Asus GL704 ROG Strix SCAR II 17" Gaming Laptop model: GL704GM-DH74

Asus GL704 ROG Strix SCAR II 17

Quick Description

This large laptop is an excellent pick for those of us in need of a powerful computer but can't dedicate a full-time desk spacer for it.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 3 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2019-06-28, selling for $1600.

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 (28.70% of the time to be exact). It's so common in fact that I would advise against buying it at regular price.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $50 on accessories, for a total cost of $1950.

Available at 7 locations, from $1900

Based on 115 days of observation, the Asus GL704 ROG Strix SCAR II 17" Gaming Laptop usually costs ~$1800 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $1599.00.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus GL704 ROG Strix SCAR II 17" Gaming Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.



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 London Drugs, Mike's Computer Shop, Tiger Direct, Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Best Buy or The Source at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.


Here's how the Asus GL704 ROG Strix SCAR II 17" Gaming Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).


Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power4.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

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Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power4/5
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: 17.3"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(127.34ppi)
Dimensions: 39.88 × 27.18 × 2.54 cm
Weight: 2.950 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • DVD
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Backlit
  • Fixed storage: 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)
  • Bluetooth 5
  • HDMI
  • RGB Lighting
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Upgradable and Maintainable

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
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 2/5
  • 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 (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (9 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (11 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (9 / 9)

Music Production (8 / 11)

Photo Editing (5 / 5)

Video Editing (9 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (66 / 66)

Video Games (10 / 12)

Triple-A Video Games (67 / 67)

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