Creator-oriented gaming laptop PC, the Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF506HM-AZ121T with 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 240Hz improves fluidity in games is powerful thanks to its 16 GB of RAM and its Intel Tiger Lake processor. H Octo Core i7-11800H which accelerates processing like the high-end NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ampere graphics card with ray tracing capable of running recent games. With fast SSD storage that clearly boosts responsiveness, this versatile laptop designed for gaming and creating boasts a backlit keyboard accompanied by NumPad and USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi ax connectivity. Nomadic with its 9 hour battery life, this laptop PC for gamers and creatives does not have a webcam.
Specifications of the Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF506HM-AZ121T
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” IPS Full HD LED 240Hz 300cd / m² thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger-H (2.3 GHz, 8 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (8 GB soldered 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 1 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) 1 free M.2 combo SATA / NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.0 1 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0b|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (Intel Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, 1.7mm stroke|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, via NumPad (NumberPad)|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2x2W) DTS: X Ultra|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||9 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 76Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.0 Kg / 360 x 252 x 19.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF506HM-AZ121T
With its black frame with a gray shell, this rugged versatile laptop PC with its compliance with the military resistance standard MIL-STD-810G sports a rather sober design while taking up the codes of the genre. It offers easy access to storage and RAM.
This laptop designed for gaming and creating is cooled by 2 n-Blade fans (liquid crystal polymer, 83 blades), 5 heat pipes and 4 air vents.
It should be noted that no webcam is integrated. To obtain this functionality, we must therefore use an external webcam .
This designer-oriented gaming laptop PC has a good connection including 1 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect remotely wireless, a useful HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV and / or monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports not to mention 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if a USB 3.0 device is connected to it.
The chiclet keyboard can obviously be backlit which is very practical for discerning its keys in the dark.
However, while 15-inch laptops have a numeric keypad on the right as standard, this is not the case here.
However, to facilitate the entry of numbers, when needed, you can convert the touchpad into a tactile numeric keypad using NumberPad (NumPad) technology.
As it adopts a frequency of 240Hz, the screen enhances the fluidity in games compared to the 60Hz standard. Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen also has significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles while displaying colors more faithful than the average. It is also very well suited to High Definition content such as videos due to its Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors).
Performance, battery life of the Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF506HM-AZ121T
The Asus TUF Dash F15 TUF506HM-AZ121T is aimed at those looking for a versatile 15-inch laptop that performs well in gaming and creation and yet is nomadic.
It is able to run recent games because it embeds the dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with ray tracing.
Players will therefore be interested in the GeForce RTX 3060 just like creatives because this GPU speeds up processing in software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, which is for example the case with Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
Whether it is with the Intel Iris Xe graphics part integrated into the processor or the dedicated GeForce RTX 3060 card, it is of course possible to watch photos and videos on this creative-oriented gamer laptop which benefits from NVIDIA Optimus technology.
In practice, Optimus switches automatically and in real time between the Iris Xe and the GeForce RTX 3060, as needed. The Intel Iris Xe is preferred as far as possible despite its modest performance because it consumes little energy which favors battery life compared to the GeForce RTX 3060, more powerful and greedy.
In terms of battery life precisely, bet on about 9 hours on battery in light use for this multimedia computer whose controlled weight and thinness facilitate transport.
The Iris Xe is integrated into the Core i7-11800H, an Intel Tiger Lake-H Octo Core processor which delivers an overall power capable of satisfying demanding users, especially since it is here coupled with a good quantity of 16 GB RAM.
This core guarantees much faster processing than a Quad / Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4, the difference being particularly noticeable under work requiring RAM and CPU resources taking advantage of multicore.
The storage helps to strengthen the responsiveness and fluidity of this creative-oriented gamer laptop PC in games, under processing and more generally on a daily basis compared to a simple hard drive.
Thus, thanks to the SSD, we benefit from much faster game / software launches, processing and starts / stops, or even faster arrival on the cards of online games.
It must be said that an SSD is much faster than a hard drive while being more resistant to shocks, more energy efficient and silent.
On the other hand, the capacity of 512 GB of the integrated SSD here corresponds to the standard of hard disks.
But if you need more space, you can add a second SSD via the free M.2 slot. Or rely on an external storage drive such as a USB-C / Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 device to enjoy fast transfers.
Finally, keep in mind that this portable PC heats up and is noisy when it is heavily used (eg games, treatments).