ASUS TUF Gaming A15, A17 Hands-On
At CES 2020, ASUS unveiled the latest members of its TUF Gaming lineup, the A15 and the A17. Both laptops can be armed with an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and offer displays that can run up to 144Hz or 120Hz refresh rate. We were able to get up close and personal with the A15 and A17, check them out!
The TUF Gaming A15 laptops are offered in two designs, Fortress Gray and Bonfire Black. The Fortress Gray design sports a sandblasted metal lid, texture with a gray color, with the TUF logo laser-engraved in the middle of the cover. Four screws adorn the four corners of the lid as well.
As for Bonfire Black, the textured lid has hexagon-shaped cuts, and the same shape is also patterned all over the laptop. The cover’s frame is also accented with an orange border. Of course, the TUF logo can also be found in the center of the lid. Comparing the two designs, Fortress Gray has a much more subtle look and feel, while Bonfire Black has a bolder, edgier look to it. Both laptops are Military Grade-certified (MIL-STD-810H) and can endure drops, extreme temperatures, and the like.
The latest TUF gaming laptops are offered in two display sizes. The A15 has a 15.6-inch display with an up to 144Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the A17’s display measures at 17.3-inches and has an up to 120Hz refresh rate. Both panels offer FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution and AMD FreeSync. The A15 and A17 also offer slim bezels, apart from the wide bottom bezel that has the ASUS logo. A webcam also sits on the top bezel of the two laptops.
Moving on to the lower half of the laptops, both the A15 and A17 have full-sized keyboards. As these are gaming devices, ASUS gave the WASD keys a translucent treatment to emphasize how they’re frequently used for games. The TUF laptops also have RGB lighting, and users can customize them to their hearts’ content. The keys are spaced quite right, and they’re quite satisfying to type on. Under the keyboard sits a sizeable trackpad with physical left and right buttons. Above the keyboard are vents, light indicators, and the power button.
Ports-wise, the laptops have the power port, HDMI cable, RJ 45 LAN port, two USB Type-A slots, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
Situated on the right are a Kensington lock, a vent, and a USB 2.0 slot.
On the rear are honeycomb-patterned vents for air to pass through.
Both TUF laptops have quite a weight to them and are rather thick as well. The A15 and A17 can sport several CPU options up to an AMD Ryzen 9. For GPU, the A15 support up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, while the A17 can have up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. The machines can also be armed with an up to 32GB memory and up to 1TB SSD.
ASUS will also be launching laptops with 10th Generation Intel Core processors in the form of the TUF Gaming F15 and F17. Apart from the change in CPU, the rest of the specs will be the same.
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 / A17 specs
15.6-inch non-glare FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level panel up to 144Hz, AMD FreeSync
17.3-inch non-glare FHS (1920 x 1080) IPS-level panel up to 120Hz, AMD FreeSync
Up to AMD Ryzen 9
Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (A15)
Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (A17)
Up to 32GB 3200MHz DDR4
Up to 1TB SSD
1 3.5mm Audio Jack Combo
1 x HDMI 2.0b
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C Display Port 1.4
1 x USB 2.0
359.8 x 256 x 24.9 mm (Bonfire Black) / 359.8 x 256 x 24.7 mm (Fortress Gray) (A15)
399.2 x 269.4 x 26 mm (Bonfire Black) / 399.2 x 269.4 x 25.2 mm (Fortress Gray) (A17)
Bonfire Black, Fortress Gray