DESIGN OF ASUS FX 504
Asus FX504 is a pure gaming laptop. It has a black hunk of plastic with faux-aluminum blushing and red paint in an angular, lined pattern. Asus’ own logo is in reflective red. The back has a small cutout, you can also see the status lights even when the laptop is closed.
When you lift the lid you came to know that the inside is pretty much the same. Asus FX504 has a 15.6-inch display surrounded by bezels, and the deck is the same plastic with ugly red lines. The keyboard is backlit, which is also in red.
At 5.1 pounds and 15.1 x 10.3 x 1 inches, the Asus FX504 is thicker than competitors.
The left side of the laptop is loaded with the power jack, Ethernet jack, HDMI output, USB 2.0 port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack, while the right side of the laptop has only a Kensington lock slot.
DISPLAY OF ASUS FX 504
Asus definitely cut corners with the 15.6-inch, 1080p display on the Asus FX504. It’s dim, bland and lifeless. I watched a 1080p trailer and the experience was good.
On the bright side, the screen of the laptop was sharp, and I could make out every shard of a shattered glass window. When I watched Middle-earth: there was a loss of detail in dark areas.
The panel on this laptop stands only averaged only 220 nits on our light meter, which is dimmer than both the average (256 nits) and the Nitro 5 Spin (296 percent). HP’s Pavilion Power 15t, however, fared even worse, at just 173 nits.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD OF ASUS FX504
The keys on the Asus TUF Gaming FX504 offer 1.4 millimeters of travel and require a good force of 76 grams to actuate. Although it’s our usual preference of 1.5 millimeters, I never felt as if I was bottoming out. The biggest issue was that the keys felt ever-so-slightly bouncy, which took some getting used to. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I reached 114 words per minute, which is standard for me, but I had a 3-percent error rate, which is slightly higher than normal for me.
The keyboard has a number pad and is backlit, which is also in red colour. At this price segment, you can’t fault the Asus FX504 for not having a full RGB keyboard.
The 4.1 x 2.8-inch touchpad has a Windows Precision touchpad that responded to gestures like four-finger taps to invoke the Action Center and four-finger swipes to reach the Timeline double fingers to scroll the page. But when I navigated Windows, the plastic felt slippery and quite cheap.
PERFORMANCE OF ASUS FX504
Considering that Asus FX504 is loaded with an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB SSHD, I hoped it would be a little faster. I opened 20 tabs in Google Chrome, including one streaming a 1080p video, there was more lag while switching between tabs. During this, the laptop had a particularly long boot time also.
On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, Asus FX504 secured a score of 12,038, surpassing the HP Pavilion Power 15t (11,214) but trailing the entry-level gaming average (12,718) and the Acer Nitro 5 Spin (13,477).
FX504 took 54 seconds to transfer 4.97GB of files, for a rate of 94.5 MBps. That’s far slower than the entry-level gaming average (199.3 MBps) and the Nitro 5 Spin (103 MBps) but still quicker than HP Pavilion Power 15t (68.8 MBps).
On the Excel macro test, FX504 took 1 minute and 13 seconds to pair 65,000 names and addresses. That’s a few seconds behind the average (1:10).
But the FX504 excelled in our Handbrake video-editing test. It transcoded 4K video to 1080p video in 11 minutes and 15 seconds, which is much faster than the average (14:20). Both the Nitro 5 Spin (20:12) and the Pavilion Power 15t (20:24) took far longer.
FINAL CONCLUSION OF ASUS FX504
Asus TUF Gaming FX504 is among the cheapest gaming laptops we’ve ever seen. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2GB of VRAM allows you to play games on low or medium settings, which will at least get you playing for now. But the display is dull, and the SSHD storage was slow.
In the market of budget gaming laptops, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a better alternative. It gives you a brighter display with longer battery life, and you can get a version with a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, a 256GB SSD and a more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Additionally, Asus has several more versions of the FX series with better specifications.
If you want to spend as little money as possible and still play games, Asus FX504 is worth a look.
I hope my Asus FX504 review is helpful for you.
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