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ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage review: all AMD and A-OK

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While this is a very fast display, it’s not particularly bright, especially if you’re using the Strix G15 outdoors. It is best suited for low light gaming in a dark room. Colors look a bit washed out and it’s not as detailed as the sharper 1440p screen on the Zephyrus G15. (It’s also an option with this model, it just wasn’t available for review.) It’s not the computer I would choose to watch movies on or do some serious media creation work. It’s a platform for play, through and through.

When it comes to general productivity work like browsing the web and writing this review, the G15 advantage is what you would call overqualified. It has more than enough power to handle my daily sweat-free workflow, and the fast screen has made scrolling through websites a dream. But once you stop playing, it’s easy to see that not all of the material has received the same level of attention as its beefy interns. The keyboard, on the other hand, is less responsive and softer than what I’ve seen on other ASUS gaming laptops. It’s usable, but it was never comfortable as I typed this review. At least its touchpad was smooth and responsive, so no complaints.

In our battery test, which involves looping a video until the computer completely loses power, the ROG G15 lasted almost 8 hours. That’s less than any gaming laptop we’ve seen this year, but at least it’s enough to get work done out of the house. I was also surprised to find that it still performed well while gaming, even when unplugged, which AMD boasts highly with its Radeon 6000M GPUs. I hit between 80 and 100fps in Monitoring with epic 1080p graphics settings. It’s about half of what I’ve seen when plugged into AC power, but it’s still very playable.

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Considering its plethora of LED lights, something that extends to each of its keys, the Strix G15 may seem a bit too garish for a buttoned-up office or conference room. And you’ll definitely hear him in a quiet room once his fans kick in, which will often happen if you’re doing serious work or running a game in the background. ASUS Armory Crate software can help calm things down if you choose “Windows” or “Quiet” modes, but it also severely limits its speed. On the other hand, switching to “Performance” or “Turbo” mode will give you more power, but the fans will be constantly noisy. During extended gaming sessions, the Strix G15’s Ryzen processor hit nearly 80 degrees Celsius, making it feel like a small heat sink after a while.

Like many recent gaming laptops from ASUS, the Strix G15 doesn’t have a webcam, which isn’t ideal if you have to manage a lot of meetings remotely. But given its target audience – gamers and aspiring streamers who likely have some sort of external camera – that’s not a huge loss. On a brighter note, there are a slew of ports available, including three USB 3.0 Type A connections, one USB-C (which can also charge the laptop up to 100 watts), HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet. The only thing missing is an SD card reader, which would make it a more useful multimedia tool. You can also 3D print your own design to replace the colorful rear corner of the Strix G15. It doesn’t offer any practical benefit, but it could be useful if you wanted to match your eSports teammates.

ASUS ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

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What I keep coming back to with the Strix G15 Advantage Edition is its affordability. Between $ 1,550 and $ 1,700 (the final price hasn’t been set yet), it’s still $ 100 less than a Strix G15 with an RTX 3070. And it’s all the more impressive that the GPU 6800M sometimes outperforms the more powerful RTX 3080. Then there’s the ASUS Zephyrus G15, a thinner and more subtle machine, which will set you back $ 2,230 with an RTX 3070. (You can grab it for over $ 1,500 with a less powerful GPU.)

By cutting a few corners, especially when it comes to weight and case design, ASUS has made the ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition one of the best gaming values ​​out there. Of course, there are cheaper laptops out there, like the Dell G15 line, but these seem even cheaper and offer less performance. The G15 Advantage also makes it clear that AMD is no longer just dabbling in gaming laptops – it’s finally ready to seriously compete with NVIDIA and Intel.

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