Asus ROG Strix G17 review: Great low-budget power

Let’s get one thing clear up front: I’m not a fan of Asus’ ROG laptops. The company’s popular line of gaming hardware has a reputation for quality reliability, and many other writers at Laptop Mag have raved about laptops like the Asus Rog Strix Scar 18.

But the elements of a gaming laptop I was looking for weren’t met when I tested the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17, which was let down by its so-so display, cheap looks, and $3,599 price tag. So when I pulled the Asus ROG Strix G17 out of the box, I was apprehensive. It looked similar, and I figured it would suffer from the same issues—wait, this laptop is only $1,399?

Sure, my basic gripe with its thin exterior remains, but it’s not as off-putting given the low price. The Strix G17’s excellent productivity performance and great frame rates, as well as its RTX 4060 graphics card, speak for themselves when gaming. While I would criticize anything over $2,000 with a display of this quality, it’s pretty vivid and bright for midrange hardware. With so much power for such a cheap product, it’s easily one of the best gaming laptops under $1,500, so

ASUS ROG Strix G17 Price and Configurations

The Strix G17 model we reviewed is $1,399 at Walmart. It features an AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 laptop graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. It also has a 17.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 display with a 240Hz refresh rate and a 3ms response time.

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It can also be upgraded to an AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX processor, an RTX 4070 laptop GPU, 32GB of RAM, and 2TB of SSD storage, and is priced at $2,199 on the Asus website.

Asus ROG Strix G17 design

Asus has built a hulking behemoth, and I’m struck by its size every time I turn around and see the 17.3-inch Strix G17 sitting on the desk next to me. It has the iconic ROG logo printed on its lid, which glows white when the laptop is on, along with distinctive white spots on the black painted portion of the back bar. Lifting the lid reveals a large panel with a full keyboard, with the WASD keys featuring clear keycaps and white plastic underneath that absorbs the accompanying RGB colors well. The panel also has a row of angled triangles that give it an aesthetic.

Asus ROG Strix G17

Unfortunately, it suffers from the same design issues I noticed when reviewing the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17. While the milled aluminum chassis sounds nice, I could feel the panel sink when applying pressure to certain points of its thin chassis. I’m less forgiving of the Strix Scar 17 considering it costs over $3,000, but at least for this laptop, its build quality is understandable for its $1,399 price tag. The hinge also causes the lid to collapse in on itself near the bottom, and it feels pretty wobbly when adjusted.

Asus ROG Strix G17 Ports

I rarely review laptops that have absolutely no ports on the right side, but the Strix G17 does. Other than that, it offers enough functionality for most people to play games without extra accessories.

Asus ROG Strix G17

Asus ROG Strix G17 Display

With a 17.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display with a 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time, this screen won’t disappoint gamers who need a gorgeous display to play their favorite games.

Asus ROG Strix G17

I watched the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, and while it wasn’t noticeably vivid or bright, the claymation-like aesthetic of the turtles running around a stylized New York City had solid color outlines. The sketchbook quality of its world came to life with the display’s balanced contrast, and I was mesmerized by the various lights of the city against the night sky.

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Asus ROG  laptopbattery   life, even though laptops like the Razer Blade 14 continue to prove that this is possible, but the Strix G17 does particularly poorly in this endeavor. On the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits, the Strix G17 lasted as short as 2 hours and 35 minutes.Asus ROG Strix G17Not only is this subpar to the category average of 5 hours and 44 minutes, but the Legion 5 Pro (4:38) and EON16-S (5:06) have nearly double the longevity. Even the Katana 15 (2:48) just barely surpasses it.

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