Addressed on a budget, the Asus TUF505DD-AL042T offers a vivacious screen, a powerful heart of the latest generation and a responsive system for versatile game use. This 15-inch laptop has a balanced configuration with AMD Quad Core processor and GeForce GTX 1050 Pascal in a new version with 3GB GDDR5 behind a look that remains sober in the details gamers but its connectivity is limited.
Features of the Asus TUF505DD-AL042T
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 120Hz (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Picasso (2.1 GHz, 4 cores, 35W TDP)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (1 free)|
|Storage space||128GB SSD M.2 (NVMe PCIe) 1 TB at 5400 rpm|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GDDR5 dedicated, Radeon Vega 8 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 speakers, ICEPower|
|webcam||Yes, HD with microphone and ambient noise filter|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2) Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Card reader||SD / SDXC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 1.4|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Ion 3 cells 48Whr|
|Autonomy announced||4 hours|
|Other||RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis, connectors, Asus screen TUF505DD-AL042T
The Asus TUF505DD-AL042T is installed in a black chassis, subtly structured with smooth surfaces with brushed effect around the lid. The result is very simple and can be used for other purposes than pure gaming – at least when the PC is off. A backlit RGB keyboard (multicolored) wakes the design and the Asus logo on the back of the lid is also illuminated on ignition. 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.
Let’s talk about the screen that seduces at first glance. And for good reason, highlighted by a thin frame, it sports specifications welcome to the players: IPS panel with a refreshing rate of 120 Hz . We are not at the level of a screen of 144 Hz but the gain in vivacity in the actions on the screen is already visible compared to a standard slab of 60 Hz. Especially as the angles of vision are excellent thanks at the IPS panel, which, let us emphasize, is not generally noted for its liveliness. Full HD definition (1920 x 1080px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to make the most of your High Definition content while the matte treatment prevents the ambient brightness from reflecting on the screen, improving the playing comfort (especially in dark scenes).
This surprises a bit initially but the entire right side of the PC is devoid of connectivity. It is gathered on the left edge and includes 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 not built a USB Type-C or SD card reader, which is very reductive but should still be enough for basic use. The wireless modules are entrusted to Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0 latest generation.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus TUF505DD-AL042T
Like Intel with its 9th generation processor, AMD has recently renewed its range of CPUs for laptops and this Asus TUF505DD-AL042T incorporates the latest Quad Core Ryzen 5 3550H , what to oppose a little competition face to the omnipresence of Intel. Here, the AMD processor is perfectly comparable with a Quad Core i5-8300H from Intel with performance very well maintained over time inside this TUF. In fact, it supports all common tasks and a little more complex type of versatile (editing, a little 3D) with the necessary multi-tasking fluidity with 8 GB RAM .
For the graphic part, Asus has commissioned the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GDDR5 , a dedicated mid-range and old-generation Pascal card. Thought for the casual game, it allows you to play all current titles in Full HD with a level of detail set to “High”. But do not expect to push the details on “Ultra” in Full HD, let alone play in 4K. Note that it is also a valuable support in the exploitation of programs taking advantage of the graphics card to accelerate processing (3D).
Storage is appropriate but no less standard for its category. It combines a 128 GB dedicated SSD with a high capacity hard drive (1000 GB) . This duo joins forces to ensure a system of the most reactive – the operating system, programs and games are installed on the dedicated SSD – while adding a large storage space to house your toy library. The gain provided by the SSD is visible compared to a machine with a hard disk alone, especially since it is overall quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than its partner.
Finally, the transport is not the vocation of this laptop. But if you want to take it in your travels, know that the autonomy oscillates between 4 and 5 hours in Web browsing with active Wifi.