Back in July, our hardware writer Katie Wickens named the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 her favorite gaming laptop (opens in new tab). Now, in November, you can pick it up yourself from Newegg for $1699.99 (opens in new tab)– that’s $500 off the regular price.
It’s hard to imagine (or perhaps accept) that a machine I could easily carry under my arm is more powerful than my once mighty (and still big and heavy) desktop setup, but there’s no getting around it . The ROG Strix Scar 15 – a very cool name, but let’s face it, better suited to an assault rifle than a gaming laptop – rocks an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU with 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200GHz and the main disha GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with 8GB GDDR6.
Rounding out the package is a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display running at 300Hz, and for storage, a 1TB NVMe M2 SSD. Wireless connectivity comes in the form of WiFi 6 with Asus-exclusive RangeBoost technology and Bluetooth 5.1. The opti-mechanical keyboard features per-key LED lighting – this is a gaming laptop, remember – and ROG’s Intelligent Cooling keeps things from getting too spicy on your lap.
That’s a lot of numbers and techno words, but what does it all mean? For that, let’s turn to our review (opens in new tab) from 2021: We put a score of 88% on it, declaring the Strix Scar 15 “one of the best 15-inch gaming laptops we’ve tested this year.”
We were just as effusive earlier this year, calling the 300Hz display “positively unleashed” and the CPU/GPU combination “almost as good as it gets when it comes to today’s gaming laptops.” That’s a tough recommendation to beat.
Please note that the listed purchase price on Newegg is $1799.99. To get the promised price of $1699.99, you must apply the discount code “Zip11” at checkout.
Newegg’s website says the code is 11% off the purchase price, but also specifies that it’s a “limited offer”: the limitation, unfortunately, is that the discount is limited to $100. Too bad, but it’s still a seriously good deal on a seriously good laptop.