zones, with Aura Sync supportRGB across four zones, with Aura Sync support
Marked WASD keysMarked QWER keys
Hot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute / ROG Gaming CenterHot keys: Volume up / Volume down / Mute / ROG Gaming Center
1.8mm travel distance1.8mm travel distance
0.25mm keycap curve0.25mm keycap curve
Audio2x 3.5W speakers with smart-amplifier technology2 x 3.5W speakers with smart-amplifier technology
Array microphoneArray microphone
SoftwareROG Gaming Center 2.5ROG Gaming Center 2.5
ROG GameFirst VROG GameFirst V
ASUS SplendidASUS Splendid
ASUS Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar IIIASUS Sonic Studio & Sonic Radar III
ASUS Aura Core 2.5ASUS Aura Core 2.5
XSplit Gamecaster (free)XSplit Gamecaster (free)
Android™ / iOS appAndroid™ / iOS app
VR ReadyYesYes
Windows Mixed Reality Basic (minimum 8GB RAM required)Basic (minimum 8GB RAM required)
Power230W power adapter180W power adapter
Size36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm36.1 x 26.2 x 2.61cm
Weight2.4kg2.4kg

The ASUS ROG Strix Scar II and Hero II will be available in Q2 2018 with a price tag of Php 129,995 and Php 104,995, respectively.

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Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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