Design

There are two camps when it comes to gaming notebook design. One group of buyers wants to RGB all the things, and the other prefers a stealthier approach to the design philosophy. ASUS has certainly gone with the former with the Strix G513QY. The big, shiny ROG logo on the top of the notebook, coupled with a bright red accent piece, and RGB Aura lighting around the front, most certainly let everyone know that this is a system for gaming first.

One of the most interesting aspects of the design is the red accent piece on the top left corner. ASUS allows it to be removed, and ships the system with both a chrome, and a translucent black accent, allowing the owner to change it up if they don’t love the red. That’s a nice bit of customization, and although it does not add a lot of the cost of the system, it lets the owner put their own touch on the design.

ASUS also offers incredibly thin 4.5 mm bezels for a 15.6-inch gaming notebook, which really shrinks the form factor down. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, they did this at the expense of a webcam. They are not the first to do this, but it is an omission that is not ideal, especially in today’s world. Having to buy and use an external webcam with a notebook is a bit of a shame. The hinges are offset from the rear, allowing the laptop chassis to be a bit longer than the display. This prevents the bottom bezel from being extra large, while still allowing the room inside the chassis for cooling components.

One not so great aspect to the design is the finish. ASUS has gone with a matte black finish, and while it does look great, it does pick up fingerprints exceptionally easily. Immediately after opening this review unit, it looked like it had been used for weeks. The design touches, such as the ROG pattern on the keyboard deck, look good, but will be quickly marred by fingerprints and oils.

Moving on to the keyboard, there is a lot to like here. ASUS leverages ROG Overstroke technology, which registers the key press earlier in the stroke compared to a traditional laptop scissor switch, and this makes the keyboard more responsive. For professional gamers, this may make a difference in gaming, but regardless, they keys work very well, and they offer a smooth key press, with great feedback. They key caps provide a slight bit of traction as well, making your fingers press the keys with a bit more ease. This is an excellent keyboard.

Keyboard lighting, at least on this model is four zone RGB, which is always a bit odd. Per-key RGB allows the user to set certain keys to a certain color, making them easier to find, but four zone is always a strange looking effect. You can of course set it to just a single color, or using the included software, cycle through a variety of not always successful strobe effects, if you prefer. The WASD keys are a transparent plastic, which makes them pop quite a bit and is a nice design point.

But the keyboard does not stop there. ASUS has outfitted an IR sensor under the “K” key, which monitors the temperature of the keyboard. If it is getting too toasty to use, cooling can be increased to compensate. ASUS targets a temperature under 40°C for the keys.

For additional lighting, ASUS also includes a light bar on the front of the unit, which projects a nice colored ambient lighting around the front of the laptop.

ASUS has increased the size of the trackpad, and it worked well in limited testing. The surface is very smooth, although like the laptop finish, it is very susceptible to fingerprints as well, so quickly looks grimy.

A lot of the I/O on the ASUS Strix G513QY is on the rear of the device, which makes cable management much easier than devices which just put the ports on the side. Power, Ethernet, HDMI, and some of the USB are on the back, while the left side just features two USB Type-A ports, and a headset jack. There are no ports on the right side, although there is a cooling vent.

Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix G513QY, despite being a mouthful to say, is a compact, well-built, and interesting design. ASUS has gone all out on the gamer look, while also allowing the owner to customize the look with lighting, and even removable accents. The design is compact thanks to the thin display bezels, and they keyboard is one of the best in any gaming notebook. The design is not perfect though. The lack of a webcam is an odd choice in the current climate, and the finish does get dirty very quickly.

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  • inperfectdarkness - Thursday, June 3, 2021 - link

    This is 2021. It should be illegal to put a 1080p screen in anything other than a smartphone. That resolution was surpassed 20 years ago. Reply
  • GeoffreyA - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Twenty years ago, I was using 800x600 on my 15" monitor. DVDs, too, were "very high resolution" at 720x480/576. Reply
  • GeoffreyA - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Using a 900p monitor at present. No complaints. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    Oh, so tell us why 1080p isn't perfectly acceptable for a display this size... Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - link

    Your hyperbole reminds me of the commenter on another tech site who routinely calls 60% sRGB displays "Hitler". Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, June 25, 2021 - link

    60% sRGB should be banned. Reply
  • Nikijs89 - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I dreamed about all AMD setup remembering times from my old 2c athlon @2.2ghz + radeon x1950pro. I worked all summer to earn only 20% to buy this pc. All summer and even sold every possible thing and dumped my gf. Pc was a beast. On agp. When all my friends were on Intel and nvidia at a Time on pcie. My system was older but games run smoother. I sold my Last setup week ago for 530eur with i5 4570 + gtx1070. My offline gamer days ended that Day. I have like 1000eur in savings for next pc that will be a laptop, but all i can get is 10750+1660. In plastic shell with 8y old lcd Tech and realy old cpu + super low bin gpu. Like really. 8year old lcd panel and cpu only generation++ better than my old desktop. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 7, 2021 - link

    Have a look at the Dell G5 SE. You should be able to afford a model with at least a 6-core CPU and a 144Hz display. The chassis is plastic crap and you'll need to re-paste the cooler, but in return you'll get RTX 2060-level performance for less than your 1000 Euros. It's not going to be a lot faster than that GTX 1070, though. If you really want better than that, you'll need to either save up some more or wait for the RX 6600M models to arrive. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    I hope ASUS update their X13 Flow to have this as an option. I doubt it tough.

    As for a built-in webcam being a must these days... why? People are hardly moving about a lot and external webcams offer better quality (and peace of mind privacy wise as you can just unplug them).

    That's not to say that having a built-in webcam isn't preferred or handy. It is, but it really shouldn't be the issue so many make it out to be.
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  • Gomez Addams - Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - link

    "If you build it they will come" is accurate for my situation. I searched and searched and could not find what I wanted so I had to settle for something else. What I wanted was a laptop that has a 5900HX, a 3080 with 16GB, and a 17-inch display. I found several candidates with two or three out of the four but none with all four. I ended up going with one that has an Intel 8-core CPU and the other three attributes. I work with CUDA so an Nvidia GPU is mandatory and lots of video memory is also needed. I definitely would have preferred the AMD CPU but I can't complain too much because it's a really nice machine. The GPU has more cores than any other in the building which is rather amusing since it's a laptop. Reply

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