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Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15" Gaming Laptop (GL504GM-BB71-CB)

Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15" Gaming Laptop (GL504GM-BB71-CB)

An excellent laptop for the PC Gamer away from home, it's compact enough to carry around on a regular basis but is capable of running the most demanding games and creative tasks out there.

It doesn't have the best endurance away from the power outlet and isn't the easiest to lug around, but by gaming laptop standards, it's a compelling balance of performance and portability for the price.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $1770.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Serious Music Producer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck96th percentile
Versatility77th percentile
Power (General Purpose)94th percentile
Power (Graphical)95th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)97th percentile
Storage Space97th percentile
Portability33th percentile
Battery Autonomy23th percentile
Ease of Maintenance64th percentile
Longevity93th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck89th percentile
Versatility82th percentile
Power (General Purpose)90th percentile
Power (Graphical)86th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)97th percentile
Storage Space88th percentile
Portability55th percentile
Battery Autonomy19th percentile
Ease of Maintenance53th percentile
Longevity70th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), 141.21 PPI, IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows

CPU

Intel Core i7-8750H, 6 cores clocked from 2.2 to 4.1 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB

Memory

16 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

1.25 TB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast), 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)

Battery

66Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w39.12 × d26.67 × h2.29

Dimensions (in): w15.4 × d67.74 × h5.82

Weight (kg): 2.22

Weight (lbs.): 4.9

Features

  • Backlit
  • Paired Memory
  • RGB Lighting
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Fixed storage: 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: A technician can help you with that

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

Pricing and Current Offers

No Offers found in Canada.

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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