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Samuel S.

Samuel S.

Joined on 02/20/16

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Most Favorable Review

Solid build. Decent performance. Weird keyboard layout.

ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H, GeForce GTX 1650, 8 GB DDR4, 512 GB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, TUF505DT-RB53
ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H, GeForce GTX 1650, 8 GB DDR4, 512 GB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, TUF505DT-RB53

Pros: The RGB keyboard really is sweet. The screen lid is wrapped in a light weight metal shell that makes it feel solid and protected. This keyboard separates the arrow keys out from the grid of ordinary keys. That makes them easier to find by touch than they were on my older Asus laptop.

Cons: All the cons revolve around the peculiar keyboard layout. And the awkward touchpad. Asus made some strange decisions about the keyboard layout. There's no indicator light on the NumLock key. And there are no "End" or Page Up/Dn keys. Home, End, and Page Up/Dn are all available, as secondary functions of some numpad keys. So, you need to know if NumLock is on or off before you try to navigate through a document. But, even though this laptop is decked out with dozens of LEDs, Asus couldn't spare one for a NumLock indicator. Maybe this is an off-base criticism of a gaming laptop. After all, it's not an office workstation. But, in between gaming sessions, I still try to get some "real, actual work" done sometimes. Workaround: Install TrayStatus (or similar) for a NumLock indication in the Windows SysTray. And the touchpad. It's far less sensitive than the one my previous (circa 2012) Asus laptop. The Apple-style press-anywhere-to-click feature is badly done. The cursor drifts as you click. It's almost impossible to right-click (actual Apple users don't worry about this) with it. It routinely takes me 3 tries to bring up a right-click context menu. But, bonus: sometimes I get accidental right-clicks if my palm touches the "right button" area of the touchpad. But, it's a gaming laptop. I guess we're all supposed to be using sweet gaming mice instead. The touchpad is matte black set into the laptop body's matte black finish. I wish the keyboard lighting highlighted the edges of the touchpad. As it is, it's impossible to see the touchpad in low-light situations. It also has a combined "Home/End" key. All the way at the right-end of the function-key row. It's a Home key. But you can mash Fn-Home to get the End function. Is anyone ever going to use that feature? I've never seen that before. It's just weird.

Overall Review: Solid build. Decent performance. Good price for the computing power. Looks great. The pre-installed McAfee software is obnoxious (uninstall it). Why isn't there an indicator light on the NumLock key? (Get yourself an app like TrayStatus.)

Most Critical Review

This thing might have issues...

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST2000LX001
Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Notebooks / Laptops Internal Hard Drive ST2000LX001

Pros: A cheap way to get 2TB of storage. To be determined: How much of a "pro" is the 8BG of caching Flash?

Cons: First serious filesystem issue in 5 years, only 5 weeks after installing this drive. Probably just coincidence. Right? And it takes longer to hibernate and to resume with this drive. The Flash ain't helping here: Resume: 87.3 seconds (average) and Hibernate: 44.6 seconds (average) with the FireCuda SSHD vs. Resume: 24.7 seconds (average) and Hibernate: 45.8 seconds (average) with my old Hitachi drive. Not an impressive speed "boost". Those stats are from Windows Event Viewer, event 300, "resumed from standby", with data going back to 2015.

Overall Review: About that "filesystem issue": I hadn't booted this laptop in about a week. When I tried, Win7 wouldn't boot. Not even to Safe Mode. Did a cold boot. And it ran through the whole 3-stage chkdsk song-and-dance, finding and fixing a lot of issues. In the 5 years I've owned this laptop, with its original Hitachi drive, I've never seen behavior like this. I literally never saw chkdsk find a single error on the old, Hitachi harddrive. When I installed the new drive, I dd'ed my old drive onto it. So, at least I have my old drive to fall back to...

Compact. Worked well.

UK Ireland Hong Kong Travel Adapter Plug, TESSAN UK Power Adapter with 3 American Outlets and 2 USB Charging Ports, USA to UK British England Scotland Irish Outlet Adaptor -Safe Grounded Type G
UK Ireland Hong Kong Travel Adapter Plug, TESSAN UK Power Adapter with 3 American Outlets and 2 USB Charging Ports, USA to UK British England Scotland Irish Outlet Adaptor -Safe Grounded Type G

Pros: The 2 USB charging ports are really convenient.

Overall Review: Splits a UK/Ireland style receptacle into 3 American-style receptacles. And provides 2 USB charging ports. Just like the description says. Simple. Great to travel with. Remember: it just adapts the plug shape. It won't convert the voltage.