The one thing I've always hated about Asus laptops is that their WASD keys stick out like a sore thumb. I use my laptop for things besides gaming and I take it to places, so I want a keyboard that is presentable. That keyboard design on that laptop just looks dumb and cheap.
Gotta ask - did you test any Medion kit?
I've had a Medion Beast (yeah the name sucks) for a couple of years as my work / gaming laptop. My first venture into non-mainstream brands. It's fast, thin, light, performs excellently and is styled subtley enough that it passes off as my work machine with little to no comment in front of clients. It's also survived several hundred trips out to clients, many UK holidays and 4 trans-atlantic trips. I've dropped it a few times and other than a couple of scuffs on the (metal) chassis, still looks and performs perfectly. I7, 32GB RAM, 1x 1tb Sabrent rocket nvme and 1 x 2TB Sabrent nvme and a max-p RTX 2070. 17" 144hz screen, I think all in I paid about £1300 as the drives and RAM were extras - even has RGB keys and a bar across the front. Speakers are woeful though. Not cutting edge any more, but a good, solid machine.
I've asked this before - if you guys don't test machines like this, can you really say "Best for under x" and not "Best we've actually tested for x"?
I bought the Asus Tuf 15 for my kid to take to college. Got it with the 3070 option. This machine is perfect for a college student to carry to class at only 4.4 pounds. It uses integrated graphics while on battery and automatically switches to the 3070 for 3D applications. It can be charged with the brick it came with or a small wall charger. I did a lot of research before I bought this laptop and I concur that it deserves to be on the "best" list.