ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2022) review: A great-value gaming beast
ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2022) review: A great-value gaming beast
Note: This review was first published on 6 January 2023.
ASUS has completely redesigned the TUF Gaming series for the 2022 generation in an effort to fix the quirks of previous models. TUF gaming notebooks of the past either notably felt second-grade to their ROG cousins and/or had a price point that wasn't quite as competitive as other options in the market.
With the 2022 TUF F15 update, ASUS has upgraded the specs to include Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake processors and NVIDIA's RTX 30 series GPUs, and has also implemented a MUX and a more robust thermal module to allow for higher power settings. In addition, the TUF Gaming series has received an external makeover, featuring a lighter and more compact chassis, improved IO and inputs, and various screen options.
Specifically, the review unit that ASUS sent us comes with the following key specifications:
|ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (FX507)|
|Screen||15.6-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution|
|Processor||Intel 12th Gen Core 17-12700H|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU (/w boosted clock @ 1560MHz|
|Memory||16GB (Single Channel)|
|Storage||1TB SSD (Samsung NVme)|
|Price||S$2,598 (review unit's specs)|
Are these enough to make the TUF Gaming F15 series competitive in the mid-tier class? Let’s find out.
Design and build quality
The TUF F15 is one of the sturdiest gaming laptops I have come across thanks to its MIL-STD-810H certification, which means it can withstand shock, vibration, and other harsh conditions. Like the 2021 model, it is made of a combination of aluminum and plastic, and feels very solid. According to ASUS, the new model is 4.5% smaller than the 2021 model, which my measurements confirm is mostly true. At 354 x 251 x 25mm, the 2022 model is slightly narrower and shorter, but slightly thicker and 200g heavier at 2.2kg.
The TUF F15 is available in Moonlight White or Off Black, and my review unit came in the latter, which I found to be a more subdued colour. I also thought it to be more subtle compared to the TUF Dash model from last year. Now there are four status lights above the keyboard that can be seen through a cutout on the bottom of the lid when the laptop is closed, which I found somewhat distracting in low light.
For connectivity, ASUS has redesigned the port selection on the TUF F15, replacing one USB-A port with a USB-C port on the left profile of the notebook. This means, you'll now get the following on the left side of the laptop:-
- A Thunderbolt 4 port
- A Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port that also supports DisplayPort 1.4
- A USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port
- A Gigabit Ethernet connector
- An HDMI 2.0b port
- A 3.5mm audio jack
- DC power input
The other USB-A port is located on the right edge of the laptop, along with a Kensington lock slot.
Accessing the internal components of the TUF F15 is a straightforward process, and once you remove the bottom panel, you can add a second 2280 M.2 SSD, upgrade the existing SSD, or replace the RAM cards.
Keyboard and touchpad
The TUF F15 has a full-size membrane keyboard with a numeric keypad, and the keys have a travel of 1.7mm and a smooth action with a satisfying bounce at the bottom, and I found them great for both typing and gaming. The keyboard also has the trademark TUF translucent WASD keys and four convenient hotkeys at the top for adjusting the volume, muting the microphone, and launching the ASUS Armoury Crate control panel.
Unfortunately, the backlight on the keyboard doesn't evenly illuminate the key graphics, which can be distracting in low light. For example, on the function keys, the upstrokes of the small Fs are fully lit, but the rest of the letter and the numbers to the right are only partially illuminated. This, combined with the stylized graphics, can make the keys look cluttered.
On the bright side, the trackpad on the TUF F15 has grown by 27%, now measuring 130 x 77mm. It is made of plastic to keep costs low, but has a smooth surface and a positive click action.
Display and audio
The TUF F15's display exhibited a pretty high brightness level and good colour accuracy. The combination of a 1080p resolution and a 15.6-inch panel results in a decently high pixel density of 143dpi. It may not be great for precise content creation jobs (there are better, more expensive, laptops for that) but more than good enough for gaming and watching movies. Really, at this price range of S$2.6K, the TUF F15 is pretty impressive for its class here.
The Dolby Atmos capable speakers on the TUF F15 have a good volume and a significant amount of bass, but the sound quality is not as clear as some competitors, with the soundscape coming across as slightly muddled in the mids. Personally, it’s not a deal breaker since any credible audio would need additional hardware investment, but could it have been better? Yes, without a doubt.
Performance and battery life
In our gaming benchmarks, the TUF F15 scored an average of 105fps in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider test at 1080p, 99fps in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy with graphics details set to the highest level, and 87fps for Horizon Zero Dawn with the same settings. These are pretty good frame rates for a 1080p gaming laptop, but I do wish that it supported 1440p resolution as well - an RTX 3070 Laptop GPU seems awfully wasted at Full HD resolution, in my opinion.
One thing I noticed was whenever the TUF F15 goes under heavy stress for extended periods of time, the top of the keyboard deck between the lid hinges may become warm to the touch. It’s not uncomfortable but definitely noticeable and worth mentioning here.
My review unit of the TUF F15 also came equipped with a 90mWh battery, which lasted for an impressive 8 hours and 2 minutes in PC Mark’s Modern Office battery test. For a gaming laptop with an RTX 3070 GPU, that’s a pretty good battery life performance.
The ASUS TUF Gaming F15 is a fantastic gaming laptop that offers excellent value for its price. It has plenty of power to provide an enjoyable gaming experience, and its performance is impressive, rivalling its more ambitious ROG cousins such as the ROG Zephyrus G14 and G15. Battery life is great too. While it may have some minor shortcomings such as tiny speakers and less-than-satisfactory keyboard backlighting, these are easily overlooked in light of its overall excellent performance and value.
The TUF Gaming F15 can be purchased at ASUS's e-store, with prices starting from S$1,798 for the GeForce RTX 3050 GPU. For something more capable without going too expensive, they also have the RTX 3060 edition for S2,198. And to recap, the RTX 3070 edition we reviewed is going for S$2,598.