Asus TUF FX504GE-EN088T
Average of 2 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus TUF FX504GE-EN088T
The ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 is certainly above its price segment when it comes to build quality. It has a stealthy good looking all-metal body with rock-hard durability. It’s not too shabby on other fronts either thanks to its 120hz display, decent performance, good internal audio, and impressive thermals. Sadly, it’s still plagued with some mishaps and imperfections like its low 4GB RAM, fingerprint and smudge magnet chassis and trackpad, poor battery life, and noisy fans.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2018
Source: Laptop Mag
The Asus TUF Gaming FX504 is a budget gaming laptop with solid performance and audio, but its dim display may give you pause.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Gadget Show
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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
ASUS’ TUF FX504 that we reviewed is a conundrum indeed. The notebook is built to last but doesn’t have that much oomph as a gaming machine as is, requiring memory upgrades to take full advantage of the GTX 1050 GPU and to prevent memory bottlenecks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/29/2018
Source: Laptop Media
As you can tell, we don’t find ASUS’s new TUF FX504 laptop to be, let’s say, special. Although it comes equipped with the Core i7-8750H, this brings some setbacks. Our particular unit (and we are sure this will be a major issue in the beginning) had problems with the CPU underperforming. In our benchmarks, we received results which were the same, if not worse, to the Core i7-7700HQ. However, this problem was fixed by downloading the latest BIOS version from ASUS website.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/04/2018
Asus’ idea to create a longer lasting range of gaming laptops is great in theory and the TUF FX504 has a number of unique innovations that make it worth the asking price, but we’re not sure the configuration is future-proof enough to really warrant the additional lifespan.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2018
Model: The light Asus TUF Gaming FX504 wants to be a powerful, portable, and enduring all-rounder. It belongs to the TUF series and TUF is short for The Ultimate Force. The patented Anti-Dust Cooling system is a key feature of this entry-level gaming laptop.
Display, CPU, and graphics cards depend on the FX504 variant. The Asus TUF FX504GE-EN088T comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 16 GB of RAM, and a matte IPS panel.
Design and Connectivity
The Asus TUF Gaming FX504 is available in four designs, which are Black Matter, Red Matter, Fusion, and Premium Steel. With a size of 38.4 x 26.2 x 2.5 cm and a weight of 2.3 kg, it is thicker than several competitors, but its weight is on an average level. www.laptopmag.com reports that the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a lighter 2.22 kg (4.9 pounds) and 38.1 x 25.91 x 1.78 cm (15 x 10.2 x 0.7 inch), and the HP Pavilion Power 15t is a heavier 2.54 kg (5.6 pounds) and 37.85 x 25.15 x 2.54 cm (14.9 x 9.9 x 1 inch). The chassis is made of plastic. Thanks to a small cutout in the lid, the status lights can be seen even when the laptop is closed. A thick frame surrounds the laptops 15.6-inch display.
www.yugatech.com finds that there is only minimal screen flex and almost completely no keyboard and chassis flex, even when you try to bend it with significant force. They complain that the chassis is a total smudge and fingerprint magnet and that its hard to wipe off.
The laptop comes with an audio combo jack, a USB 2.0 Type A port, two USB 3.0 Type A ports, an RJ45 LAN jack, an HDMI 1.4 port, but it lacks an USB Type-C port and an SD Card reader. Wireless communication is possible via 802.11ac (2x2) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop does not have an optical drive. According to www.gadgetsnow.com its 720p webcam offers decent images.
laptopmedia.com reports that the internals are accessible after removing the whole bottom plate. There are two storage connectors, an M.2 slot which supports NVMe SSDs and a SATA port.
The full-sized chiclet keyboard features its own dedicated numpad and a backlight, which is helpful in dim environments. It does not have any dedicated multimedia keys. According to www.laptopmag.com, the key travel is 1,4 mm and the actuation force is a strong 76 g, while www.unbox.ph reports a key travel of 1,8 mm. Their tester says, “The keys felt ever-so-slightly bouncy, which took some getting used to.”. www.yugatech.com finds, “Travel distance is okay and tactile feedback is present, although slightly lacking as presses still feel a bit mushy.” It took them a few hours to adjust to the slightly lower than normal positioned arrow keys. Reportedly, the keyboard is twice as durable as the industry standard for gaming laptops, withstanding up to 20 million key presses.
According to www.laptopmag.com, the FX504 comes with a 4.1 x 2.8-inch (10,41 x 7,11 cm) Windows Precision touchpad with gesture support. Their tester complains that the plastic felt slippery and cheap when he navigated Windows. According to www.yugatech.com the touchpad registers gestures well but it has a faster than normal DPI out-of-the-box and it is a smudge and fingerprint magnet.
Asus lists three 15.6-inch display variants in the specification. The two 60 Hz models share 45 % NTSC, but differ from each other by featuring (or not featuring ) an IPS panel. There is also a 120 Hz variant with 94% NTSC. All display variants have Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080) in common. GSync is not supported. The Asus TUF FX504GE-EN088T features an IPS display, which has better viewing angles, than the 120 Hz TN panel.
The Full HD IPS panel in laptopmedia.com’s test unit did not use PWM for brightness control, which is better for your health. You can find many detailed measurements and explanations on their page. They summarize, “ASUS TUF FX504’s IPS panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles and exceptional contrast ratio. […] Despite the good contrast, this panel can display only half of the colors in the sRGB color space.”.
www.yugatech.com writes about the lowest specc’d unit with 60 Hz panel they had under review, “Blacks are quite lacking and colors are a bit dull but the details are crisp and pixel density is good thanks to the FHD resolution. Viewing angles are also acceptable.”
www.laptopmag.com complains that the display in their test sample was dim, bland and lifeless. They report that its sRGB color gamut of 66 % is below their 98-percent entry-level gaming average and their measured brightness of 220 nits is dimmer than their average of 256 nits. www.ultrabookreview.com finds that a 120 Hz refresh rate will make your gaming experience much nicer, albeit you’ll probably want to lower the details in order to get high frame-rates and that its response times are faster than a standard IPS screen’s.
In www.unbox.ph’s tests the 120 Hz panel performed alright. It delivered good good contrast, but the color reproduction is not completely precise out-of-the-box.
Hardware and Performance
There are three main variants of the FX504, the FX504GM with GTX 1060 graphics, the FX504GE with GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and FX504GD with GTX 1050 graphics. The FX504GE is available with Intel Core i7 8750H or Core i5 8300H CPU. It features two SO-DIMM sockets for up to 32 GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM or up to 16 GB Intel Optane memory.
This article covers FX504GE models and compares them to their siblings. Certainly, the GTX 1050 Ti’s performance depends on the cooling capacities. It is about 30 % faster than the GTX 1050. The GTX 1050 Ti still remains a mainstream graphics card from the Pascal generation for entry-level gaming and multimedia, which can only run older and undemanding games in high settings, while the GTX 1060 allows Full HD or WQHD gaming in high to maximum details. The GTX 1050 is even slower than the GTX 1050 Ti.
www.gadgetsnow.com had a unit with Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU combined 1 TB FireCuda SSHD and 128 GB PCIE SSD storage under review. According to them the device definitely feels agile and snappy thanks to the Seagate FireCuda SSHD, but the device might stutter at times under demanding multitasking scenarios.
www.ultrabookreview.com’s test sample came equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics, 16 GB of RAM and dual-storage, with an M.2 SATA SSD and a regular 2.5″ mechanical HDD. Asus thermally limited their sample. Hence the CPU dropped below its maximum Turbo Boost Speeds once the package reached temperatures on high 70s – low 80s and the benchmarks scored lower on this sample than on other laptops built on the i7-8750H processor they had tested in the past.
Since demanding games can only reach 60 fps when graphics settings are lowered, a 120 Hz panel appears to be a questionable investment.
Temperature and System Noise
For www.gadgetsnow.com the laptop (Core i7, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti) is way too noisy sometimes and the laptop remains warm for most part of regular usage because the fan doesn’t kick in. They say that the body is heating up a little too much while playing. www.ultrabookreview.com reports that the FX504GE (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti) runs warmer than most others in its class with daily activities, yet at the same time the fans stay mostly off in this case, with the CPU fan kicks in from time to time, but remaining pretty much inaudible. They say that you will also hear the HDD cranking in a quiet place, and some occasional electronic winning as well. When running games, the noise reached noisy 51-52 dB in their tests. Their test unit got fairly hot in certain spots with the hottest area somewhere between the O, M and Enter keys. The temperature reached just under 49 °C in the central part of the keyboard deck.
The laptop is equipped with a 48 Wh battery with 3 cells. Albeit Nvidia’s Optimus technology switches the GPU off, when it is not needed, the battery life is quite short. www.ultrabookreview.com (i7-8750H, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, GTX 1050 Ti, 256 GB SSD + 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD) got around 6 hours of FHD video, 5-6 hours of Youtube streaming and 3 and a half hours of everyday multitasking, with the screen’s brightness at about 30 % (roughly 120 nits) and Balanced mode selected. According to www.gadgetsnow.com (Intel Core i7-8750H, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB FireCuda SSHD and 128 GB PCIe SSD), you can expect around 2.5 hours battery life if you use the machine of full brightness (like they did). It took them around 1.5 hours to fully charge this machine. Lower specced variants should be able to achieve longer battery runtimes. However, it still remains quite short. The FX504GD (Core i5-8300H, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, 1 TB SSHD) only achieved 3 hours and 57 minutes in the Laptop Mag Battery Test 2.0 (web browsing, videos, and runs graphics benchmarks at 150 nits) run by www.laptopmag.com. This is lower than their entry-level gaming average of 4:39 hours. In www.yugatech.com’s video loop test (1080p mp4 video, airplane mode, 50% brightness, sound via plugged-in earphones), their FX504GD sample (i5-8300H processor, 4 GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 1050, 4GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD with 8 GB SSHD) lasted for mere 2 hours and 30 minutes, which yugatech calls really short even by gaming laptop standards. Charging from 0 % - 100 % took only about 1:45 to 2 hours in their test.
www.laptopmag.com evaluates, “The speakers on the TUF Gaming FX504 are nice and loud, easily filling up a midsize conference room (and attracting attention from some people outside it).”. They recommend to leave the Bass Boost on in the included DTS audio app. Lows are a bit lacking but you get DTS Headphone X tech according to www.yugatech.com. They recommend to keep audio gears plugged in to take advantage of that added benefit from the DTS Headphone X. In www.gadgetsnow.com’s opinion, the two speakers on the sides do not impress much. They are not loud as such and the quality is average at best.
The Asus TUF FX504GE belongs to the most affordable laptops with optional 120 Hz display. The budget gaming laptop has not been designed for demanding gaming. The press praises its build quality, and durability and complains about short battery life. Core i7-8750H models get warmer that their Core i5 counterparts. In view of the FX504GE’s graphics performance (Nvidia 1050 Ti) a 120 Hz display appears to be a questionable investment.
As of 09-14-2018, www.amazon.de charges about 1,300 Euros for a FX504GE model with Intel Core i7-8750H, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, NVIDIA GTX1050Ti (4GB), and Windows 10. The FX504GE variant with Intel i7-8750H, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD, dedicated Nvidia GTX 1050Ti Graphics, and Windows 10 costs about 899.97 pounds in the UK. Acer’s Nitro 5 Spin and HP’s Pavilion Power 15t belong to the alternatives.
Press Review by Martina OsztovitsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook): Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 965M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
70%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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