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The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 notebook is crafted for gamers with a budget

By Aaron Yip - on 26 Jun 2020, 3:06pm

The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 notebook is crafted for gamers with a budget

ASUS has announced its all-new TUF Gaming A15 gaming notebook is now available for purchase, which we covered briefly earlier this year. The notebook will come equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H processor and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics chip.

Lest you are confused with ASUS’s top of the line ROG (Republic of Gamers) gaming brand, the TUF series of gaming notebooks are targeted at the mainstream gamers – those who are far less likely to need the best and fastest hardware.

That is not to say the TUF Gaming A15 lacks in innovation. For one, it sports a really good AMD processor in the Ryzen 7 4800H. For context, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is powered by a slightly different Ryzen 4800HS, which comes with a lower TDP and so is a little less speedy, but gains better battery performance).

The notebook also allows for easy upgrading, with the bottom being secured with standard Phillips screws, along with one special pop-open screw that helps separate the panel without a prying tool. Two memory slots are available that can accommodate up to 32GB of RAM. ASUS does have a bad habit of utilizing one memory slot (running on single-channel rather than the better dual-channel option), so I will not be surprise if the 8GB memory on the TUG Gaming A15 is a 1x8GB RAM rather than a 2x4GB solution. As is common with gaming notebooks these days, the TUF Gaming A15 comes with dual M.2 slots, although the included 1TB NVMe SSD should suffice for most.

One of major improvements made here, as compared to its predecessors, is the slimming down of the TUG Gaming A15’s mass by up to 7%. This also means the IPS-level display can sports an ultra-slim NanoEdge bezel around it. The embedded GeForce GTX 1650 is also more than sufficient if you’re mostly playing MOBA games like League of Legends, and shooters such as Valorant or Counter-Strike that aren’t hardware demanding. If you are after power gaming, then obviously the ROG series are more right up your alley.

The TUF Gaming A15 (FA506IH-GTX1650) will be retailing at S$1,498 starting from today and available at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

 

TUF Gaming A15: Local Availability and Price

Model

FA506IH-GTX1650

Price

S$1,498

CPU

AMD® Ryzen™ 7 4800H Processor 2.9 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)

Display

15.6-inch Non-glare Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS-level panel

144Hz, AMD FreeSync™ technology

Operating system

Windows 10 Home

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 with ROG Boost

Memory

8GB 3200MHz DDR4

VRAM

4GB GDDR6

Storage

1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

Wireless

Wi-Fi

Intel Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)

Bluetooth®

Bluetooth V5.0

Camera

HD camera

I/O ports

1 Audio Jack Combo

1 x HDMI 2.0b

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C Display Port 1.4

1 x RJ45 LAN

1 x USB 2.0

1 x Kensington lock

Audio

Dual Speakers with DTS:X Ultra                                                                  

Array microphone with Cortana 2.0 support                                 

3.5mm headphone jack                                                                                               

Battery

45Wh lithium-polymer battery                                                                       

230W power adapter

Plug Type: ø6 (mm)

(Output voltage : 230W)

(Input : 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)                                                  

Colour

Fortress Gray

Weight

2.3 Kg

Dimension

35.9(W) x 25.6(D) x 2.47 ~ 2.49(H) cm