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Disclaimer: We were loaned a review unit, courtesy of Illegear in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not influenced by Illegear, and/or its affiliates, in any way.

Illegear has been stepping it up with their high-performance laptops recently, and one of their latest machines to join the fray is the Selenite X with GeForce RTX 30 series graphics.

We had the opportunity to play around with the machine for a couple of weeks and boy, it sure delivers - at least on the performance front. In terms of being a portable computer, I would chalk that down to personal preferences because this isn't for me.

Firstly, the laptop is massive. It has a large footprint thanks to its 17.3" 165Hz display and isn't what anyone would call lightweight, at 2.4kg. Throw in the massive power brick (because the battery life on this machine isn't great - I managed to squeeze slightly over an hour on high-performance mode) and you've got a recipe for backache. I tried lugging the laptop around as a daily driver and while I eventually got used to the weight, it made me appreciate the weight of my Ultrabook (ASUS UX430UA) when I switched back.

That being said, the Selenite X delivers on all other fronts. In terms of performance, you won't be disappointed. The machine can run all games, watch HD films, stream, and anything else you can throw at it. Unsurprising for a laptop of this caliber, but just thought I'd point it out in case you were wondering. The review unit I had was powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 32 GB of RAM, RTX 3070 and SSD had no issues keeping up for the most part.

Yes, I shall point out one of my main issues with the laptop - the CPU/GPU combo on my review unit does not take full advantage of the 165Hz display. Sure, the display is gorgeous and has no issues pumping out high-resolution visuals, but I had trouble getting games to run at that frame rate. By no means the games are unplayable - I ran a multitude of tests at different settings, with and without overclocking the hardware and I could never get Fortnite or COD: Warzone to run at 165 FPS. I was definitely getting above 100-120 FPS in most situations, and even 140 in certain areas, but I could never get the games to make full use of the display's capabilities. At this point, it's probably a CPU restriction because the equipped RTX 3070 is no slouch, but I thought I'd point that out.

In my opinion, if the laptop came with a 120Hz display instead, I probably wouldn't be too bothered by this point. With that being said, I'm not upset about the laptop's performance, just that the display might be more suitable when paired with the higher-end configurations (you can purchase the Selenite X with an R9 5900HZ if you top up RM3,800).

With a base price of RM7,299, it's nowhere near a budget friendly machine, so what else does the Selenite X bring to the table? For one, the laptop is massive for a good reason - it makes full use of its real estate. Because of its huge footprint, Illegear has managed to fit a keyboard with a numpad and a gigantic touchpad below it. If you ever found yourself complaining about the size of your touchpad, this laptop might be for you.

The touchpad is so big that users have the ability to disable the right half of it (or you can disable the whole thing, but what would be the point?). While I don't see it making a difference when it comes to gaming (I'd rather plug in an external mouse or use a gamepad), it was great for day-to-day usage. Having a larger touchpad made it easier to use without having to constantly lift and reposition my finger. Dragging things around was so much easier to do.

In the beginning, I found myself constantly making accidental moves on the touchpad because my palms were resting on it (where I imagined the empty portion of the laptop should normally be). Disabling one half of the touchpad somewhat solved the issue, but that meant I would absentmindedly use the disabled section instead, which led me to think that it was not responding, so I left it enabled. After a few days of adjusting, I got used to the positioning of this humongous touchpad.

One thing I applaud about the design of the laptop is its thermals. I didn't open up the laptop, but I assume the large base allowed them to put larger fans or at least space out the components more for better airflow. There are vents on the side and back of the laptop to let hot air out. Even when overclocked, the laptop did a great job of getting rid of the heat from the device. I had no issues using its keyboard during my gaming sessions, it never got hot enough for me to be uncomfortable or worried, which is a step up from other gaming laptops I've reviewed in the past. The fans still go pretty loud but one step at a time, I guess!

The Selenite also features plenty of ports on the side - great if you have a lot of accessories to plug in. Three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and separate headphone/mic ports on the left. This means if you have a dedicated mic cable on your headset you'll be able to make use of the microphone port, though I suspect most people will have USB mics these days. On the back, you get an ethernet port, a full-sized HDMI port, and a USB C port.

In terms of appearance, the laptop definitely has some sleek and subtle hints to its gamer pedigree but is professional enough to be used in an office setting with no judgement (you'll probably have to turn off the keyboard RGB). No complaints from me - it's a decent-looking machine.

To conclude - if you need a high-end desktop replacement that features a super large trackpad, an almost full-sized keyboard, has good thermals, the Selenite X is probably right up your alley. Since there are competing models within the same budget, it'll be up to you to decide what kind of features you are looking for when shopping for a similarly specced laptop. You can buy one from the official Illegear website, starting at RM7,299.

Tech Specs (Base Model)


Providing thorough protection that also covers consumer induced damages.

Gamers that tend to have intense sessions may see their war stations tank some damage in the process (looking at you orange juice spillers). Fret not as ASUS have their fans covered, with the introduction of their new Perfect Warranty service. From 2020 onwards, ASUS will be providing the Perfect warranty service on top of their official manufacturer warranty for customers. The additional protection service covers damages that do not fall under the scope of the manufacturer’s default 2-year global warranty, including customer induced damages.

ASUS Perfect Warranty is an exclusive warranty service from ASUS for one time only during the first year of the laptop’s manufacturer warranty. This premium service will see ASUS bearing 80% of the total repair cost for spill damages, electrical surge damages or drop and accidental breakages. Customers shall only bear the remaining 20% of the total cost and full labour fee.

In order to claim the ASUS Perfect Warranty, customers can drop by any authorized ASUS Service Centers in Malaysia or Brunei with their damaged unit and purchase receipt / invoice. It is worth noting that it is only eligible for ASUS consumer and gaming laptops launched from 1 Jan 2019 and 2020 onwards, including its charging adapter and battery (but not inclusive of its accessories) purchased from 1 Jan onwards (or laptops launched officially in Malaysia from Jan 2019 onwards).

Customers who purchased and activated their ASUS laptop, which launched in Malaysia in the year 2019 and 2020, from 1 Jan 2020 onwards, are automatically eligible for ASUS Perfect Warranty without additional charges.

Customers may refer below to the list of eligible laptops:

ASUS customers can read on more about the all-new service’s terms and conditions here.


The vision for 2020 may have been of flying cars, but the image that's clearest is of sophisticated gaming devices taken to the next level.

“A craftsman can only be as good as his tool,” goes the old adage, and for good reason, too. In this case, a PC is unmistakably one of the most essential items in a gamer’s inventory. While desktops reign supreme in the gaming market, in terms of performance and immersion, laptops are the way to go, particularly if portability is necessary.

As straightforward as it might look, choosing the perfect gaming laptop can be very daunting for beginners (read: noob). But don’t worry, this guide has you covered! We’ve presented all the necessary tips and tricks for you to find the right gaming companion, and most importantly, without burning a hole in your pocket.

The essentials

1. Know your games

While modern PCs can handle most of the latest games, the overall experience can vary greatly. The specifications bear 90% of the responsibility for the performance of your gaming rig on-the-go. So, it’s crucial to know the bare qualifications for running the games that you wish to play. There are generally three types of games: arcade, esports and luxury.

If you’re purely an arcade gamer, Intel’s Core i3 and AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors are more than enough. These CPUs should be the minimum requirements if you desire gaming sessions on a laptop. For light gaming, the absence of GPUs is acceptable since nowadays, the integrated graphics card that comes with the CPU is sufficient.

Meanwhile, running esports games is a cinch for PCs introduced in the past two years, when Intel was dominating the mobile CPU sphere. The Core i5 from team blue (Intel) is easily the most bang for the buck CPU choice for some decent competitive action, although, things are about to change with the release of team red’s (AMD) 4th gen mobile CPUs.

As for comparable GPUs in competitive gaming, there aren’t a plethora of options besides NVIDIA’s GeForce graphics cards. The RTX 2060, GTX 1660 and even the entry-level GTX 1650, and the older GTX 1050 Ti, can all run esports titles smoothly at an enjoyable frame rate (fps) from the high 90s to low 200s fps.

The Intel Core i7 and even i9 are the absolute top choices when it comes to gaming laptops, at least for now. These high-end CPUs perform flawlessly when paired with equivalent GPUs like RTX 2070 and 2080. When combined, the dilemma of choosing between frame rate and visual details will vanish.

2. The inevitable budget

There are three things that are certain in life - death, taxes and budget. Ideally, 45% to 50% of the budget should be allocated for the GPU, with the display and CPU coming in at a close second and third. But for those who plan to hook up to an external monitor regularly, settling with a mediocre display on gaming laptops is completely fine.

The keyboard, speakers and battery life are vital for long-term satisfaction. If you’re a person of culture who appreciates premium build quality, by all means, go for it. Forget about the RGB effect if budget is a constraint, unless you don’t mind owning a fancy looking but less powerful device.

6 major considerations when choosing a gaming laptop

1. Form factor

The 15.6” and 17.3” gaming laptops are the most common form factors currently. But expect to see more 14” gaming rigs soon, given the recent announcement of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 at CES 2020. Razer’s Blade series is another alternative if you’re looking for a compact 14” machine. Stepping into 2020, portability shouldn’t be an issue for most 15.6” and even 17” gaming laptops, since the design trend is leaning towards slimmer and lighter.

However, thin gaming laptops tend to have inferior cooling systems, which is often the nature of compact PCs. But that’s not the case for all gaming laptops. The Asus Zephyrus and Strix series and Acer’s Predator manage to walk the fine line between small form factor and great cooling capacity - these laptops have great heat dissipation and effective fan blade designs.

Related: The ROG SCAR III is here to rule them all

2. Build quality

Usually, entry-level gaming laptops from big brands that cost around RM3,500, only get you a durable plastic chassis, minus appealing features like thin-bezel display, high refresh rate and good trackpad, so keep reality in check. If you’re more into performance than prestige, Level 51 and Illegear are highly recommended - their laptops offer superb value and performance.

High-end laptops from Gigabyte Aorus, Dell Alienware, Asus ROG, Acer Predator and Razer usually sport quality aluminium chassis. To be fair, the material doesn’t necessarily dictate longevity. The metal construction can often be heavier than its plastic counterpart, which can hinder mobility. Expect to pay for a small fortune of at least RM6,500 if you are after a premium feel aluminium machine.

3. Display

Generally, you should opt for the highest possible refresh rate panel, be it desktop monitor or laptop display, if you want to have a competitive edge, that is. It’s reasonable to allocate 15% to 20% of the budget for a better display, to enjoy the PC’s full potential. It’s pointless if the in-game fps is restricted by the monitor’s refresh rate.

In 2020, 144Hz is the sweet spot that mainstream gamers vie for. Many manufacturers have started taking the initiative to offer 120/144Hz displays with their mid-tier devices, which was in the realms of sci-fi three years back. Even entry-level gaming laptops, such as the Level 51 Forge 15, come with a 120Hz display.

However, if you plan to get an external monitor, settle with a regular 60Hz display for the gaming laptop since a bigger size external monitor is always a better choice, both entertainment and productivity-wise. The change (not much, though) from your purchase can be invested in an exceptional monitor like LG’s 27GL850, which excels in colour accuracy, refresh rate and response time.

Related: Living with a high refresh rate monitor

If you’re strictly sticking to the laptop’s display, then, by all means, spend the extra to get the best possible panel. Frankly, upgrading to a great display is the easiest way to enhance your gaming experience.

This might be an unpopular opinion, but the high resolution on a gaming laptop is relatively impractical considering the size of a laptop’s screen. The pixel density of a 15.6” or 17” 1920x1080p screen is decent, and more importantly, that makes individual pixels “invisible” from a normal viewing distance.

From a financial perspective, laptops with 4K displays always have their prices jacked up. Furthermore, the high-resolution panel usually doesn’t come with a high refresh rate, which is a big miss for gaming laptops in 2020.

4. Graphics card

The GPU is the most essential element in any gaming laptop since most games are GPU intensive. Esports titles, including CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends, don’t need massive GPU power to run smoothly. These games can easily hit 80 to 100fps on an entry-level gaming laptop with GTX 1650 and 1660.

But keep in mind that esports titles like Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Fortnite and PUBG require higher-end GPUs to run comfortably on high visual settings. You should, at least, get RTX 2060 to get the full visual effect and high frame rate at the same time.

While the higher mobile graphics cards available include the RTX 2070 and 2080, they are very expensive, and often, the asking price isn’t justified.

5. Upgradability

Many gaming laptops now come with two storage and RAM slots for upgradeability, which is welcome. It provides the potential for users to replace older components for greater storage capacity and RAM. So it’s fine to go with the lowest possible storage and RAM capacity, because those are usually overcharged anyway, when purchasing a gaming laptop.

Fortunately, SSD and RAM are becoming cheaper nowadays, and it’s extremely easy to do it yourself by opening the bottom panel of the PC.

6. In/output port selection

This is the most underlooked section, but it’s imperative for people who want to connect their PC with other peripherals. Always aim for at least three USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), one USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C), RJ45 LAN Jack, 2-in-1 Audio Jack and HDMI 2.0 ports. While the Thunderbolt port (an all-rounded fast data transfer port commonly seen on high-end ultrabooks) is a cool feature, it’s still uncommon for gaming laptops.

What’s that?

1. Refresh rate

It’s the number of images a monitor can display per second, which is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the refresh rate, the more frames the monitor can display, making the on-screen image smoother.

Typically, 60Hz is the standard for both desktop and laptop screens – the monitor can display up to 60 images per second. Stats aside, the greatest distinction between high and low refresh rate is that everything is far less grainy on the higher refresh rate display. The cache-free experience is phenomenal, too.

2. Dual-channel memory

The memory (RAM) communicates with the rest of the computer through the CPU, and by adding one more channel (in this case), it allows faster data exchange as the data can be sent on more than one channel. So, if you want to improve your PC gaming performance, you should try dual-channel memory, instead of blindly upgrading the RAM capacity.

The consumer desktop motherboard can have up to an eight-channel memory, which dramatically expands the “highway” of data transfer and more!

Misconceptions

1. Extra power = extra productivity

Ideally, Intel’s Core i5 and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660Ti are the sweet pair for gaming rigs on-the-go. Higher-end alternatives can skyrocket in price, so be warned.

Take AMD’s newest 4th gen Ryzen mobile CPUs for example, the extra core count barely affects gameplay. Most modern games still rely heavily on single-core frequency. But if you need to do video editing, 3D rendering and other applications that are more CPU core count intensive, the extra core count will go a long way.

2. More RAM = faster PC

Simply adding more RAM will not increase your in-game performance. RAM serves as a temporary memory for your computer, allowing you to run multiple applications/programmes at the same time. Unless your hobby or profession requires you to constantly multitask, it’s fine to settle with 16GB RAM with dual-channel memory.

The easiest way to improve PC performance without spending:

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The new Level 51 laptop comes in a thin and light aluminium chassis.

Gaming laptops are becoming increasingly powerful and - much to gamers' delight - affordable. However, it can still be confusing if you're unsure about what constitutes as the perfect gaming laptop, especially with so many options available. TERRA 15 falls under that list of options, and - depending on what you're looking for - is one that's probably worth a second glance.

Level 51, a boutique gaming PC brand, recently launched the TERRA 15, a premium gaming rig that comes attached with an attractive price tag. Starting from RM4,615, the laptop comes with two version- Lite and Regular. Both versions feature a truckload of premium specifications, including three GPU options, GTX 1660Ti, RTX2060 and RTX 2070.

The laptop features a premium aluminium chassis to house its components, including the Intel i7 9750H, GPU up to RTX 2070, 16GB RAM, 144hz FHD IPS display and more!

Head on over to Level 51 for more information.

Unsure if TERRA 15 is the right gaming laptop for you? Stay tuned for a comprehensive buying guide from yours truly, due out very soon.


All hail the new king in gaming laptops.

The Asus ROG Strix SCAR III is a monster of a gaming laptop with a game-changing 240Hz display. The high refresh rate makes it a perfect alternative for gamers craving that extra competitive edge and mobility at the same time.

Our review unit comes in at the reasonable price of RM7,999 with superb specifications, including Intel Core i7, RTX 2070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and 240Hz display. The ROG Strix Scar III is an all-rounded gaming machine with minor niggles.

The hinge feels durable.

Almost perfect in every way

While premium quality laptops come with aluminium construction, this ROG device offers just a tad more than that. The combination of brushed metal and carbon-fiber-patterned surfaces is impeccable even for the pickiest gamers out there.

The laptop has an iconic “Republic of Gamers” aesthetic with a distinct ROG logo on the top panel. The logo light can be tweaked to oblivion to suit any mood and style. The Aura light bar at the bottom panel makes this laptop one of the most striking tech pieces, handy when attending a LAN party (showoff factor 10/10).

A well-thought design by placing all three Type-A ports at the left.

The in/output ports selection is sufficient with three USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), one USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C), RJ45 LAN Jack, 2-in-1 Audio Jack and HDMI 2.0. All the Type-A ports are located at the left of the laptop, making it more ergonomic for right-handed gamers who appreciate extra space for their mouse. More importantly, the left-placed Type-A ports provide a cleaner look when various cables are connected. Cable management is also much easier since most ports are at the rear.

The footprint of this machine is bigger than common laptops because of the design of its cooling system. The vents are extended at the rear to ensure additional heat dissipation. The SCAR III has a reassuring weight of 2.4kg, which isn’t too bad for a 15.6” laptop.

The upgradability and modular design of this laptop ensure its future-proof, too.

The cooling is sufficient.

Put in service

For years, laptops have been a lower-tier gaming experience compared to the desktop. But the competition has been turned on its head, what with the enormous power that this ROG heavyweight holds.

The Core i7 and RTX 2070 are more than luxurious for most gamers and professionals alike. The device runs esports titles like Dota 2, LoL, CS:GO, R6 Siege and PUBG like a champ. The latest AAA games, including STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, work perfectly well, even when graphic settings are set to the highest.

As expected, the SCAR III doesn’t freeze even under extended periods of heavy load. The six cores and 12 threads on the CPU make it a beast of burden for gaming, editing, rendering and multitasking. That said, the laptop can occasionally hit 90°C.

Optimum visual

The display on the ROG Strix Scar III is impressive - the 240Hz refresh rate is trend-bucking. The high refresh rate makes a world of a difference compared to the regular 60Hz and 144Hz. Basically, once you go 240Hz, you never go back … or if you do, it’ll be a drag.

Even an action as simple as moving the mouse cursor feels so much snappier. The gaming performance of this IPS panel is outstanding, with no motion blur whatsoever. The display is good at producing vivid colours and it has decent contrast, as well.

Surprisingly though, this Asus model doesn’t have a dedicated webcam, so spying is fundamentally not an issue here … China or America.

Keyed in to the keyboard

Instead of a numerical pad, the SCAR III comes with a few special keys that come in handy for gaming. For example, the Armoury Crate can be easily activated by pressing its dedicated key, so gamers can customise the laptop performance on-the-fly.

Keys feel comfy when typing, too. Most people can get used to the keyboard because of the traditional layout. The RGB effect is a bonus, but bear in mind that the lighting isn’t as good as Razer’s Blade laptops.

Speaking of sound ...

The dual speakers are loud and clear for casual use, but it’s still unrealistic to expect them to help tracking the footsteps of enemies when playing games like PUBG, CS:GO and R6 Siege. For gaming, a pair of headphones is highly recommended.

The battery life

The ROG Strix Scar III has a durable battery life, given its powerful components. It lasts a full four hours under average use with some office work and video streaming. It can be a trusty travel laptop even without a power adapter close at hand (though after four hours, you’re in trouble).

Armoury Crate

This software is a nice touch by Asus. It acts as a command center for the user to tailor almost every performance-related setting to their heart’s content. However, this software isn’t user-friendly - it takes several attempts to figure out the most basic stuff, like saving a profile.

The user interface is slightly confusing with loads of information misaligned from column to column. But it’s just a minor concern, especially once new patch notes are released.

The wrap-up

The Scar III is the most practical, yet extremely powerful gaming laptop. The machine is stable with no major performance dropouts, even throughout our heavy testing sessions. The CPU and GPU run flawlessly and fully utilise the exceptional 240Hz display.

Speaking of the display, the high refresh rate is unreal. It even makes the 144Hz display look grainy. The combination of high FPS and refresh rate complement the gaming experience perfectly.

If you’re looking for a laptop that will still be applicable to 3A titles and esports games in the near future, this device is a sweet deal.

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