With the TUF series, Asus offers gaming laptops for PC gamers whose budget is rather limited – the “good and cheap” version of the ROG series, so to speak.
But where are savings made with this relatively inexpensive alternative? And is it worth buying the Asus TUF Gaming A17? find out in this review.
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Asus TUF Gaming A17 test conclusion
The Asus TUF Gaming A17 makes a solid impression with the Ryzen 7 4800H(a current and powerful processor), the GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, and the 120 Hz display.
Its 16 GB of RAM and the 512 GB SSD are sufficient for everyday use. Hardware and performance values make this version of the Asus TUF Gaming A17 look like a real price-performance breaker.
Nevertheless, its battery (with a capacity of 48 Wh) got exhausted after just 3 hours in normal office use (during our test). The notebook’s lights go out after a little more than 50 minutes under load.
Also, its fan produces a loud annoying noise during gameplay or any other intensive task. The noise can even be perceived with closed headphones on.
Another negative point on the Asus TUF Gaming A17 is the display. Although an IPS panel is installed here, the colors look incredibly pale and lifeless – this fact is particularly noticeable when watching series and films.
Furthermore, the maximum volume of the speakers is very low. The low volume of the speakers makes the noise produced by the fan even more annoying. In particular, low frequencies are neglected by the Asus TUF Gaming A17 – action films, for example, lack the typical brute force sound.
Concerning the adapters, there is almost nothing to complain about. In addition to two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, there is also a 10 Gbit / s capable USB C port, an audio combo socket, a USB 2.0 port, a classic LAN port, and an HDMI -Connection. Only an SD card reader is missing.
The stylish RGB lighting of the keyboard and the number block on the right side should also be positively emphasized. The layout of the keys is consistent, the pressure points feel surprisingly smooth despite the lack of mechanical switches.
All in all, Asus’ TUF Gaming A17 is clearly aimed at PC gamers who want one thing: high performance at a low price. Because that’s exactly what you get with the gaming laptop.
For this, however, customers have to forego numerous amenities and be satisfied with a pale display, below-average battery life, and quiet speakers. If you can live with it, you should take a closer look at the Asus TUF Gaming A17.
- high efficiency
- Fluid 120 Hz display with short response times
- many upgrade options (mass storage + RAM)
- chic RGB lighting
- relatively cheap
- The display lacks color brilliance
- low battery life
- gets very loud under load
- The video quality of the webcam is below average
- Loudspeakers are too quiet
Test evaluation for the Asus TUF Gaming A17
- Workmanship, feel and design: 7/10
- Display: 6/10
- Performance: 8/10
- Video and audio: 7/10
- Connectivity and storage: 9/10
- Battery and everyday life: 6/10
Overall: 7.2 / 10
Asus TUF Gaming A17 in the test: A performance monster at a low price
The latest eight-core processor from AMD, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, and a 120 Hz display – just listing the key technical data is enough to make PC gamers understand that this gaming laptop has something to offer. This is also reflected in the performance of the 17-inch notebook – both in benchmarks and in normal games.
In Cinebench R15, the Asus TUF Gaming A17 achieved an impressive 1,799 points in turbo mode and can almost keep up with the Ryzen 7 2700X. The built-in Ryzen 7 4800H can also cut a good figure in the more recent R20 run. At the end of the test, there were 4,138 points on the screen – a great result!
However, not only the CPU is convincing. In combination with the GTX 1660 Ti, the gaming laptop achieved an overall rating of 13,917 points in 3DMark’s Firestrike benchmark.
Fortunately, this performance is not only evident in standard benchmark software, but also in current games. The performance was tested in the titles Hitman 2, Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. All games were run in full HD resolution and the graphics settings were set to “high”:
|Hitman 2 (Miami benchmark)||79 FPS|
|Call of Duty: Warzone (Plunder)||83 FPS|
|Valorant (Deathmatch)||171 FPS|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Deathmatch with Bots / Dust 2)||155 FPS|
In graphically opulent games such as Metro Exodus, the frame rate can sometimes drop below 60 FPS on maximum settings – the GTX 1660 Ti then runs out of breath. The tested games, however, achieved far more than 60 FPS on average and therefore benefit from the gaming laptop’s 120 Hz display.
Asus TUF Gaming A17 review: Why performance is not everything
The bottom line is that the gaming experience with the Asus TUF Gaming A17 is very satisfactory. Games could be loaded quickly thanks to the PCIe SSD, the frame rates always remained stable and fluid and the 120 Hz display shows its strengths especially in first-person shooters.
However, a gaming laptop also has to be capable of carrying out daily tasks – and that is not always the case with the Asus TUF Gaming A17.
The colors shown on the screen appear incredibly dull, almost lifeless. This is due, among other things, to the rather poor color space coverage. In other words: image or video editing is only possible with this device if you connect an external monitor.
The maximum display brightness of 250 cd / m² also leaves a lot to be desired. In a “quiet little room”, the value is completely sufficient to be able to recognize image content without any problems – but once the sun shines on the screen, you will have to look for a new shade.
Also, you should always make sure that the corresponding location definitely has a power outlet, because the Asus TUF Gaming A17 is definitely not an endurance runner. The 48 Wh battery ends after about 3 hours even with light office work at 75 percent brightness. After all, what do you expect with a weight of 2.6 kilograms?
The advantage of the small 48 Wh battery is only revealed when you turn the notebook over and unscrew it. Incidentally, this works without any problems thanks to the classic Phillips screws. Thanks, Asus! In addition to two M.2 slots, there is also space for a 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD in the laptop case. This way, the storage space of the gaming laptop can be expanded.
Even at maximum volume, the built-in speakers are anything but loud. They also lack a bit of bass. Together with the rather poor display and the clearly visible backlight bleeding, watching series and films in the evening on the Asus TUF Gaming A17 is really no fun.
Office work left mixed results
The keyboard of the Asus TUF Gaming A17 left a consistently positive overall impression. Pressing the individual keys feels good, the layout is right. Typos rarely occur this way. The placement of the diamond over the Enter key, on the other hand, almost drove me crazy.
The existing numeric keypad should be positively emphasized, but its width has been shortened compared to a “normal” keyboard. As a new user, it’ll definitely take you about a day or two to get used to it.
The trackpad doesn’t seem to be particularly “smart”. A stray lint is enough to paralyze the touchpad. In this case, a quick wipe over the surface is usually enough to eliminate the troublemaker, but it is still annoying.
On the other hand, the 0.9 MP webcam in the Asus TUF Gaming A17 failed. The quality of the internal microphone is acceptable. Hence, it can be used to make a call without any problems, but the video recordings are not good.
The camera struggles, especially in poor lighting conditions, and gives the entire environment an unhealthy yellow tinge.
Contrast and color saturation are also not convincing. But at least the gaming laptop has a webcam. In the significantly more expensive Asus ROG Zephyrus 14, this was deleted.
Technical data at a glance
|Display||17.3 inch full HD screen with IPS panel @ 120 Hz, matt|
|processor||AMD Ryzen 7 4800H (8 cores, 16 threads, maximum boost clock 4.2 GHz)|
|graphic card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6 GB VRAM|
|Storage||512 GB PCIe SSD|
|random access memory||16 GB DDR4 RAM (two slots, both occupied)|
|connections||3x USB Type-C (including 2x Thunderbolt)|
1x headphone / microphone combo connection
|battery pack||48 Wh|