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September 30, 2023

2023 ASUS ROG Strix G16

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ASUS ROG Strix G16 Review: Power, Style, and Exceptional Gaming Performance in a Sleek 16-inch Package

The Strix G16 is available in CPU configurations up to Intel Core i9-13980HX with varying RTX 40 Series GPUs and a QHD+ 240Hz or FHD 165 Hz display. The ASUS ROG Strix G16 achieves a harmonious balance between formidable performance, thanks to its potent CPU and GPU pairing, and an alluring gamer-centric, cyberpunk-inspired aesthetic that resonates effectively. In addition to these favourable attributes, the G16 augments its appeal with exceptional connectivity options, a generously sized keyboard equipped with practical shortcut keys, and a compact, easily transportable chassis that readily fits into a backpack.

ASUS ROG Strix G16: Specifications and features

  • CPU: Core i7-13650HX
  • RAM: 16GB DDR5 / 4800 MHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060
  • Display: 16-inch, QHD+ (2560 x 1600), 240 Hz refresh rate, IPS-level, anti-glare, 16:10 aspect ratio, DCI-P3 colour, 3ms response time, G-Sync
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • Ports: 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 4, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (supports DisplayPort, power delivery and G-Sync, HDMI 2.1, RJ45 Ethernet port, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
  • Battery: 90WHr

PositivesDownside
The cyberpunk styling looks very appealingThe laptop makes excellent use of its performance hardwareThe display looks brilliant and handles motion wellA cluster of left-side ports won’t suit left-handersBattery life is middlingThere’s more plastic in the chassis than some rivals

ASUS ROG Strix G16 Design

The laptop’s dimensions make it reasonably portable, dimensioned at 13.94 x 10.39 x 0.89 inches, which is a lot smaller and easier to carry. The gamer-centric aesthetic, cyberpunk look, transparent ASDF, QWER keys and spacebar smoothly illuminated by RGB, the RGB LED lightbar along the bottom front for a sublime under glow that lights up your tabletop all provides brilliant aesthetics for the ASUS ROG Strix G16. The large, unmissable ASUS logo on the lid and the large ROG type on the right side of the keyboard provide even more flair from the front and offer depth to the laptop’s overall aesthetic.

According to ASUS, the ROG Strix G16 benefits from 15 per cent cooler CPU and GPU temperatures thanks to an overhaul from predecessor models. A redesigned chassis constitutes the biggest of those changes; it’s been specially engineered to accommodate the laptop’s new heatsink.

This heatsink has three sections built around the motherboard to maximize airflow and the pathing for hot air to escape. An extra fan has been added to make a Tri-Fan system, which works alongside the seven heat pipes and Conductonaut Extreme liquid metal that cools the CPU and the GPU in the RTX 4080 variant.

Body and Display

The chassis is just the size to deliver a gorgeous 16-inch ROG Nebula display. The Strix G16 provides an impressive 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, so there’s plenty to see. This generous screen-to-body ratio is achieved primarily thanks to ultra-thin bezels, less than 4 mm thin. With the 16:10 contrast ratio, the display is decadently taller than laptops with 16:9 formats – so you can see more action in your games.

The ASUS ROG Strix G16 display operates at a high level, offering QHD+ resolution with a rapid 240 Hz refresh rate and an impressive three-millisecond response time. This blend of resolution, refresh rate, and response time ranks among the top choices available, typically delivering finely detailed visuals without the annoyance of glitches or screen tearing. Interestingly, achieving consistently smooth performance on 4K displays can still prove challenging for the hardware of some laptops at this point.

The Keypad and trackpad

The ASUS ROG Strix G16’s keyboard and trackpad are ideal for competitive gaming. You get a full-sized keyboard with full-sized arrow keys and dedicated hotkeys at the top. The hotkeys are all programmable, but in their default setting, they allow you to control the laptop’s fan settings, volume, and microphone and quickly access ASUS’s companion software app, the Armoury Crate. The keypad provides a generous 2 mm of travel. Programmable per-key lit backlighting makes them a delight to play on at night.

Ports Range

The port selection is quite extensive. You’ll have access to multiple USB-A ports, a USB-C port, and a Thunderbolt 4 port for connecting various peripherals such as your mouse, phone, and an external SSD. When considering the ports that support displays, you have three, giving you ample choices for streaming games or videos during LAN meetups. Most of the Strix G16’s ports are located on the left-hand side of the laptop, which means if you’re a left-hander, it will get mighty cluttered there and may interfere with your mouse hand.

Audio

Regarding audio, the Strix G16’s two bottom-facing speakers create a rich and varied tonal landscape when playing music from an audio app or listening to music in games.

The ASUS ROG Strix G16 is a great all-round 16-inch gaming laptop, and it is powerful, exceptionally stylish and packed with useful features. It impresses with its formidable performance driven by Intel Core i9-13980HX and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060. Complementing its power is a cyberpunk-inspired aesthetic, extensive connectivity options, and an immersive 16-inch QHD+ display, making it a compelling choice for avid gamers seeking style and substance.

Considering its recent launch, the ASUS ROG Strix G16 in Nigeria is currently unavailable but should be available across ASUS Nigeria partner stores from December 2023.