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Welcome to this ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 review. Here, we have a very affordable gaming laptop that comes with an impressive array of specs. If you’re a gamer who couldn’t afford a serious gaming machine, then this could be your chance to take your gaming to the next level.
For the price, there is a lot of value in this ASUS laptop. The primary target of this laptop is gamers, but you can also make good use of this laptop if you’re going to working on photos, videos, and graphic design as well. With a price point of under $750, this laptop gets our attention. But is it really worth the money? Let’s find that out.
The ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 laptop comes in a nice black shade with traditional ASUS design elements on it. The laptop has a stealthy look that gives it more character as a gaming machine. Unlike other laptops, this one focuses on one color and does well in terms of looks.
With dimensions of 14.2 x 10.3 x 1 inch, this laptop that not that heavy. It weighs around 4.85lbs which makes it one of the lightest gaming laptops out there in this size category. You can move around with this thing in your backpack and that is quite an advantage.
The cooling system on this laptop is pretty efficient. The fans run as soon as they sniff some imbalance in the temperature. They are not that loud but you do hear them nicely when they are running at full speed. The cooling system helps in maintaining the temperature at an optimum level without affecting the gaming performance of this laptop.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard we have here is a full size one. The layout of the keyboard is well done and it is very good to type one. The AWSD zone has a different color to stand out and the overall gaming experience with this keyboard is nice.
It comes with backlighting which should come in handy at dark places. There is also a dedicated number pad at the right for those who work with a lot of numbers. One of the better things here is that you get full-sized arrow keys which is great for regular use.
The keyboard does extremely well when it comes to durability. It comes with US Military Grade durability and is tested for millions of types and clicks.
The trackpad on this laptop is a solid one as well. It comes with a nice, smooth surface that gives you zero friction and allows you to play games without any issues. Though there isn’t any underlying problem with this trackpad, we always recommend getting a gaming mouse to have better gaming experience.
The ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 comes with a 15.6″ LED-backlit widescreen with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is a pretty good display for gaming but it doesn’t come with fancy features like a higher refresh rate and better overdrive response time. But for the price, there is nothing to complain about here.
The screen excels when it comes to gaming. The colors are vivid and you get good vibrancy with the images which always nice to have. Thanks to the IPS panel, you get an excellent contrast ratio that improves the overall look of the images and texts. The viewing angles of this display are also fantastic making it a good candidate for media consumption with friends.
The sound coming out of this laptop is also neat. The X-technology gives you high-fidelity 7.1 channel virtual surround-sound audio when using headphones. This improves the overall audio and gives you an immersive audio experience.
The processor that runs the ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 gaming laptop is an Intel Core i5 9300H processor. This is a quad-core processor from the house of Intel and belongs to the 9th generation of Intel chips. This i5 9300H is a high-performance processor and comes with a nice base clocking frequency of 2.4GHz.
The processor does not lack when it comes to processing. Most gamers will find the base frequency more than enough for their gaming needs. But the processor is capable of clocking to a maximum of 4.1GHz which is a lot more power than anyone would need.
This Intel chip also comes with an Intel smart cache memory of 8MB that will come in handy at times. The overall performance of this processor is nothing but excellent. Being a quad-core processor, it does well when it comes to handling multithreaded applications. You can run any game on this laptop but the processor will never be a bottleneck.
The memory department on this ASUS TUF laptop comes with 8 gigs of DDR4 RAM. This is not a lot of memory for a gaming machine and is more like the minimum you should have. But considering this is a budget device, you can’t complain here. The RAM is a high-speed one with a clock speed of 2666MHz and does well when it comes to memory optimization.
The storage onboard is a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. This is a generous amount of space considering the price point of this laptop. Many manufacturers provide only a mechanical hard drive for this price and ASUS has outdone themselves in this regard.
More than the amount of storage, the type of storage is what makes this a much better option. The SSD is very fast when compared with a traditional mechanical hard drive and deliver much better overall performance. It launches your gamers a lot faster and gives you very little time for waiting which is nice.
The graphics card we have in the ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 gaming laptop is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with a dedicated video RAM of 4GB. This is an upper mainstream graphics card from the house of Nvidia and it does a pretty good job when it comes to handling modern-day games without any problem.
The graphics card also comes with a ROG boost feature that allows you to have a smoother experience when there is a lot going on the screen. You will be able to run pretty much any mid-range and upper mid-range game on this laptop without any issues. If you want to run high-end games, then you can but with little adjustments in the settings department.
This being a gaming laptop, not a lot of emphasis is given on the battery life. With light use, you might be able to squeeze out 4 to 5 hours of battery life. But when you’re on a serious gaming session, this number will come down drastically. So we recommend plugging your laptop into a power outlet whenever you are planning to do some serious gaming.
The connectivity options on the ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 laptop are quite good. You get a couple of USB 3.1 Type-A ports that are great for data transfer. There is also a USB 2.0 port that is handy as well. You get an HDMI port for higher-end connectivity like external displays and such.
There is an Ethernet port that allows you to get excellent speeds. But you don’t always have to take the wires route. The laptop comes with WiFi 5 in the form on 802.11ac WiFi and can get you around 1.7Gbps if your data plan supports it. The laptop also comes with Bluetooth 4.1 which is a nice addition as well.
ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 Review – Summary
The ASUS TUF FX505GT-US52 model is a solid gaming laptop for those who are looking for a gaming device with a budget price tag. The laptop has an excellent captain in the form of an Intel Core i5 9300H processor. It is well complemented by the RAM and the graphics card in place. At this price, it is very hard to come up with a laptop that gives you a similar gaming performance.