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.

Overview

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

There are laptops and there are ‘portable’ computers. The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE falls into the latter category. And for good reason: in its pursuit of integrating the best 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
Refresh rate 240Hz
Processor Intel Core i9-12950HX
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
RAM 32GB DDR5-4800
Storage 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
connectors 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 2.34cm
Weight 3kg

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

Design and ergonomics: two-tone in the spotlight

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is definitely not your favorite computer, you have been warned. The diagonal of 17.3 inches underlines it of course, but the weight of 3 kg, which can be felt well at arm’s length, will convince you in the end if you still think of throwing it easily in a backpack. We’ve decked out a tower with a screen and keyboard here before, but it’s not lacking in panache.

It is in the design that the Strix Scar 17 SE stands out the most. And for good reason: the angular side of the Republic of Gamers design is always emphasized here by the fact that half the shell is translucent, like the Game Boy of yesteryear. Continuity is also very well implemented as the semi-solid semi-translucent shell follows the stripe of the upper shell on the inner frame. RGB enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that the entire perimeter 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, quite the contrary. And at this point it’s successful, especially since these design touches don’t go against the solidity of the design. The computer breathes sturdiness and can take a beating without flinching.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Asus usually doesn’t disappoint us with the built-in keyboard, and again, it’s pretty good. The keys have a good actuation distance, good resistance and a really pleasant rebound to use. The numeric keypad is also large enough to be used effectively, and the manufacturer even adds 5 programmable keys on the top. The touchpad, made entirely of metal, slides perfectly under the finger. Only black dot: Always this Enter key cut in half in American style.

Screen: it’s going fast

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

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Below our probe we see a black dot: the maximum brightness, blocked at 315 cd/m² in SDR, making the computer difficult to read in direct sunlight. But is this really the goal of this product at the same time? Not really. Just luck aside from that: 102% coverage of the DCI P3 space, an average color temperature increased to 6365K, a contrast ratio of 1131:1 and even an average Delta E00 increased to 1 for a maximum offset of only 1.9. It’s just excellent!

Software: in control

Asus doesn’t change the Windows 11 experience too much, but adds its sublime Armory Crate software. We continue to love this control base, which can fine-tune the computer’s behavior to unlock or throttle its performance to adapt to the slightest situation. It is also this one that allows you to fully configure the various RGB zones of the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

Simple: we’d appreciate not seeing McAfee in any form on a device sold as expensive. Fortunately, the other usual Asus adware is not present.

Performance: a real monster

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is equipped with the latest 12th generation Intel Core i9-12950HX, a monster with 16 cores and 24 threads that can turbo up to 5 GHz. It’s paired here with 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM. And especially an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card with 16GB GDDR6 and a TDP of 175W. We simply don’t do better in the market.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

On Cinebench R23, the configuration is clearly monstrous, hitting 22,471 points in multi-core for 2013 points in single core. An impressive score tied to the PC Mark 10’s 7,677 points. And in terms of 3D performance, 3DMark’s Time Spy Extreme puts it at 6,740 points. We’re just sitting on a power monster.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

More concretely, in the game this configuration can run Cyberpunk 2077 with all graphics options maximized, including ray-tracing, at an average of 28 FPS. And this without even using DLSS and in native Quad HD definition. Suffice it to say that with the DLSS activated, it can easily spin much higher. The same goes for Shadow of Tomb Raider, which is configured at maximum capacity with an average of 73 FPS, 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 these performances are not without a bit of warmth. However, Asus’ active cooling solution is well researched. Admittedly, the fans make as much noise as you can imagine, but the 50°C outside is never reached, even with the scorching weather to come.

Autonomy: what did you expect?

The ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is equipped with a very large 90Wh battery, and an equally large 330W charging block. Yes, such a muscular configuration needs all these watts to actually run. You can still use USB Power Delivery to charge this battery, but the 100W limitation will not allow you to really enjoy the computer.

Asus ROG Strix Scare 17 SE review

This is all the more true because the PC is not really made to be used silently in basic office automation. You can count on him for about 5/6 hours before he dies, and this just on YouTube videos. A rather boring autonomy these days, but that is completely correct for a product in its category. Obviously when you play, forget.

Conclusion

Strengths

  • power animal
  • original design
  • An excellent screen

Weak points

  • Autonomy at half mast
  • 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 display with a limited maximum brightness in SDR, which will make the panel difficult to read in direct sunlight outdoors. Complicated flaws for a classic laptop, but the ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is not one of them: it is mainly relative to an “all-in-one” in the form of a laptop, and in this context of use… Difficult be too disappointed. High-flying performance, an excellent record, controlled heating and an original design make the Strix Scar 17 SE the champion in its heavyweight category. However, you need a very comfortable budget to enjoy it.

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