The Good The Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-ES51 is an entry-level gaming laptop with a comfortable and extremely solid keyboard, easy access to RAM and storage, and generally good gaming performance for their configuration.
The Bad Despite the competition for a similar price, the display of the basic TUF is disappointing. It has fewer ports and its hybrid hard drive is slightly slower than laptops with solid state drives.
The Bottom Line If you’re selling an entry-level gaming laptop with an optional solid keyboard, think of the Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-ES51. Everyone else should make purchases.
Gaming laptops tend to have meh keyboards, which is a problem as PC gamers are certainly heavy on their keyboards. The TUF FX504 Asus puts the best keyboard in a low-end laptop. One that is easy for long gaming sessions, and Asus says it is extremely durable, it takes up to 20 million keystrokes.
Asus has also developed its cooling fans to better eliminate dust and dirt, which in turn should extend the life of the laptop. It also keeps it nice and cool during games, which is great because TUF is relatively thin for a gaming laptop.
What Asus didn’t Use the decent 15.6-inch full HD display in the base model discussed here – the FX504GD-ES51, which retails for $ 699 in the US and £ 650 in the UK. (Australian buyers can get a $ 1,900 version with a better display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU, 16GB memory, dual-core drives and a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor.)
Although the price of $ 699 is on par with the specifications competing models from Acer and Dell , they have better displays than entry-level TUFs. So what’s more important for an entry-level gaming laptop: a solid keyboard or a good display? For my money, this is the last.
Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-ES51
|Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD-ES51|
|Price as reviewed||$699|
|Display size/resolution||15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display|
|CPU||2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz|
|Graphics||2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050|
|Storage||1TB hybrid SSHD FireCuda|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Window 10 Home (64-bit)|
Sit there, don’t move
The main problem with the display is that instead of using an IPS panel such as Dell, Acer, HP, and others, it is a TN panel with poor out of view. If you and the display are not in perfect position, the display starts to blur or the colors appear inverted. The color looks generally muted and the contrast is not particularly good either.
Asus now uses high-end TUF IPS panels, so if you like the design and don’t mind spending $ 1,000 on display improvements, then you can ignore the last paragraph. Or, if you are going to basically use this connected to an external display, there are also no problems here. On the left, even the full-size HDMI output is ready.
In fact, all the connections are on the left: power, Ethernet, one USB-A 2.0, two USB-A 3.0, a combo headphone / microphone jack and the aforementioned HDMI. This makes connecting peripherals simple and puts all the cables to one side of your mouse (assuming the mouse is right-handed). There is nothing but a lock slot. This begs the question with all this space, why not add an optical drive, SD card reader or USB-C port?
Although the keyboard is a treat. As I said above, entry-level laptops usually have rather unstable keyboards. Asus’ is a few vertices above. Like its competitors, Asus highlights the WASD keys in red, so it’s easy to find a home position. The red markings on the black keys are hard to read, but the keys are illuminated and there are three levels of brightness (others are usually only on and off).
Along with the numeric keypad to the right, the arrow keys delete a number to make them easier to find. Asus has also placed function keys on the sets and extended the bottom of the space bar, making it less likely that you will miss it. It’s also worth noting that Asus lets you control the fan speed with a function key, allowing you to cool things down or keep quiet by pressing a button.
The touchpad is also decent, though it doesn’t have discrete left and right mouse buttons, and built-in speakers are a must-have for a budget laptop. You probably want to use the headset anyway, but it’s nice that the speakers don’t sound thin and tiny.
You get what you invest
The TUF currently has four different configurations – from $ 699 to $ 999. The entry-level configuration is what you can expect from competitors, and generally speaking, the 2GB GTX 1050 in this base model is good enough for old and new games with medium settings with full HD resolution on display.
The top-end configuration has a 1050Ti, and while the 1050 and 1050Ti’s performance doesn’t make much difference, the latter will give you a bit more room for future gaming. (Frankly, if you can spend $ 1,000, consider buying a laptop with a 1060 Max Q GPU.)
Asus TUF Gaming FX504 budget gaming laptop looks ready for battle
The full resolution of 1 920×180 pixels and settings for high-end, older games such as BioShock Infinite and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided went smoothly, although the latter was supposed to be more enjoyable to dial back to average. Really something graphically demanding, you want to play on average. Sessions PUBG and Fortnite they were probably also playable, so if you’re just looking for a cheap pc to break in your work or school breaks, this Asus configurator will do the trick.
Hybrid hard drive, 1TB at 5,400rpm, compatible with 8GB of cache, faster than its own 5,400rpm drive. An SSD for your boot disk will help with overall system performance and startup games, as well as battery cooling and storage. You can add the M.2 SSD yourself and increase the RAM up to 32 GB.
Long battery life is not something you’ll find on a budget laptop. TUF doesn’t work as long as competing systems, but not badly, and without hitting 5 hours of our streaming video test.
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Okay, but there are better options
With a disappointing display, lack of USB-C ports or an SD card reader, and a hybrid slower-than-SSD hard drive, the Asus TUF Gaming FX504 is not in the category of the best gaming laptops. Both Acer Nitro 5 and Dell G3 15 are better options for displaying them only.
But this is not all bad news. I tested the FX504GD, it has good gaming performance, the keyboard is comfortable and durable, and you can easily add more memory and memory. If you like the TUF design, I recommend saving $ 899 on display-enhancing configurations, 1050Ti, dual drives, including a 128GB M.2 NVMe SSD and a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H.
|Acer Nitro 5||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Graphics; 256GB SSD|
|Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics; 1TB SSHD|
|Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-8705G; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics; 512GB SSD|
|HP Spectre x360 Convertible||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-8705G; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 4GB AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics; 512GB SSD|
|Digital Storm Equinox||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design; 500GB SSD|