ASUS announced the new Strix Hero II and Strix SCAR II gaming laptops at Computex 2018, the new gaming laptops feature all-new designs as well as new features and specifications including a new 144Hz super-narrow-bezel display with a 3ms response time, a new HyperStrike Pro gaming keyboard, and the new HyperCool Pro cooling technology.
Much like the original Strix Hero and Strix SCAR, the new laptops mostly share the same specifications save for possible differences in their included displays and graphics cards. Once again, the Strix Hero II is positioned as a MOBA gaming laptop while the SCAR II is designed for FPS players. In line with this, the keyboard of the Hero II and SCAR II have marked QWER and WASD keys, respectively.
Both the Hero II and SCAR II can be equipped with either an Intel Core i7-8750H or a Core i5-8300H, up to 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, up to 512GB of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD storage, and up to 1TB of HDD or SSHD storage. The Hero II is still equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM while the SCAR II can have either a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. While the SCAR II automatically comes with a 15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, the Hero II can have either a 144Hz or 60Hz display of the same size and resolution as the one on the SCAR II.
Other features of the new gaming laptops include full RGB backlit keyboards with chiclet keys, two 3.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology, 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 WLAN, Bluetooth 5.0, and an array of I/O ports including one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, one USB 3.1 Gen 2, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, one mini-DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.0 port, one RJ-45 LAN, and one 3.5mm combo jack.
Both gaming laptops will be available soon at ROG Stores in the Philippines. The Hero II will be available for PHP104,995.00 while the Scar II will have an SRP of PHP129,995.00.