Tried and Tested: Asus ROG Strix G16 (G614 JV)
The Asus ROG Strix G16 sits in a sweet spot between the traditional 15.6-inch G15 and the huge desktop replacement 18-inch G18. On paper, the extra 0.4 inches sound minimal, but in the real world, the 16:10 aspect ratio display makes a huge difference. The taller aspect ratio fits everything snugly on the display, boasting an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to the ultra-thin bezels. The 2K 240Hz display is brilliant, with Pantone-validated support for 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, offering a greater range of colors at a more saturated and vibrant level, making it great for video and photo editing.
Asus made several design changes compared to last year, like moving all the ports from the back to the left side to accommodate a huge exhaust at the back. While some might prefer ports at the back to minimize cable clutter, this new cooling solution does a brilliant job of keeping the temperatures under 90° even during intense work, making the perks outweigh the cons.
The ROG Strix G614JV variant Asus sent us had the top-of-the-line Intel i9 13980HX paired with the NVIDIA RTX 4060 GPU. These specs can handle any AAA titles you throw at it and also make it a great video editing rig, easily handling heavy RAW 4K and 5.2 footage from our video camera and drone, respectively, without any lag or stutter. The G16 comes with 16GB DDR5 RAM, which sometimes bottlenecks performance. To avoid this, you need to have at least 32GB of RAM, as most of these apps are very RAM-hungry. Thanks to the expandable RAM slots, you can easily swap out RAM sticks and upgrade to a bigger RAM capacity. Priced at Rs 1,79,990 lakh, the G16 is a great gaming and video editing rig, featuring a superb display and powerful internals to handle anything you throw at it.