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The latest Intel 11th Core i5 processor with GeForce® RTX3050 Ti graphics also equipped with a large 17.3" FHD 144hz display. Personalize your laptop with RGB keyboard.
Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below)
Windows 11 Operating System
Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
17.3" FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate
Swift 144hz display with FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive refresh rate and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
Intel Core i5
Imagine, design and create without boundaries. The powerful Intel Core i5 processor features machine intelligence that anticipates your needs
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
512GB Solid State Drive (PCI-e)
Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050 Ti
Backed by 4GB dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
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.
Basic software package included
30-days trial of Microsoft Office
1x Type-C with DisplayPort / 1x RJ45 LAN port / 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A / 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
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.
Type C USB 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.
¹Device comes with Windows 10 and a free Windows 11 upgrade or may be preloaded with Windows 11. The Windows 11 upgrade will be delivered to qualifying devices starting in late 2021 and into 2022. Timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware (see aka.ms/windows11-spec)
My current gaming laptop just died last week so a replacement with a better & bigger LCD, newer graphics card is surly welcomed. Also looking at good heat management, decent typing experience, good amount ports and adequate sound from speakers. The Asus Tuf F17 affordable gaming laptop manages to strike the right balance between performance and value. It has strong 1080p performance, tough build quality, and large selection of ports that will win over the majority of folks.
Games & Performance, since gaming is the main reason why most are buying this laptop let’s address it first, while this gaming laptop does not have the most powerful tech GPU wise but does offers excellent performance with modern games at this price point.
Note: I added additional 8 gigs of ram for a total of 16 gigs: Crucial RAM 8GB DDR4 3200 MHz & another SSD. This was easy to do on this model with the extra open ram and SSD slots very accessible on mother board.
This laptop offers a free trial to Game Pass so you can try out games and see how they play. Even if you’re not interested in a long-term subscription, you can try out full games for free before buying them.
Gaming benchmarks on a few games (All games tested in 1080p)
Control (Medium settings) DLSS On: 84 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”
Control (Medium settings) RTX On, DLSS On: 52 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”
Doom Eternal (High settings) DLSS (Balanced) On: 97 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2021 (Recommended medium settings w/60 fps lock) 64 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”
Doom 2016 (Ultra settings) 80 FPS AVG “STEAM”
Latest Geforce Game Ready Driver ver 471.41 release date 07/19/21 was used.
Geekbench 5 (Single Core) 1381
Geekbench 5 (Multi Core) 5977
PC MARK 10 score: 5758
[PCMark 10 test simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. It is used to test overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet jockeying, web browsing, and videoconferencing.]
As you can see, the graphically demanding game like Control runs at 84 fps (frames per second) with DLSS. A bit of tweaking with settings, you’ll get it to play over the magic 60fps mark, while still looking fantastic and on some newer games like Doom Eternal you have to set the textures to medium while leaving everything else on high because the 3050ti vram is 4GB and the game requires more vram with high textures. With less graphic intensive games, like Apex Legends or Fortnite, you’re going to be able to really take advantage of the 144Hz screen for fast and responsive gameplay. Having premium technologies like ray tracing & DLSS options on an entry level video card is awesome, some games do benefit visually and have increased framerates, these options future proofs your system since many game developers will add these features in newer games.
General performance is quite good while system boots up in 11 seconds and the intel 11th Generation Core i5 is capable of multitasking various programs and more intensive tasks. The Asus Tuf is quick and responsive as I had 15 tabs open in Brave Browser, converting videos with Handbrake and watching YouTube at the same time with no noticeable slow down. (I should note that adding additional ram is a factor in this also)
CPU temp stays around 60C during general tasks like browsing, watching videos etc. Laptop bottom only gets slightly warm compared to prior laptop that got hot during these tasks, so air flow with vent design seems good. Gaming CPU temp was 68-72C on heavy loads, laptop gets hot under load but not too bad.
Under regular task the fan noise is barely noticeable and does not get very loud at all on load.
After initial Windows setup I went to the MyAsus App which informed me of a Bios update, after installing new Bios and reboot had no problems, went to the Geforce Experience App to update video drivers and had an issue of them not installing properly, got the blue screen of death. This was my fault because I should have update Windows first before the video drivers. After the long process of Windows update Geforce video drivers updated without issue.
The Asus Tuf laptop emphasis build quality and durability at the forefront of its design. The result of this gives you a well-built and sturdy laptop with stiff hinges, metal on top of LCD screen and no flex on the keyboard while depressing keys. It has a modern industrial look to it that’s certainly a design that doesn’t dispute the fact that this is a gaming machine, but it’s not completely overdone with bright flashy colors either and if you’d like to give it some more of a gamer’s look, the Asus TUF comes with a sheet of stickers. I should add that this laptop, although bigger, is lighter (5.73 lbs) than my last 15 -inch laptop.
The laptop is thicker than other laptops (which I prefer due to better air flow & heat dissipation) and this design also allows a decent number of ports, with an Ethernet port, HDMI, two standard USB ports and a USB-C port on the left-hand side, along with a port to plug in the power supply, while on the right-hand side there’s another standard USB.
The matte IPS LCD screen on this laptop is 1080p (1920x1080) with max brightness around 270 nits with 144HZ refresh rate, 127 ppi, 16.9 aspect ratio and Adaptive Sync. Videos, games and browsing all look good but screen does not have a wide color gamut so colors may not be as accurate as some other screens. Display test results: Contrast 831:1 - sRGB color space 60% - Adobe RGB profile 47.3% - DCI-P3 color gamut 40.1% - Response time 27 ms. I do enjoy having a bigger 17-inch though since a larger screen is good for the type of work I do, and gaming of course benefits from this as well.
My last laptop also did not have a webcam so the fact that this does with a decent quality 720p one is a bonus since now I can do work Zoom calls in my living room.
Typing experience is excellent with keystrokes having good travel, clicks are precise with keys being spaced out nicely and comfortable, plus the added number keys really helps me work wised. Typing noise is at a minimal except for some keys like the space bar which has a clicky and audible feedback. I got use to typing on this keyboard right away. RGB light are nice also and are controlled via the Armory Crate App, backlight brightness on keys can be made very bright or low if you wish. Touch pad is responsive, good gestures and two finger scrolling (Windows Precision Drivers) but is a lot smaller than the larger trackpads I am used to and picks up the oils from your fingers rather easily.
The Wi-Fi 6 card is just phenomenal with speeds up to 473 Mbps blowing away my prior laptop that only got 270 Mbps. Wi-Fi connection has been stable with no drops.
Battery life is around 5.30 hours with general web browsing and YouTube viewing with battery saver mode enabled, battery type is a Li-Ion 3 cell 48WH. The battery life is not really a deal breaker for me since using it at home mostly.
Sound does not get very loud even on max with sound quality just being average, I tried tweaking the sound options in Armory Crate App in effort to increase sound and didn’t notice any difference.
Final thought & gripes, great laptop for gaming and light to medium productive work. The 17-inch laptop serves well as desktop replacement but still portable enough for Lan parties. Everything is just better with a bigger screen, more real estate on web pages and gaming. Gaming performance is not bad with card having certain tech options that future games will utilize. This is a quality build device with a good typing experience that can handle modern games. Overall, this is a killer system for gamers on a budget who wants a bigger screen and gaming is a primary concern regarding this laptop for me, so I can overlook some of the short comings.
Gripes: I was expecting a bigger battery on such a large laptop and not the supplied 3 cell 48WH so battery life is a little below average, Touchpad kind of small for my taste, average speakers, colors on screen not very accurate, no Micro SD card slot.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Entry level ASUS gaming laptop is a bargain
It’s true! You can have a respectable gaming experience from a $900 laptop with 17.3-inch screen, so long as it is this new model from ASUS. Powered by an 11-th gen Intel Core i5-11260H processor, with 8GB RAM and a half terabyte SSD, a good NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050 Ti graphics card, this laptop scoots along speedily! To be clear, this is an entry-level gaming computer.
**WHAT’S IN THE BOX**
• ASUS TUF Gaming F17 laptop
• 180 Watt Power supply
• Documentation, including two bonus items – Trend Micro Internet Security 3-device/3-month Subscription and Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 1 month token valid for new Game Pass Members Only.
Unbox, plug in and start the new-PC setup experience, as with any new PC.
Ports include Ethernet, HDMI, a total of three USB-3.0 spots and a single Thunderbolt 4 port, all of them with the latest technology.
It is customary that there are many updates to do on a newly-lit PC. Once completed, I did as I always do on a Windows 10 Home PC. I upgraded to Windows Pro. I like the added features and capabilities this upgrade affords.
My fingers immediately felt at home on the full-size keyboard with a nice pitch and all around ease of keyboarding. It is backlit with AURA RGB colorful eye candy I thought would be annoying. To the contrary, it is not! The 144Hz 1080 screen works well for gaming as does the 720P webcam, a welcome addition not included on all gaming rigs.
A pleasant surprise is the up-to-date Wi-Fi 6 support and the latest Bluetooth 5.0. This laptop is not going out of style any time soon. Another reason for this is its uncustomary expandability. Upgrade memory (RAM) into an empty and waiting slot! Upgrade storage into a second SSD slot! Sweet, indeed.
The included Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 1-month token is the best way to try an unlimited variety of games before committing to a monthly subscription after the trial ends.
The laptop feels sturdily built, too, not that I will be less than careful to not drop it. Battery life is not expected to be exemplary. I would expect that users would typically push the gaming limits of this laptop while externally powered, through it should not be unusual to get shy of about two hours on battery while gaming and significantly more while doing more mundane, everyday tasks.
Delving into settings is ASUS’ ARMORY CRATE software, users can trick out sessions for maximum performance, pushing the processor and memory to speedier heights than needed when not gaming. The harder it’s pushed, the harder the efficient dual 83-blade fans work to keep the innards cool. Still the noise is not overly loud. Equipped with DTX Ultra sound, the virtual surround when very close is effective.
Time to dive in!
**PUT TO THE TEST**
Using the supplied Xbox Game Pass, I tried several favorites from series including a choice of standard bearers under the Halo umbrella, Final Fantasy, Streets of Rage, Forza, the newer Doom Eternal, and, of course, World of Warcraft, to name just a few. Experienced gamers have their faves. Newbies will find what they like. There is something for everyone. Just remember, game choices are very personal. With such a treasure trove of titles from which to choose, just go for it!
There are many, many thousands of other games outside of the world of Microsoft to try. Be sure to check out FREE games on Steam, Epic Games, itch.io and elsewhere. Search on “FREE PC GAMES.”
Nothing disappointed me to the point of being a deal breaker. Be sure to learn the best and favorite ARMORY GRATE performance and sound settings for maximum gaming enjoyment.
Heat management is excellent. Even on my lap, the ASUS did not get burning hot owing to ASUS’ heritage and reputation in gaming laptops.
Adding RAM will allow for a better multitasking experience, but it might not improve the gaming experience because the GeForce graphics card does the graphics intensive heavy lifting during play.
This ASUS is capable beyond gaming for everyday use. You know, work and play from Zoom meetings to streaming, email and all the rest. Into the ARMORY CRATE app to reduce performance from the max, this laptop loafs along, happily doing as asked. No, it is not going to win at video editing or graphics production, but short of these, the Intel Core i5 is perfectly competent and should be a pleaser for any student or low-demand gamer, as well as for their parents!
**ON MY WISH LIST**
I wish the laptop supported Windows Hello facial recognition for sign on, but it does not. The webcam does a fine job otherwise. Short list!
With its large screen, powerful gaming performance and smooth graphics, this ASUS TUF Gaming F17 is a good dual-purpose laptop ready for pure fun and just about anything else. On that basis, it’s a bargain!
Manufacturer’s one year parts and labor with paid extension available.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Frag ‘em All … The best all-around gaming laptop
If you are looking for a gaming laptop, this Asus TUF Gaming Laptop featuring the 11th generation Intel Core i5 11260H is the one to get. The laptop features a beautiful crystal clear matte 17” 144hz screen that is easy on the eyes running on an Nvidia GeForce 4GB 3050Ti GPU, 8 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz ram and 480GB of NVMe SSD (SK Hynix) storage. The laptop also features a backlit LED keyboard, DTS Surround sound, Wifi 6 capabilities, Thunderbolt 4 with USB-C (for video, high-speed data transfer) and best part - a really good thermal solution that actually works. The laptop is also clearly one of the more easily expandable laptops that I have seen in a while, with an extra memory slot available, and a second NVMe SSD (M.2 2280) storage connector.
The biggest issue with gaming laptops is the amount of heat a laptop generates when gaming or doing intense work. The heat generated during gaming will throttle the CPU processor in speed, and to an extent your GPU processor, making frame rates drop and ruining the experience of the game. During the last few days, I have been extensively gaming, far more than normal. Everything from CS:GO to Forza 7 to Age of Empires and Battlefield V. I even managed to play a bit of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. It helps that the laptop comes with a free one month pass to Microsoft XBox Game Pass, making downloading and trying out new games a breeze. Talking about thermals, I never saw the 6 cores, 12 threads of the CPU go past 85c in gaming, Which I think is very respectable, the CPU in no way seemed to throttle down. Even the GPU temperatures were between 78-82c depending on the game being played. The cooling solution on this laptop does work. There are air intakes on the top above the keyboard and on the bottom, and I could feel the heat coming off the exhaust vents in the back and on the side. Temperatures that soar during gaming, quickly came down when games were turned off. One could always add a laptop cooling pad to the bottom to improve airflow and cooling should the need arise, as the laptop standoffs are rather tiny and would only be effective on a hard surface.
The initial setup experience of the laptop was quick and easy. There was no bloatware to remove. The “MyAsus” app registered my laptop, and then applied updates to the firmware BIOS and graphics subsystems. I also updated Windows 10 to the latest iteration. After poking around the Asus TUF Aura app to change the fan speed and colours to my preference, I got to gaming.
The initial gaming experience was less than satisfactory, with constant screen tears and frequent freezes. It seemed to do it in everything from Rocket League to CS:GO. Knowing that the Nvidia driver did an upgrade during the initial setup and update process, I checked the version of the driver, and it was 462.xx, the latest drivers (at the time of the review) were 471.41. So I downloaded the latest drivers from the Nvidia website and installed them. The latest drivers definitely fixed the stuttering issue and improved overall gaming performance. Rocket League was smooth as ever, and my kill ratio in CS:GO was no longer affected by dropped frames.
The beauty of this laptop is that one could really game on the go. There is plenty of video processing and CPU power to game without being plugged into an outlet. Though overall gaming time is about 90 minutes at best with a fully charged laptop, the fact that the ability exists to game on a laptop without being hamstrung by lack of frag time is admirable. In the past, gaming laptops were just that, tethered to a wall for power because they were energy hogs. I’d say, this laptop isn’t very far from that - as the power brick is a 20V, 180W, 9 Amp power supply. That is far more than I expected for a laptop, but given the power consumption on the video card, you will need the power to drive the laptop operations. I did notice a slight performance hit when gaming on battery vs. when plugged in. CS:GO overall frame rates fell from an average 100+ fps to 60-70 FPS, which is still completely acceptable for smooth gaming action.
Talking about gaming on the go, the build quality of this laptop is good. While I am not completely impressed by its ability to pick up oils from my hands on to the plastic, the overall build quality is very good. There are stickers in the box that you can adorn your laptop to solve the problem. This laptop is not light, I’d say about 7 pounds or more, but it is built to a MIL-Spec - and should hold up to the daily grind and more.
My final impression of this laptop is nothing short of a “must buy” rating. Sure, you could pay more for a faster processor, or more ram or storage space, but given that you are going to have to upgrade or add the storage and ram anyway, the cost differential between a higher-priced laptop with upgraded components and this one is rather large. For gaming, you will want a 17” matte screen, a keyboard feel that is springy and yet tactile, good processing power for the GPU and the CPU to drive your games. Storage and RAM are always things that require upgrading. Given that most games are in the 100’s of gigabytes in space, the 480 GB SSD will be one thing that will need quick augmentation to be able to install your games properly. The 8 GB of ram is also barely adequate these days, but it’s plenty to get you started, and upgrades can be done rather easily. As a launchpad for gaming on the go, this laptop is the one to have with plenty of CPU processing power and a modern GPU.
* 17” Matte Screen
* Excellent thermals for gaming and laptop performance
* A fantastic keyboard that has good springy action and tactile feel. I wrote the review on the laptop as the keyboard is so good for a typist.
* USB 3.1, USB4 & Thunderbolt 4 with USB-C + HDMI Out
* The webcam, seriously - even though it’s 720P it is quite low quality, it could be so much better given how prevalent gamers stream on platforms like Twitch.
* Gaming battery life, though normal use its fine
* Weight of the laptop
* No way to set the LED keys to map the colours for the game keys to only light up.
* Should have come with a mouse, hard to game without a mouse.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Cost effective entry into mobile gaming.
Since I am used to my notebook, my immediate reaction was “boy this is a big laptop!”. I certainly appreciate the industrial look. The dark gray faux-brushed aluminum finish, angular accents, grilled vents, and subtle TUF Gaming branding, as well as the honeycomb vents on the underside, make this device very cyberpunk. I noticed that the top and dashboard do attract many fingerprints, so keep a microfiber cloth around. Just to ensure people know this is a gaming laptop, there is plenty of bright RGB on the keyboard, and the WASD keys are clear as well.
Although it is mainly built of plastic, ASUS claims that the A17 is “military-grade” tough and should resist bangs and even drops. Hopefully, this is the case as this is not a light device (over 5.5 lbs.!) and it is not as easy to carry around while in use as a smaller notebook. You need two hands to open the huge, thin bezel 17.3” screen and it stays well in place with minimum wobbling. I am enjoying typing this review on this rather quiet full-size keyboard. The Chiclet keys have good travel, are on the soft (but not mushy) tactile side, and are responsive. I notice that the edge at the bottom can dig in a bit into the wrist, so a wrist pad may be a good idea. The tracking pad is large enough and responsive. It features two nice physical click buttons, but I would rather have more real state instead of those.
The 144Hz Adaptive Sync 1080p display is decent. It is bright enough (probably 300+ Nits?) to play in bright conditions, with the matte antiglare helping greatly. The default colors are vibrant, and I did not detect much backlight bleeding on the edges. I did notice that the viewing angle is not very good in daylight, but OK in a darker environment. Unfortunately, the impressive 144Hz refresh rate is hardly utilized due to the spec limitations, which seems a bit of a waste.
ASUS claims that the sound quality is much better than most, but I honestly am not impressed. Sure, it seems to be louder, but the bass is still lacking as with almost every other laptop out there. That’s why a good set of headphones will always be needed, especially since the A17 features DTS:X Ultra with virtual surround.
I am pleased with the connectivity of the A17. It covers all I/O ports that may be needed at any time. From ethernet to USB-C Thunderbolt 4, this laptop has me covered. Also, it is future-proof with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, which is great for a mobile device.
The 720p camera, as with most laptops is mediocre at best. It is decent enough for video conferencing, but I would not use it for serious streaming. The mic is rather nice, as it picked my voice well at a good 6 ft. away.
The 48WHrs battery life is what you would expect from a gaming laptop. I was able to game for a little less than 2 hours before needing to plug it in. I am sure it will last much longer when simply surfing the net or doing light work.
When it comes to performance, I was pleasantly surprised. One must keep in mind that this is an entry-level gaming laptop, and expectations should match that. The i5-10300H and RTX 3050 Ti combo work well when playing mid-tier games at decent framerates. I saw 100+ fps on popular games such as Forza H4, Witcher 3, WoW, Apex, Fortnite, R6 Siege, Overwatch, and CS: GO at high/max settings. However, on other titles such as BF5, DOOM Eternal, RDR2, AC Valhalla, COD CW, and Cyberpunk, the settings must be toned down to at least medium or high with several tweaks -specifically raytracing, before hitting a nice 60fps. By no means this is a deal-breaker, as playing at medium-high settings is still a great portable experience on this laptop.
The companion ASUS Armory App is decent, and it does not seem like bloatware. There, you can see what’s going on in your PC, change the RGB, add macros, change screen color and resolution, optimize performance, and update drivers.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this version has only 8GB of RAM, which may not really affect gaming as much, but will affect multi-tasking -especially if you stream, photoshop, or edit video. It also has only 512GB of space. For a gaming rig, this certainly is not enough. Unless you have an external hard drive or SSD, you must constantly delete and reinstall the software, which is not fun. Having said that, ASUS made an excellent move to alleviate this by making it extremely easy to upgrade both memory and most importantly, space. Simply open the back and the available slots are fully visible. This allows for the lower-priced option, and the ability to upgrade when possible later.
In the end, the large screen, great keyboard, good build, decent specs (for the price), and the ability to upgrade as needed, make the TUF A17 a great option for portable gaming on a budget
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Oh That Screen!
Initial thoughts are that this would definitely suffice as a gaming laptop. Haven’t ran into any issues with Shooters and Action Games. The 144hz screen is awesome!! This also doubles as a work computer.
The biggest limitations out of the box will be storage. Rated at 512GB, 456GB formatted with 348GB available before installing. Playing the latest AAA Games especially anything from the Call Of Duty line will take at least 100GB, so you will fill up storage pretty quickly. Thankfully ASUS built-in a secondary M.2 port. 1TB drives have dropped in cost, but still a little pricey for larger ones.
Thankfully it is pretty easy to upgrade/add Storage and Memory (extra slot as well) once you get the back cover off. About 10 screws holding the case on, however, ASUS went a little overboard with the snap locks. Typically I start in the front and work my way around, but the bottom cover wraps around the hinge and in doing my typical routine, broke some of the snap locks in that area. I’d recommend starting on the sides in the back and wrap around the corners to the back side; then work your way towards the front.
While the build quality is definitely where ASUS had to cut some costs. The chassis is all plastic and the palm rest and trackpad are bad at attracting smudges; the keys too. The design is definitely geared toward the traditional gaming design and the RGB keyboard adds to the flair. It would be hard to call it a gaming computer if doesn’t have these features, it just goes with the territory. The ports are definitely put in strategic spots; single USB-A for a mouse on the right, mic/headphone jack on the left side closest to the front. I would like to have seen another USB-C, but at least it has 1.
I will say that the I have not seen so much thermal cooling in a laptop before. The RAM has a thermal tape on both sides and so does the M.2..it’s literally wrapped in it. The dual-fans definitely have some decibels, but are not overly distracting. Most likely you will be wearing a gaming headset,
ASUS does bundle its own software for tweaking the hardware specs and even its own Game Store, but it really is just pulling from Steam Store. I wouldn’t call it official overclocking, but it will let you set the processor to Turbo which makes it stay running at top speed. The software helps if you are looking at running different power profiles for battery life. It also has a nice battery save feature that lets set to maximum battery health where it won’t allow the battery to charger more than 60% for when the laptop will be used mostly as a desktop and always plugged in.
Speaking of the battery, I was pretty shocked to see it was only 4220mAh in size it is 48Wh, so it can put out the juice, but if you plan on gaming while on battery, don’t plan on any extended sessions. There is definitely some room for them to add some more battery, but probably not a good idea given the amount of heat that could be expected. The laptop is definitely well ventilated, but I’m sure most will also leave this plugged in all the time, so a larger battery would end being a bit overkill. The charging block is a traditional circular plug, not the USB-C of modern slim laptops, however, its also pumping out 180W at 20.0volts and 9A, so it will definitely recharge at a fast rate. Battery life is going to be a mixed bag for you depending on what your use is unplugged, but the ASUS CRATE software that lets you tweak everything, automatically shuts down the Nvidia GPU, switches screen to 60hz and a few other settings to conserve battery.
I’m not sure if this laptop is “The Ultimate Force” (TUF) ASUS brands it as, but I definitely think it holds its own. My only issue I ran into was some light bleed from the lower border of the screen mostly on the left and right sides. This is only noticeable in the darkest of scenes. I would like to have seen a 1TB drive and of 16GB RAM given this just a bunch of plastic (which does make it quite light). Given the shortages for chips, I think it is priced competitively and you wouldn’t be disappointed.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Replace the desktop and power game anywhere!
The ASUS TUF Gaming F17 Laptop is the ultimate in portable gaming. As a writer, web developer, and gamer, I wanted a laptop with a large screen, high performance, and the durability to handle life from a bag. The TUF Gaming F17 fulfills these requirements and more.
Setup and Configuration
Right out of the box, the look and feel of the F17 screams power and durability. I got the Black case design with the TUF etching on the top, beveled edges along the sides, and a honeycomb pattern along the bottom. With the 17-inch screen size and the full-size keyboard, the texture of the chassis allows for a firm grip when moving the laptop.
The F17 comes with Windows 10 Home edition. The initial setup, installation of updates, and configuration with my Microsoft account went smoothly. The OS comes with the standard Microsoft applications and ASUS utility applications. I didn't have to uninstall a bunch of unwanted third-party programs.
There are two graphics processors - Intel internal and the Nvidia RTX 3050-Ti. As default, the F17 will use the Intel graphics driver for the main screen. To switch this, I used the Nvidia Control Panel and selected the Gforce driver as the default.
Although I like to use angled laptop support for keeping the hardware cool, the F17 has an impressive dual-fan cooling system with a self-cleaning design. Air is pulled in via the bottom vents and is exhausted through two rear-facing vents.
A big complaint of many gamers is that a laptop is not expandable. However, the F17 has additional slots for RAM and another Solid State Drive.
Armory Crate Software
The F17 comes with the ASUS Armory Crate software, which provides the ability to configure the computer's performance, fine-tune the responsiveness of the graphics, configure the keyboard backlighting, and monitor the performance of the hardware. It also scans for installed games and has configurable profiles for each game. Armory Crate is convenient to have open for monitoring performance while working and gaming.
My primary games are Microsoft's Flight Simulator and No Man's Sky. Both of these are graphics intensive and can work the GPU. With Flight Simulator, I can maintain a consistent 50 frames per second with high-quality graphics. The fans come on at a low rpm, and the computer stays cool. No Man's Sky has impressive graphics quality with this computer. Again, I get a slight fan hum, and the laptop stays cool. I'm a big advocate of using a laptop stand to give the bottom of the laptop more breathing space.
Working and Writing
As a work computer, the F17 does an excellent job. The screen is big enough to fit multiple code windows and a browser with debugger open. As a web developer, on average, I will have 10 to 15 different tabs open in my browser. The F17 has no problem with refresh rates and keeping up. The built-in WiFi 6 keeps up with the necessary network communications and is my primary connection method. As a writer, I generally utilize an attached mechanical keyboard. However, when I'm away from home, the F17 keyboard does nicely. It has a soft touch and is very quiet. My only complaint is the narrow keys on the numeric keypad took some getting used to.
I installed the following software on my F17:
• Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2020
• No Man's Sky
• Visual Studio Code
• Adobe Creative Cloud
• Apple iCloud
• Microsoft OneNote, Word, Excel
• Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1126H @ 2.60 GHz
○ 6 cores, 12 threads
• RAM: 8 GB, Micron 4ATF1G64HZ
• Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3050-Ti, 4GB GDDR6
• Drive: Nvme SSD, 512GB
• Display: 17.3" 1920x1080, 16:9, anti-glare, 144hz Adaptive Sync
• Keyboard: Full keyboard with backlighting
• Sound: 2 2W speakers, DTS:X Ultra technology, array microphone
• Military-grade (MIL-STD-810H) rugged build
• Battery: 90WHrs, 3-cell Li-ion
• WiFi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity
• Ports: RJ45, HDMI 2.0b, 2 USB 3.2 Type A, 1 USB 3.2 Type C, 1 USB 2.0 Type A
• 1 3.5mm Audio Jack
• Camera: 720P HD
• Bluetooth 5.1, 5.22135
UserBenchmark.com Performance Rating
• CPU: 97.1% Outstanding
• GPU: 66.9% Good
• Drive: 261% Outstanding
• Memory: 42% Average
Overall, the ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop F17 provides me with the perfect combination of graphics, processor power, ruggedness, and screen size for gaming and serious work. If you're looking for a portable computer with the ability to replace a desktop, I highly recommend this one.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
This Laptop is genuinely awesome! I would not say I'm the most intense gamer, but I do enjoy gaming. Every game I've thrown at this bad boy has been handled with ease. No lag, no stuttering, full HD, and extremely satisfying. I've played Genshin Impact, GTA V, Phasmophobia, TemTem, and Plants Vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville. Genshin was played on best settings at 60fps with no problem! and GTA was started up with no issues and played with zero lag or stutter; I'm not sure what the fps was but it looked great so take that for what you will lol. On top of it performing well, it just looks rad as heck! RGB keyboard, and an awesome casing that looks rugged but stylish. I did upgrade the RAM to 16GB which I definitely recommend, especially if you want to game and listen to music. and as for "bottlenecking", I haven't noticed anything tbh. This is a laptop for under 1k that you can comfortably game on. If you want 4K gaming at 120fps invest in something more expensive or get an Xbox.
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good but battery life disappoint
Ok let me start by saying that this laptop is fast…no no no , I mean fast. I play COD MW T 150 FPS on medium settings 1080p.
I use this for my potable music recording studio, but I have a proble with it, and is that the battery only last about 2 hours fully charged and that’s with the keyboard lights off and screen lights dimmed out.
I have 2 desktops one with a ryzen 9 5950x rtx 3060 ti for home music production and gaming
And my second pc have a ryze 5 2600 exit 580, and let me tell you, this laptop destroy this pc.
I like my laptop, but I want to love it, and the battery life kind of kill it for me, and now I have to carry an extra power bank witch is making my backpack less traveling friendly. Thank you best buy I got this on sale for $800. But more importantly thank you Asus.
A:AnswerIt has an HDMI connector that you can use. You can also use the USB-C Thunderbolt 4 connector to power two 4K monitors through it. I of course could only power one via USB-C, as I had only one monitor available to test. But I was able to have 2 screens, one on the laptop, and one 4K screen
A:AnswerYup, looks like there are 2 LED's not lighting up on the bottom right of the spacebar. Now that you pointed it out, it is bothering me that I know of it, but it does not affect the functionality of the spacebar.