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Asus TUF FX504 – A True and Entry-Level Gaming Laptop with Extra Durable Keyboard

Asus TUF FX504 – Review, Release Date, Pricing & Features ( Specifications ) - Australia

Alongside GeForce or Radeon Graphics, true gaming laptops under plenty of bucks are no longer a scarcity. But it’s indeed a tall order to manufacture such laptop which can manage the latest Triple-A games with bulletproof reliability. In the past few years, we’ve seen a bunch of strong efforts such as Inspiron 15 7000 by Dell, Legion Y520 by Lenovo and some other players named Microsoft and Acer. Every brand aside, Asus has made its cheaper FX-Series gaming laptop named Asus TUP FX 504 Laptop in Australia and other countries by reducing the battery capacity, a number of ports and GPU power.

It’s Asus’s first laptop which carries TUF name. It is specially designed to cater towards entry-level gamers who are actually not willing to spend thousands of bucks on a ROG “Republic of Gamers” system. And as a result, Asus TUF FX504 sits below cheapest ROG laptop available in the class order. We’ll recommend check out Asus TUF FX504 review below that might entice you and force you to get your hands on one.

Asus TUF FX504 Gaming Laptop

Asus TUF FX504 Price and Availability

April 30, 2018, was an official Asus TUF FX504 release date in Australia and it’s available in stores Countrywide.

As far as Asus TUF FX504 Price in Australia is concerned, it varies based on which model you go for. Asus released its TUF FX504 in 2 different variants. The first one is FX504GD which is offering a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics card with 128GB PCIe solid state drive and it sets you back around AU$1699.

The other variant is Asus TUF FX504GE with 1050 Ti GPU, a bigger 256GB SATA SSD, a 1TB SSHD hard drive and an IPS display goes for a whopping AU$1899.

Asus TUF FX504 Specs

Here we’ve gathered an updated list of Asus TUF FX504 Specifications and Asus TUF FX504 Features. So, let’s have a look.

  • Display: 15.6-inches
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels 120 Hz, TN, Non-Touch, Matte
  • Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-8750H CPU
  • Video: Intel HD 630 + Nvidia GT 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2x DIMMs)
  • Onboard Memory: 256GB SSD (M.2 PCle) + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD (2.5”)
  • Connectivity: Gigabit LAN, Wireless AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Ports Left Side 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN, SD card reader
  • Port Right: Kensington Lock
  • Battery: 48 WH, 120 W Charger
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Size” 384 mm or 15.11” (w) x 262 mm or 10.31” (d) x 25 mm or 0.99” (h)
  • Weight: 5.02 lbs. (2.28 kg) + 1.1 lbs. (.5 kg) for the charger
  • Extras: Red Backlit Keyboard, Webcam, 7.1 Headphone Output

Asus TUF FX504 Design

To be honest, Asus TUF FX504 isn’t really gorgeous. It’s made of plastic with faux, aluminum blushing and red paint in an angular. The logo of Asus is positioned in the center of the lid. The lid has a small cutout which means you can see the status lights even when it’s closed. When you lift the lid up, it reveals that TUF FX504 is pretty much the same. The display is surrounded by a lumpy bezel. The keyboard is backlit – also in red, though.

The left side of TUF FX504 sports a Power Jack, HDMI Output, USB 3.0 Port, USB 2.0 Port whereas there’s a Kensington Lock slot on the right side. It weighs 5.02 lbs. and dimensions are 15.1 x 10.3 x 1.

Asus TUF FX504 Display

The Asus TUF FX504 comes with bright and sharp 15.6-inch 1080p display which is bland and lifeless. It has the capability to make out every shard of a shattered glass window. And when you play Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth, you will notice a loss of detail in dark areas and Talion’s red outfit will be muted.

Based on numerous tests, the Asus TUF FX504 laptop is dimmer as compared to both the average 256 nits and Nitro 5 Spin 296%. However, Pavilion Power 15t is a bit worse with 173 nits.

Asus TUF FX504 Keyboard and Touchpad

The audience has a bunch of complaints i.e. the NumPad department is cramped and the directional keys are a little bit narrow. But on the other hand, the audience has also said that Asus placed somewhat lower on the chassis and they liked the large Space key. Both factors have already been seen on Asus ROG laptops released earlier.

Well, when it comes to overall typing experience, the keyboard shines. The keys click well and offer the right amount of resistance and the right feedback. Most important of all, the keyboard is backlit and quiet.

The physical clicks on Asus TUF FX504 are also nice and silent but make sure you’ve pressed towards the corners, if not they will get a bit rigid.

Asus TUF FX504 Performance

According to the Geekbench 4, Asus TUF FX504 earned a score around 12038 which is a way higher than HP Pavilion Power 15T (11214) but sitting below than Acer Nitro 5 Spin (13,477). The TUF FX504 almost uses 54 seconds to transfer 5GB of files with a rate of 94.5 MBps. Again, it’s far slower than Nitro 5 Spin (103 MBps) but quick faster as compared to HP Pavilion Power 15t (68.8 MBps).

In video editing test, Asus TUF FX504 shined and transcoded 4K to 1080p in 11 minutes which sounds faster than the average 14 minutes. Both HP Pavilion Power 15t and Nitro 5 Spin took far longer with 20 minutes and 20 minutes and 24 seconds respectively.

Asus TUF FX504 Battery

Think again if you are looking to use Asus TUF FX504 throughout a day. The Asus TUF FX504 only gives users 3 hours and 57 minutes if you continuously browse the websites, watch videos and play graphics enriched games at 150 nits of brightness. Let’s not forget that it’s an entry-level smartphone so that there is nothing to expect more. The HP Pavilion Power 15t, however, gives 5 hours and 59 minutes and Acer Nitro 5 Spin runs for 7 hours and 8 seconds.

Review overview

Design8
Display7
Performance9
Battery6
Keyboard and Touchpad7
Size9
Processor8