Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) Review

The Asus TUF Gaming A15 is targeted at gamers with entry-level budgets, but that doesn’t mean there’s such a thing ordinary about this. This model is the first laptop we’re reviewing with a 4000-series AMD Ryzen Mobile processor, which positively helps to set it apart in the market. AMD has promised that this generation can easily hold its own despite Intel’s virtual monopoly in the laptop market. We’ll be making time for this, but there’s also a many more to take into account. Asus has launched this laptop with plenty of variants, and there are plenty of features that should attract gamers.

As the follow-up to the well priced and popular TUF Gaming FX505, the new TUF Gaming A15 claims to be slimmer and lighter, while offering up-to-date hardware, immense customisability, not to mention some design elements simply for gamers. As its name suggests, physical toughness can also be a focus of this series. However as we’ve seen quite often, powerful laptops can appeal to audiences beyond gamers, including creative professionals and students. We’re going to see what Asus has were able to achieve here, and perhaps the hardware and features are competitive enough to make this a strong recommendation.

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The Fortress Grey option has a metal outer lid with a sizable TUF logo in the centre

 

Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) options and prices

Asus has created the brand new A15 name to simplify its alphanumeric naming scheme, and you will find two models – the FA566 (Fortress Grey) and FA506 (Bonfire Black) – that will soon be sold as the TUF Gaming A15. There will be slightly different configuration alternatives for each, and some configurations will primarily be accessible offline although some might be geared towards online buyers. Bonfire Black is a more conventional “gamer” aesthetic in textured plastic with sharp lines and red accents, while Fortress Grey is more subtle with a metal finish and may blend in easier.

The 15.6-inch TUF Gaming A15, and its larger 17-inch A17 sibling, have now been launched in a number of configurations in India. There will also be Intel-based equivalents sold as the TUF Gaming F15 and F17.

The range starts at Rs. 60,990 for the 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 (FA506) in Bonfire Black, and that is also exactly the same starting price for the 17-inch TUF Gaming A17 (FA706). These entry-level options feature the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, a 256GB SSD, and a 60Hz full-HD screen.

At the very best end, you will get up to a Ryzen 9 4900H CPU, GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a 144Hz full-HD screen, and a 1TB SSD along with a hard drive. The availability of different configurations will change, and this kind of tricked-out configuration did not be seemingly in stock anywhere on line at the time of our review. The price would of course be considerably higher.

All variants feature a 48Wh battery – in a preview just before CES late last year, Asus had mentioned the idea of offering different battery capacities in various variants (probably trading off the space employed by the hard drive), but this would have made the lineup more confusing, so the plan has been dropped.

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You obtain a large RGB-backlit keyboard with a number pad

 

Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566): AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000-series

AMD has seen a number of wins in the desktop CPU space, specially with enthusiasts, but still needs to convince laptop OEMs to take more risks developing and trying to sell entire products around Ryzen processors. The Ryzen Mobile 4000-series may be slightly confusing in terms of naming, because these CPUs are derived from the same Zen 2 architecture as the desktop Ryzen 3000-series, and do not represent a new generation. AMD has used a modular chiplet-based layout with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, and a and 7nm manufacturing process.

Of course AMD’s success depends on partners like Asus – buyers look for the general package and experience, and that means designs have to be slick, cooling mechanisms have to be effective, and other components can’t cause bottlenecks. It will be hard to judge simply how much of the TUF Gaming A15’s efficiency can be attributed directly to the CPU, but if it’s bad, we’ll know.

For the TUF Gaming A15, Asus has opted for AMD’s 45W H-series models, the six-core Ryzen 5 4600H, and the eight-core Ryzen 7 4700H, and Ryzen 9 4900H. All models feature multi-threading for twice the amount of threads. Unlike their desktop counterparts, these CPUs usually do not benefit from the fast new PCIe 4.0 interconnect, and use PCIe 3.0 like the remaining industry. These chips are classified as SoCs, with integrated IO, storage and memory controllers, and hardware for sensors, power management and display output. All of this is tied together using AMD’s Infinity Fabric.

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The TUF Gaming A15 is relatively compact and portable for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop

 

Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) specifications and software

The configuration that we’re reviewing is the TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) in Fortress Grey, and will set you back Rs. 94,990. Our unit posseses an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, a 144Hz full-HD adaptive sync display, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and a 1TB hard disk.

Asus says this variant (but not all) has one empty M.2 slot for one more SSD, and that the RAM is all socketed. Users should be able to upgrade storage and RAM, and there is quite a bit of flexibility here while you don’t get a hatch on the bottom for quick access.

There’s a 48Wh battery, and Asus surprisingly doesn’t make any claims of just how long it should run for. Our unit included a relatively slim but still heavy 180W charger. Charging through the USB Type-C port is not supported.

Nearly all of the ports are on the left – there’s Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0b, two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports (5Gbps), one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port (10Gbps plus DisplayPort 1.4 output), and a 4.5mm combo audio socket. The only things on the best are a single USB 2.0 port and a Kensington lock slot. There’s no Sdcard slot, that is disappointing.

Other specifications include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra sound enhancement, and a 720p webcam.

Asus ships the TUF Gaming A15 with Windows 10 Home. We saw a few huge, annoying popups for McAfee LiveSafe. The Asus Armoury Crate tool is thankfully generally not very intrusive however the layout might be better. It lets you switch between Performance, Silent, and Turbo modes, to allow you to balance power consumption and fan noise with CPU and GPU performance. You can also check always hardware usage, manage the keyboard’s RGB effects, and check for system updates.

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Nearly all the ports are prearranged on the left

 

Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) design and usability

There’s a lot to like about the TUF Gaming A15. For an entry-level laptop, it looks fairly slick and modern. The Fortress Grey lid finish that individuals have isn’t as subtle as we could have liked – the fake plastic rivets in the corners and large tattoo-like TUF logo in the middle definitely call attention to this laptop – and some will dsicover it very nearly cheesy. The outer lid is metal, while the rest of this laptop’s body is plastic.

Flipping the lid up, we see relatively slim borders around the screen, except for just a little tab towards the top to make room for a webcam. This also enables you to open the lid easily, and we like this a lot better than a displaced or missing webcam. The lid is held up by hinges at the two ends and the thick bottom chin is somewhat visually reduced by way of a large cutout across the middle. When the lid is down, allowing you begin to see the laptop’s status LEDs from the outside. The lid does wobble slightly and can be bent enough to warp the screen.

On the low deck, we now have a large RGB backlit keyboard with a full-sized number pad and transparent WASD keys. We noticed the separated arrow keys instantly, which are somewhat smaller than usual but not compressed into one row. We also just like the grouping of the Fn key row, and the truth that there’s no rim interfering with the bottom row. Gamers will appreciate the quick Fn shortcut to lock the Windows key.

Asus in addition has gone with individual physical trackpad buttons, which it says is in response to user feedback. The trackpad it self isn’t clickable but fully supports taps and Windows 10’s multi-touch gestures. In terms of usability, both keyboard and trackpad are comfortable, and we could actually work as well as play games without trouble.

The keyboard deck does flex slightly towards the centre, and the transparent sides of the keycaps signify the RGB LEDs may be distracting at some angles. The entire keyboard is one lighting zone and also you get only four basic effects plus three degrees of brightness. Surprisingly, you cannot create your personal colour sequence and we didn’t see options to sync effects with games, music, or system temperature. You can link other Asus Aura Sync compatible devices though. We also noticed that if the laptop went along to sleep, the backlight would change to a flashing white, that has been awfully distracting. An choice to disable that is buried within Asus’ Armoury Crate utility.

Weighing 2.3kg and just under 25mm thick, the TUF Gaming A15 is relatively compact for a gaming laptop. Although perhaps not ideal for a regular commute, you need to be able to carry this laptop around every-where without a large amount of trouble. Asus says it has used multiple heatpipes and heatsinks with two self-cleaning fans and lots of vents behind the keyboard, at the back, right, and bottom for airflow.

The TUF series becomes its name through what Asus says is actually a military-grade degree of toughness. The TUF Gaming A15 should really be resistant to droplets, shakes, intense temperatures, and higher humidity. The plastic entire body doesn’t appear or really feel all that comforting, especially the handles, but Asus does declare it has made it through tests such conditions in the design period.

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There’s just one USB 2.0 interface on the proper, plus huge vents with regard to hot air

 

Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA566) performance in addition to gaming

The mix of the Ryzen 7 4700H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB regarding RAM, in addition to NVMe SOLID STATE DRIVE made for an extremely smooth utilization experience around all kinds of work. General overall performance was clever, and that belief might also happen to be helped with the screen, which often runs from 144Hz also on battery.

By arrears, Asus units this laptop in order to Performance function, and that’s the way you conducted all of our testing. When running upon battery power, the particular Turbo function isn’t obtainable. You may also cycle in between these settings using a Fn shortcut within the keyboard.

The full-HD display is non-reflective, which is anything we usually like. Viewing angles are usually fine, and it’s really bright sufficient for comfy use in the house. Colour imitation is limited in order to 45 % of the NTSC gamut that is good for basic use in addition to gaming, yet might not be sufficient for pro-level photo in addition to video job. The loudspeakers can get very loud plus the sound won’t distort from high amounts, but will be certainly very little striper. Voices in addition to game outcomes are very clear, but audio sounds fairly hollow in addition to dull.

Starting with actual usage checks, we position the TUF Gaming A15 by way of a few circumstances that a video gaming laptop must be able to breeze by means of. We pressurized a three or more.24GB directory of assorted data files using 7zip, and that got 2 mins, 10 mere seconds. Transcoding the 1.3GB AVI DATA FILES file in order to H.265 in Handbrake took simply 48 mere seconds. The Blender benchmark v1 ran within 21 mins, 33 mere seconds.

CrystalDiskMark revealed good, however, not great sequenced read in addition to write rates of speed of 1984.3MBps in addition to 974.5MBps respectively for that SSD. Random read in addition to write rates of speed were 300.7MBps in addition to 374.8MBps. We predicted a little much better from an NVMe SSD.

CineBench R20 revealed single-core in addition to all-core quite a few 477 in addition to 4,151 respectively, whilst POVRay finished its make benchmark within 1 moment, 7 mere seconds. The extensive PCMark artificial test maintained 4,816 points inside the standard operate and six,054 details in its expanded run.

Of course visuals performance issues the most to get a gaming notebook, so we enthusiastic 3DMark. We saw quite a few 5,807 in the Time Spy DX12 test and a few,220 inside the older Fire Strike Extreme test. Unigine’s Superposition leaped at an typical of 58.68fps having a 1920×1080 High preset.

We started our own game checks with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is where the particular 144Hz recharge rate made itself apparent. The pre-installed benchmark frequently stutters, yet motion has been perfectly easy this time. We noticed small texture pop-in, but the typical frame rate around scenes has been 79fps using a minimum of 65fps. We used High pre-programmed at 1920×1280 with TAA enabled. Moving on, Far Cry five also offered us about 79fps operating at 1920×1280 using its Ultra preset, in addition to World War Z maintained 130fps, furthermore at Ultra.

We furthermore fired up GTA V in addition to manually brought up nearly all the high quality settings in addition to sliders for their highest ideals, with the particular AF dialled down to 4X. We obtained an average of 119.86fps that is great. Shifting gears just a little, we applied Civilization VI’s built-in standard at the Ultra setting and also an average of 103.36fps.

We ran from the open associated with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in addition to saw about 52fps quite good, due to the fact we applied Ultra visuals preset in addition to High post-processing level. On the other palm, the far more forgiving Doom (2016) got no trouble keeping above 80fps even in its Ultra environment in the middle of extreme firefights.

The TUF Gaming A15 really does make a reasonable bit of enthusiast noise if it’s stressed and this could be entertaining especially in the midsection of a video gaming session except if you’re within a good head-set. The midsection and proper side from the keyboard obtain quite very hot but the WASD key location and remaining wrist relax aren’t impacted so this must be okay for many games. We felt heat blowing from the right aspect which might influence where you can pleasantly use a computer mouse with your proper hand.

Finally, we come to battery-life. For an auto dvd unit that would like to be more than the desk-bound gambling laptop, the particular TUF Gaming A15 takes around several hours regarding casual employ which is hardly average. Our more extensive Battery Eater Pro check ran with regard to 1 hour, 42 minutes which not fantastic. It got a little above two hrs to cost the battery pack fully. Don’t expect to obtain a lot done in case you are taking the notebook on the road with regard to work.   

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RAM and storage space are adaptable and can be upgraded, but you’ve got to take the whole bottom -panel off

 

Verdict

TUF Gaming is supposed to end up being Asus’ basic series, placed below the ROG models. If you pick up the most basic version of the TUF Gaming A15, at the starting up price of Rs. 60,990, you’ll have a reasonable enough encounter. We suppose that most individuals will come to the series searching for the most cost-effective gaming notebook they can acquire.

However, the cost climbs substantially if you want a stronger CPU in addition to GPU, not to mention we’d like a large SOLID STATE DRIVE and the 144Hz screen. If you’re looking with a high-end bundle such as our own review product, which charges nearly Rs. 1,00,000, you may be willing to invest a little more, or perhaps trade a few specifications with regard to features. Even Asus’ very own ROG designs at that stage offer much better features like per-key RED-GREEN-BLUE backlighting, a far more vibrant display, or an even more stylish entire body.

AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H CPU worked well fine within our experience, and that we can’t discover any mistake with it in accordance with any Intel processor that will you’d enter an equivalently priced notebook. With 8-10 cores in addition to 16 posts, you’ll also need to trouble multi-tasking and operating heavy innovative workloads like video modifying or 3 DIMENSIONAL modelling. Some people may possibly hesitate to quit the believe in of the Intel and Core brands, yet we would not hesitate in order to recommend both if the price are right.

We like the nice SSD, although it isn’t the particular fastest, plus the potential to update is always an advantage. There will be no design defects that effect usability, and you will enjoy online games as well as get a work done.