The ASUS TUF Gaming laptop has been launched for a while now, with the FX505 being available since October 2018. But this round, ASUS has released an upgraded version of the FX505 with the FX505DU. On the outside, nothing much has changed from the original iteration, but this round it's now equipped with more tech that will heighten your gaming experience, while also having a more affordable price tag.
With so much going for it, find out if this is the gaming laptop you should be saving up for.
Same stylish design
The FX505DU doesn't have much of a different look from the original FX505. Currently the laptop is available in Stealth Black. There's no doubt that the design makes the TUF Gaming laptop look tough and durable, with a distinctive Radiating-X and trapezoid design that's also eye-catching and attractive.
Even if it is pretty to the eyes, don't be fooled. The TUF Gaming laptop has passed a series of rigorous military-grade durability tests, which means it can not only take some accidental beatings, but can also withstand solar radiation exposure, high altitude, and extreme temperatures.
The keyboard also maintains its colourful backlit keys with its Aura RGB keyboard that you can customise by downloading the TUF Aura Core program. I especially like the WASD key group as it stands out really well among the many keyboards. The space bar and ctrl bar is also longer, which makes this keyboard ideal for gamers. Though if you're the type to use the arrow keys instead, its design is a bit off place and not be a favourite among casual users.
Powerful combination of AMD and NVIDIA
I don't think it's an overstatement to say that this laptop is jam packed with some pretty impressive tech. What makes the latest TUF Gaming laptop standout is that it comes equipped with not only the AMD Ryzen 7-3750H but it also comes especially with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. This not only means greater gaming performance (with 6X faster performance according to NVIDIA), this also includes AI enhanced graphics and ray tracing in games.
This can definitely be seen in graphic heavy games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, where everything looks amazing and more realistic than usual. In terms of performance, there were no visible lags or slow movements on my part. My gaming experience with the FX505D was nothing but smooth and comfortable.
Audio wise, the TUF Gaming laptop has to be one of the best out there. With the visuals not only being able to draw you in, the audio is capable of bringing out the tension and mood required as you game - no headphones necessary. This is due to the laptop being equipped with an immersive 7.1-channel virtual surround sound.
Probably the only problem with that is the fan; which does get loud the moment the game kicks in. Thankfully, the sound isn't loud enough to be distracting and there's no doubting it's cooling capabilities; the keyboard never gets hot even if other parts of the laptop does, which means you can game without any discomfort.
Possibly the biggest downside is that all the ports remain on the left side. This may not be a big deal, especially if you're the type to game using wireless equipment, but I definitely prefer at least a USB port on the right side for the mouse I use. But it's a personal preference, in which it depends on you whether you don't mind having all the ports only on one side.
Amazing price tag for a gaming laptop
With the retail price for the lowest spec starting from MYR 2,899 and the highest spec being MYR5199, it has to be one of the most affordable gaming laptop out there. Of course, the price ranges depending on the upgrades you may need for a better, much smoother gaming experience. But with such a low starting price, you can definitely find a laptop that fits your budget accordingly.
Packed together with AMD and NVIDIA technology, the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DU is a worthy consideration in your hunt for a gaming laptop.