Asus TUF A15 and A17

The Asus TUF series has been one of the most acclaimed budget gaming laptops in the market. Asus released the new line up of A15 and A17 series on 2nd June of 2020 which boasts the new market king Ryzen 4000H series processors with the already well-acclaimed GTX 1660Ti and the RTX 2060 series GPU in a new, fairly premium-looking body. How well does the new TUF A series fare? Let’s find out what the internet thinks about the new Asus TUF A series and is it a better deal than the Acer Predator Helios 300 or the Lenovo Legion Y540 or the Dell G5 Special Edition.

Price

Starts from Rs.63,990 on Amazon.in
Asus TUF A15 and A17
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ORDINARY TECH RATING SCALE (OTRS)

I understand it can get a little tricky even for a tech reviewer to exactly explain how they feel a particular aspect of a gadget is. Top reviewers get to have their hands on a lot of products and they’ll have to explain how they feel about a particular aspect of a product through words. I study the emotion, enthusiasm, and use of strong words by a reviewer and convert that into a number system ranging from 0 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 0 being the opposite.

Competitors

The Lower models of the Asus TUF A15 priced at Rs.63,900 and Rs.69,900 could be a direct competition to the Tech Ordinary Best gaming laptop under Rs.70,000 title winner-MSI Ryzen 7 Alpha 15 A3DD-044IN Gaming Laptop. Clearly, the Ryzen 5 4600H is a new addition and wins the round. So, in terms of the CPU, the Asus TUF wins here, but GPU, The MSI Ryzen 7 Alpha 15 A3DD-044IN Gaming Laptop wins. But, there are other flaws to the Asus TUF which needs to be considered as well.

The Higher models of Asus TUF A15 and A17 competes with various other variants of the Acer Predator Helios 300 and the Lenovo Legion Y540. But do note that the top Variant of the Asus TUF costs less than a Lakh Rupees in India while offering similar to maybe even higher performance than it’s competitors.

Specification Review

Note that both the Asus TUF A15 and the A17 are exactly the same with the only difference being the screen size. A15 comes with a 15-inch screen while the A17 comes with a 17-inch screen and probably little better thermal performance due to the larger body (A17)

Design language and Appearance

  • The body weighs 2.3 Kgs with a 2.5inch drive bay attached model.
  • Weight 2.1Kgs on a non2.5inch drive bay with a 94Wh battery model.
  • Power brick weighs another 530grams.
  • 35..8cm length x 25.6cm depth x 2.47cm height.
  • The design language does not scream gamer on the face and in fact, does not look too much gamer-ish.
  • Thin 2020-ish bezels with a small 720p webcam on the top bezel.
  • Top bezel sports a short protruding body that helps users open the laptop lid when closed.
  • There’s a TUF logo branding on top of the lid which is the only aspect that shows the laptop is gaming built.
  • There are 4 bolts on the far corners of the top lid which gives a great aesthetic presence to the Asus TUF A15 and A17 laptop.
  • The right side houses one 3.5mm headphone Jack, two Type-A USB 3.2 (Gen 1), one Type-C USB 3.2 (Gen 2) with display supportDP1.4, one RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, one HDMI with HDMI support 2.0b and one 1 x AC adapter plug hole.
  • The left side houses one Type-A USB2.0 and a Kensington lock.
  • The Rear side houses two cooling vents to either side of the body with orange accents inside the vent which adds in more aesthetic value to the Laptop.
  • Comes with a decent typing RGB backlit keyboard with white-colored WASD keys. Chicklet style keys with decent key travel but not the clickiest keys out there.
  • Decent touchpad with dedicated left and right-click buttons.

In my opinion, this is an absolute winner of a color and design choice. There are two colors that come with the Asus TUF A15 and A17 which are Fortress Grey and Bonfire Black. I highly suggest the Fortress grey which looks really dashing and also, do note that many reviewers did mention to get the Fortress grey variant instead of the Black variant.

Asus TUF A15 and A17
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The looks and design element on the outside of the Asus A series look really classy and stylish. But as soon as you open the lid, the keyboard panel and the insides screams gamer.

Build Quality

Let’s see what the top reviewers have to say about the build quality of the Asus TUF A15 and A17.

QuotesOTRS
-OwnorDisown “made out from brushed plastic” mild screen flex but fairly stiff”7
-Digit”Asus went for a simpler looking design” Construction quality is solid although the lid quality could’ve been better”9
-UltrabookReview “build is tougher and stronger than previous models” interiors have been reinforced and don’t flex”9
-MathewMoniz “The laptop is for someone who needs more durability on the go” mil tested laptop”10
-All Others 9
Average OTRS= 8.8

Clearly, the build of quality of the Asus TUF A series is one of its stronger points. The entire body is made out of plastic but did not get complaints related to the build such as that which we got with the Dell G5 Special Edition. All reviewers were content with the build quality of this laptop. Some of the reviewers did mention a mildly weaker lid quality. The screen flex seemed to be of bare minimum while we did sort of get a mixed opinion in this department.

Overall, the build is sturdy and you can’t go wrong with the Asus TUF A series.

Asus TUF A15 and A17

Display

  • TUF A15 comes with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit Full HD display.
  • TUF A17 comes with a 17.0-inch LED-backlit Full HD display.
  • Resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.
  • Anti-Glare IPS-level Panel.
  • 144hz on higher variant and 60Hz standard variant.
  • 62% sRGB
  • 45%NTSC
  • 274 Nits at 100% brightness.
  • No backlight bleeding at all.
QuotesOTRS
-OwnorDisown “for content creation, I don’t think this laptop will be the one to get” low clarity in content”6
-UltrabookReview “overall this is fine for gaming and a welcome update”8
-Techtesters “Barely mediocre color gamet” ” display is so-so but okay for gamers”6
-All Others7
6.7

An Ordinary Techie Rating Score of 6.7 can be considered as average or even below average. Apparently, the display of the Asus TUF A15 and A17 seems to be the laptop’s only downfall.

The brightness and contrast levels are low and the color accuracy is pretty poor. What we should note is that almost none of the top reviewers made a proper comment on the display quality. Either they made light or completely ignored the display. Only the smaller reviewers mentioned how average the display of the Asus TUF A series is.

Asus TUF A15 and A17
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Overall, in my opinion, the display is the weakest aspect of the Asus TUF A15 and the A17. For normal gaming purposes, the display will fare decently well. But if you’re in need of a laptop for content creation and media consumption, you should clearly stay away from this laptop.

Performance

  • Winsdows 10 Home (English)
  • Top models come with an AMD® Ryzen™ 9 4900H Processor,
  • 3 GHz base clock speed and up to 4.4 GHz boost speed.
  • Middle variants come with an AMD® Ryzen™ 7 4800H Processor.
  • The base clock speed of 2.9 GHz and up to 4.2Ghz boost clock speed.
  • Lower variants come with AMD® Ryzen™ 5 4600H Processor
  • The base clock speed of 3.0 GHz and boost clock speed of up to 4.0 GHz.
  • All processors have an 8MB cache.
  • The top model comes with NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060.
  • Comes with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • Mid variants come with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660Ti.
  • Comes with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • Lower models come with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650Ti.
  • Comes with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM
  • lowest variant comes with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650.
  • comes with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • 8GB and 16GB RAM models.
  • DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket, expandable up to 32 GB SDRAM, Dual-channel.
  • 256GB/512GB/1TB NVMe PCIe® Gen3 SSD.
  • 1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 ac (2×2)).
  • Bluetooth® 5.0 The Version of BT may change as OS upgrades.
  • 3 -Cell 48 Wh lithium-polymer Battery
  • It also comes with a massive 94Wh lithium-polymer Battery.

Benchmarks

  • 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 152421 (Graphics – 16536, Physics – 20978)
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6412 (Graphics – 6128, CPU – 8707)
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3489
  • CineBench R15 (best run): CPU 1742 CB, CPU Single Core 188 CB
  • CineBench R20 (best run): CPU 3898 CB, CPU Single Core 460 CB
  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Car scene- CPU Compute: 3m 35s (Turbo)
  • Luxmark 3.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs score: CPU Not Supported
  • PCMark 10: 5771
  • PCMark 10 Essentials – 9622
  • PCMark 10 Productivity – 7440
  • PCMark Digital Content Creation – 6597.
QuotesOTRS
-OwnorDisown “4800H annihilates the i9 9880H” the AMD CPU creates a great lead” class-leading CPU””Intel must be worried”10
-Digit “for the price it delivers a significant amount of performance”Performance is unmatched in its segment”10
-UltrabookReview “Smokes the intel in same price segment”10
-Techtesters “you get a lot of horsepower with the CPU and GPU”10
-All Others10
Average OTRS= 10

Whoa!!! apparently, the Asus TUF A series is a beast. Based upon benchmarks and games FPS analysis, this laptop is on par with all other laptops and even sometimes, performing much higher than others.

The Ryzen 4000 series present in the Asus TUF A series knocks Intel out of the park easily. There’s no doubt, the performance aspect of the Asus TUF A series is absolutely the best for this price point.

The thermal performance of the Asus A17 seems to be slightly better than the Asus TUF A15. Overall, there could be a mild heating issue as seen with other laptops packing the Ryzen 4000 series processors. We did note how the Dell G5 Special Edition throttled to a massive 100 degree Celcius. So clearly, thermals could be a mild downside.

Asus TUF A15 and A17
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Asus TUF A15 and A17
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Jarrod from Jarrod’s tech demonstrated how keeping a cooling pad below the Asus TUF A series laptop did not help even one bit. Apparently the cooling vents at the bottom of the laptop are not directly placed above the cooling fans which are the reason for no impact of cooling pads on the Asus TUF A series laptop.

The Nvidia series RTX 2060, GTX 1660Ti, GTX1650Ti, and the GTX1650 GPU are already well established in the market and performs as expected from them. The AMD CPU x Nvidia GPU combination is the absolute best that performs unparalleled to anything in this price segment.

Asus TUF A series also shines in the battery department as well. Do note that there are two variants being available in the market and be careful of the variant which you chose to buy. There’s a 90-Wh battery variant that gives 8.5 hours of screen on time with Netflix but comes at a cost of not supporting a 2.5-inch drive bay. The other 48-Wh battery variant should give half the screen on time as the 90-Wh variant but comes with one 2.5 inch drive bay. The 90-Wh battery is insane for a gaming laptop and performs close to what ultrabooks are expected to perform.

OVERALL pros

  • The best performance in this price range.
  • Sturdy build quality.
  • Good keyboard with great typing experience.
  • Easy to upgrade with easy to remove back screws.
  • Two M.2 slots and two RAM SODIMM slots in dual channel.
  • Ultimate battery life.

OVERALL cons

  • Poor display quality. Low brightness, poor color accuracy.
  • No SD card reader and no thunderbolt support.
  • Ryzen 4000 series CPU does tend to overheat.
  • There are reports of SSD heating.

CONCLUSION

In my honest opinion, the display is the only let down in the Asus TUF A series. Everything else on this laptop is the absolute best. This is undoubted, the most powerful laptop in this price segment, that too, quite easily overtaking the Acer Helios 300 and the Lenovo Legion Y540.

If only the display was at least above average or even mere average, I would’ve openly, easily suggested the Asus TUF A series to you without a speck of hesitation.

By Jayesh

Hi there!! I'm Jayesh, a Super tech enthusiast who spends a lot of his time obsessing over gadgets, watching reviews, and hands-on experience from various people on the internet( Tech YouTubers generally) as I'm not lucky enough (yet) to own it all for myself. I'm sharing my tech knowledge coming from my obsession over youtube tech reviewers to help friends and family decide on a product.

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