To the layman, Asus ROG Strix looks like a jumble of letters you’d pluck from a Scrabble bag and not much else. To those in the know though, it immediately spells video gaming goodness.
ROG, or Republic of Gamers, is the dedicated PC game arm of Asus. Established in 2006 the brand has evolved into the benchmark for PC gaming. And with its latest Strix G5312GU, ROG cements itself as the go-to brand.
Plug it in and the first thing you’ll notice is the disco lights. Colourful illuminations creep out from underneath the unit and behind the keyboard. The Aura Sync even allows the machine to mimic what you’re playing for further immersion. It certainly gives the laptop cosmetic lift and will look great in your carefully crafted man cave.
It’s very light, too. There was a time when you’d need to be a powerlifter to lug a “mobile” gaming rig around. But at a paltry 2.4kg in weight, you won’t break your back when you carry it around.
However, the ROG Strix G5312GU doesn’t scrimp on its engine to lighten the load. In fact, there’s more grunt under the hood here than most desktop computers.