Asus ROG Strix G713 RW gaming laptop review: A powerful performer with a few flaws

The latest laptop in the Republic of Gamers series, with flashy colors and powerful settings, is ideal for streamers

The latest laptop in the Republic of Gamers series, with flashy colors and powerful settings, is ideal for streamers

This writer did something to test this laptop that he’s now ashamed to admit. After unboxing, opening, booting up and configuring this behemoth device, he, suffering from a blackout, opened up Google Docs to test its effectiveness. Dear readers, it’s like checking if the Hubble Space Telescope can clearly display a parked car far from our window. After all, no one would buy the Asus ROG Strix G713 RW laptop, which starts at ₹1.02 lakh, to write on Docs.

It’s a beast designed for intensive gaming. So, the writer, with the help of a friend, tried such games to test his true ability. Before we get to that, let’s look at the construction of the machine.

Key information:

To display 17.3-inch WQHD 240Hz, 16:9, 3ms non-touch display
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
Graphic NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop Graphics Card
Storage room 1TB
Battery 90 Whrs, four-cell Li-ion battery
Price From ₹1,02,990

The ROG Strix G713 RW eclipses mid-range gaming laptops with its 17.3-inch display. At 2.9 pounds, it’s not something you can easily carry around. That said, it’s compact for a high-end gaming laptop. There are four fan outputs – while performing simple tasks like writing, the device barely crosses 60 degrees Celsius. Charging, LAN, HDMI and USB-C ports are on the back. Two USB-A ports and a 3.5mm jack are located on the left side. A few extra USB-A ports would have been useful, considering this is a gaming laptop.

The laptop also comes with a large keyboard (with flashy backlight options) and a spacious touchpad. The iconic Strix twinkling lights surrounding the device have been retained. There’s even a dedicated function key to change the colors and rhythms of these lights. If you’re someone who has fun with this, knock yourself out.

There is another dedicated key to open the Armory Crate, which is sort of the performance hub of the device. You can know the vital parameters of laptop including temperature, CPU usage and GPU usage from here.

One of the best things about the Strix G713 RW is its display. The WQHD display with 240Hz refresh rate displays crisp, clear and vivid images. I watched a little 4K video of a seal on Youtube – and boy, have I ever seen a seal’s wet fur in such detail before. On the 17-inch screen, it was stunning. Asus has also included a dual-speaker system with Dolby Atmos to complement the visuals with rich sound. Although I could feel the surround and sound distinction, more often than not it wasn’t audible enough even at the maximum volume.

The gaming experience, for the most part, is good, especially for a laptop in this price range. You can experience the rich details of the visuals in a high-end game. I could see the main character’s beard curls in Red Dead Redemption 2 while running him to full spec. The game, however, did not play at 60 FPS, which is considered ideal – other games, such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, had 100 FPS though. Also, several times these two games crashed due to memory error.

The lack of speakers is more noticeable when playing high-end games on Turbo mode (which extracts maximum performance from the laptop). With the fans whirring very loudly, it was hard to hear the sounds of the game.

You need to be plugged in for heavy games such as Red Dead Redemption 2. Games that don’t take up too much memory, such as Cricket 19, can also be played without charging. The laptop’s 90Wh four-cell Li-ion battery will give you nearly two hours of gameplay, which is plenty. You can also extend your battery life with two battery saver modes, which limit the charge to 80% or 60%. There’s also a USB-C port with 100W charging. So, in case you are not gaming, you can make do with a fast mobile charger.

The Asus ROG Strix G713 RW laptop, however, is for those who love hardcore gaming. For this price range, it’s among the best gaming machines you can get otherwise. the better.