ASUS offers multiple variants of gaming laptops, one of which is the TUF gaming series which is positioned primarily at entry to mainstream level. Among the newest TUF Gaming notebooks is the ASUS FX705GE, a 17-inch device packed inside a 15-inch body with Intel 8th Gen i7 processor and NVIDIA’s GTX 1050Ti graphics. Check out below for our quick review:
They did a lot of improvement with the new TUF series especially in the design department, it is now more premium looking with metallic lid with brushed finish unlike their previous versions which is obviously made of plastic. It feels compact and solid when you hold it and there are no signs that it is cheaper than its ROG counterparts. I like the idea of it having thin bezels (7.18mm NanoEdge display) which enables it to maximize the viewing area to 17-inch in a 15-inch laptop chassis.
I had no problems in terms of how it looked because ASUS did a good job of elevating the TUF series branding by not putting in too much weird patterns and flashy gimmicks on its aesthetics but rather focused on making it more solid and premium looking for its price point.
All ports were positioned on the left side including the following: 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI 2.0 port, 1x RJ45 and 3.5mm audio jack. Unfortunately the absence of a Mini Display port or USB Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 prevents it from using an external display with the same 144Hz refresh rate. Although I’m fond of the placement of ports, I was disappointed with the absence of the two ports I mentioned before but we have to understand that ASUS is putting this variant right below the ROG gaming notebooks. On the plus side, there is a support for a 120Hz display via HDMI 2.0, just make sure your external display supports the same version to take advantage of the 120Hz response time.
ASUS has this new HyperStrike Keyboard with 0.25mm keycap curve. Although it can only support 1 layout of illuminated keys, the tension and precision of the keys seemed felt smoother while typing and the keys doesn’t spring right back up immediately which makes it ideal for FPS gamers such as myself.
Take advantage of its 7.1-channel virtual surround sound thanks to DTS Headphone:X, although I’m not and audio junkie but this actually helps in pinpointing your enemies especially when you play battle royale style games such as Apex legends or PUBG.
Under the hood is the latest Intel Core i7 8th gen mobile H series processors paired with NVIDIA GTX 1050ti 4GB VRAM graphics. Performance were okay to me since I know that it can play some mainstream games at 60+fps with toned down settings, IE: for Apex Legends you need it out at Medium for texture streaming budget in order to get that steady 60+FPS as per my experience with the unit. For productivity, it has a 128GB m.2 PCiE SSD and 1TB of 2.5-inch HDD for fast data transfers paired with 8GB of DDR4 2666Mhz RAM single stick.
I also played overwatch with it and set it to default high settings, I got around 100+ fps without any problems but temperature is quite high at 77 to 82 degrees celcius. I strongly advise to get a laptop cooler if you will play high intensive games with it just to keep the temps at bay.
Overall, the ASUS TUF Series FX705GE is a huge improvement from its previous FX series models. With new nano bezels for viewing entertainment and 7.1 surround sound capbility. It is definitely one of the entry level gaming laptops to consider.
- Nano bezel screen with 144Hz response time
- Solid build
- Ports were properly placed
- 7.1 support surround sound perfect for playing battle royale style games
- Ideal for mainstream gaming
- GPU temps tend to go up when playing high intensive games
- Absence of Mini DP port or USB Type C Gen 2