Computex 2018: ROG up their game with new Strix II notebooks

In addition to announcing their first gaming-smartphone, ASUS also announced two new ROG Strix gaming notebooks ahead of this year's Computex.

As with last year’s crop, the new Hero II and Scar II models is geared towards a different audience - with slight adjustments to the keyboard promising to make one a better fit for FPS gamers and the other a better option for MOBA fans. However, beyond the keyboard, there aren’t a huge amount of differences between the two notebooks in question.

Both feature 8th-Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core processors, up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, up to 32GB of dual-channel SDRAM, up to 512 in SSD storage and up to 1TB of FireCuda hybrid SSHD storage.

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In terms of overall form-factor and aesthetics, this year’s Scar and Hero notebooks strike a very similar chord to their predecessors. That said, they do come a little leaner and meaner in the areas where it counts. In line with current trends, the two gaming notebooks are rocking 15.6-inch displays with super narrow bezels that are 2.33cm thinner than that found in last year’s models.

Better yet, both the new Scar and Hero feature 144hz refresh rate and 3ms response time - a combination which ASUS claim is a world-first. There’s also little more RGB in the mix this time around - courtesy of a new AuraSync-enabled lighting bar at the bottom edge of the keyboard.

ASUS are also talking a big game around improvements to thermal efficiency here. Both Strix II notebooks feature upgraded 12-volt fans, which offer 20% better fan speed and 42% increased air flow. The heatsink has also been upgrade to feature more - and thinner - fans while the insides of the device have been buffed with a bit of extra thermal cladding.

Last but not least, there’s a new feature called Overstroke - which is said to reduce the actuation point of the keys on the keyboard versus last year’s models. ASUS say that "ROG-exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier key actuation, and has a longer overstroke distance for fast, accurate and effortless keystrokes."

The ROG Strix SCAR II and ROG Strix Hero II will be available from the beginning of July 2018 in Australia from the ASUS Shop, Harvey Norman and select channel partners starting at $2,699 AUD.

For a full wrap-up of everything that happened at Computex 2018, click here.

Disclosure - Our coverage of Computex 2018 was sponsored by ASUS, who covered the cost of our flights and accommodation.