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Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop (FX505GT-BB51-CB)

Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop (FX505GT-BB51-CB)

This model ranked #5 among Laptops priced over $725 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This sturdy gaming laptop is all about affordability and, for the price, opens a lot of options for both gaming and creative pursuits. Several compromises were made to reach such a (relatively) low price point, however, so I expect perceivable slowdowns when loading games, rendering video, working on large documents and, in some cases, while multitasking. Still, if you cannot spend more, this machine could well be the best performer for the price.

The upgrade process is, sadly, undocumented, making it hard to tell for sure what can and cannot be done to boost performances. The hints I have do suggest that memory and storage could be sped up, fixing several of the bottlenecks holding this laptop back from where I`m standing.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. This could potentially be fixed by replacing the hard drive with a faster component but I couldn't confirm that it is indeed an option in this case.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Who it's For

  • Serious Gamer
  • Video Editor
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck81th percentile
Versatility90th percentile
Power (General Purpose)84th percentile
Power (Graphical)90th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)70th percentile
Storage Space86th percentile
Portability27th percentile
Battery Autonomy41th percentile
Longevity39th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck71th percentile
Versatility93th percentile
Power (General Purpose)70th percentile
Power (Graphical)81th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)66th percentile
Storage Space74th percentile
Portability52th percentile
Battery Autonomy35th percentile
Longevity32th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p (2.1 MP)), 141.21 PPI, Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows

CPU

Intel Core i5-9300H, 4 cores clocked from 2.4 to 4.1 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, 4 GB

Memory

8 GB

Storage

1 TB total, 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)

Battery

48Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.04 × d26.2 × h2.68

Dimensions (in): w14.19 × d66.55 × h6.81

Weight (kg): 2.2

Weight (lbs.): 4.85

Features

  • Backlit
  • RGB Lighting
  • External Power Brick
  • Heavy-Duty Switches
  • Fixed storage: 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • TPM & other Encryption Hardware
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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