The options for playing on a cheap laptop PC are increasing and the Asus TUF505DT-BQ051T is one of them. With its powerful graphics core and its reactivity (Full SSD storage), it is true that the 15-inch laptop PC does not lack arguments. Able to meet the needs of a large number of users in profiles ranging from multimedia to the savvy player to the creative (processor limits), it provides a balanced configuration with AMD processor and GeForce GTX 1650 Turing behind a screen borderless IPS and a look that remains sober in gamer details but its connectivity is limited.
Specifications for the Asus TUF505DT-BQ051T
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS (1920×1080, matte / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Picasso (2.1 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz, 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectors||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.1, HDMI, SD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Audio system||2 ICEPower speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.2 Kg / 360 x 262 x 26|
Chassis, connectors, Asus TUF505DT-BQ051T screen
The Asus TUF505DT-BQ051T is installed in a structured black chassis with smooth brushed effect surfaces around the cover. The result is therefore very sober and can lend itself to other uses than pure gaming – at least when the PC is off. A RGB (multicolored) backlit keyboard awakens the design and the Asus logo on the back of the cover also lights up when switched on. The case is made entirely of plastic with a metallic finish on the back of the cover for the look and a slight gain in robustness.
It surprises a little at the start but the whole right side of the PC is devoid of connectivity. It is assembled on the left edge and consists of three USB ports including two USB 3.1, an HDMI 2.0 output, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a headphone jack and a power outlet. That\’s all. Asus has put aside the USB Type-C port and the SD card reader which is very simplistic but should still be enough for basic use. The wireless modules are entrusted to Wifi AC and the latest generation Bluetooth 5.0.
Then let\’s talk about the screen which is highlighted by a thin frame and placed on an IPS panel which opens the viewing angles. Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to get the most out of your High Definition content while the mat processing limits the impact of ambient light on the screen, improving the comfort of game (especially in dark scenes). On the other hand, the liveliness is not ideal on this 60Hz model.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus TUF505DT-BQ051T
At the center of this TUF 505DT-BQ051T is a Turing GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card . If it only supports Ray-Tracing in very small proportions unlike the last RTX Turing, it visibly gains in performance compared to a GeForce 1050 since its capacities are placed between those of a GTX 1050 Ti and a GeForce 1060. In fact, it can easily be measured against intensive players and ensures honorable frequencies in Full HD on all the titles on the market, provided that Ultra details are avoided on the greediest of them. Support for creatives is also precious with its 4 GB VRAM GDDR5.
Let\’s continue with the component that will power the PC, the AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5 3550H processor . Quite close to an Intel Quad Core i5-8300H in terms of results, it takes care of all common tasks and a little more complex of the versatile type (editing, a little 3D) with an honorable share of fluency in multitasking thanks the RAM to 8GB .
However, it is considered that the processor can constitute a limiting factor concerning intensive play. Indeed, operating a gaming graphics card such as the GTX 1650 on a PC based on a Hexa Core i7 is ideal to date. Here, you will necessarily lose some FPS on modern titles.
Storage is also decisive inside this TUF since it is entrusted to a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. It is quieter, robust and energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to reach a remarkable level of fluidity with short loading times and execution without latencies. What is more, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your toy library even if some will not find it sufficient. Note that a 2.5 inch slot is logically free inside to install a second SSD or a hard drive (difficult to confirm if it is well wired).
Finally, transport is not the vocation of this laptop. But if you feel like taking it on the road, be aware that autonomy ranges from 4 to 5 hours in web browsing with active Wifi.