Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop model: FX505GT-BB51-CB

Ranked #3 among Laptops priced $575 - $950.

Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop

Quick Description

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.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (65.33% of the time to be exact).

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+

Currently Exclusive to Best Buy for $849

Based on 151 days of observation, the Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop usually costs ~$950 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $749.99. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

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Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Best Buy at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus TUF Gaming FX505GT 15-inch Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price2.5/5
Durability1/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage5/5
Portability0.5/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Large Laptops

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price2/5
Durability1/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage5/5
Portability1/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price2/5
Durability1/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power2/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory3/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-9300H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 36.04 × 26.20 × 2.68 cm
Weight: 2.200 kg

The features

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

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 3/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    Triple-A Video Games 1/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (3 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (11 / 11)

Drawing and Illustrations (11 / 11)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (8 / 8)

Music Production (8 / 10)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (9 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (57 / 58)

Video Games (8 / 9)

Triple-A Video Games (66 / 72)

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