There are two models in the Asus FX 504 series. One with 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8750 processor; 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB storage; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM is priced at Rs 90,990. The other model costs Rs 72,990 and offers Intel Core i5 8300H processor along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM. Other specifications is similar apart from some differences in the display specifications.
After using or gaming on the Asus TUF FX 504 with 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8750 processor for some time, here is our review.
Design and display
The Asus TUF FX 504 gaming laptop is a solid machine that is build to last. While this laptop doesn’t belong to the ROG legacy, Asus has added design elements which makes the TUF Gaming look like a ROG laptop. Having said that, this definitely doesn’t look like any typical ROG series laptop. The design is fresh and it’s a good thing. It’s simple, looks professional yet the design will manage to bring out the gamer in you. Apart from the Red colour borders of the chiclet keypad along with the Red backlight, the device looks simple. Thankfully, there are not gimmicky light all around the device (a key highlight in any other gaming laptop) which usually ends up as a distraction. We used the premium steel cover version of the TUF notebook and the Red colour ‘Asus’ looks fantastic. The laptop weighs 2.3 kgs which can be called ‘portable’ when compared to other gaming laptops but after adding the weight of the charger, its almost 3kg.
Talking about the display, the TUF FX 504 gaming laptop offers a 15.6-inch inch FHD matte display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Asus claims a 3 milliseconds gray-to-gray (GTG) response time this means you can expect less ghosting effect. In real life scenario, the display is doable given the price. The viewing angles are decent with optimum brightness. However, you will feel like using the laptop on full brightness always because at lower levels it feels really dull.
Keyboard and trackpad
Featuring a Red backlit chiclet keypad, the Asus FX 504 feels great to type. It features a full-sized keypad with the Num Pad squeezed on the right. There is no additional key for any modes or multimedia. So, apart from the Red colour highlighted WASD keys and unique space bar, there is little trace in the keypad that it’s a gaming laptop. The direction keys are placed slightly below, which is a good thing but its small, so it may not actually help you. You really don’t rely on the trackpad of a gaming laptop during gaming sessions. Having said that it’s good for regular day-to-day usage. There is also two-finger zoom support which comes handy sometimes.
The Asus FX504 TUF model that we reviewed offers an 8th gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM, combined 1TB FireCuda SSHD and 128GB PCIE SSD storage. While 8GB of RAM definitely sounds less right away, the good part is its upgradable and you can expand it to 16GB of memory. Thanks to the Seagate FireCuda SSHD, the device definitely feels agile and snappy.
Talking about the Core i7-8750H processor, the performance will not be an issue at all. But given the way Asus has positioned the TUF Gaming laptop, it would be interesting to see how much ‘hobbyist gamers’ can actually put the Core i7-8750H to test. So, if you want to save money, the lower end TUF FX 504 version with Core i5 8300H processor will work for average gamers and someone looking at a stable and reliable gig. Having said that you might miss the snappiness of the GTX 1050TI graphics that’s there on the upper variant, especially in the long run.
The Core i7-8750H processor handles your regular computing needs like a piece of cake. In fact, this doesn’t even need the prowess of a Core i7-8750H processor. As far as gaming is concerned, you will please most of the times with the performance, but sometimes under demanding multitasking scenarios, this machine might stutter at times.
Coming to cooling, Asus has deployed its Anti-Dust Cooling(ADC) system with fan overboost. Asus claims that the ADC system expels dust particles through two dedicated tunnels on the side of the fans to prevent build-up in the thermal fins. While there are different modes for the fan speed, it’s way too noisy sometimes. There are cooling pipes inside as well to dissipate the heat but still the laptop remains warm for most part of regular usage because the fan doesn’t kick in.
Connectivity and speakers
The Asus TUF FX504 offers Gigabit wired along with wireless AC options. There’s Bluetooth as well. Connectivity is not an issue at all. There are three USB ports, one HDMI port along with a combined mic/headphone 3.5mm jack. Of course, there’s no optical disc drive. There is a 720p webcam which offer decent images. There are two speakers on the sides but it doesn’t impress much. It’s not loud as such and the quality is average at best.
This laptop is backed by a 48Wh battery and don’t expect great battery life. In fact, gaming laptops aren’t marketed for its battery life. If you use the machine of full brightness (like we did), then expect around 2.5 hours battery life. If you set lower brightness levels then expect around three hours at max that too initially when the battery is comparatively new. It takes around 1.5 hours to fully charge this machine.
The Asus TUF FX 504 Gaming laptop is a decent machine for someone wanting a work horse offering flawless performance for regular usage along with the right prowess for modern day gaming. The price is, of course, one of its USP. This machine has got everything right but the only weakness is the display. Of course, the display quality is not bad at all but it’s just doable after spending Rs 90,990.