Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15" Gaming Laptop model: GL504GM-BB71-CB

Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15

Quick Description

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.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (38.71% of the time to be exact).

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-$150

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $2090.

Currently Exclusive to Best Buy for $2000

Based on 62 days of observation, the Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15" Gaming Laptop usually costs ~$2000 in Canada. This product is regularly discounted, but in terms of dollars saved, they're of little consequence.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15" Gaming Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Best Buy at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus ROG Strix Hero II, 15" Gaming Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price4/5
Durability4/5
Power5/5
General-purpose power5/5
Graphical power5/5
Memory5/5
Storage5/5
Portability1.5/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4/5

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price4/5
Durability3.5/5
Power5/5
General-purpose power5/5
Graphical power5/5
Memory5/5
Storage5/5
Portability1.5/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of Maintenance4/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price4/5
Durability3.5/5
Power5/5
General-purpose power5/5
Graphical power4.5/5
Memory5/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Memory: 16.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 39.12 × 26.67 × 2.29 cm
Weight: 2.22 kg

The features

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

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 5/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 5/5
    Music Production 5/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 5/5
    Video Editing 5/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 5/5
    Triple-A Video Games 3/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 4/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (6 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (8 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (8 / 8)

Music Production (5 / 7)

Photo Editing (3 / 3)

Video Editing (6 / 8)

Video Games (14 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (47 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (45 / 47)

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