Theis designed for gamers on a budget, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. This is the first laptop we’ve reviewed with an AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000-series processor, which makes it stand out in the market. Despite Intel’s virtual hegemony in the laptop market, AMD has promised that this generation will easily hold its own. This is something we’ll keep an eye on, but there’s a lot more to consider. This laptop from Asus comes in a variety of configurations, each with its own set of features that should appeal to gamers.
Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) options and prices
The new A15 name was developed by Asus to simplify its alphanumeric naming scheme, and the TUF Gaming A15 will be available in two models: FA566 (Fortress Grey) and FA506 (Bonfire Black). For each, there will be slightly different configuration choices, and some may be available mainly offline while others will be aimed at online buyers. Bonfire Black has a more conventional “gamer” aesthetic, with textured plastic, sharp lines, and red highlights, whereas Fortress Grey has a more subtle metal finish and can blend in better.
In India, the 15.6-inch TUF Gaming A15 and its larger 17-inch twin, the TUF Gaming A17, have been released in a range of configurations. TUF Gaming F15 and F17, which are Intel-based, will be available as well.
The 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 (FA506) in Bonfire Black starts at Rs. 60,990, and the 17-inch TUF Gaming A17 (FA171) starts at the same speed (FA706). The AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, 256GB SSD, and 60Hz full-HD screen are included in these entry-level options.
A Ryzen 9 4900H CPU, GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a 144Hz full-HD screen, and a 1TB SSD plus a hard drive are available at the top end. The availability of various configurations can vary, and at the time of our review, such a blinged-out configuration did not appear to be in stock anywhere online. Of course, the price will be much higher.
As we described at the outset of this review, the Asus TUF A15’s components, which include some of the most cutting-edge hardware from AMD and Nvidia, piqued our interest.
The Asus TUF A15 is equipped with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor. While it isn’t AMD’s flagship mobile processor (the Ryzen 9 4900HS), the Asus TUF A15 isn’t meant to be a flagship laptop. Its goal is to be a computer that combines efficiency and value, which is why we like Asus’ selection of the 4800H.
The graphics card is an Nvidia RTX 2060. It isn’t a flagship GPU, but it is a fantastic 1080p performer, making it an excellent option for this type of gaming laptop. It’s one of Nvidia’s more affordable GPUs, but it still delivers excellent performance, including modern ray tracing support, and comes with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, making it an excellent option for a budget laptop.
The graphically challenging Metro Exodus runs at 45fps (frames per second) at Ultra, as seen in our benchmarks. With a little tuning, you can get it to play at 60 frames per second while still looking fantastic.
Design of the Laptop
The Asus TUF A15, like other gaming laptops in the TUF series, is a tall, chunky computer that’s a far cry from Asus’ Zephyrus lineup – but that’s part of the appeal. The Asus TUF A15 puts build quality and reliability at the forefront of its design, as the ‘TUF’ moniker suggests.
This isn’t a sturdy laptop that can withstand being dropped from a great height, but it’s a gaming laptop that you’d happily carry around in your backpack to friends’ houses and LAN parties. The Asus TUF A15 isn’t like other ultra-thin and light gaming laptops that make you nervous about bringing them out of the building.
It’s a design that doesn’t hide the fact that this is a gaming laptop, but it also doesn’t go overboard – and if you want to add even more gamer cred, the Asus TUF A15 comes with a sheet of stickers to cover the laptop with. The chassis is available in two colours: Fortress Gray (as seen in our review model) and Bonfire Black.
When you open the laptop, you’ll notice that there are even more design options to cater to gamers. The keys have the almost obligatory RGB lighting, and the all-important WASD keys are illuminated with a translucent shading, leaving no doubt that this is a gaming laptop.
Although gamers will lament the lack of a USB Type-C port, the FX705’s Ethernet port and HDMI input will come in handy. A headphone jack, a USB 2.0 port, and two USB 3.0 inputs are also located on the left side of the FX705.
It’s time to get rid of your computer monitor. The TUF Gaming FX705’s 17.3-inch 1080p display produces a rich, detailed image, and the panel’s 144-Hz refresh rate allows for smooth, blur-free gameplay.
The Ryzen 7 4700H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB of RAM, and NVMe SSD worked together to provide a very smooth user experience over a wide range of workloads. The screen, which runs at 144Hz even on battery power, may have contributed to the overall feeling of speed.
Asus sets this laptop to Performance mode by design, and we used it for all of our research. The Turbo mode is not possible when using battery power. A Fn shortcut on the keyboard can also be used to switch between these modes.
Buy it if…
You want an affordable gaming laptop
The Asus TUF A15 is a fantastic value for money device. Although it isn’t the cheapest gaming laptop on the market, it does provide build quality and efficiency that its mid-range and budget competitors can’t match.
You want a laptop for competitive play
Thanks to a high-refresh-rate display for quick response times and a built-in LAN port for fast and stable networking, the Asus TUF A15 is ideal for people who play a lot of competitive esports.
You want robust build quality
The TUF gaming laptops from Asus make a big deal about their military-grade toughness, and for good reason. These laptops seem to be designed to last a long time, which means you can take one with you without fear of it being harmed.
Don’t buy it if…
You’re all about the 4K
The Asus TUF A15 is a good 1080p artist, but don’t expect stunning 4K visuals. First and foremost, the screen is only Full HD; however, even if you attach the laptop to a 4K monitor or TV, the RTX 2060 GPU will not suffice.
You want something thin and light
The extra ports and tough body means this is not a thin and light laptop in any shape or form. If you want something that’s ultra-portable, look elsewhere.
You want a silent machine
The Asus TUF A15 is a noisy machine when the fans kick in, and while you can limit how much they’re used, you’ll also want to keep the laptop cool. It’s a tricky balance, but we found the noise to be quite distracting when gaming.
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