We check out this less expensive gaming notebook from Asus.
If Asus’ ROG series of gaming notebooks focus on the high-end needs of seasoned gamers, the TUF (The Ultimate Force) Gaming line goes the less expensive option. But even if the hardware utilized by these notebooks are less powerful than its ROG counterparts, it still manages to impress us with its performance.
The unit we got for review is the FX705G. Its design isn’t as extreme as the ROG line, but we do love the brushed faux-metal exterior and the matte screen that covers the entirety of the notebook. The black color with red accents also makes it a joy to look at, which extends to the backlit RGB keyboard. It’s sleek too, and while its heavy it’s not as bulky as we expected it to be.
The FX705G features a modest hardware set that should be enough to run most games:
- Intel Core i7-8750H 8th-gen processor
- 16 GB RAM
- 17-inch full HD 144 Hz display
- 256 GB SSD/1 TB HDD
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- Windows 10 Pro
The FX705G also has multiple I/O ports though it’s only limited on the left side of the notebook. You have dual USB 3.0 and a single USB 2.0 port along with Ethernet and HDMI 2.0. The right side houses the large vent for heat dissipation. All standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present.
Since the FX705G is rocking an Nvidia GeForce GT 1050 Ti CPU, gaming performance should be acceptable for most games, especially if you lower the resolution and use mid to high details. Games like the Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 all got decent framerates that hovered around 40-50 fps, which is already an acceptable number. That number is when the texture is set to high – upping it to ultra dramatically lowers the framerates, sometimes dipping below 30 fps.
That being said, the FX705G’s performance is still more than what had expected, meaning that this is still one very capable gaming machine. It can get quite noisy especially when it’s under heavy load, but it isn’t as distracting as the other gaming notebooks we’ve tested.
In the days we spent with the FX705G, usually playing games or watching movies, we’d usually get a 4-5 hour from a full battery. This is also acceptable for a notebook of this spec and range, while similar spec’d hardware could barely last 3 hours.
Overall, the Asus TUF Gaming FX705G strikes a perfect balance between performance and price.
+ Great design
+ Excellent display
+ Decent hardware specifications
– I/O ports are limited to one side
Final Rating: 4/5