ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 SE laptop review

Yes: Laptops can compete with the performance of a traditional tower. The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is proof of that.

Summary

  • Features of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE
  • Design and ergonomics: two-tone in the spotlight
  • Screen: it goes fast
  • Software: in control
  • Performance: a real monster
  • Autonomy: what did you expect?

There are laptops and there are “laptops”. The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE falls into the latter category. And with good reason: in its desire to integrate the highest performance available on the market, it looks much more like an “all-in-one” PC than a traditional laptop. But can we blame him for keeping his promise?

Features of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE

screen size 17.3 inches
Screen type IPS-LCD
Screen definition 2560 x 1440 pixels
Update speed 240Hz
Processor Intel Core i9-12950HX
Graphics card Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
ram 32 GB DDR5-4800
Storage 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
stik 1 power port, 1 HDMI 2.1, 1 combo jack, 1 USB-C, 2 USB A, 1 Ethernet, 1 Thunderbolt 4
Dimensions 39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 cm
Weight 3 kg

ROG Strix Scar 17E in “3080 Ti” version is offered for 4299 €.

Design and ergonomics: two-tone in the spotlight

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE definitely does not look like your go-to computer, you have been warned. Its 17.3-inch diagonal emphasizes it naturally, but its 3kg weight, which feels good at arm’s length, will end up convincing you if you were still thinking of throwing it lightly into a backpack. We have here rather a tower with a screen and a keyboard decorated, but which does not lack panache.

It is in the design that the Strix Scar 17 SE stands out the most. And with good reason: the angular side of the Republic of Gamers design is here always more emphasized by the fact that half of the shell is translucent, like yesterday’s Game Boy. The continuity is also very well implemented, as the semi-solid semi-transparent shell follows the strip of the upper shell on the inner frame. RGB enthusiasts will also be pleased to learn that the entire outline of the lower part lights up, like a car from Fast and Furious.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Let it be said: we will not buy the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE to go unnoticed, on the contrary. And at this point, it is successful, especially as these design features do not go against the solidity of the design. The computer breathes solidity and can withstand a few strokes without giving way.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Asus does not usually disappoint us with the built-in keyboard, and once again it is quite good. The keys have a good activation distance, good resistance and a really comfortable rebound to use. The numeric keypad is also large enough to be used efficiently, and the manufacturer even adds 5 programmable keys on top. The touchpad, made entirely of metal, slides perfectly under the finger. Only black point: always this Enter key cut in half in American style.

Screen: it goes fast

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE benefits from a large 17.3-inch IPS LCD panel in QHD definition (1440p), which supports a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz and promises a response time of 3ms. The plate benefits from an anti-reflective matte coating and is not tactile. Everything the demanding gamer wants on paper.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Below our probe, we notice a black dot: the maximum brightness, blocked at 315 cd / m² in SDR, which will make the computer difficult to read in direct sunlight. But at the same time, is this really the purpose of this product? Not really. Other than that, only luck: 102% coverage of the DCI P3 space, an average color temperature raised to 6365K, a contrast ratio of 1131: 1 and even an average Delta E00 raised to 1 for a maximum offset of only 1.9. It is simply excellent!

Software: in control

Asus does not change the Windows 11 experience too much, but adds its sublime Armory Crate software. We continue to love this control base, which allows fine-tuning of computer behavior to unlock or, conversely, limit its performance to adapt to the slightest situation. It is also this that allows you to fully configure the various RGB zones offered by ROG Strix Scar 17 SE.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Simply put: We would appreciate not seeing McAfee in any form on a device sold as an animal. Fortunately, the other usual Asus adware is not present.

Performance: a real monster

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE features the latest 12th generation Intel Core i9-12950HX, a 16-core, 24-wire monster capable of turbocharging up to 5 GHz. It is connected here with 32 GB DDR5-4800 RAM. And above all an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card with 16 GB GDDR6 and a TDP of 175W. We simply do not do better in the market.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

On the Cinebench R23, the configuration is obviously monstrous and draws 22,471 points in multi core for 2013 points in single core. An impressive score, coupled with the 7,677 points found on PC Mark 10. And in terms of 3D performance, Time Spy Extreme by 3DMark places it at 6,740 points. We are simply on a monster of power.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

More specifically, in the game, this configuration is capable of running Cyberpunk 2077 with all the graphics capabilities maximized, including ray-tracing, at 28 FPS on average. And this without even using DLSS and in native Quad HD definition. Suffice it to say that with DLSS enabled, it can easily get much higher. The same goes for Shadow of Tomb Raider, which runs configured with maximum capacity at 73 FPS on average, again in native definition and without DLSS. Nothing will really make this machine sweat.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

But of course, all of these performances are not without a bit of warmth. However, Asus’ active cooling solution has been well researched. Admittedly, the fans make as much noise as you can imagine, but the outside 50 ° C is never reached, even in this burning weather that is on its way.

Autonomy: what did you expect?

The ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is equipped with a very large 90 Wh battery, and an equally large 330W charging block. Yes, such a muscular configuration needs all these watts to really turn. You can still use USB Power Delivery to recharge this battery, but its 100W limit prevents you from really enjoying your computer.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

This is all the more true since the PC is not really made to be used quietly in simple office automation. You can count on him for about 5/6 hours before he dies, and this just on YouTube videos. A pretty bland autonomy these days, but which is perfectly correct for a product in its category. Obviously, if you play, forget it.

Conclusion

Strengths

  • power beast
  • original design
  • An excellent display

Weak points

  • Autonomy on half pole
  • Limited maximum brightness
  • High price

Let’s summarize the weaknesses of the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE: a half-mast autonomy for a laptop and a screen with limited maximum brightness in SDR, which will make the panel difficult to read in direct sunlight outdoors. Complicated defects for a classic laptop, but the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is not one of them: it is above all in relation to an “all-in-one” in the form of a laptop, and in this context of use .. Hard to Be Disappointed. High-flying performance, excellent plate, controlled heating and an original design make the Strix Scar 17 SE the champion in its heavyweight category. However, you need to have a very comfortable budget to enjoy it.

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