An RTX 3080-powered gaming laptop would normally have cost you upwards of $2,500, but we are in the holiday season, and that means endless savings, starting with the ASUS Scar 15. This 15.6-inch 1080p 300Hz machine is available on Amazon for $1,799.99, marking a $200 price cut. Some of you that might think this is one expensive purchase, so let us help you go through its specifications to help you better understand what you are dealing with.
For starters, you get an impressive build quality that combines metal and plastic, giving you rigid hinges and a solid keyboard deck. Underneath the hood, the 8GB GDDR6 RTX 3080 with a power limit of 130W is complemented by AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, which features eight cores and 16 threads for impressive multi-core performance gains, making it ideal for increased gaming performance.
You also get 16GB of DDR4 RAM paired with a 1TB NVMe SSD, along with another empty M.2 PCIe NVMe slot that you can populate later on. Running Windows 11, this Scar 15 gaming laptop gives you the latest software features, assuming you were missing them on previous models. The keyboard should give users a satisfying typing experience, as ASUS has employed an opti-mechanical per-key RGB layout.
ASUS claims that the latest cooling solution belonging to its ROG Strix family can bring down temperatures by up to 16 degrees. This suggests the company is using a robust cooling solution, which will also contribute to making the gaming laptop thicker and heavier than other machines, so keep that in mind. The large 90Wh battery allows you to keep the machine away from the wall for up to 12 hours, according to ASUS, and if you forget the original barrel plug charger, the Scar 15 supports Type-C USB charging, though not at full power.
You also get a slew of wireless connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, plus a multitude of ports, so you never run into compatibility options. At $1,799.99, we will admit that it is pricey, but for an RTX 3080 gaming laptop, you cannot argue that it is a steal.