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The Bottom Line

The hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G pairs a 1080p IPS display & GeForce GTX 1050 Ti power at an aggressive price. It's a solid budget gaming laptop, but suffers from short battery life.

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Cons

Poor battery life. Touchy touchpad. No GTX 1060 or SSD options. No SD thẻ slot or USB-C ports.

Asus TUF Gaming FX504G Specs

Name Value
Laptop ClassGaming
ProcessorIntel bộ vi xử lý core i5-8300H
Processor Speed2.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested)8 GB
Boot Drive TypeHard Drive
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)1 TB
Screen Size15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution1920 by 1080
Touch Screen
Panel TechnologyIPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate60 Hz
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Graphics Memory4 GB
Wireless Networking802.11ac, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD)0.98 by 15.1 by 10.3 inches
Weight5.1 lbs
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes)4:20

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"True" gaming laptops with dedicated GeForce or Radeon graphics under a thousand bucks are no longer a rarity. But it"s a tall order to produce one that can handle the latest triple-A games with bulletproof consistency. Granted, we"ve seen some strong efforts: Dell has the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (starts at $799.99) while Lenovo uncovered its Legion Y520 (starts at $919.99) early last year, và companies such as MSI and Acer play in this market. But few options come more affordable than the hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G. (The family starts at $699; our tester is $899.99.) This isn"t a máy tính for the graphics elitist; our test model has a workaday hãng intel 8th-generation core i5 processor and, at best, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of video clip memory. But if you"re on the prowl for a modest-price gaming laptop with a solid 1080p display, plenty of storage space, & a wide array of ports, the TUF Gaming FX504G stays in the trò chơi with competing machines.


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Serious Gaming for Less Than a Grand?

With an angular, black-and-red design, the hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G doesn"t stray far from the gaming-laptop ordinary. The màu sắc scheme is practically a uniform for machines lượt thích this, & the overall look telegraphs "typical gaming laptop" in its kích thước and shape.

The all-plastic chassis is what"s expected of a gaming máy tính xách tay in this price range, as is the plastic touchpad. Unlike on some gaming machines these days from Dell, Gigabyte, and others, the display is nowhere close khổng lồ bezel-less. It"s bordered by wide, 1-inch-thick sections of the same plastic that envelops the rest of the machine. The main bit of unique flair: The two forward corners of the chassis and lid are cut off at a diagonal, rather than the right angles or rounded corners you see on most laptops.


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Measuring 0.98 by 15.12 by 10.31 inches (HWD), the TUF Gaming FX504G is about the same thickness as the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000, but with a slightly smaller footprint. It"s lighter too, at 5.07 pounds versus the 5.84-pound Dell. That"s especially meaningful since the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000 is already thin và light, at least as budget gaming laptops come. Khổng lồ bear the same starting price as the Inspiron—and also be lighter—is a win for the hãng asus machine. Keep in mind, though: Other gaming laptops beat them both on thickness and weight, albeit at significantly higher starting costs. (The 15.6-inch Razer Blade ($1,999.11 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) , for example, measures just 0.68 inch thick and squeaks in under 5 pounds.)

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Open the TUF Gaming FX504G"s lid, và you"ll see a speaker grille positioned forward of the key layout. Boasting tư vấn for the DTS Virtual:X codec, the sound system here is touted khổng lồ yield a home-theater-style sound experience with simulated-surround aspects. But alas, the speakers on the asus TUF Gaming FX504G don"t quite sound as loud or clear as those on, for example, the MSI G65 Stealth Thin ($1,999.00 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) . That said, this is only a minor ding for most users. Chances are, you"ll be using headphones or a gaming headset, anyway, và the sound experience through the audio jack was just fine.

Typing, Viewing, and Connecting

I wasn"t overly enamored with the hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G"s touchpad, but touchpads on low-cost gaming laptops tend lớn be so-so. Small and plain, this one stacks up to that expectation. In my hands-on time, I found that the pad"s tap-to-click function did not always register a click for me; you"ll have lớn press all the way down for a reliable physical click.

The keyboard is a better performer. I found the chiclet keyboard fast and quiet khổng lồ type on, with good key springback và adequate spacing. The WASD keys are outlined in red for better visibility, và the spacebar is shaped so that the left side protrudes outward, in case you need more room for your left thumb. One place on which you shouldn"t expect to speed-type is the numeric keypad. The number pad"s keys are notably narrower than those on the rest of the QWERTY layout.

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The screen in this test model being an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, as opposed to a Twisted Nematic (TN) one, is a nice touch in a low-cost gaming machine. IPS screens tend khổng lồ have much better viewing angles off center. One quibble we had with the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming 7000 was that the viewing angles were subpar in the first TN-screen-based chạy thử unit sent lớn us; we didn"t receive Dell"s pricier version sporting an IPS panel until much later. The asus TUF Gaming FX504G line, on the other hand, bears an IPS display down to lớn its $799 version, dubbed model FX504GD-RS51. (The $699 base model, designated FX504GD-ES51, does employ a TN panel.)

The TUF machines" 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution up và down the line & 60Hz refresh rate on most models are standard specs among budget và midrange gaming laptops. They work in this laptop"s favor because, given the equipment inside it, gaming at resolutions above 1080p is out of the question, anyway. The top model in the line, the coming-soon FX504GM-ES74 ($1,299), does employ a high-refresh (120Hz) "IPS-like" panel along with the same GTX 1050 Ti chip. This model, clearly, is meant for esports players who want the screen-smoothness potential of running undemanding games at very high refresh rates for a competitive advantage. (Or, possibly demanding games at lower detail settings.)

The port phối on the asus TUF Gaming FX504G is ample, và concentrated all on one side. On the left side, you get two USB 3.0 Type-A ports in addition lớn a single USB 2.0 Type-A port, an HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, & an audio port that you can use for either microphone input or headphone/speaker output...

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On the right side is a Kensington lock notch for tying down the machine with a security cable. It does strike me as odd that, unlike on most laptops, the ports are all on one side, though it does make sense: If you want khổng lồ cut down on clutter, one way to lớn accomplish that is to keep all your cables away from the right, where a mouse pad might typically rest. Missing, though, is an SD thẻ reader, as well as any USB Type-C ports (the ordinary kind, or one with Thunderbolt 3 support), indicating that you may have to lớn buy an adapter or two if these are crucial to your work (or play) flow.

Storage on the hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G is plentiful for a budget machine. You can ngân hàng on a 1TB Seagate FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD). The FireCuda isn"t as common as an ordinary hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD); it"s a máy tính hard drive with some flash memory cache onboard to speed it up. It"s a shame that you have to go to the next step up for a true solid-state drive (SSD) in this máy vi tính family, if only lớn store the operating system for faster boot times & a few key games. (The $999 FX504GE-ES72 model, meant for Newegg, packs a bộ vi xử lý core i7 CPU và a 256GB SATA SSD, while the upcoming $1,299 FX504GM-ES74 I mentioned earlier, with the high-refresh screen, gets you an 256GB PCI Express/NVMe SSD và a 1TB hard drive.)

But at least the SSHD does give you a bit of a boost, under some circumstances. In my experience testing, after a series of reboots, the hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G"s SSHD eventually took just 16 seconds khổng lồ boot into Windows 10, as the drive caching kicked in & stashed some of the key parts of the OS in the flash cache. (A standard hard drive-equipped Acer Nitro 5 took over a minute.) In PCMark 8"s Storage test, a measure of overall storage performance, the TUF Gaming FX504G"s drive scored around 10 percent faster than the Nitro 5"s. Synthetic storage benchmarks, on the other hand, were more of a mixed bag. You"re likely khổng lồ see a moderate speedup under some situations, and not others.

The hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi và Bluetooth 4.0, & is covered by a one-year warranty.

Most Tests: On the Mark

For benchmark testing, I pitted the asus machine against the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (7567), the Lenovo Legion Y520 ($1,271.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) , the Razer Blade, và the recently reviewed Acer Nitro 5 ($749.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) . The TUF Gaming FX504G ran par for the course as a GTX 1050 Ti laptop, scoring close to the Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming và the Acer Nitro 5 across both productivity và graphics testing. Of the 15-inch gaming laptops in this thử nghiệm group, the 2018 Razer Blade is obviously going khổng lồ give you the best performance, given its $1,899 starting price. The rest of these machines are budget models, while the Razer Blade is there only for reference; it"s in an otherwise different price range from the rest of this lot.

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First, let"s take a look at the productivity-oriented testing and our battery rundown...

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In our productivity testing, the asus TUF Gaming FX504G"s scores were in line with other gaming máy tính offerings in its price range. Specific to the Cinebench R15 CPU test, the TUF Gaming scored higher than the Acer Nitro 5 & Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (at 668 points, compared with the Nitro 5 and Inspiron 15 7000"s respective 511- & 502-point results), which makes sense considering the Nitro 5 & Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming both thể thao last-generation Intel bộ vi xử lý core i5-7300HQ processors while the TUF Gaming FX504G wields a current-gen "Coffee Lake" i5-8300H. In all but the Photoshop test, the Lenovo Legion Y520 topped the Asus, due to its higher-clocked i7-7700HQ processor; nevertheless, it is impressive that the TUF Gaming FX504G was able khổng lồ execute our Photoshop trial in just under 3 minutes.

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As for the battery life, the longevity of the asus TUF Gaming FX504G is disappointing off the charger; 4 hours and 20 minutes is far afield of the 11-hour-and-1-minute battery life of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming. Seeing as gaming laptops are used as desktop replacements more often than not, running plugged-in, I can cut it some slack. It"s also worth noting that gaming on a battery often throttles performance. Even so, a 4-hour battery life is simply short when the thinner and more powerful Razer Blade can survive 7 hours and 36 minutes. Thus, if you"re going to use the TUF Gaming FX504G off the plug often, you may want to think twice.

Next, let"s take a look at our synthetic graphics tests...

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The TUF Gaming FX504G made an impression in the Valley graphics chạy thử at Medium settings, though we suspect this is an outlier; it didn"t surprise in the Ultra unique Heaven & Valley tests, or in Heaven at Medium. The difference at Ultra settings in frame rates between the TUF Gaming and the rest of the GTX 1050/GTX 1050 Ti pack would be marginal in real-world scenarios.

A Little Light Gaming...

I also ran the asus machine through benchmark trials at its native 1080p resolution in the popular games Far Cry 5 (at the Normal và Ultra presets) và Rise of the Tomb Raider (at the DX12/Medium & DX12/Very High presets).

The machine hit 48 frames per second (Normal) & 41fps (Ultra) in Far Cry 5, & 56fps (DX12/Medium) & 43fps (DX12/Very High) in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Since both of these games are locked at 30fps on consoles, you can expect in-game visual fluidity from the TUF Gaming FX504G that falls somewhere between the PS4/Xbox One and a more expensive gaming rig featuring a GTX 1060 or 1070 (like the Razer Blade) that can handle triple-A games at a consistent 60fps.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti that the TUF Gaming wields is a just-good-enough graphics cpu for gaming at medium khổng lồ high settings at 30 to 40 frames per second (fps), depending on the game. You"ll want at least a GeForce GTX 1060 for smooth gaming on đứng top settings or for powering virtual reality. Unfortunately, the graphics options are the hãng asus TUF Gaming FX504G family"s biggest limitation. You can opt for a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 with a more powerful GTX 1060, if you so desire. The same goes for the Lenovo Legion Y520, which you can get with a 3GB GTX 1060 for a little over a grand. Hãng asus offers only two GPUs in the TUF Gaming FX504G, however: the GTX 1050 Ti, like in the model I reviewed here, and the GeForce GTX 1050 in the $699 unit that features the lesser TN display. Even the $1,299 mã sản phẩm of the TUF is a GTX 1050 Ti.

That said, while a GeForce GTX 1060 would elevate this laptop to frame rates approaching 60fps on Ultra settings, it would also cost at least $100 more. A GTX 1060-equipped Dell Inspiron 15 7000, for instance, starts at $1,149 at this writing. Another example is the Lenovo Legion Y520; $999.99 will net you a stacked configuration with an Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7-7700HQ, a GeForce GTX 1060, and 128GB worth of SSD storage khổng lồ cushion the 1TB HDD. If you"re on a strict, not-going-to-pay-over-$900 budget, though, the asus TUF Gaming FX504G is a reasonable option & a decent value considering what it"s up against.

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A Reasonable Stay-Put Budget Gamer

At $899.99, it"s unrealistic lớn expect the asus TUF Gaming FX504G to give you everything you need khổng lồ play your favorite, brand-new games at maximum graphics settings. That"s not what this class of laptop is built to do. What it will do is get you close.

This machine should get you medium-to-high-quality graphics performance at acceptable frame rates. It"s an especially good value for esports competitors và players of MOBAs who don"t require a lot of graphics-processing oomph to lớn fuel their daily drives.

It"s not as thin or as light as some of the newer Nvidia Max-Q-based devices, such as the Razer Blade, và the battery life needs work. Also, the economy-minded, plastic-heavy build merely treads water within its pool of competitors. But it is a lower-cost alternative khổng lồ some other GeForce GTX 1050 Ti-powered machines that performs well for a decent price.