Asus TUF Gaming A15 Review
Gaming on a laptop is becoming the new norm in the industry. Gone are the days when people used to custom-built computers just for playing games. Now, thanks to some computer manufacturers, gaming on a laptop have become equally efficient.
Along with gaming, being able to do some productivity and school work will be much more appreciated. Therefore, keeping this in mind, we have spent countless hours researching and testing the best laptop that’s currently in the market.
We will be reviewing the Asus TUF Gaming A15. It is arguably one of the best gaming laptops under $1000 that’s powered by AMD Ryzen. With an excellent refresh rate, a very decent battery, and a 15-inch display, this is our top pick that we recommend to most gamers. Before making any decision, consider reading through the full review. Also, in case you are interested in speakers to complement your gaming setup, check out our review on the KEF Q150B Q150 Bookshelf Speakers.
Design & Construction
If you are familiar with gaming laptop designs, particularly of Asus, then it won’t surprise you. Still, the design itself is really cool and will appeal to most gamers. The construction of the laptop is military-graded, meaning it can take on some beating. This is important, as gaming laptops tend to be heavier than usual. The whole body should withstand at least some sort of impact.
This laptop is drop-tested and will be just fine in day-to-day use. And compared to some other gaming laptops, this model from Asus is fairly slim. Unless you look closely at the design, you won’t be able to tell if it’s a gaming laptop.
The cooling vents are both at the top and bottom parts of the laptop. This will help keep the laptop cooler during heavy use.
The design also allows for adding more ports into the system. You will get an ethernet port, HDMI, Standard USB ports, USB-C, and much more. In short, you will not need to carry a dongle with this thing.back to menu ↑
The display isn’t an OLED panel. Judging the price, that’s acceptable, still would have loved it if Asus put it on this unit. Anyways, it houses a nice 15.6-inch 1080p IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate. If the price is an issue for you then Asus also offers it with 60Hz. But we highly recommend the 144 Hz model, as it really does improve your gameplay experience. The panel itself is very bright and has good color contrast. The viewing angle is also not that bad. However, in case you using the laptop outdoors, too much light can ruin your visibility.back to menu ↑
Opening up the laptop, you will truly get that gamer feel. The keyboard is backlit with RGB lighting keys. Once you turn on the key lights, it isn’t white. You will be able to modify the lights. Plus, the WASD keys are further highlighted with a kind of translucent white color. The keyboard design isn’t just for decoration, it’s actually quite functional. The keys have nice travel and feel very comfortable as far as normal typing is concerned. The keys are properly spaced out and wide enough to not have any misclick.back to menu ↑
Gaming laptops are very power-intensive. Even in regular use, these can’t compete with a normal laptop. However, the Asus TUF A15 is a bit unusual. It offers over 5 hours in benchmarks. In real use, watching videos can get you over 9 hours. The actual battery life will vary from each individual’s use. So you will have to test it yourself to see how long it lasts. But be sure, if you want to get any productive work done, then it won’t disappoint you.back to menu ↑
You aren’t buying this product for zoom calls. Still, it has one, so we are talking about it. The camera isn’t anything special. It’s just a 720p webcam. Colors are fairly accurate if the lighting is normal. It won’t be very sharp. You will see fuzzy graphics from time to time but do keep up with fast movement. In general, it is definitely usable for most video conferencing needs.back to menu ↑
Graphics is the most important piece of hardware for any gaming system. Graphics cards on laptops are usually permanent and can’t be upgraded, therefore, making compromises on them may cause you disappointment in the long run. Luckily, you aren’t compromising on the graphics in this unit. It is equipped with a 6GB Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. Although it isn’t the top-of-the-line card but is an excellent performer at a budget lineup.back to menu ↑
This machine isn’t going to be a powerhouse but will get you through what it is intended to do. Gaming is quite smooth, there’s no doubt. After all, it is a gaming machine. Under normal load, it tends to stay at a fairly low temperature. But does go high when you start pushing it.
You will definitely notice warmer temperatures under the keyboard. The fan’s noise is also very noticeable. You will need to crank up the speaker volume to avoid listening to it. Having the air-vent at the top and bottom does help in keeping it at low temperature, and also results in extending the life span of the device. You will notice lags when the temperature gets too hot.back to menu ↑
Here are the specs of our unit. Your one might vary if you’ve chosen different specs.
- Display: 15.6″ 144hz IPS panel
- Processor: Ryzen 7 4800H
- RAM: 16GB 3200MHz DDR4
- Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
- GPU: GTX 1660 Ti
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
What we like
- Military-graded construction
- Impressive 90Wh battery
- 144Hz FHD display
- Very responsive keyboard
- Decent audio output
- Doesn’t need any additional dongle
What we don’t like
- Fairly expensive
- Gets hot in heavy use
This laptop is for you if you want good value for money. It isn’t the best system out there but offers a very smooth experience for the price charged. You can take it while traveling and can even do some work along the way. Considering a mid-budget laptop, it is suitable for most students/gamers. All in all, we highly recommend this machine to anyone in the market for a budget gaming laptop.