Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 review (2023 G834JY- Core i9 + RTX 4090)


  1. AlexS

    February 8, 2023 at 5:28 am

    Thanks. A very interesting model.

    Interesting that i did not realised that these 18" have same width as a 17.3" it is just the 16:10 format that makes them 18". So they have more depth/height.
    Hope less expensive 18" with less beefy hardware came out.

  2. Brandon

    February 8, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for the review! Excellent and detailed testing as best I can tell.

    -Brandon Baldwin

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 8, 2023 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Brandon. I'm a fan of your reviews on the tech channel.

      • Arian Sohrabi

        February 9, 2023 at 5:46 pm

        Thanks for great review.
        One question, which gaming laptop has the best battery life for daily activities in your opinion?

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 9, 2023 at 5:51 pm

        I'd go with an option with the biggest possible battery and an AMD platform, if that's OK for your general needs.

  3. Marco

    February 15, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Hi, I know it may be subjective but… did you find the touchpad position annoying? I mean the fact that is almost entirely on the left side, where the hand will be placed when using WASD for gaming.
    Cause I think it's a very stupid design choice for a gaming laptop, in my opinion, and sadly almost anyone except XMG/Eluktronics seems to have adopted this design, potentially ruining (at least for me of course) very good laptops.

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 15, 2023 at 3:35 pm

      Not really. Palm rejection is good enough so I didn't notice any miss-swipes or miss-clicks. I know that having the touchpad centered under the Space key is bothering some people, but it's never been an issue to me, so perhaps my feedback won't do anything for you and you'd just have to experience this in person somehow.

      For what is worth, the Scar 16 should be a centered touchpad design as it doesn't include a NumPad section in the keyboard. And there are a few other options, just not with 17-18 inch displays.

  4. Jade Empire

    February 15, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Hello Andrei and thanks for the review. Do you think its safe to buy this laptop on release or is it too risky when being a new design inside and out?

    Are the laptop screen larger than the normal 17 inch laptop or is it the same? I suspect the screen dimensions are the same and that they only removed a small bottom strip on the display so they could call it a 18 inch but in reality its still just a 17 inch display with the same width.


    • Andrei Girbea

      February 15, 2023 at 7:58 pm

      the screen is 383 x 242 mm. A regular 17-inch 16.9 screen is 381 x 214 mm

  5. Jade Empire

    February 21, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Andrei do you know if there's any kind of air flow or ventilation where the status LED's are placed? Can I put a piece of black tape of them or will it result in any issues?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 21, 2023 at 2:02 pm

      there isn't, but tape would look bad imo. Some sort of thicker black permanent marker should do the trick better.

      • Jade Empire

        February 21, 2023 at 2:52 pm

        That's a good idea. I don't yet know if I'll order the laptop but I'm very tempted. Would I be future proofed for the next 3-4 years with that configuration? I plan to keep the laptop for 5 years.

  6. Jade Empire

    March 3, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Hello Andrei:) I've been reading Reddit and tons of users report extremely loud and annoying coil whine. One user says its as loud as his volume set to 22.

    What are your opinion on this?

    This seems like a major turn off for me. I don't game with headphones and never will. It might just be a deal breaker for me.

    Also do you know if all the top tier 4080/4090 2023 laptops have this coil whine?


    • Andrei Girbea

      March 3, 2023 at 2:02 pm

      coil whine is random and is a matter of luck, regardless of the brand you're going with.

      As for how loud it is, you have the measurements in the article. As far as I can tell, this is actually quieter on the Turbo profile than other laptops with similar specs. Let's keep realistic here

      • Jade Empire

        March 3, 2023 at 2:24 pm

        Thanks a lot Andrei:) I’m so afraid of getting a bad laptop with lots of QC issues and that it will appear after the return window is closed.

      • Andrei Girbea

        March 3, 2023 at 2:36 pm

        What's your return window? Coil whine should be noticeable from the beginning, as long as you test it properly. I noticed some on some of the ROG units that I'm currently working on, but as I said, it's random so impossible to predict IMO

  7. codyrocco

    March 15, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    So… It seems that the display is HDR capable – but how about Dolby Vision marketed compatibility?
    And what kind of audio capabilities have? What realtek chipset?

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