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It’s no secret that Asus has an extensive range of gaming laptops – and that they’re usually pretty good. The firm’s latest 2021 release is the Asus ROG Strix G15 G513, and it combines Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics with a top-tier AMD Ryzen processor.
You’d think that such hardware would be pricey, but that’s not the case. In the UK, the G15 costs a surprising £1,699, and it also includes a 1080p display with a 300Hz refresh rate.
That exact model hasn’t made its way to the US at the time of writing, but you can select a machine with a 1440p panel that runs at 165Hz for US$2,199 – or a variant with the 300Hz display and an improved AMD processor for an impressive US$1,799.
Design & Build
There are no surprises when it comes to the G15’s design. This machine combines grey plastic with some more extravagant touches: vast sections are covered with a pattern made from the ROG letters, and the per-key RGB LED lighting on the keyboard is paired with lighting around the base.
The hinge has a black ROG logo, and different versions of the G15 use grey or red panels instead.
Build quality is reasonable, too: this machine will withstand daily use and frequent transport, even if the plastic at the display’s base and below the keyboard flexes a little too much.
In some other areas, though, the more affordable G15 is a little ordinary. Its body weighs 2.3kg and is 23mm thick – lighter and slimmer laptops are easy to find. And, while it does have three USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, their top speed of 5Gbps is slow in today’s marketplace.
Elsewhere, the G15 has USB-C that runs at 10Gbps and supports DisplayPort and power delivery, but no Thunderbolt. This laptop has an HDMI output, but no card reader and no webcam so is unlikely to be suitable for work as well as play for many.
Buyers can rectify these issues with more cash, but they’re also not issues that will hinder this machine in mainstream gaming – its primary purpose.
If you do want to solve some of those problems, a machine like the Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 has better connectivity, but you’ll have to pay £1,799 or US$1,899 for an equivalent specification with the RTX 3070 and Ryzen 7 5800H.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The keyboard is more impressive. The layout is great: there are extra buttons to handle media, fan and software, plus the G15 also has isolated cursor keys and large keys elsewhere. Most other 15.6in gaming machines aren’t this generous.
Quality levels are impressive, too. The keys are fast, with good travel, and they have great balance: they’re firm and crisp, but they have a little extra softness.
That makes them comfortable, and it makes it easy to use this keyboard for hours. The only way to make a significant improvement is to spend more on a laptop with an optomechanical keyboard – like Alienware’s CherryMX upgrade.
The trackpad is large and precise, and its buttons are decent – good enough for casual gaming. But, as ever, a USB gaming mouse provides a far better experience.
Screen & Speakers
The ROG Strix G15 has a 15.6in IPS display with a 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. T
hat’s a superb specification, and the absence of Nvidia G-Sync doesn’t slow things down – this panel offers butter-smooth motion in the fastest games, so it’s ideal for single-player titles and frantic eSports games.
It’s a step ahead of the Alienware m15, too, which has a 1080p display with 165Hz refresh rate or 1,440p options that peak at 240Hz.
The backlight level of 312 nits is only good enough for indoor use, and the black point of 0.27 nits is good, but could be better. The resulting contrast ratio of 1,155:1 is solid, and makes for realistic imagery, but plenty of IPS displays are punchier in this regard, including the panel in the Alienware.
The delta E of 1.09 is superb, the colour temperature of 6,799K is solid, and the panel exhibits great uniformity, so you’re going to get even, accurate colours. The screen also rendered a decent 96.7% of the sRGB gamut.
The G15 has ample quality for mainstream gaming then and will be fine as long as you don’t require it for accurate Adobe RGB work, too – with just 67.5% coverage.
The speakers, too, are good rather than great. They’re loud enough to fill a room and they’ve got a clear, bright mid-range and a crisp high-end output, but there’s not enough bass. A headset would be better, but these can handle casual gaming.
Specs & Performance
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in the Asus has the usual 8GB of memory and 5,120 stream processors, and its peak power level of 130W is right at the top limit of this GPU’s specification.
The rest of the Strix G15’s components are impressive: the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H is an eight-core CPU with solid speeds of 3.2GHz and 4.4GHz, and there’s 16GB of memory, a 1TB SSD, dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit Ethernet.
In Far Cry New Dawn with the game at 1080p and Ultra settings the Asus averaged 81fps, and it returned similar speeds in top-tier games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Borderlands 3. It’s impressive pace and it means that you’ll be able to play any modern, big-name game at top quality levels and framerates beyond the crucial 60fps barrier.
This graphics core will handle all of today’s top eSports titles, too, and plenty of them will get beyond 200fps, so you’ll see incredible performance on the 300Hz display. The G15 also has a Turbo mode, too, and that option saw benchmark results improve slightly.
Strix v19.0 Mod Apk Premium processor is top-notch. Its Geekbench multi-core result of 7,086 is almost 1,000 points beyond the Intel Core i7-10750H used in plenty of laptops like the Dell G5 15 Gaming (5500), and it’s on par with the i7-10875H that’s used in more expensive machines such as the Dell XPS 17 9700.