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Asus ROG Strix Scar 15-inch Gaming Laptop (G533ZW-BS91-CB)

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15-inch Gaming Laptop (G533ZW-BS91-CB)

This model ranked #3 among Laptops priced over $1500 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

If you need to bring your Gaming PC on the road with you, this could be a serious contender. Thanks to its high-end components, you can expect impressive performances even in demanding Triple-A games and graphic suites.

The lack of a webcam is becoming more common for performance-driven laptops, since you would want an external Camera for the best quality anyway, but it could make impromptu video calls a bit trickier.

If somewhere down the line you want to upgrade or repair your laptop, the process is documented so you can easily avoid a few minor complications.

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 Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members or playing with your friends online, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40+

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+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $2690.

Who it's For

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

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck93th percentile
Versatility11th percentile
Power (General Purpose)100th percentile
Power (Graphical)98th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space98th percentile
Portability13th percentile
Battery Autonomy13th percentile
Ease of Maintenance81th percentile
Longevity89th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck84th percentile
Versatility22th percentile
Power (General Purpose)95th percentile
Power (Graphical)98th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space91th percentile
Portability45th percentile
Battery Autonomy12th percentile
Ease of Maintenance66th percentile
Longevity84th percentile

Specs

Screen

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

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i9-12900H, 14 cores clocked from 3.8 to 5 GHz

GPU

Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Ti, 8 GB

Memory

16 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

1 TB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

90Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w35.31 × d25.91 × h2.79

Dimensions (in): w13.9 × d10.2 × h1.1

Weight (kg): 2.308

Weight (lbs.): 5.09

Features

  • Backlit
  • Paired Memory
  • RGB Lighting
  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Ethernet 2500
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

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

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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Accessories you might need

Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Pro Webcam (960-001105)

Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Pro Webcam (960-001105)

This webcam is a bit costly but has a few perks, such as support for Microsoft Hello (so you can log in to your PC using facial recognition), can reco

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Typically sells for C$228. You could save 5% right now.
LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

LG 8x External DVD Writer (GP65NB60)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$44.
Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$29.
Asus 21-inch FHD 75Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (VP228QG)

Asus 21-inch FHD 75Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (VP228QG)

Specs

Screen

22", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), FreeSync, TN Display

Pricing

Typically sells for C$189. You could save 10% right now.
Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II (51MF1610AA002)

Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II (51MF1610AA002)

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Typically sells for C$99.

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Screen

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CPU

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CPU

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