ASUS TUF Dash F15 Gaming Laptop - Review
Gaming laptops are taking huge leaps forward thanks to NVIDIA's latest series of RTX 3000 graphics cards, bringing them to capabilities never seen before, with the added bonus of portability. Today's example is the ASUS TUF Dash F15 Gaming Laptop, which boasts an RTX 3070 and an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-112370H, which puts it on a par with many enthusiast desktops.
We thank Asus for giving us the product for review.
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The box of the ASUS TUF Dash F15. It has hardly any color, in contrast to the idea that gaming must have a lot of color, which gives a feeling that it is a more productive laptop, even if it is not.
Its rear view, with the technical information of materials for its correct recycling.
The ASUS TUF Dash F15 laptop closed. You can see the letters and logo of the TUF series, and little else. A simple design and less loaded than usual in gaming laptops.
The control pilots, which indicate the activity of the laptop. Once the laptop is opened, they are visible below the screen.
The lower part of the ASUS TUF Dash F15. The bottom vents are appreciated, and the removable bottom cover for component cleaning or the introduction of an expansion NVMe SSD.
This is the chipset and the board of the ASUS TUF Dash F15. The battery has a large size, which explains its long life. We see the expansion port for an NVMe SSD, since 1 Tb, being a gaming laptop, is going to fall short quickly since many games begin to approach 100 GB of space.
Here we see the integrated board, with the CPU and GPU.
The port for a second NVMe SSD. It's Gen 3 × 4.
Now we move on to see and appreciate the open laptop. The integrated keyboard is quite compact. Being designed for gaming, it has the WASD keys in a white color so that you know where to position your hand in the vast majority of games that use this control scheme.
The multimedia keys are not the usual ones on any keyboard. There is direct control without having to use the function button such as volume up or down. By not having to use control keys, some F keys can also be used to cut, or lower or raise the brightness of the screen or keyboard.
The usual technical information sticker informs us of some of the capabilities of the ASUS TUF Dash F15. A 240 Hz screen and only 3 milliseconds of latency, charging with Thunderbolt 4 port, and integrated WiFi 6.
In connectivity, we have an RJ41 port for Ethernet cable, HDMI to connect it to an auxiliary screen, USB-A and USB-C, along with an audio jack port.
Finally, on the right side we have two more USB ports. It has enough ports in case we want to use our own USB keyboard and mouse, and then use a USB hub for the rest of the peripherals that we want to put in it, such as a webcam or a microphone.
And the keyboard backlighting is. WASD keys to highlight the most transparent one with the opaque letters. The control software allows us to adjust the brightness, but does not become RGB only this shade of green is available.
Just looking at the technical capabilities, it is seen that, although it seems that the ASUS TUF Dash F15 has a high price, it makes up for it if we want to have a dedicated gaming laptop. 16GB of RAM is more than enough to move any modern game on the market, and an 3070GB GDDR RTX 8 moves games in high quality at 1080p and 60 FPS. Taking as a reference a God of War game, which in its day was a benchmark of the PS4's graphic potential, this laptop model can move it without problems, and many games that will come in the future.
Of course, its portability component is not lacking, with a battery that lasts for a whole day if we dedicate ourselves to office automation productivity and playback of videos on YouTube. Obviously, it will be reduced according to more powerful games you put on it, but it lasts a sufficient number of hours so that on a train trip it is worth taking it out to play without problems. The fact that you can charge it with a USB cable means that you do not have to carry as many cables, and it is a welcome change because for decades laptop charging cables have been cumbersome. Practically, we can charge the mobile phone and a gaming laptop with the same cable without problems.
The price factor much matter. Yes, more than 1.100 euros or more, but knowing that it is a laptop with a battery of highly durable components and range of enthusiasts, is set and remains a very good option if the jump component we want to do is considerable. Clearly not a laptop to opt for if you're a student on a budget, or you're a telecommuter who needs a laptop for work.
Having a backlit keyboard is ideal for when we play or write at night. Lighting is now essential in keyboards, but seeing as the keyboard only offers a green light, we expected at least several more colors than RGB per customization theme.
- A price, although high, very justified knowing that it is a top-of-the-range laptop. It will play any game that comes at 60 FPS with almost no problem.
- Extremely long battery life for productivity.
- Charging via USB-C cable.
- A much less loaded and saturated design than most gaming laptops.
- Its price if you are only looking for an office or student laptop.
- The backlit keyboard is only green.