ASUS TUF Dash F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS (15.6 Inch QHD 165Hz/12th Gen Intel Core i7 12650H/Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB Graphics/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/Windows 11)
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ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS Review
The Tuf Dash F15 laptops by ASUS are part of its more affordable gaming laptops offering one of the highest prices to performance ratios in the upper mid-range market segment. In terms of design, it’s thinner and lighter than Asus’s other TUF Gaming laptops. This particular SKU is powered by the 10 Core/ 16 Thread processor the 12th Gen Intel Core i7 12650H and Nvidia RTX 3070 8 GB VRAM. Other key specs include 16GB of RAM, 1 TB SSD and a display. The Tuf Dash 15 key competitors are the Dell G15 5510, MSI Bravo 15, Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15, and the Gigabyte G5.
Design | A Sleek 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop
Compared to the older Asus tuf models and other gaming laptops of its category, the Tuf Dash 15 is slightly lighter weighing in at almost 2 Kg. The chassis here is made out of metal and plastic with an aluminum top with a matte finish the base of the device is made out of plastic with a matte finish. The lid opens up to 130 degrees and allows you to open the device with one hand. Overall ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS has a great build quality with no visible defects.
Ports and Connectivity | ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS supports Tunderbolt 4
ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS has 1x USB 3 (Type C with DisplayPort and power delivery support), 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A), HDMI, Rj- 45 Ethernet Jack, 1x Thunderbolt 4 (Type C with DisplayPort support), and 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack. Most of the ports on this laptop are on the left-hand side with only a USB Type-A port on the right-hand side. For wireless connectivity, we have WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. The webcam here is a 0.9mp camera with a max resolution of 1,280x720p its not a particularly good webcam.
Keyboard and TrackpadASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS features a chicklet style backlit keyboard with concave keys. The Keys have a clear actuation point but with average key travel. The arrow keys here are a little small. The keys have a 3-stage white backlit light. Overall providing a decent experience. The trackpad here is a 13×7.7cm multitouch pad with a smooth finish. The trackpad is responsive and precise allowing for smooth gesture control.
You can access the RAM and Storage by removing the back panel. There are two PCIe m.2 2280 Slots, Wifi Card, and a 2x SO-DIMM Slot.
Design and Build Quality
ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS has a plastic (Lid) and aluminum (base) with matte finish. The build quality here is relatively good and doesn’t show any noticible flaws. The lid has a maximum opening angle of 130 degrees and can be opened with one hand.
- 1x USB 3 (Type C)
- 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A)
- Rj- 45 Ethernet Jack
- 1x Thunderbolt 4 Type C
- 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack
Keyboard and Trackpad
The ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS has a chicklet style backlit keyboard. The WASD keys are transparent and get a little extra RGB backlight. The arrow keys are a bit small with the num pad being a little narrow. Overall you will have a good experience while typing and Gaming. The trackpad on the other hand has a smooth matte surface measuring in at 13×7.7cm. The dedicated mouse buttons on the bottom are quite clicky and tactile and it is always better to have dedicated buttons.
The ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS gives you a ton of options for upgradability and makes this device relatively future-proof.
- 2x SO-DIMM Slots are available for upgrading RAM.
- 2x M.2 Slots one occupied
Specification: ASUS TUF Dash F15 FX517ZR-HQ030WS (15.6 Inch QHD 165Hz/12th Gen Intel Core i7 12650H/Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB Graphics/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/Windows 11)