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Asus ROG Strix G531GU laptop review

Words by Nathan Irvine

A gateway to serious gaming.

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.

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Specifications

CPU

Intel i7 9750H

GPU

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

Weight

2.4kg

Display

15.6", Full HD

Memory

16GB

Graphics

GTX1660Ti

RRP

AED 6,499

The Full HD monitor, with a narrower border for more glorious screen, pumps out visual clarity with ease. It’s how your games are supposed to be seen. Underneath the machine is a massive vent that keeps the temperatures in check and stops the laptop from overheating. It’s perfect then for prolonged sessions of the likes of Fortnite or Apex Legends.

If you want to use it for regular stuff like making spreadsheets or typing up words – like I’m doing right now – then the ROG Strix G5312GU can do that too. In fact, you can customise the machine in a number of ways from the Armoury Crate.

Tap the ROG logo button above the keyboard and you can choose from certain preset modes like silence, turbo, performance or even Windows – the latter being a setting where it acts as a regular, non-gaming laptop. If you’re feeling brave, you can even customise the settings to your own liking, but the presets work just fine.

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I’m also impressed with the ergonomics of the keyboard layout. There’s a lot of space to lay your wrist, so RSI is kept at bay for as long as possible. While the keys themselves are hyper-responsive, so if you’re using the WASD setup, you’ll stay ahead of the game.

As a complete package, the Asus ROG Strix G5312GU is hard to beat. It looks great and plays games even better. It’s also the perfect gateway for curious folk to get into serious PC gaming thanks to the machine acting as a very good regular laptop too. Asus ROG Strix G5312GU is gaming rig you’ve been looking for.

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