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The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 and A17 laptops are all about that rugged exterior

By Koh Wanzi - on 7 Jan 2020, 7:48am

The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 and A17 laptops are all about that rugged exterior

Image Source: ASUS

Here's another laptop that's scooping up AMD's new Ryzen 4000 mobile chips. The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 and A17 notebooks come with the latest AMD processors and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, positioning themselves as new contenders in the mainstream market.

They've gotten a fresh coat of paint as well, featuring a rugged exterior and the option of either metal or plastic on the lid. The metal model looks sleeker and more premium, while the Bonfire Black plastic version sports textured panels and an overall more aggressive look. The latter also has red accents on the rim of the lid.

On the other hand, the metal model comes in a Fortress Gray colour and boasts a sandblasted surface that further reinforces its rugged look. 

A pattern in the shape of the letter "X" is stamped on the keyboard, and it's supposed to emulate the feel of a cockpit. This look is then topped off with a vertical brushed metal finish. 

Image Source: ASUS

A honeycomb aesthetic permeates every inch of the notebook – you get large honeycomb vents on the bottom and the rear, and the chassis utilises a honeycomb structure like that on the ROG Zephyrus G14 to reduce weight as well. 

To cap things off, the bezels have been slimmed down to enable a more compact footprint. The battery has been bumped up to a larger 90Wh unit, but you'll have the option to stick to a smaller 48Wh battery and gain one 2.5-inch drive bay.

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Both the TUF Gaming A15 and A17 can be configured with an AMD Ryzen 9 chip, up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. They'll also take a 1TB PCIe SSD. Of course, Intel chips will be offered too in the form of the new 10th Gen Comet Lake Core i7 processor. 

There will be both 60Hz and 120Hz 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display options, so you'll benefit from more fluid gameplay if you opt for the higher refresh rate screen.

Finally, here's a look at the ports you're getting (they're the same for both the A15 and A17):

  • 2x USB 3.2 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x USB 3.2 (Gen 2) Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x RJ-45
  • 1x audio combo jack
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 1x Kensington lock

Don't expect them to be too light and sprightly though. The TUF Gaming A15 is 24.9mm thick and weighs 2.3kg, while the bigger A17 goes up to 26mm and 2.6kg.