Gaming notebooks are often a hassle. They're large, heavy and often have horrible battery life - a phat processor and graphics card card, of course, but then corners will be cut everywhere else, from the keyboard to the wifi card. Last Computex Asus introduced two new Republic of Gamers gaming notebooks, the Strix Hero II and the Strix Scar II, which we were already able to test. This had to be done at a rapid pace, because Asus could only lend them to us for a short period of time. Fortunately, the new Hero and Scar not only turned out to be remarkably fast, but also remarkably good in other respects. If you are looking for a gaming notebook, then you should definitely read on.
It's not so long ago that we tested the previous version of the Asus Scar, back in January. The model was launched in the autumn of 2017, together with the first Hero. Both were then still referred to as 'Edition', as a specific version of an existing line. Now it seems as if Asus has upgraded both to its own lines, but that is not the case, and that can be seen in the shared type designation, GL504GM. Hero II and Scar II versions are available, but the basis is the same - as we will see in the further discussion.
However, there are differences between the two models. The biggest one is that the Scar II will be available with both a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB video card and a GTX 1070 8GB video card, while the Hero II will only be available with a GTX 1060 6GB for the time being. The Scar II with GTX 1070 is also called GL504GS. Furthermore, with the Hero II you have the choice between a 60Hz and a 144 Hz panel (in both cases based on IPS technology), in the Scar II always comes with a 144 Hz IPS panel.
Furthermore, there are mainly similarities. All variants are available with the latest generation Intel Core i5-8300H or Core i7-8750H 'Coffee Lake-H', respectively quad and hexa-core processors, up to 32GB DDR4-2666 memory, 128 to 512GB m.2 NVMe SSD as primary storage and 1TB 2.5 inch hard disk as secondary storage (choice between standard and SSHD) - and the components and connections are identical.
For this reason we discuss the Hero II and Scar II together, the similarities are considerably greater than the differences. The difference according to Asus is mainly the positioning: the Scar II is focused on FPS gamers, the Hero II on lovers of the moba genre (Dota2, League of Legends).