We originally presented this laptop four months ago, but we didn’t have enough space to give it the credit it is due. Inour opinion, with the TUF FX505, ASUS has pulled together afantastic entry-level gaming laptop for a very reasonable price.
It’s sporting the AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, which most tests show will match Intel’s i7 every step of the way (and not just for gaming but for video rendering and other multimedia too). But because it costs much less, ASUS has passed on that saving to the consumer. Then it has paired that with Nvidia’swell-regarded 1660 Ti graphics system, which is very much thelatest-generation tech and should comfortably run all current games on high settings (and keep you competitive with gamers who are spending far more).
The screen was a particular highlight for us, with its high120 Hz refresh rate really shining through. Also, colours werenoticeably vibrant and saturated. The port arrangement is very decent too, with three USBs and a LAN port, something which is scarily starting to disappear from gaming laptops.
The package is not without its compromises, of course. The body panels are pure plastic all around, and not very exciting, so there is nothing to loudly announce your gamer status. There’s no SSD drive (just good old HDD) and, sadly, no USB-C. There is RGB keyboard backlighting, but you’re limited to a few active zones and don’t have per-key colours like top-end rigs.
Ryzen 7 CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti, 15.6” FHD screen, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB storage, R17 000