ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The Intel i7 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics produce high-quality visuals on the fast 15.6-inch 144hz FHD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 512GB SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.
Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
15.6" FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate
The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming
Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
512GB Solid State Drive
Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics
Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
Virtual Reality Ready
This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
Weighs 4.41 lbs. and measures 0.78" thin
Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 15.6" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
HDMI output expands your viewing options
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax)
Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
Chiclet Backlight Keyboard
Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
Basic software package included
30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
Headphone/microphone combo jack. Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives
This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video - plus Power over Cable for bus-powered devices - ideal for digital content creators.
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
=== Summary ===
The 2021 Asus TUF Dash 15 is an excellent mid-range gaming laptop that gets many things right. The design is clean and stylish, the build quality and fit-and-finish are great despite being plastic, the screen refreshes up to 144Hz for smooth tear-free gaming, the Nvidia RTX 3060 Max-Q GPU is capable for most modern and older games, the keyboard is well-balanced and suited for both gaming and general usage, the Precision TouchPad works well, and there are enough ports along the two sides to fit my needs.
When not gaming, the Intel Iris XE 12th-gen integrated graphics and the 76-Whr battery provide long endurance, often up to 7 hours, which is quite incredible for a non-Ultrabook.
At $1,099.99 (as of 2021-03-03), Asus has crafted a well-balanced gaming laptop that is relatively lightweight, performant, and easy to live with. It's a 5-star Win!
-It's made from plastic, but it's durable with a good fit-and-finish.
-General usage performance is fantastic and snappy all-around.
-High refresh rate gaming at 1080P is fast and smooth.
-Comes with Microsoft Precision Touchpad.
-The speakers sound loud and clear after fine-tuning through the DTS:X Ultra app.
-Has all the ports I want - no need for dongles.
-Comes with a minimum amount of third-party bloatware.
-Some preloaded apps are useful (e.g., Armoury Crate, DTS:X Ultra, MyAsus).
-NVME SSD installs and loads large games fast.
-The bottom cover is very easy to take off for future upgrades (bigger or additional NVME drive, RAM upgrade).
-You get a lot for your money (H-class Core i7, 16GB DDR4, 512GB NVME, 144Hz screen, RTX 3060).
-General-use, non-gaming battery life is excellent - up to 7 hours at max screen brightness.
-I wish the touchpad area was bigger and had a glass top.
-No dedicated PgUp, PgDn, Home, and End keys.
-Only comes with a 512GB drive.
-Only one RAM slot is upgradeable.
-The Asus website for driver downloads is a bit clunky and disorganized.
-No built-in webcam.
=== Design & hardware ===
The Asus TUF Dash F15 has an understated, non-blingy look to it which appeals to me. Although I don't mind that onlookers know I own a "gaming" laptop, I personally don't want something that is too flashy or garish. The only design aspect that might tip off others that this is a gamer's laptop is the backlit keyboard lighting with special accents for the WASD keys which you can configure for static-on, breathing, or pulsing through the Asus Armoury Crate app. So, kudos to Asus for building a clean-looking yet stylish gaming machine.
Like many gaming laptops in this price range, the build is all plastic. That means that when you press down on certain components, like the lid or the keyboard deck, you're going to feel some flex, and those surfaces will attract fingerprints and smudges more easily than metal. With that said, I don't have any issues with the plastic Asus chose because it's dense, durable-feeling, and not cheap-looking. Plus, the build quality and fit-and-finish are excellent, with no unsightly gaps, super-sharp edges, or unattractive color transitions from one surface to the next.
Another benefit of using plastic is keeping the weight relatively light. I weighed the laptop and it was exactly 5 lbs; it's pretty okay for all the powerful hardware it's packing and it's definitely portable without straining my shoulders and neck when I'm carrying it inside my backpack.
I'm quite satisfied and content with the types of ports offered: 3x USB-A, 1x USB-C/Thunderbolt, 1x HDMI, 1x ethernet, and 1x audio. Since I still own many accessories that are USB-A only, I'm spared from having to carry and use those annoying adapter dongles. The TUF 15 supports USB-C PD charging and I top it off with my Anker PowerCore III Elite 25600 PD powerbank when I can't or don't want to use the AC adapter (it's $99.99 on Bestbuy.com).
Asus also did a great job with the cooling. When used as a general-purpose PC (e.g., browsing, video editing, spreadsheets), the TUF 15 is silent and I rarely hear the fan spin up. Even when the fans kick in, it's only for a short burst before they become quiet again. During gaming sessions, the fan noise level was totally acceptable. To help the laptop out, I have it raised about 2.5" off the desk via a height-adjustable laptop stand, which I recommend everyone gets since it helps with the airflow and cooling, thus extending component and battery cell longevity.
Future upgrades are quite limited but easy to perform since Asus made it very simple and easy to take off the bottom cover. After taking off the 15 screws (one screw loosens but doesn't actually come out), you just pop off the bottom cover with either your fingernail or a soft plastic lever. I've already upgraded my NVME drive by replacing the OEM SK Hynix 512GB drive with a 1TB Samsung NVME one and it was dead simple. I'll most likely add another NVME drive into the second slot once I find a great deal on a 2TB NVME drive.
All in all, I feel Asus has put together quite a compelling package that gives you lots for your money. It's a great do-it-all laptop that can run modern games with most eye-candy options turned on at a high refresh rate and provide a long-lasting battery and smooth multi-tasking for general-purpose computing.
=== Display ===
Since the display is gamer-oriented, I can forgive it for not getting very bright or being very color-accurate when compared against some of my high-end Ultrabooks. With that said, the display is still wholly adequate and fine for most usage scenarios. Just don't expect to do high-accuracy photoshop or video color-grading work on this laptop.
For gaming purposes, though, I'm sure most people will be quite satisfied and happy thanks to the smoothness enabled by the 144Hz refresh rate.
=== Keyboard and touchpad ===
I'm a big fan of HP's keyboards on their Spectre Ultrabook range and the keyboard on the Asus TUF 15 isn't too far off when it comes to accuracy, feedback, responsiveness, and uptake rate. The keys don't wobble as they do on some mid-range Dell gaming laptops I've used in the past, and I found both gaming and typing to be a pleasant experience.
The touchpad, fortunately, is a Microsoft Precision touchpad, and that means you can configure your own custom 2-, 3-, and 4-finger gestures to your liking inside Settings.
My only gripes about the touchpad are that I wish the touchpad area was a bit larger and there was a glass layer on top for extra smoothness. Also, Asus could've better utilized the ~1.5" of empty space on the left and right sides of the keyboard area to fit in more dedicated keys, such as PgUp, PgDn, Home, End, and PrtScrn.
=== Gaming Performance ===
Since the RTX 3060 is the Max-Q kind, which is slower than both a desktop RTX 3060 and the more powerful Max-P mobile variant, I had doubts whether it could run Cyberpunk 2077. To my surprise, the game ran well after I enabled Balanced DLSS and reduced some shadow settings inside the game menu. The game never hit 60FPS but remained above the playable 30FPS mark.
I also do console emulation gaming on my laptops and the TUF 15 handled Cemu and Yuzu smoothly, no surprise since the laptop runs both a powerful Intel CPU and an Nvidia GPU.
Older PC games run extremely well with high FPS, thus taking full advantage of the 144Hz display.
=== General Usage Performance ===
When used as a general-purpose machine, the TUF 15 can do it all and do it well. With a powerful Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an NVME drive, it can function as a powerful desktop replacement machine. I do photo and video editing on the TUF 15 and it's faster than my desktop with a 9th-gen, 8-core, Core i7 9700 CPU and an Nvidia GTX 1080.
For those who like benchmarks, here's some data:
*Asus TUF 15 vs my custom-built PC with a Core i7 9700 (8-core/8-thread), GeForce GTX 1080, 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM, WD SN720 NVME drive.
-Geekbench 4.4.2: 6522 single-core, 20719 multi-core, 263252 OpenCL (Desktop: 5528 single-core, 28000 multi-core, 183050 OpenCL)
-Geekbench 5.1.1: 1525 single-core, 5004 multi-core, 96621 OpenCL (Desktop: 1200 single-core, 7400 multi-core, 52588 OpenCL)
-PCMark 10: 5857 total, 8914.0 Essentials, 8707.0 Productivity, 7028.0 Digital Content Creation (Desktop: 6032, 9823, 6746, 8991)
-3DMark Time Spy: 6613 (Desktop: 6943)
-3DMark Fire Strike: 14895 (Desktop: 18412)
-3DMark Night Raid: 28175 (Desktop: 47741)
The only thing the TUF 15 is missing for work-from-home (WFH) usage would be the lack of a webcam.
=== Battery life ===
The battery life on the TUF 15 has been fantastic. With the screen brightness set to 100% and doing regular PC tasks (e.g., Chrome browsing with +30 tabs, YouTube streaming, Google Suite running in the background, video editing), I consistently got 5-6 hours of battery life. That kind of battery life is normal and expected from an Ultrabook but I never expected it from a "gaming" laptop with a Core i7 CPU and a discrete RTX GPU. By lowering the screen brightness and not doing CPU-intensive tasks such as video editing, I can easily extend the battery life an additional 1-2 hours. Fantastic stuff!
=== Is the Asus TUF 15 a good buy? ===
Absolutely. At $1,100, you get your money's worth in terms of component selection and quality, as well as great performance and battery life. Thanks to an additional NVME slot, which is easily accessible, expanding the storage in the future is a simple affair. I feel very comfortable recommending the TUF 15 for someone who wants a single laptop that can do both gaming and general-purpose tasks in a relatively lightweight package that costs around $1K.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Well Balanced Gamer
Upon opening and unpacking this laptop my first thoughts were how thin and solid it felt. This has to be nearly half the thickness of my older gaming laptop and at least a pound lighter. I’ve been very happy so far with the performance and overall quality. Its quite the balancing act of trying to get a good gaming laptop that is portable and affordable and I think Asus has done a nice job with the TUF Dash.
Specs: This laptop is well equipped for the price. The display is 1920x1080 HD at 144hz which isn’t the fastest or highest resolution these days but its adequate for the games I play. The CPU is the new Intel i7 11370H, the memory is 16gb of DDR4 3200 and the SSD is a M.2 NVMe PCIe 512gb SSD. Due to its thin design only a second M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is supported. Its easy to install a second SSD but be sure to watch the screw lengths because there are two different ones when removing the bottom cover. The video card is the new NVidia RTX 3060 and its built for gaming. The laptop supports wi-fi 6, has an ethernet port, three USB 3.2 ports, a Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C type) port and an audio jack. The keyboard is a back lit chiclet style keyboard with three settings for brightness and three modes; Breathing, Strobe and Static. There is only one color choice which is light green. The WASD keys are clear which looks more funky than making it look like a gaming keyboard. On the plus side there are dedicated keys for Volume level, Mute and the Armoury Crate launch. The directional keys are slightly larger which is nice. The speakers are located in the front of the base and are typical laptop speakers. There are four vents for cooling, one on each side and two in the back. What its doesn’t have is a much shorter list. There is no numeric keyboard, no DVD drive and no web cam which is a downside if you plan on using this for more than gaming.
Performance: I really like the Asus Armoury Crate which gives you four preset configurations Silent, Windows, Performance and Turbo. These settings are quite useful when you are using the laptop and trying to limit the heat and noise. Using Geekbench 5 I was able to get Single Core = 1541, Multi Core = 4833 and CL score of 100089. This is much faster than my older gaming laptop so I am happy with the results. Because the laptop is so thin the amount of venting that can be done is limited. When playing Forza Horizon 4 I could barely hear the speakers over the fans. Not all the games were that bad, it just depends on the game and setting. I found playing most of my games on Performance vs Turbo kept the fan at a more tolerable level. The laptop after a half an hour of gaming gets pretty warm and after an hour or more you are going to want to stay clear of the vents. The Keyboard gets warm but nothing more than I would have expected on such a thin laptop. I would highly recommend using gaming headphones for anyone who plans on gaming using the Turbo mode. Both my gaming headphones and wireless controller connected via Bluetooth without issue and I never felt like there was any delay in response even when running the laptop all out. The display was a pleasant surprise, it provided good contrast and brightness and the colors were rich. Since the display has a 144hz refresh and the highest resolution supported is 1980x 1080 HD I didn’t expect the NVIDIA RTX-3060 to have any problem keeping up and I wasn’t disappointed. Lastly, I would have no problem recommending this laptop as a multipurpose laptop. It would be a perfect laptop for anyone who games, dabbles in photo and video editing and also uses the typical Windows Office apps.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Fantastic budget friendly gaming laptop.
ASUS - TUF DASH 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel 11th Gen i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 - 512GB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
Compact, lightweight, yet surprisingly capable gaming laptop.
* Form factor. This laptop has an extremely convenient form factor. Unlike typical gaming laptops (usually in the form of "desktop replacements"), this unit is thin and large enough to comfortably get on with your mobile gaming.
* Light. This laptop is light! No two ways around it. It is only marginally heavier than my iPad Pro with keyboard/case or Surface Pro 4 with keyboard and case. That's awfully impressive.
* Matte screen. The matte screen helps against glare. I owned an Alienware 18 and it was awesome (as a desktop replacement), but one of the biggest issues was the high gloss screen. While such screens are sharp, they also reflect much more clearly. This isn't a problem with this unit. The display is also adequately bright for on-the-go gaming while on FULL POWER.
* Graphics card. This unit packs the punch it does because of the new line of Nvidia RTX 3060 chipsets. Surprisingly smooth gameplay for a gaming laptop at this price point. A sign of the times to come!
* Pronounced AWSD keys. I like the full underlit transparent AWSD keys. It's not necessary for a gamer, but it is a neat touch.
* SSD. The disk is indeed fast and installation and startup of games are quick and a breeze. I didn't run benchmarks for throughput because loading times weren't a problem for me.
* Proprietary power supply. While the unit is equipped with a USB-C port and can be powered/charged with an appropriately rated charger (which I own, thankfully), for many this laptop means carrying around yet another type of charger and cables. I would much rather have had included an appropriately rated brick and USB-C.
* No camera/microphone. I can understand foregoing a touch screen to optimize cost, but no webcam/microphone seems like a miss for any mobile device produced in the past few years and certainly one released during a pandemic. Those that might also use this laptop for work might skip this unit for that reason alone. Again, more accessories and cables.
* Speakers. The built-in speakers aren't great. Again, also not a deal-breaker. There are not many other laptops I can think of including my Alienware 18 that actually had good speakers, either.
* Port placement. You might consider a branded dock if you want to keep connectivity and cable sprawl to a minimum and use quality speakers. The ports are placed in standard locations for laptops. This means for some cabling might be an issue if you plug a lot of stuff in. Other than for a mouse, I don't and therefore not a deal-breaker for me.
* No display port. With this kind of power, I would have loved a DP.
* Fan noise. Even loading a game the GPU fans can kick on high and they are definitely noticeable. Not sure what I expect from such a slim form factor with such GPU power.
* SSD size. 500 GB isn't enough for gaming consoles, not sure why it would be adequate for a gaming PC. An m.2 port would have been a great addition.
* Battery size. While operating battery only using the HIGH PERFORMANCE (Windows power savings profile) playing a game like Warcraft (at MAX settings) you can expect about an hour's worth of gameplay. You can get more time if you reduce settings in various areas/combinations. Your mileage may vary. This is somewhat on par with other systems I've owned. This isn't a Nintendo Switch or an iPad. It is a full-on PC laptop, though.
* No touch screen. At this point, I've grown accustomed to touching screens on laptops. Not usually gaming laptops, I'll admit. This isn't a deal-breaker, but something you might overlook if you're accustomed to Windows 10 devices like the Surface and thought a transition to this wouldn't be a stretch.
I initially struggled to get some frame rates I expected out of this unit with my most mainstay of games: World of Warcraft. With this generation of chipset and ray tracing support, I was expecting mind-boggling numbers given that WoW generally runs on anything almost. I thought it was a reasonable expectation to have. Please read all of the following paragraphs [as excerpts might otherwise be misleading if taken out of context]:
Note: I always start with applying all system and driver updates!
World of Warcraft: Initial gameplay was indeed smooth. But the frame rate was shocking abysmal. I simply not get the frame rate past 30 fps consistently. Usually, the rate was sustained, but occasionally it would drop to as low as 10 fps while moving quickly through dense forests with streams and various complicated lighting and NPCs. While standing in a room or sparse environment I might see a spike to 50s, but only then. My Surface could manage that in specific zones on my lonesome. So I kept digging. Nothing that stood out. I even reduced details settings from ULTRA to HIGH, to somewhere in between and nothing seemed to improve fps to a value I was expecting. I almost gave up. Then I decided to try another game one notch heavier on system requirements.
Elder Scrolls Online: I proceeded to install ESO. I was shocked. As with WoW, ESO played smoothly on MAX and I was off wandering and killing stuff in a jiffy. I almost forgot about the point of the testing. I turned on the fps meter and saw a number I did not expect because of my experience with WoW: 90-100fps. For 1080p on max and with an RTX 3060, this is more along the lines of what I was expecting for WoW. Impressed with that experience I decided to kick things up a notch further and install a more modern and demanding game to confirm my findings.
Destiny 2: I installed Steam and downloaded Destiny 2. Again, the game played smoothly. I was encouraged further. I turned on the frame rate display and again, surprised. The frame rate was fairly consistent in the high 90s up to about 110 fps. There were occasional dips to 70s, but even with other players on-screen during an event on MAX the fps was around 75.
So what was the deal with WoW? Well, I am guessing optimization. I thought about the difference between the games. Having recalled that WoW enabled support for ray tracing, and since the other games played surprisingly well, I decided I'd start there. BINGO! I disabled ray tracing support altogether and it changed the game! FPS bumped up from the 30s up into the mid-80s and usually hovered around 100 +/-. This was splendid news. I played with reenabling ray tracing settings incrementally to MAX and it definitely reduced fps significantly for each setting. My guess at this point is that raytracing just isn't well enough optimized in the game OR perhaps with all other settings at MAX and for the 3060 the workload might be too much. In any event, ray tracing is new and not something I was accustomed to and so it's not a big deal to disable it - not if the trade-off is a gained 50+ average fps increase.
This unit performs surprisingly well for its price point. I have owned other ASUS gaming laptops before this (years and years ago) and they were worth every penny. I switched to Alienware because I needed "more." Because of the reduction in travel requirements during the pandemic, I got a desktop and it serves primarily as my work machine as well as gaming. Now that travel expectations are being set at work post-pandemic I needed something I could game on while on the go and when I'm downstairs away from my desk or wherever. This laptop is cheaper than most smartphones and gives me much more entertainment (and productivity) value. DEFINITELY WORTH A LOOK.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great gaming laptop, despite its limitations
Every gaming laptop has to make a compromise somewhere. Asus obviously was going for portability and affordability with this model, with an extra sprinkling of durability tossed in (according to its specs anyway). To that end, the laptop doesn't feel cheap, and is actually rather nice to hold, and feels solid and well built. Beyond that, there is no obvious extra design considerations that seem to support it's extra durability against extreme heat, cold, moisture, vibrations and shock. Maybe it comes from some of the finer fit and finish details, and some of the specific components, or maybe some invisible coating on the motherboard. But I couldn't see anything obvious to support it's toughness claims, so not sure what they're doing different that other laptops aren't.
Other than that it performs well as expected, outperforming the average, and able to play all older games on max, or near max settings, while still being able to reach and exceed 60fps. Newer or more demanding games you may have to turn down the settings to medium or medium-high to hit that 60fps mark. Certainly nothing to be ashamed of, in this compact package. 3dmark results: https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/59157932?
Hitting 144 to match the refresh rate of the screen is still a lofty goal, but having that high refresh rate is still very pleasing to the eye. besides the 144hz refresh rate, I wouldn't call the screen anything special, but not totally lacking either, though maybe brightness and contrast seems to be lacking a bit.
My biggest gripes are around the keyboard and cooling. The keyboard lacks any numpad keys, dedicated or otherwise. There is no way to access num0 or numlock, or anything like that; including insert, delete, pause. I didn't realize how much I really needed them until I started playing some games like flightsim, that are basically unplayable unless you either remap all the keys, or use a controller (or external keyboard).
Cooling does work well, and it's easy to control with the amoury crate app (no complaints about the app, besides the nondescript icons), which lets you control cooling and a couple other things. But at max cooling (which translates to max performance), the laptop does get loud, distractingly so. Also, since it's thin, it has to vent out the sides in addition to the back. Which means you'll have hot air blowing on your hand if you're using an external mouse (depending a bit on your hand position, admittedly).
One last thing of note; it does have a free m.2 slot, and a single RAM slot. You can replace the OOB m.2 drive, in addition to adding a 2nd drive, that's no problem. But the single RAM slot is a bit frustrating. Even more so, that it is only an 8gb stick, and the other 8gb is apparently soldered onto the board somewhere (perhaps on the keyboard side). So RAM is upgradable, but you'll never have matching chips for each channel. I did upgrade the RAM to a Corsair DDR4-3200 32gb, and CPU-Z still showed it as dual channel, but not sure if I impacted performance or not yet.
Overall though, still happy with this laptop, and the 3060 won't let you down.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Powerful, fast, lightweight
The ASUS TUF DASH F15 is a mid-tier gaming laptop that packs in a lot of value for its price tag. Physically, the F15 is only ¾” thick and weighs in at just under 5 lbs thanks to its mostly plastic chassis. Despite that, the matte finish on the lid gives it a premium look and feel and the TUF branding, while prominent, isn’t garish. Every surface, however, is a fingerprint and smudge magnet so be prepared to constantly be wiping it down if you want to keep it looking tidy.
The 15.6” IPS-level/type panel has impressive color depth, viewing angles, and contrast delivered at a 144Hz refresh rate. This makes for a smooth gaming experience in FPS games like CS:GO and other fast-paced action genres like MMORPG and racing games. I’ve played several AAA titles with all the max graphic settings (including V-sync) with only the rarest occasional stutter. I also felt the cinematic experience was quite good with natural colors and sharp detail on the 1080p display, so it’s also pretty good for watching movies and video.
I appreciate that there are three USB 3.2 Type-A ports for I/O devices for all my peripherals and an HDMI 2.0b out for a second display since I tend to use dual monitors a lot; though, I did find grouping much of that on the left side a bit crowded. I also noticed that the FPS on my external monitor hooked up via HDMI was slightly less, on average, than the laptop’s screen despite also being a 144 Hz panel. The USB-C port (Thunderbolt 4) is multi-purpose for I/O, PD charging, and DisplayPort 1.4 out, and the headphone jack is capable of audio out and mic in; I had no problem hooking up my gaming headset with integrated mic for both chat and in-game audio.
For those of you that are into mobile gaming on PC, I was able to run games on the Android emulator BlueStacks with no lag or stutter for responsive smooth gameplay. One thing I didn’t love is the trackpad. The left and right “mouse keys” are embedded into the bottom half inch or so of the trackpad, so while it looks nice as one smooth surface, it was hard to find the delineation between the keys and some of my left-clicks inevitably ended up right-clicks and vice versa. It also features gesture recognition, so be aware that if you try to wipe off the mousepad that you may end up switching active windows inadvertently.
The laptop features a dedicated “Armoury Crate” button, alongside the one-touch volume and mute keys, which launches the proprietary software by the same name. This portal allows you to change system settings, choose performance profiles, and setup sync-able peripherals like RGB lighting and audio. I was very impressed with the two-way AI Noise-cancellation feature’s ability to scrub out background noise from mic input (both onboard and external) including typing sounds from the keyboard. The keyboard itself is tenkeyless chiclet style with good tactile feedback and low noise. It has highlighted WASD keys which are backlit, however, the lighting isn’t RGB, so you can’t change its hue from the default greenish-cyan (it has 3 brightness levels or can be turned off). The secondary commands on the keys are also backlit.
Setting the laptop to ‘Silent’ lowers its power consumption and uses the fans minimally so the laptop is super quiet. However, bumping it up to Performance or Turbo mode when gaming runs the fans at full blast which are loud enough to compete with the onboard speakers’ tiny output; which makes sense given that it runs pretty hot when operating at full capacity. You’ll probably want to get a decent set of headphones, wired or Bluetooth, or external speakers for the best auditory gameplay experience. This laptop does not have a built-in webcam, which I’m ambivalent about, as gaming laptops often have disappointing webcams anyway, so its exclusion allows for a thinner bezel along the top of the screen, but also means you’ll need an external accessory if you do need to get on camera.
The WiFi 6 is lightning fast (and there’s an Ethernet jack to boot) and downloads took no time at all, an essential feature for online gamers and streamers. The included 512 GB m.2 SSD is enough to get you started, but if there are several space hungry games that you plan on installing, then I recommend swapping with a larger 1 TB capacity or adding in another drive, though you’re limited to one additional m.2 NVMe SSD, as there is no HDD bay, and you have to remove the entire bottom of the case to access the slot. In terms of other upgrades, there is 1 SODIMM RAM slot, pre-installed with an 8 GB stick, which you can replace with a higher capacity, and with the additional 8 GB soldered on the motherboard have up to a combined 32 GB dual-channel RAM.
Outside of gaming, the laptop performs well too, from simple web browsing to productivity apps and content creation. Battery life in “battery saver mode” and silent mode is between 3-6 hours depending on your usage. In performance mode, this figure is cut down to under 2 hours. Overall, I’d say there’s a lot to like packed into this laptop for the price. It’s lightweight and powerful enough for daily use, for both work and play, and is decently spec-ed to handle most contemporary games at or near the highest quality settings. While you’re limited in terms of upgrading, and you don’t have all the bells and whistles like RGB backlighting or a webcam, you can always build out your setup with peripherals.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
I'm truly Amazed
I can't believe how powerful this thing is. It plays games so well, with no effort at all. I installed Xbox game pass and have downloaded a bunch of games and it has had not one issue with any of them so far. I am able to max out the graphic settings with no issues. I am getting well over 60 fps with everything I have played so far. The 144hz screen is awesome. It has pretty much no input lag. The 1080p looks sharp and has been easy to see every detail. I love the HDMI out feature. I am able to hook it up to my 4k TV and play games and watch movies in 4k HDR flawlessly, The sound on the laptop is not bad. It's pretty impressive for such a thin laptop. I absolutely love the style of this rig. Slim, sleek and the color is just the perfect combination. It's a "Sexy" looking thing lol. The battery charges well and stays charged for a good bit of time. I was able to download a few games, while still using the laptop for other things, and stil had some power left. This gaming laptop is definitely a must have for the gamer on the go, or the gamer in general. Great job ASUS!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Gaming Laptop performance without $$$
The Asus Tuf Dash F15 is a great gaming laptop with it's i7 Intel's new 11th Gen H-Series Tiger Lake CPUs. processor, 144hz display and NVidia 3070 it has the chops to give you a great gaming experience. With these tweaks I was still able to play all of the latest games at 60fps or above on max settings at 1920x1080. I could get into the 80fps range by decreasing the graphics settings to high. You will have to adjust some settings to get the best frame rates with ray tracing turned on. The four core Tiger lake i7 preforms well in single core tests which most games use. The multicore performance is lower due to it only having 4 cores. As more games use multicore this could impact gameplay.
The laptop will probably need a firmware update and a little tweaking to get the best performance. As with many gaming laptops the manufactures and video chip manufactures actively update drivers and firmware to give users the best performance. Just go through the Windows install, register the laptop with Asus and run windows update. If you install MyAsus you will get live updates. You can also update the bios from the Asus support site. The next thing you should do is install the latest NVidia game ready drivers directly from NVidia or by using Nvidia experience app. With those done the gaming performance is good. If you really want to get the best performance you will need to install MSI afterburner to overclock the Video memory and Video chip. With only a mild overclock the performance can be increased dramatically due to the great cooling on this laptop the temps stay stable and in a safe range. The fans are quiet even at higher speeds. Surprisingly the laptop case does not get as hot even with the 80 W Nvidia 3060 overclocked due to the heat management and the choice of plastic for the bottom case and deck. The top is metal with a TUF logo which I think looks great. I also wanted to note that the 3060 mobile in my unit does not appear to be a MaxQ model the available 3070 has been reported to be MaxQ although I can not confirm that. That will allow the brave to push it a little more!
The laptop has a backlit keyboard with the ASDW keys inverted light key with a dark letter compared to the rest of the keyboard with dark keys and light letters. I really like this lighting, it is bright enough for lit rooms but not too bright in dark rooms. the game navigation keys are easy to locate due to the lighting. The key travel is good and and has a firm feel with good actuation pressure, and good spacing; they feel really good for gaming. The touchpad is responsive and large enough for gameplay but I prefer a mouse for the best gaming experience.
The 144 Hz panel was a good choice to keep the cost down, there are other configurations of this model with a 240hz display at a higher cost. Monitor testing revealed no significant ghosting and had good color to my eye. I have listed the actual panel used on my laptop it is IPS full HD.
Connectivity is good with HDMI 2.0b output for an external display, a full-sized Ethernet port, one USB-C, three USB-3.2 Type-A ports and a combined headphone and microphone jack. The USB c is thunderbolt4 and PD charging enabled. One glaring device is missing! No webcam. I am not sure why Asus choose not to include a Webcam, Maybe they though that gamers don't need one? Maybe privacy? You can easily add one if needed.
I really think Asus has hit a sweet spot here with this Gaming laptop, made good choices to keep the cost down while delivering a great gaming experience. Can you buy better? Sure but get your pocketbook out! I think most of us will be very happy with this unit.
Specs of this model
Computer: ASUS ASUS TUF Dash F15 FX516PM_FX516PM
CPU: Intel Core i7-11370H (Tiger Lake-H35, B1)
3300 MHz (33.00x100.0) @ 1716 MHz (17.00x101.0)
Motherboard: ASUS FX516PM
BIOS: FX516PM.307, 03/09/2021
Chipset: Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Memory: 16384 MBytes @ 1615 MHz, 22-22-22-52
8192 MB PC25600 DDR4 SDRAM - Samsung M471A1G44AB0-CWE
Graphics: Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 - GT2 Integrated Graphics [ASUS]
Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 1024 MB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile (GA106M) [ASUS]
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile, 6144 MB GDDR6 SDRAM
Monitor: Chi Mei N156HRA-EA1 : CMN1521 144mhz
Drive: HFM512GD3JX013N, 500.1 GB, NVMe
Sound: Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Sound: NVIDIA, Device ID: 228E
Network: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 160MHz
Network: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (x64) Build 19042.867 (20H2)
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Fun and Work Laptop!
My husband needs a laptop powerful enough to run Solidworks that he can also use to game. But we don't need to go all out since he has a workhorse PC.
This laptop fits the budget with all the muscles. Everything is smooth with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and 16GB RAM can handle all the work and fun we need.
The only surprise that I didn't realize was the lack of webcam which we assumed is pretty standard these days. We were caught off guard when we started a zoom meeting with our family members! Not a deal breaker, but just unexpected.
I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of the 1080p screen. Having mostly QHD on my laptops and monitors, I didn't miss it that much with this laptop.
Overall, we're very happy with the value of the laptop!
A:AnswerIn most games yes it will perform better. Most games do not utilize multiple cores very well. If you plan on streaming or adding a second monitor for additional applications I would upgrade to Ryzen 5000H series. I preordered the TUF with the I7 11th gen RTX 3070 because I will game with minimal background applications (browser and discord). Plus if this truly is the MAX-P 3060/3070 this laptop will be a beast especially for the price!!