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Asus ROG Strix Scar III review: Much more than meets the eye

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We thoroughly approve of the premium feel of this machine, coupled with a 240Hz high refresh screen and heaps of power on tap for gaming. The price might make most people recoil in horror, but if you have the cash to splash why not go all out? We're seeing a growing trend of the big boys in the gaming laptop arena smashing out machines with more and more power and insane numbers to match. Whether it's clamouring over who can create the thinnest machine or one with the highest refresh-rate screen, there's always something new. That's no bad thing for gamers though, as it means there's plenty of choice and some super machines to help get your game on. PC gamers often demand the very best, so why not have it fast, powerful and portable? That's the aim of the game with the Asus ROG Strix Scar III, which not only boasts a snazzy design, but some bonkers specs that include (at the top-end) a Core i9 processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 graphic card and a 240Hz refresh screen. But does the ROG Scar 3 live up to its hefty asking price? We've been gaming, working, surfing and more to find out. At first glance, it's easy to dismiss the ROG Strix Scar III as being a bit over-the-top and, well, a little bit lairy. Turned off, it looks like just another high-end Asus laptop, with a brushed gunmetal grey finish, carbon-accented keyboard surround and fancy cooling fins peeking out from the edges. But turn it on and you're greeted by more RGB lighting than your heart could possibly desire. There's an RGB LED strip wrapped around the underside rim of the frame on this laptop, which leaves your desk bathed in a glorious multi-colour glow that reminds us somewhat of the first Fast and the Furious films. Add to that an RGB logo on the lid and a backlit keyboard and you've certainly got something bright that catches the eye. The Scar III is more than just a fancy looking slab of tech though. It's also a real powerhouse of a gaming machine. Under that shiny hood lies some serious potential. The top-spec machine boasts a high-end Intel Core i9-9880H, an Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD. The result of which is some impressive gaming performance. You'll need all that power if you want to get the most out of the setup, as the Scar III also sports a 240Hz refresh screen with a 3ms response time. You need some seriously high frame-rates to put that to good use.