Today finally looking at this Asus TUF Dash F15 laptop which is a thin and light gaming laptop that focuses mainly on the price. The model that I have right here comes with a lower power RTX 3070 GPU and Intel's latest and greatest tiger lake CPU. The i711 370h that has a grand total of 4 cores.
Now they are faster cores, but it still feels a bit outdated when compared to AMD's new eight-core options. It also comes with a 240Hz IPS display, 16 gigabytes of ram, and a one terabyte SSD. The basic configuration should cost around $1100. The 1 I have right here should be around $1500 or 1700 euros which still makes it one of the cheapest 3070 laptops in his generation. But is that enough of a reason to go for this laptop?
Now compared to the last year's model of the new TUF Dash F15 did get a nice visual overhaul. It is thinner, it is lighter, it is built better, and it has a nice aluminum top cover which makes it not just more portable, but it also looks cleaner and more attractive as well, and most importantly, it doesn't have a tramp stamp anymore. Now I have a great version here, but there will be a white one available as well that I would say also looks very good? The chassis has many similarities with the Zephyrus G15 from last year, with a slightly different top cover. Since those higher-end Zephyrus laptops had a really nice chassis, to begin with, I kind of does agree with their Choice to just re-use it.
Connections ASUS TUF Dash F15
On the right side of the laptop, there are 25 gigabits use by Type-A ports there are no connections on the back, and on the left side, there is a power connection Ethernet HDMI 2.0, a single 5 gigabits USB Type-A port, a thunderbolt four-port, and a 3.5-millimeter jack. Now this thunderbolt type-C port is actually very interesting as it does allow you just to use different display options as well as faster external storage. Still, you can also use it to charge a laptop with any type-C charger that is not going to be really enough power for gaming, but it means that you can go and do some work or do your school things with a small compact charger instead of the standard 200 watch charger.
Build Quality ASUS TUF Dash F15
You can open it easily with one hand, and the inside also kind of reminds me of his Zephyrus G15. It is pretty sturdy even though it is mostly plastic with very little flex in the chassis. The keyboard feels as good as their higher-end models it feels snappy and tactile with a nice amount of travel for a reasonably thin laptop, and it is just, you know, very easy to get used to higher-end models that usually have an RGB keyboard. At the same time, the TUF Dash F15 one only comes with a single-color backlight. As you can see, there is no NUM pad which is pretty much the norm these days, but unlike the other Asus laptops that have a NUM pad feature built into the touchpad. This one doesn't have that, so make sure you don't need a NUM pad at all. As for the touch but itself, it is the same as usual it is pretty smooth, and it works just fine, but it's still a touchpad you can use it if you need to, but I you know personally warmly recommends to use a mouse instead.
Lack of Web Cam ASUS TUF Dash F15
This laptop also doesn't have a webcam, and no webcam means that you get smaller bezels and many people so don't like them for privacy reasons, and many would rather use a smartphone as a webcam as it does offer better image quality and while all those things are valid reasons the reality is that many people simply need a webcam these days and I think that they should have included 1 in this laptop.
240Hz 1080p IPS Panel Performance
Let's talk about this display here. This version has a 240 hertz 1080p IPS. Finally, know these panels were actually used on their higher-end gaming laptops from last year, which is actually great news for gamers because these are even very, very nice panels.
They feel nice and fast and light to games running high frame rates, and they look very smooth and triple AAA titles thanks to adaptive sync. They also offer nice colors as well, so it is just a good panel overall. I measured 94 percent SRGB color gamut, which isn't exactly 100 percent Asus is claiming, but it is close enough for actual creative work. The color accuracy is excellent as well, with near-perfect colors out of the box and a similarly good white point.
So the factory calibration here is very good as well contest is fine but not exceptional at just over 1021. The same can be said for the maximum brightness 315 is enough for indoor use, but it is not that great for bright outside areas to do. That they use on the Strix g15, which is even nicer and cheaper TUF models, on the other hand, will be sold with 144Hz or even 60HZ panels that aren't just slower but also offer much worse color performance.
Intel Core i7-11370H CPU Performance
I'm actually really happy today Asus is not hiding that from their spec sheets, so you can actually go there and just make your decision based on your budget and your preferences but let's talk about the CPU in this laptop now this Intel core i7-11370H is a bit of a complicated one now usually age behind the name means it's a high-end high power processor but is a real high-end mobile chips aren't ready just yet intel decided to launch the slightly higher power version of the mobile CPUs we've seen in thin and lite laptops and as a result of all that we get this 35 watts 4 core eight-thread CPU that definitely doesn't sound as exciting as AMD latest Ryzen 3 chips but you know. Let's start with the good stuff here. Single-core performance is actually really good. It is either slightly ahead or slightly behind the 5900HX from AMD, depending on what you're looking at, and it is comfortably ahead of anything from the last few years. Multi-Core performance, as expected, is nowhere near to new
Ryzen, and given that both are 35 watts chips, AMD just has such a huge advantage here. That being said, this i7 is the fastest four core in my charts by far and even competes with some of the six core laptops from the last two years. So even though AMD will be much stronger here, this processor will be slow and everyday tasks, and it will be completely fine for some photo or light video editing as well, especially if you work in adobe.
RTX 3070 Gaming Performance
So I would say it's not a terrible CPU, but it's also very important to know its limitations. But this is a gaming laptop, after all, and the most important thing would be the gaming performance right now. Things kind of get even more complicated here. Act as you would expect now in my Strix G15 review and a follow-up video.
I kind of talked about how difficult it was for the GPU to just show its real power because of several things going on, and it was performing pretty much as the last generation of gaming laptops. This Asus Dash F15 uses a much lower power 80-watt version of the 3070 combined with a weaker processor. It also uses Optimus that cannot be disabled, and it does all that in a thinner chassis, so in games, it is just not managing to pull ahead of the RTX 2070 or 2080 Max Q laptops from previous generations.
So the compared to the 2019 Strix, a laptop with a higher power 9 generation 6 core i7 and 115 watts RTX 2070, the TUF Dash F15 is roughly as fast on average it's winning some games but losing some others not on their own these numbers are going to be objectively fine. You can play every game at high settings, but I don't think most of you will get hyped hearing that in games. This laptop is just about the same as a slightly more expensive laptop from 2 years ago.
Now it's a compared to the new generation of laptops I tested so far things get even more underwhelming now it is behind all of them in most games, and even though some of them are a bit more expensive it is an average 10 percent behind the budget MSI GF65 thing that has an RTX 3060 and if you take the
Aorus 15P, for example, with a higher power 3070, you will gain about 33 percent more FPS on average, and it'll only cost you a bit more, Now since this is a laptop that uses Nvidia Optimus, you will be able to gain about 10 percent more FPS if you're connected to an external monitor via the USB Type-C connection on the side but even that it's not going to be enough to catch up.
Thermal Performance ASUS TUF Dash F15
The thermal performance of this laptop does very well in the default performance mode to the CPU balances at around 80 degree Celsius the GPU hit 78, and the noise levels stay very reasonable at the just under 47 decibels in turbo CPU does get pushed a little bit harder but it still stays comfortable at 84 degrees the GPU gets pushed a little bit further too, and while it gets a little bit louder the difference is actually not that big. Now, this turbo mode will give you roughly a 1 to 2 percent performance increase in most games or a similarly small performance increase in CPU tasks, so in reality, you won't even really notice the difference between these two models.
Now the silent profile, as usual, does make a big difference here, really dropping the GPU power and clock speeds and even stop the fans most of the time, so you get a really super quiet laptop when you're working. For example, I would just say don't expect to play triple AAA games in silent mode because it will hurt the performance.
It is very easy to open up this laptop and clean the fans or replace the battery. You can replace the SSD or simply add a second one if you need to, and if Wi-Fi 6 ever becomes obsolete at some point, you can even replace that too. Now the only downside here is that half of the memory is soldered onto the motherboard. Now for a laptop of this form factor, that is not too bad, I would say, especially since most versions will ship with a dual-channel 16 gigabyte by 3200 megahertz get by default, but I still think having an option to replace it is always better.
Now, although it is only a 76-watt hour battery, the battery life is actually one of the highlights of this laptop PC mark 8 to which does use the Nvidia GPU by default. You do run out of battery at a similar pace as last generations, but while watching Netflix, which only needs the internal graphics, you get pretty close to 10:00 hours, putting it almost at the top of the chart.
The one terabyte SSDs completely fine as well and the same can be said for the speakers. I just do wish that they could go a bit louder if you're looking for some reliable and fast external storage SSD are the way to go. It doesn't matter if you're just going to use them to copy some files to work from them, for example, or to keep your games on there, just such a useful tool to have.
So to recap, I have to say that this is a pretty complicated laptop, on the one hand, it is just really lovely to use it because it has a really nice sturdy chassis it has great thermals has an excellent keyboard and a really nice display and a fantastic battery life so in that way it does offer a pretty good user experience, but when it comes to performance it is just so underwhelming in every way I mean you'll still be able to play all the games on high settings, but it is behind all of the laptops of the current generation of tested so far, and it is just about competing with the previous generation ones.
Even though it has fast cores, quad-core CPUs are slightly outdated, so it basically comes down to 2 things. The first thing is that you need to decide what you prefer a more, the frame rates or the overall experience. Now most affordable laptops lean towards the frame rates. Still, the build quality and the panel are usually poor. Well, this one focuses a bit more on that, you know, overall package.
The second thing is the price no given the poor performance, Asus really needs to make sure that this Asus Tuf Dash F15 is really aggressively priced because if it's not, I just don't see a reason to go for it, but if they do make it's much cheaper than the alternatives with the AMD CPUs with a high power graphics card with mug switches and all those last year's deals it might be worth taking a look.