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Latest release in the range ASUS, we’ve been running tests onTUF505DT-BQ326T…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.So we ran tests on ASUS TUF505DT-BQ326T to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
TUF505DT-BQ326T enough for internet use?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this TUF505DT-BQ326T. An inexpensive computer such as TUF505DT-BQ326T may seem to be the solution. ASUS is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 15.6 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. No touch screen available on this model. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this TUF505DT-BQ326T if you have to work on the road.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. After all ASUS, has accustomed us to design quality products, just like this model, which will serve you for a long time to come.
The manufacturer offers a processor Amd Ryzen 5-3550H – 2.1GHz; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With less than a 16 Gb of RAM, it TUF505DT-BQ326T is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 512 Gb, this TUF505DT-BQ326T is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
TUF505DT-BQ326T the right choice for watching movies ?
ASUS has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this TUF505DT-BQ326T is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 15.6 inches, with a 1920×1080. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 2.2 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this TUF505DT-BQ326T. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the TUF505DT-BQ326T is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Amd Ryzen 5-3550H – 2.1GHz that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not ASUS installed by default. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Nvidia GTX1650 4Go, which with 16 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for ASUS. For the TUF505DT-BQ326T has only 4 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
It TUF505DT-BQ326T is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
Is TUF505DT-BQ326T planned for travelling ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model ASUS. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 2.2 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 15.6 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
If you prefer the touch screen mode, you will be disappointed by this TUF505DT-BQ326T. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
The backlit keypad of this TUF505DT-BQ326T is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
The processor Amd Ryzen 5-3550H – 2.1GHz is inferior to other competitive products.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of ASUS; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 512 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 15.6 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 4 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the TUF505DT-BQ326T, ASUS deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The TUF505DT-BQ326T for audio or video editing ?
Not really designed for video editing or music. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Amd Ryzen 5-3550H – 2.1GHz that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of ASUS have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The TUF505DT-BQ326T allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point ASUS could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it TUF505DT-BQ326T receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
Clearly, it’s not TUF505DT-BQ326T designed for audio-visual editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
The TUF505DT-BQ326T for online or local games.
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this TUF505DT-BQ326T, it may be better to go to other models. Clearly, ASUS has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1920×1080, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Our tests have shown that for ASUS this computer is not intended for playing video games. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 2.2 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 4 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this TUF505DT-BQ326T a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
TUF505DT-BQ326T for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, ASUS may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 2.2 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
When working in semi-dark areas, you will appreciate the backlighting of the keypad on this TUF505DT-BQ326T.
The storage of this model, 512 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive TUF505DT-BQ326Tcan be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not TUF505DT-BQ326T the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The TUF505DT-BQ326T – in summary
This TUF505DT-BQ326T will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks