The ASUS 17.3″ Republic of Gamers STRIX G17 Gaming Laptop is built with hardware and aesthetics aimed for the gaming crowd. Thanks to its 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-10750H six-core processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, it can easily power through everyday tasks and even play graphically demanding games on its 144 Hz Full HD display. Moreover, a 512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD improves everything from boot-up times to loading screens. Connectivity options include USB Type-A and Type-C ports, HDMI, Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LAN, and Bluetooth 5.0. Other integrated features include speakers, microphones, a backlit keyboard, and a combo audio jack. The operating system installed is Windows 10 Home.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-Series Graphics
Based on NVIDIA’s Turing architecture, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card provides major improvements in performance, memory bandwidth, and power efficiency over its predecessor, the Pascal architecture. Moreover, it features dedicated Ray-Tracing cores for enhanced graphical quality and life-like images.
Liquid Metal Cooling
The ROG Strix G17 uses liquid metal compound on its CPU to improve heat transfer. Its fans also feature a self-cleaning mode to remove dust and retain its performance. Users can also switch between operating modes for balancing performance and acoustics.
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the next-gen Wi-Fi standard, improving a variety of features including data rates, capacity, performance in dense environments, and power efficiency.
ASUS Aura Sync
ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting offers users plenty of color options and lighting effects for users to customize. It can also be synced with other compatible products for a unified theme.
The Strix G is equipped with side-firing speakers. Combined with Smart Amp technology, it can deliver audio with less distortion and higher dynamic range for music, movies, games, and more.
Windows 10 Home
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8’s Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it’s not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.