Asus is among the most renowned brands in gaming laptops, right up with Alienware and other industry heavyweights. With its TUF series and premium ROG (Republic of Gamers) line, the Taiwanese manufacturer offers something for everyone, from entry-level laptops to models packed with the latest GPU and CPU technology.

The ROG Strix Scar 16 has high-end specs, but is a portable device. Its 17-inch screen has the 144Hz – 240Hz refresh rate, and comes with 1080p resolution, which is high enough for an immersive experience. Its battery lasts for 6-8 hours of use and its fans don’t become too loud, even under loads.

The Scar 16’s design has some gamer aesthetics but isn’t too flashy. Its most distinctive feature is its prismatic lid that catches light and shines it through tiny holes of 8,279 to create a rainbow-like effect. The laptop’s display pivot raises the chassis back, which improves airflow. It also slopes the keyboard towards you. Asus calls it its ErgoLift hinge.

This is a fantastic laptop for playing games, however it’s also capable of handling other processing-intensive tasks, such as editing images or video. It has a lot of ports, including USB 3.2 Gen 2 type-C, HDMI 2.0b and a 3.5mm combo connector. There’s also a dedicated SD slot. The speakers are powerful but can distort and become loud at high volumes. You’ll want to pair them with headphones. You’ll have to get rid of unwanted software, such as McAfee Personal Security or the Dolby application.