Asus is one of the famous personal computer vendors in today’s world. By providing many laptops with high-quality design with affordable prices, they had mostly received constructive reviews from many people in this line.
For an entry-level gaming laptop, Asus gives us the TUF (The Ultimate Force) series with reasonable prices, while Asus ROG (Republic of Gamer) series, the gamer will get the excellent features by spending more than $1000.
Although, due to budget constraints, it is inaccessible for many people. So, with the TUF (The Ultimate Force) series, Asus aims to combine the gaming experience and performance alongside with both durability and affordability.
Product: Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD
Screen Size: 15.6 Inch
Item Model Number: FX504GD-ES51
Color: Black (Red Matter Edition)
Optical Drive Type: None
Editor’s Rate: 7.4 out of 10
PROS & CONS
PROS: TUF FX504GD-ES51 gaming laptop has a reasonable price for an entry-level segment, good keyboard quality, large storage capacity, and good gaming power and hardware set-up.
CONS: Has slow storage performance, the TN Panel display has vertically limited viewing angles, and it lacks the USB Type-C port.
- KEYBOARD & TRACKPAD
- GRAPHICS CARD
So, our today review is on the Asus TUF FX504GD-ES51. This unit is one of the options, which currently you’ll find on the basic to the intermediate classification of the gaming laptop line in the market.
For some entry-level gaming machines, it may only deliver us with the standard keyboard, but the Asus TUF FX504GD set a finer one for its user.
They also claim the cooling system designs with dual fans and anti-dust tech, which can significantly prolong its lifespan.
However, instead of using the IPS-type panel screen type, this unit is using the TN panel with the substandard display vertical viewing angles, and the SSHD (solid-state hybrid drive) is moderate on performance.
Also, the hardware configuration is excellent and powered by the 8th generation of Intel Core i5-8300H processor, 8 GB of memory, and GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, which adequate for most modern games.
|Screen Display||15.6 inches Full HD 1080p Display, TN (Twisted Nematic) Panel Technology|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Dimensions cm/inches (LxWxH)||38.3cm/15.1″ x 26.1cm/10.3″ x 2.5cm/1″|
|Processor/CPU||8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H|
|CPU Performance||4 (Quad-Core), 2.3 GHz (up to 4 GHz)|
|Graphics Card/GPU||Dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050|
|GPU VRAM||2 GB|
|RAM/Memory||8GB DDR4 RAM|
|Hard Drive||1 TB FireCuda SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|SD Card Reader||No|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth (5.0)|
At first glance, the Asus TUF FX504GD seems to have the identical design with the previous line (FX503), but with all the modifications that come in this line, it’s almost entirely different.
It comes with 15.1 x 10.3 x 1 (LWH) inches dimensional features, around 5 pounds of weight. It’s currently a standard profile for a budget-class to the mid-range gaming laptop.
Even though it’s a whole made of black plastic-clad chassis, but combined with the artificial aluminum color and the red cyber set of marks, it may give this laptop more attraction through its design.
KEYBOARD & TRACKPAD
Even if the TN-type panel is below the standard requirement, but this unit delivering a durable and comfortable keyboard, the keycaps have a well-spaced and curve design, and the keyboard layout is also elegant.
Plus, with the 1.8mm of keycap travel distance, it’s beneficial and able to give satisfaction when it comes to typing and gaming experience. It also features the backlit with red illumination. Asus also claims the lifespan up to 20 million key presses.
They also outline the WASD keys in red. The touchpad made of the plastic surface is also decent, and it’s adequate and track precisely. However, since this laptop is for gaming, you’re improbable to be using it too much.
For port options, on the left side you’ll find three USB Type-A ports (with a USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0), an Ethernet jack, an HDMI port, the power jack, and an audio jack, while on the opposite side, you can only find a Kensington lock.
Asus TUF FX504GD-ES51 is a 15.6-inches laptop, and it features a Full HD with 1920 x 1080 pixels (max resolutions), which is standard for most the budget-class to moderate gaming partner.
However, the color and brightness are underwhelming. Plus, the TN (twisted nematic) panel has substandard vertical viewing angles, that only gives you its real display capacity when its user and the screen are in the right spot.
While for its performance, this laptop supplies the 8th generation of the Intel Core i5-8300H processor, which better than Core i5-7300HQ CPU from the previous model (TUF FX504).
Besides, combined with 8 GB of memory, it serves you with sufficient performance for its price.
The 1 TB FireCuda SSHD gives you more than enough storage capacity to save any desire games, video, software, and many others.
Although, when it comes to data reading, files transfer, and boot time, it may slower than some of today’s standard entry-level gaming notebooks.
Today, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 is a conventional GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) for notebooks, and it’s the slowest graphics processor on the new GeForce GTX 10 sequence.
It obviously won’t be able to flawlessly run all the latest triple-A games when you’re pushing the graphics setting and resolution to the limit.
However, many of the older famous games should run smoothly with this graphics card.
As for the battery performance, for most of the budget-class notebook, long battery life is something arduous to find.
However, with the Asus TUF FX504GD-ES51 model, you can expect it may serve you up to four hours approximately on regular use.
Concerning its price tag, Asus TUF FX504GD-ES51 is okay for today’s entry-level to mid-range gaming laptops. Moreover, there are other options, such as the MSI GV62 8RD-200 Review, Dell G3579-5941BLK-PUS, and MSI GV62 8RD-275.