On the outside, the Asus TUF Gaming FX505 DT is quite similar to the other TUF series affordable gaming laptop, Asus TUF Gaming FX705DY, that we tested earlier, save for the obviously smaller screen size. On the inside, however, Asus uses a much better graphics card to match up with the upgraded AMD Ryzen 7 H-series GPU, thus giving the performance a significant boost.
We took this affordable gaming machine for a spin and have been pushing it to its limits. Is this the affordable gaming laptop that you should buy? Let’s discuss more in our review.
Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT Price in India and Specs
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Processors||AMD R5-3750H||AMD R5-3550H|
|Display||15.6” Non-glare IPS-level FHD 120Hz||15.6” Non-glare IPS-level FHD 60 Hz|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 2666 MHz, Expandable up to 32GB||16GB DDR4 2400 MHz; Expandable up to 32GB|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1560||RADEON-RX560X|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe solid state drive||Up to 128GB SSD2.5′ 1TB SSHD|
|Audio||DTS Headphone:X||DTS Headphone:X|
|Battery||48Whr, 3-cell Li-ion||48Whr, 3-cell Li-ion|
|Dimensions||36 x 26.2 x2.7 cm||36 x 26.2 x 2.5 cm|
|Weight||2.2 kg||2.2 kg|
|Price in India||Starts at 65,990 INR||Starts at 54,990 INR|
Asus FX505DT Review: Design and Build
As mentioned above, the Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT takes after the last generation FX505DY. The casing is all plastic with a brushed metal finish, which doesn’t screen premium but still feels adequate. The lid has the signature radiating-x inscribed around the gold Asus logo (no glowing RGB logo), and the base has enough padding to firmly hold the laptop in its place.
The display has narrow bezels at the top and on sides, and that makes the FX505DT relatively compact for a gaming laptop.
The build is sturdy enough to get the job done. In fact, like most other Asus Laptops, this one too is MIL-STD-810G certified for durability. One thing that bothered us was the flex in the keyboard. This shouldn’t come in the way of gaming but might bug you with day-to-day typing or office work, which isn’t what FX505DY is strictly meant for.
The thermal vents are positioned on the rear and don’t pose any inconvenience for day-to-day usage or for gaming. The keyboard has RGB lighting and easily traceable WSAD keys, but the arrow keys on the far right have been squished to make room for a Numpad. All ports are housed on the left edge.
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Asus FX505DT Review: Display
The 15.6-inch IPS LCD panel on the Asus FX505DT has a matte finish and a native 120Hz refresh rate. Of course, the performance hardware is a bottleneck when it comes to touching a 120fps refresh rate in most games, but it’s still great to see machines with higher than 60Hz refresh rate in this budget.
The brightness is appropriate for gaming and indoor usage and viewing angles are wide. There is no PWM flicker and the screen is notably light on the eyes during extended gaming sessions. Colors and contrast aren’t as punchy or accurate as on high-end notebooks or high-end gaming laptops, but that stands as an acceptable compromise.
Asus FX505DT Review: Keyboard, Trackpad and I/O ports
As mentioned above, Asus makes room for a full-sized keyboard with a cramped Numpad and arrow keys to the far right. The WASD keys are easily traceable and gamers will also appreciate the indent on the space bar that makes it thicker towards the WASD keys, which improves accuracy.
The RGB lighting can be customized from the Armoury crate app, but unlike four lighting zones on high-end ROG machines, this one has only a single zone.
The keys are responsive and have 1.8mm travel, but the feedback is soft and soggy, worsened by the flex in the keyboard. So overall, this RGB-lit keyboard is great for gaming but not for typing.
The trackpad has relatively firmer feedback but isn’t befitting a gaming machine. Every now and then clicks that aren’t made on the far left and right corners don’t yield result and that can get really annoying. For gaming, most users would anyway need a dedicated mouse and thus this shouldn’t get in the way.
All input-output ports are present on the left edge. These include an RJ-45 LAN port, one HDMI 2.0 port, one USB-A 2.0 port, two USB-A 3.1 ports, input for the ac power adapter, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The glaring omission is the SD card slot. A USB Type-C port would’ve been great too.
Asus FX505DT Review: Performance and Gaming
The Asus FX505DT is perhaps the most powerful AMD powered laptop we have experienced so far. It’s powered by AMD Rhyzen 7 3750H with integrated Radeon RX Vega 10 graphics and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 video RAM.
The RAM on board is single-channel 8GB, but users have the option to expand it to 32GB. Though we didn’t face any issues with demanding tasks and even with games that mandated minimum 8GB of RAM, consumers are bound to see single-channel RAM configuration as a drawback, since 16GB of dual channel memory is now standard for gaming laptops. For storage, there’s a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
That’s a lot of performance hardware for the asking price.
In benchmark apps, Asus FX505DT performed reasonably well. It scored 3380 in 3D Mark, 1590cb in Cinebench R20, 3610 in PCMarks creative test, 4798 in superposition benchmark (1080p, High), and we got a max fps of 113.2 in Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0. These are fairly admirable results, though not mind-blowing by current standards.
In real-world usage, the handset could handle all day-to-day tasks and multitasking with ease and all regular games without a hitch. The temperature remained within control even with prolong gaming sessions.
In games like Crysis 3, we could manage a frame rate of 110 while playing at high graphics. For moderately heavy games like Apex Legends run at around 60fps at high settings. With heavy games like Far Cry 5 and Mad Max, frame rate further drops to around 40fps.
The Asus FX505DT is best suited for a target frame rate of 30fps to 60fps. In this bracket, the gaming experience is very well balanced or rather better than what most other gaming machines offer in the same budget.
Asus FX505DT Review: Battery and Audio
With light and moderate usage, the battery holds for around 3.5 to 4 hours on a full charge. With gaming, you’d want to keep the cord plugged in for turbo enhancements. When fully drained, charging the battery to full capacity takes approximately 2 hours. The battery backup is manageable but lesser than comparable Intel-powered machines.
The Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT has a couple of side-firing speakers, and together they can get quite loud. The quality of audio output, however, is nothing to write home about. If you are fastidious about audio, you will need to plug in headphones for a better experience. If not, you will manage fairly well with the FX505DT.
Asus FX505DT Review: Verdict
The best part is that, like All AMD laptops, the Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT has an extremely competitive price. The laptop has quite a few imperfections, but it handles the gaming part just right and if that’s what you are primarily interested in, and if you are restricted by a budget, the FX505DT should serve you well. And yes, it’s significantly better than the similarly named last-generation FX505DY – so choose wisely.
As a midrange gaming laptop, the Asus TUF Gaming FX505DT makes a lot of sense.