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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  • pSupaNova - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    If it's a deal breaker you are not in the camp this machine is intended for. Webcams are a nuisance, true remote workers get laches fitted over them or tape over them so they don't spoil all hands meetings.
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    1. Laptops like these are not primarily work machines. People buy them to play games.
    2. External webcams almost always have compact mounting options built-in.
    3. Where are all these people going to to do their video calls that an external webcam would be a problem?
  • pSupaNova - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    I thought companies issue laptops are locked down and would not let you install games in the first place. And this heavy power hungry machine is not really a good fit for students. Webcam is definitely not needed on this. Don't even see a reason for trackpads.
  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    I agree that a "shitty integrated webcam" doesn't have much appeal. However, I would like a decent webcam in my laptop. If you have to or want to host a video call or conference, doing so from your smartphone can suck quite badly; most platforms won't let you use a virtual background, or, even worse, what if you want to screen share? I know some people use an app to use their smartphone's cameras as their webcam. But, this is a "hard core" gaming laptop, so I might not be the customer they are thinking of. Well, some of us do things besides gaming on our machines.
  • pSupaNova - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    Do it on another machine or get a webcam this is optimised for gaming. Get over it
  • vlad42 - Sunday, June 6, 2021 - link

    People don't like to waste their money buying separate machines for work and play. Get over it.
  • Manch - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    I still prefer a dedicated webcam I can keep in my bag. Where I work, webcams and mics arent allowed except for in specific areas. We have to ensure theyre dosabled and put those thin strip lens covers on. If Im on the go, ie airport. Phone/zoom/earbuds.
  • eastcoast_pete - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I agree that, for integrated webcams, a slider or (better) an actual hardware disconnect, also for the microphones, would be preferable. Neither works without electric contacts.
  • Tams80 - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    And how many of those employees are moving their laptops around much?

    Very few, I'd imagine. So they could easily get by with a better quality external webcam.

    Not that many businesses are going to be buying laptops like this for their employees.
  • wr3zzz - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - link

    12GB of VRAM in a 1080P machine with 16GB of DRAM...

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