There are plenty of mice and keyboards on the market today that aim at gamers with specific tastes when it comes to their favorite games. There are mice specifically for the fast actions that FPS gamers prefer and then there are mice for the multiplayer online battle arena or MOBA gaming. So, it makes sense that ASUS would want to offer a pair of notebook computers with each version tailored to gamers who prefer specific types of games.
The first of the notebooks is the ROG Strix Hero Edition and it is aimed directly at the MOBA gamers out there with an 15.6-inch IPS display complete with sRGB color gamut, 178-degree viewing angles and a 120Hz refresh rate. It uses an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. Storage duties are handled by a 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD and a 1TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD, and up to 16GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM is supported.
The notebook also has a new keyboard layout designed to mimic the layout of a desktop computer. It has four hotkeys and customizable RGB backlit zones. The keys have 0.25mm deep curved keycaps and 1.8mm travel distance.
The ROG Strix Scar Edition notebook is aimed at FPS gamers and takes its name from the special forces rifle used by the military. The machine has a Core i7 quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. Storage is the same 256GB SSD and 1TB SSHD as the other version and this machine can have the same 16GB of RAM. The big difference is the 17.3-inch 120Hz, 5ms response time display. The panel has 400 cd/m2 brightness and ASUS notes that it will soon offer this machine in a version with a 17.3-inch 144Hz display paired with a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU.
Scar buyers get a similar keyboard with customizable RGB lighting and 0.25mm keycap curve. ASUS isn't specific about the key travel on this machine and there is no mention of programmable hotkeys. The 15.6-inch Strix Hero Edition GL503V-DB74 will launch mid-November for $1,599. The 17.3-inch Strix Scar Edition GL703VM-DB74 is available now for $1,599. The 17.3-inch Strix Scar edition will launch in November with the 144MHz panel for $1,899.