Pros: Booted up fast, and everything seems to but running great so far. Screen, keyboard, and the overall look is top notch.
Cons: When I unboxed the laptop, I was immediately concerned by a rattling sound coming from within the laptop. Before I could even turn it on, I had to remove 10-ish screws, pry off the back panel and see what was going on. Not a great first impression. Turns out there was a loose, tiny silver screw floating around inside. I was able to remove it, but I have no idea where it came from and could not figure out if it fell out from the hardware. Fingers crossed it was just an extra and not something vital to keeping my laptop together.
Overall Review: If nothing goes wrong in the next 6 months, I will attempt to bump up the rating, but as of now I am concerned.
Pros: It got here on time.
Everything works as it's supposed to.
Cons: Tuf Gaming must mean it's pretty tuf to play games on this bad boy. Can barely run Tarkov.
Overall Review: Definitely get this if you want to play enjoyable games. Do NOT get this if your friend wants you to try and play tarkov.
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.)
Pros: This laptop is Gorgeous. Full RGB and has all the right "angles". This has a bright and great looking 120hz screen for display and seems to run Ark: Survival Evolved on all high settings with ease. I run mainly older and cross compatibility titles (with linux on my main rig). I have small wish to switch this from windows to Mint but haven't found a reason yet as this is my main gaming station. Comes with good features you'd expect from a mid range gaming machine. (Bluetooth and fast wifi). Would prefer more "pizazz" when adjusting the "Killer" wifi other than the windows default options but it seems to work fine with my AP. It had some intial updates upon first bootup but that was to be expected. The built in app seems to work fine and has a lot of adjustable settings. I like that it has a feature to preserve maximum battery life as it will spend 99.9% of the time plugged in and in "performance mode". I like the fullish keyboard with numpad, it meets my needs and the keypress feedback is similar to my Macbook pro. The 'Tuf' design looks to hold up for the term but it's NOT toughbook/field durable. If you spill something or drop this, you might have a non-working laptop after an accident. I'm used to bad-mediocre laptops and this one is a budget wonder and runs all my older titles with ease. It's not going to give you desktop performance and you really shouldn't expect it here but the screen is great and it will get through most things. The 'FN' keys are useful. I have not experienced any driver weirdness nor any crashes in the weeks owning this. I gave it a good while before writing this review. The built in headphone amp/autodetect is a nice plus if you have a good set of pluggable cans. I have not tried bluetooth anything, yet. May get to that at a later date.
Cons: Does not have a displayport or newer connectivity options for video. (Has HDMI out). The speakers are really not...that...great... but passable at this price point. Now at the default profile this system is LOUD if you do not adjust the acoustic setting and you game, you will notice it but it is not unbearable. This is a con that others have mentioned just thought I'd mention it here. After installing a number of titles you will notice that the SSD gets full. This is somewhat to be expect just thought I'd give it a mention as that might be a future upgrade. (For storage). Yeah the touchpad is fine, just not as good as like say a Mac book pro that cost 3-5 times as much brand new.
Overall Review: If you like less demanding other than than the newest AAA titles I would highly recommend this laptop I think less nitpicky users will be nicely surprised with this mobile platform. When the world gets around to being able move around again, I look forward to being able to take this traveling as I can login to my game servers remotely. At this point I've put 100+ hours in front of this machine and it has been reliable and a joy to game on.
Pros: Nice keyboard action, with RGB if you're into that sort of thing.
The overall buil quality and looks are very good, the base and lid have the desired level of rigidity and I don't feel nervous about closing or opening the lid.
Minimal crapware installed.
I play relatively low impact games, World of Warships with everything maxxed out was getting consistent 72 fps at 1080.
After running World of Warships for an hour at max settings the keyboard was barely warm, on my old 4700mq Envy it would have been hot enough the coddle eggs.
Wifi card is excellent.
BT is also very good.
Cons: Sound at maximum volume is really not that loud.
Touchpad is a bit noisy, I guess I'm used to one that doesn't actually move that much when clicked.
Power brick gets very warm.
Overall Review: I've been looking at a new laptop for quite a while, my old one was getting, well old. Still perfectly functional but beginning to show signs of its age (6 years old). The hinge on the lid completely disintegrated last week, opening the laptop became a kind of Russian Roulette, will it work or just completely die this time? This crystallized my desire into a need for a new laptop immediately. I had toyed with a i7 8750 or even an 9750 but the reports of their thermals and the throttling that ensues put me off. So I looked at some i5 8300h machines and eventually the Ryzen based machines. This one caught my eye because it was fully specced to what I wanted without me having to add stuff almost as soon as I got it. Overall a very good purchase on my behalf, hopefully I will be saying the same in 5 years time.
Pros: It's been a good computer. Plays games well, and does everything it's supposed to.
Cons: Secondary traditional drive is beginning to fail.
This is how I found the bait and switch. I figured if I need to replace my secondary data drive, I might as well upgrade my NVMe drive to something larger than 256gb. COD MW 2019 is 180gb and new games take up a lot of room.
The spec on this computer shows 256gb PCIe NVME drive. It has an m.2 PCIe slot, but the drive in it is not NVME. It is NGFF. This is a total bait and switch, and I don't think I'm going to buy another Asus product after this.
Overall Review: It will soon be getting an new SSD 2.5 drive for data and an actual NVME drive. It's a shame that my data drive is failing in less than a year of ownership, but it happens. I still would have given 5 stars until I opened the laptop to see what form factor (length) of the NVMe drive, and then found that I have been lied to.
Overall Review: I bought this laptop and it absolutely was trash. i was barely getting 30 fps on games like csgo league which i should be getting at least 60 with a 1660 ti. i made sure it was using the graphics card instead of the integrated ones, i did everything i could think of and nothing seemed to work.
Pros: First with the good: Good CPU and GPU
Cons: First one came with a failed SSD
Second one had a good ssd but so many more issues
Both fans burnt up within 7 moths of buying it, Had them replaced.
Armory Crate is buggy as alland refuses to remember your settings
Armory crate loses track of the fans, and maxes out the one it can fine, burning it out faster.
Overall Review: Avoid this, I used to like Asus. My first 4 laptops were, but the build quality on this thing is Abysmal.