ASUS ROG Strix GGL731GU Review

There are a lot of good things about the Asus GL731GU, but there are some drawbacks too. Its LED light bar limits its serviceability, and its ribbon cables are fragile. Its keyboard is also cramped and does not offer the large keys of the previous generation.

Despite its price tag, the ASUS ROG Strix G is a high-end gaming laptop, featuring a GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics card with ROG Boost up to 1540MHz, a 9th gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0-SSD. In addition to the GTX 1660Ti graphics, the GL731GT also features a 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display.

The Asus GL731GU’s SSD offers plenty of speed and storage space, but it’s far behind its rivals in terms of performance. Its maximum clock speed is just over 13W, and its lowest speed is a modest 314MB/s. This means that this laptop isn’t going to be as fast as the Asus TUF FX705DT, which boasts a GTX 2070 GPU. The Asus G731GU uses the Performance mode by default, but there are also other options available. The Windows mode doesn’t affect the Cinebench score, while Turbo gaming mode raises the 3DMark Fire Strike score by a couple of hundred points. It’s also worth noting that the GL731Gu doesn’t have Max-Q, and it doesn’

Despite its lack of a webcam, the ASUS ROG Strix GGL731GU’s performance is decent. The GPU is powerful and supports a wide range of games, but the battery life is disappointingly short. It’s difficult to use the Asus ROG Strix SCAR III while watching TV shows and movies in the dark.

The keyboard is another highlight. The Asus ROG Strix G15 keyboard has a translucent edge, while its WASD caps are made of translucent material. The keyboard also comes with an optional wraparound light bar, adding a touch of style to the chassis. The keyboard supports Aura Sync, which allows you to match the keys to your gaming environment. The Aura control panel allows you to customize the color of the keys and the RGB lighting.

While the Strix G17 is a solid gaming laptop, it does run hot on default Turbo mode. The GPU runs hot on 130W Dynamic Boost 2.0, so raising it off the desk or using a cooling pad is beneficial to help with airflow into the fans. You can also ramp up the fans manually and reduce the noise. The thermal design of the Strix G17 is similar to that of the 2021 Scar 17. It includes two high-capacity fans and multiple heatpipes. Moreover, the AMD CPU features liquid metal, which provides extra cooling.

In terms of aesthetics, the ROG Strix G731’s design has been heavily inspired by the ROG Strix III. The bottom edge is finished with a faux-brushed metal finish, and features a recognizable RGB LED light strip. The design also carries the distinctive ASUS ROG logo.