Asus TUF FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops gear up for the road

Chances are you think of gaming laptops as outwardly burly but ultimately frail machines. If you're looking to game on the go but you're concerned about durability, perhaps you'd be best served by the newest notebooks in Asus' TUF Gaming family.

Asus TUF FX505

The new FX-series laptops come as a FX505 model with a 15.6" display and an FX705 version with a 17.3" screen. In both cases, Asus specs out the pixel window as an IPS unit with a resolution of 1920×1080, 100% coverage of the the sRGB color space, and up to a 144-Hz refresh rate. The displays' side bezels are thinner than usual, too.

The individual pixels get their marching orders from graphics cards ranging from a GeForce GTX 1050 with 2 GB of RAM up to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB. For processors, buyers get the choice of the quad-core, eight-thread Core i5-8300H or the six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-8750H. Either chip can be paired with up to 32 GB of DDR4 system RAM and NVMe SSDs with capacities up to 512 GB or a 1-TB Seagate SSHD.

Asus TUF FX705

These laptops belong in Asus' TUF series, so it's fitting that the scissor-switch keyboards atop them should able to withstand up to 20 million keypresses. Each individual key has 1.8 mm of travel. Asus says the keyboard backlighting can be had in either red or RGB LED varieties.

According to the company, the machine's chassis should meet the MIL-STD-810G durability spec. The 15.6" FX505 weighs 4.9 lb (2.2 kg) and is 1.05" thick, while its bigger brother the FX705  is just a tad pudgier at 5.7 lb (2.6 kg) and 1.09". The machines' cooling systems have independent fans for the CPU and graphics card, and those spinners sit underneath the keyboard in a bid to keep fingers cool.

You can get your hands on an Asus TUF Gaming FX505GD-WH71 from the Asus Store sporting a Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, and a 1-TB FireCuda SSHD, all  for $1100. Asus says that this and other configurations will be available in "leading retailers" over the next few weeks.

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    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    That doesn’t look particularly rugged to me. I thought for sure a TUF-branded notebook would look something like this: [url<]https://na.panasonic.com/us/computers-tablets-handhelds/computers/laptops/toughbook-54[/url<]

      • NovusBogus
      • 1 year ago

      I want to applaud Asus for making an attempt at challenging Dell/HP/Lenovo enterprise hardware, but dat display hinge…

      (and a couple of other little tells that this TUF notebook is anything but)

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 1 year ago

        Well, there are lots of ways to be tough. My own preference would be emphasis on withstanding high thermal loads, along with durability in the face of vibrations and jolts that might be associated with transportation. Drop resistance and waterproofing and operation under the freezing point and so on seem unnecessary.

        Over the past 5 years or so, I found that a W530 “ages” somewhat when transported by bike, and isn’t impressively durable in the face of its own TDP. My current P51 seems like it should do better on both counts, but given the price on these things, its best if work pays for it.

        Would love to see more reasonably priced machines try their hand at “tough”.

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]IPS unit with a resolution of 1920x1080, 100% coverage of the the sRGB color space, and up to a 144-Hz refresh rate. [/quote<] That's a rare treat in the sub-$1k arena.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve been eyeing their [url=https://www.asus.com/us/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-Strix-SCAR-II/<]SCAR II[/url<] gaming notebooks as a possible replacement for my aging Zenbook UX32VD, but they're about $2k.

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