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Asus TUF A17 is a beefy 17.3-inch gaming laptop with some of the smallest arrow keys we've seen

Asus TUF A17 is a beefy 17.3-inch gaming laptop with some of the smallest arrow keys we've seen
Asus TUF A17 is a beefy 17.3-inch gaming laptop with some of the smallest arrow keys we've seen
The directional keys really got the short end of the stick here. Not only are they smaller than the ones on the last generation TUF FX705, but they're also smaller and more cramped than the arrow keys on most subnotebooks.
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

Laptops that are 14-inch in size or under tend to have smaller and more tightly packed keyboard keys. Additional concessions such as the lack of dedicated auxiliary keys or NumPad keys are understandable as well given the limited surface area available. For larger 17.3-inch gaming laptops, however, it becomes much more difficult to forgive such cutbacks.

The 17.3-inch TUF A17 FA706 series is Asus' latest gaming laptop designed to replace the aging TUF FX705 series. It's a complete redesign of the older model with significantly faster processor options and improved chassis quality, but the keyboard arrow keys are noticeably smaller this time around. In fact, each arrow key is so incredibly small (~1.3 x 1.0 cm) that even the arrow keys on most subnotebooks are larger than what the TUF A17 has to offer. Key feedback is subsequently weak, spongy, cramped, and just displeasing to use even for short periods.

The substandard arrow keys are a shame because typing on the main QWERTY keys is otherwise satisfactory and roomy while system performance is spectacular given the asking price. If you intend on doing a fair bit of Excel work or anything else requiring the arrow keys, however, then you'd be better off with other gaming laptops with actual full-size arrow keys like the Lenovo Legion Y740-17 or MSI GT76. Otherwise, you're going to want to invest in an external keyboard or NumPad.

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15.6-inch Eluktronics RP-15 for comparison. The manufacturer managed to include larger and more comfortable arrow keys in a smaller 15.6-inch form factor
15.6-inch Eluktronics RP-15 for comparison. The manufacturer managed to include larger and more comfortable arrow keys in a smaller 15.6-inch form factor

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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-28 (Update: 2020-05-29)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.