ASUS TUF FX504 Gaming Laptop Review: For the Masses
A common trend in the computer industry is to add “gaming” to a product’s name and try to sell it for a higher price without real improvements in the performance. Gaming laptops are guilty of this too, offering high-end specs and equally high prices for an arguably tackier design. The ASUS TUF FX504 is one the best-specced laptop you can get for the price. Let’s find out where were the corners cut to achieve this price tag.
ASUS TUF FX504 Design and Build
Just like most gaming laptops, this one tries to exploit the red and black look, with a few extra twists. The back shell has lines from the corner to the center, over a faux brushed aluminum back. There are some sci-fi lines around the keyboard, which has keys with a red border. No RGB but they do light up. The WASD keys are also highlighted, once again indicating the gaming nature of this laptop. The built itself was pretty solid, with no flex. The overall construction is of plastic, but that definitely helps with the thermal performance. The bottom panel is the place where you can feel some flex, but that area is forgivable. There are big air vents under the hinge and paired with a new ventilation system which circulates air without bringing in dust, they are trying their best to avoid thermal throttling, an issue plaguing some other ASUS laptops.
ASUS TUF FX504 Display
One of the features that I have now started appreciating is higher refresh rate displays, over color accuracy; and for a laptop meant for gaming, it makes a lot of sense. The FX504 has a 15.6-inch 1080p TN panel with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. Talking about the panel, it has a 94% NTSC gamut but overall color accuracy was just average. That could also be due to the matte coating on top to avoid glare.
Viewing angles were not that great, with extreme angles showing a pink or green color shift. Having said that, the 120Hz refresh rate, a rare find in this price segment, is a delight to look at. The UI constantly outputs at a smooth 120fps and even games that can reach that refresh rate are a delight. It’s one aspect that is difficult to fathom unless you experience it yourself. You will be spoilt for every other display after that.
ASUS TUF FX504 Performance
Being a gaming laptop, our expectations with performance were very high. The 6-core i7 was powerful enough for everything we threw at it. My work revolves more around video editing rather than gaming, and I could edit high bit-rate 1080p footage with ease. Scrubbing through the timeline was very smooth, and clips would come to memory very fast. The render times were also minimal. The Nvidia 1050Ti does a great job at handling graphics duties.
I played PUBG (not Mobile) on this laptop and could get a constant 60fps game on high settings. CS:GO will also run smoothly, and the 120Hz refresh rate will give you an amazing advantage.
ASUS TUF FX504 Keyboard and Trackpad
The ASUS TUF gaming laptop has a full-sized chiclet keyboard, with red accents. The keys seem very well constructed and can take harsh presses. the arrow keys are a little out of place and might take getting used to. Otherwise, this keyboard is pretty good for work as well as play, and you will get up to pace really quick. The keys have a red backlight, so you can continue showing everyone that you are a gamer even in the dark.
The trackpad is very spacious and runs on Windows Precision Drivers, so you get full gesture support. The ‘clickiness’ reduces from bottom to top, but most laptops are prone to that. It is of a matte texture so fingers glide easily.
ASUS TUF FX504 Battery and Charging
The gaming laptop has a 48Whr battery, but the battery life was nothing exceptional. For normal usage, I got around 3-4 hours of usage from the laptop, and lesser than 2 with gaming. Keep the laptop plugged in for better sustained performance, and of course not die during the wrong time in the game.
The charging was very fast, going to full in about an hour. Keep in mind, the charging adapter and the brick are bulky too, but you will need them often. I am yet to find a gaming laptop with all-day battery life.
ASUS TUF FX504 Misc
In terms of IO, this laptop has a healthy dosage of ports, with two USB 3.0s, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, Ethernet, and an audio jack, all of them residing on the left side. Not the best layout, in my opinion. The right side only has a Kensington lock. I really wish it also had an SD card reader or a USB type-C.
The speaker is on the bottom edge and throws the sound away from you. The output was loud and clear and got distorted only at the highest volume. Their target user probably has a good pair of headphones for their usage.
For a price of around INR 80,000, the ASUS TUF FX504 gaming laptop has little competition that can match its price, and is almost equivalent to what a Desktop build would cost, especially with a 120Hz monitor. The display and speaker quality could have been better, especially for professionals looking to use this for content creation, but those cons are easy to ignore with the extensive list of pros and the price. I just hope you have a strong enough back for lug the 6lbs around.
ASUS TUF FX504 Gaming laptop Specifications:
- Processor: Intel Core i7-8759H, 6 cores x 2.20GHz
- Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB VRAM)
- Storage: 128GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD
- Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 120Hz refresh rate
- Weight: 2.3 kgs