As a preamble to this test
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Tuf enough for internet use?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
With this Tuf, Asus is well positioned in relation to other competing models.With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. The processor which equips this model, one AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, will be largely sufficient; it may even be too powerful compared to the need. Knowing that the evolution of components is very fast, you will have with this model and this component, a laptop that will last a few years. In addition, with this model, you have at your disposal a tool that will make your internet navigation fluid. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Asus comes with this Tuf a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Last point about the autonomy. the Tuf can work 5 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Tuf is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Tuf the right choice for watching movies ?
High quality, the engineers of Asus have chosen to make this Tuf the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
Asus presents this model in a large size version. Large by size, with 15.6 inches and a high resolution of 1920×1080. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 2.6 kg, partly because of the screen size.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Tuf. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This model has one of the best processors of the moment; the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H. Belonging to the latest generation of processors, this laptop will not be impressed by multiple multimedia tasks. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
Equipped with the RadeonT RX 560X graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 4 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Tuf may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 5 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Tuf compatible with on the move use ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Tuf to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.6 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this Tuf. Not really necessary.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
Thanks to its processor Tuf, the use in exclusive battery mode is one of the most important of the competition. With its processor, the manufacturer has chosen to produce one of the most powerful laptops in its range.
Please note that the autonomy is provided as an indication by Asus, and that you should rather take 70% of this value into account.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 5 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.Thanks to this, Asus was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The reason for this is its size; with 15.6 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Tuf really made for travelling.
The Tuf to make audio or video editing.
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this Tuf can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
This model, Asusoffers an effective product without being too expensive.It has the necessary software to carry out your first audiovisual editing. In case you want to upgrade to professional applications, the processor AMD Ryzen 5 3550H and disk size of 256 Gb will be more than sufficient.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Tuf has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this Tuf is of 5 hours in normal use; It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Tuf receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
Tuf for video games?
With this model, you will be able to move quickly in any game, without parasitic elements, screen freezing or image tearing. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. With this Tuf, the engineers of Asus have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Equipped with a graphics car RadeonT RX 560X and the processor AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, you can enjoy the power of calculation and image restitution. Playing abilities are increased. Asus has chosen some of the best components on the market to ensure smooth image flow and fast display.
What is expected from a gaming laptop is speed performance. This laptop obtains one of the best GPU rankings, allowing it to perform complex calculations.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Asus decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You will limit your travels with this laptop; the cause? Its weight of 2.6 Kg which makes it one of the biggest on the market.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 5 hours. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!
Tuf for office automation ?
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. Perfectly office oriented, this Tuf is efficient.
Asus has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Given its size, it is not advisable to be taken away too often. Note that with its 2.6 Kg it is one of the heaviest.
Key spacing will be important for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
Asus chose the matt tile option for thisTuf that does not reflect light. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Tuf the right choice for the right use
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Tuf corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– making audio and video editing
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks