At CES 2019, Asus has just announced AMD variants for two of their entry-level gaming laptop - the 15.6-inch FX505 and the 17.3-inch FX705. The Ryzen 5 3550H will be powering the new FX505DY and FX705DY - boasting four cores and eight threads for up to 32GB of RAM that deliver capable performance for gaming or everyday productivity. The Vega-based integrated graphics allow the APU to power the laptop all on its own, which helps conserve power and extend battery life - and when it comes down to gaming, AMD’s Switchable Graphics tech will activate the dedicated Radeon RX 560X GPU to pump out the performance.
Both devices sports panels with narrow-bezel NanoEdge design, and have wide viewing angles to keep the colors vivid even when viewing the display off-center - plus a FreeSync variable refresh rate of 40-60Hz. The FX505DY has a high-refresh optional panel of 48-120Hz for smoother gaming experiences.
Of course, the FX505DY and FX705DY comes with Asus’ signature HyperCool technology cooling system that cools the CPU and GPU with individual fans along with their special anti-dust tunnels to catch and direct particles out of the laptop to prevent them from clogging up.
The FX505DY and FX705DY is decked out with HyperStrike keyboard that brings a desktop-inspired layout with separated blocks of function keys for easier recognition and a full numeric keypad for faster number crunching. It’s backlit with Red Matter versions providing a red glow that mirrors their trim, while Gold Steel models feature customizable RGB lighting. The RGB colors and effects can be tweaked with the Armoury Crate utility, which unifies vital functions like lighting control, system monitoring, and configurable game profiles that automatically load preferred system settings.
Other notable features include their wide selection of ports with 3 USB-A ports, one HDMI port, and 3.5mm audio jack; DTS Headphone:X technology that brings 7.1-channel virtual surround sound to stereo headsets or speakers; and the devices meeting the MIL-STD-810G testing standards for military-grade toughness.
Details on local pricing and availability have not been provided. But stay tuned for any future updates.