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Asus TUF A15 – A Great Affordable Gaming Laptop

Asus Rog Zephyrus G series was terrific. They had some of the best spec laptops, also having great performance, but it was not the only laptop series which was released at CES 2020 by Asus, the Asus TUF series also had two new laptops powered by the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Series CPU’s.

Here we will do a Detailed Review of the Asus TUF A15, the model which most of the people are going to buy.

Asus TUF A15 Specification Table

Specifications
Display15.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920×1080) 144/60Hz Anti-Glare IPS-level Panel with 45% NTSC
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor,
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Processor
GPU1) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
2) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660TI, with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
3) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti, with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM
4) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM
MemoryDDR4 3200MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion, total up to 32 GB SDRAM, Dual-channel
StorageHard drive:
1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
Solid-state drive:
256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe Gen3 SSD
ConnectivityWifi 5
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O Ports1 x COMBO audio jack
2 x Type-A USB 3.2 (Gen 1)
1 x Type-C USB 3.2 (Gen 2) with display supportDP1.4
1 x Type-A USB2.0
1 x RJ45 LAN jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI, HDMI support 2.0b
Battery90 Wh lithium-polymer battery Battery(optional)
48 Wh lithium-polymer battery Battery

Specification details
https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ASUS-TUF-Gaming-A15/

Design and Build Quality

TUF A15

Like Any other Normal Gaming laptop, the Asus TUF A15 is big and chunky, unlike the Zephyrus G series, which were slimmer. Still, it is also good. The design is very similar to the previous-gen TUF laptops, thin bezels on three sides and thick on the bottom, the build quality is great, the body is made of plastic.

Display

TUF A15 has Two display options
1) 15.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920×1080) 144Hz Anti-Glare IPS-level Panel with 45% NTSC
2) 15.6″ (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare IPS-level Panel with 45% NTSC

Both the display are excellent, with good color accuracy and viewing angles, and it’s up to you to which one to buy, if you are a gaming-oriented person then go for the 144Hz, if you are more in content creation then 60Hz is the one for you.

Performance

TUF A15

The TUF A15 is one of the first laptops to be powered by the new AMD Ryzen 4000 series chipset.
It has Two options
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor,
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Processor

And it has Four GPU options
1) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
2) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660TI, with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM
3) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti, with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM
4) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM

So even with the base Ryzen 4600H+GTX 1650, you can easily play most of the AAA titles, and if you choose the top Model the Ryzen 7 4800H+RTX 2060, you can play all the AAA titles at 1080P.
Also, the processors are very powerful, so a good option for those who are into content creation, CAD/CAM, and rendering work.

Memory and Storage

You can get up to DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion, total up to 32 GB SDRAM, Dual-channel memory.
And Storage Options include
Hard drive:
1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
Solid-state drive:
256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe Gen3 SSD.

So no issues in terms of memory and storage.

Battery

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TUF A15 Two battery one can get from TUF A15
90 Wh lithium-polymer battery Battery(optional)
48 Wh lithium-polymer battery Battery

The 90Wh battery is for the top-end models and 48Wh for the lower end models. The battery life is average with the 90Wh battery model you can get around 4 to 5 hours to battery life, well most of the people usually are going to use a charger while using it anyways.

I/O Ports

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1 x COMBO audio jack
2 x Type-A USB 3.2 (Gen 1)
1 x Type-C USB 3.2 (Gen 2) with display supportDP1.4
1 x Type-A USB2.0
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI, HDMI support 2.0b

TUF A15 has all the I/O Ports one would need.

Keyboard and TrackPad

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TUF A15 Keyboard’s are pretty normal for a gaming laptop, you won’t find any difficulties in using it, and so with the Trackpad.

Audio

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Audio is pretty good for a gaming laptop and above average from a normal laptop’s perspective.

Thermals

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Its thermals are great, they are able to keep the laptop’s temperatures under control even in heavy usage, but the fans do make a lot of noise when its under load.

Benchmarks

3DMark: Sky Diver: 33,461; Fire Strike: 14,931; Time Spy: 6,437
Cinebench R20: 4,365 points
GeekBench 5: 1,172 (single-core); 7,712 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 5,366 points
Total War: Three Kingdoms (1080p, Ultra): 51fps; (1080p, Low): 145fps
Metro Exodus (1080p, Ultra): 47fps; (1080p, Low): 120fps

Asus TUF A15 Pricing

The base model Ryzen 5 4600H+GTX 1650 is priced at $1000, which offers a pretty good price to performance ratio, also at around $1350, you can get the top-end model Ryzen 7 4800H+RTX 2060, which provides a much better performance per dollar as compared to other gaming laptops.
In India, it is most likely to be price between ₹75,000 and ₹100,000.

Buy Asus TUF A15 Ryzen 7 4800H+RTX 2060
Buy Asus TUF A15 Ryzen 7 4800H+RTX2060
Buy Asus TUF A15 Ryzen 7 4800H+GTX 1660TI(1TB SSD)
Buy Asus TUF A15 Ryzen 9 4900H+GTX 1660Ti
Buy Asus TUF A15 Ryzen 7 4800H+GTX 1660Ti(1TB HDD+ 512GB SSD)

Conclusion

If you are someone who wants a laptop with great performance and great 1080P gameplay, at an affordable price then TUF A15 is for you.
TUF A15 is one of the best performance per dollar in gaming laptops.
But if you want a thin and light laptop, with a premium look then you might have considered some other laptop.

Visual Image Credits
https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ASUS-TUF-Gaming-A15/Features/

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