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Asus TUF A17 17-inch Gaming Laptop (FA706IC-BH71-CB)

Asus TUF A17 17-inch Gaming Laptop (FA706IC-BH71-CB)

This laptop makes a compelling pop-up workstation is you need some extra visual horsepower for creative software or even quite a bit of gaming. At this size, I wouldn't recommend it as a PC to take out of the house regularly, but it's perfect as a computer you can take off your desk when it's no longer needed.

Thinking on longer terms, it's built a bit tougher than your run-off-the-mill laptop and the maintenance and upgrade process is well documented, making that task a lot easier, especially if you're considering doing it yourself.

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 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+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $50 on accessories, for a total cost of $1150.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Photo Editor
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Gamer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Serious Music Producer
  • And more!

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck100th percentile
Versatility89th percentile
Power (General Purpose)80th percentile
Power (Graphical)85th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space87th percentile
Portability13th percentile
Battery Autonomy2th percentile
Ease of Maintenance100th percentile
Longevity80th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck93th percentile
Versatility92th percentile
Power (General Purpose)58th percentile
Power (Graphical)69th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space74th percentile
Portability41th percentile
Battery Autonomy2th percentile
Ease of Maintenance86th percentile
Longevity61th percentile

Specs

Screen

17.3", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 8 cores clocked from 2.9 to 4.2 GHz

GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, 4 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

48Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w39.88 × d26.92 × h2.29

Dimensions (in): w15.7 × d10.6 × h0.9

Weight (kg): 2.59

Weight (lbs.): 5.71

Features

  • Backlit
  • RGB Lighting
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: Easy project for an enthusiast

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

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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CPU

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CPU

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CPU

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