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Asus TUF Dash 15-inch Gaming Laptop (TUF516PR-BS71-CB)

Asus TUF Dash 15-inch Gaming Laptop (TUF516PR-BS71-CB)

This model ranked #8 among Laptops priced over $1000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

If you need a portable PC capable of handling games and other graphically intensive tasks, this laptop could well be worth a look. It's a bit lighter and thinner than your average gaming PC, but this compact design means the laptop might not sustain the performance level you would expect from a PC with such advanced specs. This design also does away with the webcam, so you will need to plug one in for videoconferencing or streaming.

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.

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members or playing with your friends online, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40+

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+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $1590.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Road Warrior
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck70th percentile
Versatility64th percentile
Power (General Purpose)82th percentile
Power (Graphical)100th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space92th percentile
Portability26th percentile
Battery Autonomy69th percentile
Longevity54th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck62th percentile
Versatility76th percentile
Power (General Purpose)64th percentile
Power (Graphical)97th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)100th percentile
Storage Space72th percentile
Portability51th percentile
Battery Autonomy69th percentile
Longevity47th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i7-11370H, 4 cores clocked from 3.3 to 4.8 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, 8 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

76Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.07 × d25.15 × h1.95

Dimensions (in): w14.2 × d63.88 × h4.95

Weight (kg): 2

Weight (lbs.): 4.41

Features

  • Backlit
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

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

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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Logitech Z200 2.0 Channel Computer Speaker System (980-000800)

Logitech Z200 2.0 Channel Computer Speaker System (980-000800)

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