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Asus' new ROG gaming laptops have MOBA and FPS keyboard layouts

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Asus Scar II laptops at Computex 2018
Asus Scar II laptops at Computex 2018.
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Asus has announced a pair of new ROG gaming laptops that are basically the same thing tweaked for players of two different genres. The Strix Scar II is aimed at FPS players, while the Strik Hero II targets MOBA fans; what this means in practice is that the former has white WASD keys, and the latter has white QWER keys, along with slightly different finishes on the casing. (The Scar II looks like Kevlar, because bullets.) Otherwise the two share the same RGB-clad chassis, housing a screen that takes the Dell XPS approach to shaving down bezels: three skinny sides with a chunky bottom chin and inconveniently placed webcam.

Both laptops have six-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H processors, 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080p “IPS-level” displays, up to 32GB of RAM, and the same array of ports including USB-A, USB-C, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, a headphone jack, and an SD card reader. The standard GPU is a GTX 1060, though the Scar II can be fitted with a 1070. The Hero II, meanwhile, has an option for a 60Hz display. Each laptop is 26mm (1 inch) thick and weighs 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs).

The Asus ROG Strix Hero II (left) and the Scar II (right).

The Scar II is available from today starting at $1,999, while pricing on the Hero II begins at $1,699. They'll both be available through Asus directly or from Amazon, B&H, and Newegg.