The Asus TUF A15 is a great gaming laptop that doesn’t break the bank and strikes a good balance between performance and price.
It will get a lot of fans, especially among competitive esports players, because it works well in 1080p, is built well, and has a lot of ports.
The Asus TUF A15 is one of the most interesting gaming laptops we’ve seen in a while.
It’s not exciting in the same way that a new gaming device usually is, though.
It doesn’t come with the best components that power the best gaming PCs.
And it doesn’t have any of the flashy features that Asus’ Zephyrus gaming laptops have, which are also very powerful on their own.
The Asus TUF A15 is a gaming laptop that looks pretty normal.
The Asus TUF A15 (also called the Asus F506IV) stands out from other gaming laptops because it has great performance, thanks to the solid Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU and the AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs, which have impressed us.
It also has a very reasonable price tag.
What About Its Price!
The Asus TUF A15 is what we’d call an “affordable” gaming laptop.
This means that it’s not as cheap as “budget” laptops, but it’s also not as expensive as “high-end” laptops for gamers.
Still, “affordable” for a gaming laptop means a lot of money, and the Asus TUF A15 starts at $1,300 (£1,300, which is about $2,000).
That’s a lot of money, but you get a lot more for your money than you would with a gaming laptop like the Alienware m15.
As with other gaming laptops in Asus’ TUF series, the Asus TUF A15 is a big, chunky device that’s very different from Asus’ Zephyrus line—but that’s part of the appeal.
As the name “TUF” suggests, the Asus TUF A15 is made with quality construction and long-term use in mind.
This isn’t a rugged laptop that you could drop from a great height and not worry about it, but it’s a gaming laptop that you’d be happy to throw in a backpack and take to friends’ houses and LAN parties.
Some thin and light gaming laptops feel so fragile that you wouldn’t want to take them out of the house. The Asus TUF A15 is not like that.
As we said at the start of this review, what we liked most about the Asus TUF A15 is that it has some of the newest hardware from both AMD and Nvidia.
The new AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is used in the CPU of the Asus TUF A15.
The Ryzen 9 4900HS will be AMD’s most powerful mobile processor, so the Asus TUF A15 isn’t trying to be a flagship laptop.
Its goal is to be a machine that is both fast and good value, which is why we like that Asus went with the 4800H.
How Long Does Batteries Last!
We’ve learned not to expect too much from a gaming laptop’s battery life, but the Asus TUF A15 doesn’t do too badly here.
The PCMark 10 battery life benchmark, which simulates moderate use, took five and a quarter hours to drain the battery.
That’s not too bad for a gaming laptop, and it’s partly because the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is energy efficient and doesn’t drain the battery as quickly as the more power-hungry Intel CPUs that are often found in them.
Why To Buy!
You want a cheap laptop for gaming.
The Asus TUF A15 is a great buy for the money.
Even though it’s not the cheapest gaming laptop in the world, it has better performance and builds quality than mid-range and budget laptops.
You want a laptop to play games with other people.
The Asus TUF A15 is great for people who play a lot of competitive esports.
It has a high-refresh-rate monitor for quick response times and a built-in LAN port for fast and stable connections.
You want strong construction.
The TUF line of gaming laptops from Asus makes a big deal about how tough they are—and for good reason. It seems like these laptops would last a long time, so you can take one with you without worrying about it getting broken.
Why Not To Buy!
You only care about 4K.
The Asus TUF A15 works well at 1080p, but don’t expect 4K visuals that will blow your mind.
First of all, the screen is “just” Full HD, and even if you connect the laptop to a 4K monitor or TV, the RTX 2060 GPU won’t be enough.
You’re looking for something thin and light.
This laptop is not thin and light in any way because it has a lot of ports and a tough body.
If you want something very portable, you should look somewhere else.
You want a quiet machine.
When the fans kick on, the Asus TUF A15 is a noisy machine.
You can control how much the fans run, but you’ll also want to keep the laptop cool.
It’s hard to find the right balance, but the noise got in the way of our gaming.