Asus ROG Strix G18 review (2023 G814JI model – i9, RTX 4070, RTX 4080)


  1. Altandmain

    November 5, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Interesting review.

    I think that the biggest miss on this laptop and the Strix Scar 18 was that they didn't offer a Mini-LED display option. Acer did on the Predator 18, making it the only 18 inch this year that did.

    Not having a card reader, lock, and biometrics is also disappointing. This is a large laptop.

    To be honest, I think that there is little point in getting this over the SCAR. It seems to overheat more than the SCAR and isn't much lighter in weight. 18 inch laptops are not going to be a portable option, even if thinner.

    There doesn't seem to be a great combination this year. My ideal laptop would have:

    – Be thick to emphasize cooling over portability
    – Premium chassis (think something like the Asus 16X Zenbook Pro, only in gaming format)
    – 18 inch mini LED display with glossy touch and matte options
    – Highspeed SD card reader
    – Fingerprint reader
    – Premium quality 5 MP webcam with Windows Hello support
    – Mechanical keyboard, with all keycaps individually backlit and I personally prefer having a numpad
    – Large glass touchpad
    – 10 Gbps Lan
    – Either 2 DIMM slots or up to 64GB DDR5 7500
    – 4x M.2 slots for SSDs
    – Easily accessible RAM, M.2,and Wi-Fi card for upgrades
    – Premium speakers that rival the Macbook Pro 16
    – Good mix of USB C and A ports, with HDMI 2.1

    I kind of like the raising keyboard of the Asus Zenbook Pro 16x, but a gaming laptop would have to the thicker, larger (I prefer having a numpad, which the Zenbook 16x doesn't have) and have more upgrade options.

  2. AlexS

    November 6, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Unfortunately the use of extreme powerful CPU makes this too much expensive. 4070 due to its low VRAM also means this will not be a machine for a long use, artists that might be one of buyers of this laptop with this nice screen in Unreal Engine cannot basically work unless they are simple scenes due to meagre VRAM. Same for 4K video editing in Resolve. 8GB VRAM is not just enough.

    I would be in the market for a machine like this with a normal CPU (Intel 13700, AMD 7840) and a 4080. Not the inverse.

    Praise for Asus for the low noise and what seems to be a well engineered and build machine.

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