First Look: ASUS ROG Strix GL704 SCAR II with RTX 2070

ASUS is giving its ROG STRIX gaming laptop line-up the full RTX treatment and first at the bat for us is the STRIX SCAR II GL704.

As a quick refresher, ASUS’s ROG Strix gaming laptop line up is geared towards competitive gaming. Hence why there are two sub-branches namely the SCAR, which are designed for shooters, and the HERO, which are designed for RPGs. This way, players have a choice depending on their specialization.

ASUS ROG STRIX GL704 SCAR II SPECS
 GL704GWGL704GV
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i7-8750H
GraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
RAM2666MHz (Dual-channel) Up to 32GB2666MHz (Dual-channel) Up to 32GB
SSDM.2 NVMe PCIE 256GB/512GB/1TB SSDM.2 NVMe PCIE 256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
HDD2.5" 5400rpm 1TB SSHD2.5" 5400rpm 1TB SSHD
Display17.3-inch Non-glare FullHD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB17.3-inch Non-glare FullHD (1920x1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB
KeyboardBacklit chiclet keyboard
RGB 4 zones
Aura Sync
Marked WASD keys
Hot keys: Volume up/ Volume down/ Microphone mute/ ROG Armoury Crate
Travel Distance 1.8mm
Keycap curve 0.25
Backlit chiclet keyboard
RGB 4 zones
Aura Sync
Marked WASD keys
Hot keys: Volume up/ Volume down/ Microphone mute/ ROG Armoury Crate
Travel Distance 1.8mm
Keycap curve 0.25
Audio2x 3.5W speaker with Smart AMP technology
Array Microphones
2x 3.5W speaker with Smart AMP technology
Array Microphones
Ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C)
3x USB 3.1 Gen1
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2
1x mDP 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x RJ-45 Jack
1x SD card reader
1x 3.5mm combo jack
1x Kensington lock
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C)
3x USB 3.1 Gen1
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2
1x mDP 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x RJ-45 Jack
1x SD card reader
1x 3.5mm combo jack
1x Kensington lock
Wi-Fi/BluetoothIntel 802.11ac (2x2) Gigabit Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Intel 802.11ac (2x2) Gigabit Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
Power230W Power Adaptor230W Power Adaptor
Weight & DimensionsW: 39.98cm
D: 27.35cm
H: 2.49-2.64cm
W: 2.9kg
W: 39.98cm
D: 27.35cm
H: 2.49-2.64cm
W: 2.9kg
PricePhp 149,995Php 124,995
AESTHETICS AND BUILD QUALITY

If today’s ROG Strix GL704 SCAR II looks familiar, that’s because this upgraded version sticks to the same chassis as the previous GL704 models. That’s not a bad thing, however, since there wasn’t really anything aesthetically wrong with the SCAR II to begin with.

The squared-off profile and flat surfaces give it a very clean and mature look. That latter description harks back to what ASUS said last year about ROG which, to summarize, was: A brand that you can proudly bear in any circumstance.

Imagine for a second that the ROG logo isn’t lit, but chromed and only slightly reflective.

It’s not all looks too. The ROG GL704 SCAR II, despite being a 17-inch laptop, shows very little in terms of flex and give on its chassis and display. That rigidity will hold up quite well to daily use and abuse.

KEYBOARD

The keyboard is of the chiclet variety. But as a chiclet keyboard on a gaming laptop, it has good travel without feeling too mushy. Just to remind you that this is a SCAR model, the WASD keys are highlighted.

Aura Sync RGB lighting is also present with presets already available just a few function keys away. Thankfully, even the dedicated volume, mic, and ROG key above are illuminated so you won’t struggle to find them in the dark.

DISPLAY

The thin-bezeled 1080p 144Hz display is still present and accounted for. While it hasn’t been clear to me whether it’s a true IPS panel or not, I am hard pressed to tell myself. Viewing angles are quite good and color reproduction is great as well.

I was glad to see that ASUS stuck to the 1080p high refresh rate formula and had not opted for an unnecessary 4K display. That’s just a sure way to cut down framerate with very little benefit.

I might as well mention that, while the thin bezels are very much a welcome design choice, I don’t think it’s worth relegating the webcam to an awkward position. It’s still at the bottom and off-center so I’d recommend getting a separate webcam for streaming purposes.

PERFORMANCE

Unfortunately due to time constraints, we were only able to make time for one run of 3DMark Time Spy and we weren’t able to test any real games, let alone RTX-enabled titles.

With an overall score of 6,960 and a graphics score of 7,288 the results are not bad considering they’ve crammed a full-fledged RTX 2070 in a laptop. It’s not as high scoring as a well-cooled desktop RTX 2070, but still good all things considered.

ASUS has done a good job sticking to what works and not messing with a good formula. The ASUS ROG GL704 SCAR II is one such example: clean aesthetics, solid build quality, blistering gaming performance, and a display that cares more about the refresh rate rather more resolution. We can’t wait until we can put the GL704 and its RTX horses through its paces in our full review – stay tuned for that!

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