Welcome all to my first article of many.
I received an early Christmas present of a MAJOR laptop upgrade from the CompCity family. Thanks Guys! My original laptop on the right is a 15.6″ ASUS VivoBook and my new laptop on the left is a 15.6″ ASUS TUF. As both laptops are made by ASUS, this a great opportunity to review and compare them both. I hope this review is useful if your planning to buy either laptop or even just an ASUS laptop in general.
I’ll be reviewing the laptops in 3 categories (Performace, Design, Display), providing benchmarks using UserBenchmarking software and then giving an overall review to conclude.
Performance matters when it comes to laptops, so to make your life easier you will want a laptop that won’t struggle with the tasks that you throw at it. Let’s take a look at the specifications for each laptop.
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
AMD Radeon Vega 3 – 2GB
Wifi, Bluetooth, 3xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB Type-C, 1xHDMI, 1xSD Card & 1xHeadphone Jack.
Up to 10 hours
It handles web browsing, emails, video playback and light gaming. Nothing runs so slow that I laptop is useless and I’ve only notice lag while creating 3D graphics or have 100 tabs open.
It’s not powerful enough to run 3D games. I notice a slight lag between the touchpad and mouse on screen but I never use the touchpad. A large overestimation on the battery life. If I’m actually using the laptop say for wordprocessing with no WIFI I get around 2-3 hours.
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
GeForce RTX 2060 – 6GB
Wifi, Bluetooth, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI, 1xEthernet & 1xHeadphone Jack.
Up to 5 hours
It eats through everything I throw at it. I’m able to leave apps running in the background. I also game on this laptop and play Cyberpunk on the medium ray trace setting. 16GB is more than enough to run any version of windows and nearly all games.
When this baby gets warmed up the fans are LOUD AF! I have to wear headphone to cover the noise or I can’t hear my game haha. The battery is much shorter, I get around 1 hour before I need to plug it in.
Personally I’m someone who chooses function over looks but hey design still matters. In this category, I’m going to discuss the laptops overall appearance, build quality and keyboard design.
The VivoBook is shiny grey with an ultra-slim bezel frame around the screen. The laptop is light and I think the laptop looks sleek, compact and feels nice to hold.
Its a fairly solid laptop and doesn’t feel flimsy. Its weight is 1.68kg which is quite light for its large size. One thing that isn’t great is the build quality of the touchpad. I honestly don’t get along with it and I notice a delay between the touchpad and the mouse on screen.
It took me a while to get used to this keyboard as I use a Lenovo at work. The frustration was because where the Lenovo has backspace this has the power button. I can’t count the amount of times I switched the laptop off when I only needed to delete a letter haha. They keyboard on this laptop is quite compact though and I find myself hitting wrong buttons a lot.
The TUF laptop looks exactly that TUFF and aggressive! Honestly it looks like something from the future. it has a distinctive X design on the front cover and the entire laptop is has a brush finish. Although it tends to show up fingerprints and grease.
This is military-grade equipment. ASUS put this laptop through SIL-STD-910G testing and it survived solar radiation, high altitude and temperature extremes. Its 2.1kg in weight meanings it’s heavier than the VivoBook but for a reason.
This keyboard is intuitive and nicely spaced. It’s also backlit which is great working in low lighting or basically when I should be sleeping. One point I should note is that the up arrow is located where the 0 button is on the VivoBook and I sometimes move lines instead of pressing 0. What’s really special about this keyboard is that the main gamin keys WASD are in a different colour making them stand out.
My laptop handles a lot of web and graphic design and a huge amount of image. So the display is pretty important. I need to make sure that the way my designs look to me is the way they look for everyone else. In a content-driven society, it can make the difference between success and failure. Take alot at the GPU benchmark stats for both laptops.
The VivoBook comes with a 15.6″ 60Hz Full HD Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display itself its clear and vibration with the added extra of anti-glare.
In the benchmarking the VivoBook GPU performed poorly scoring a bench of 4.34%, but this actually performed as expected. This laptop is not designed for heavy processing, just general day to day use. Its capable of around 6 frames per second which is pretty low. One thing I notice is that I get a strange green flicker when watching certain videos. I assume Im pushing the laptop to its limits haha.
The TUF comes with a 15.6″ 144Hz Full HD Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display itself its crisp and clear, with no green flashes when watching the same content as the VivoBook.
In the benchmarking the TUF GPU performed very good scoring 72.9% and this is actually below its potential. Note: I have not tuned the GPU in anyway. Its capable of 92-97 frames per second which is amazing and when I do play games or use 3D design software on this laptop the visuals are amazing.
Look both ASUS laptops works amazing for what they are designed for. If you want a lightweight laptop with a large screen to handle general computing processes you can’t go wrong with the ASUS VivoBook. It looks great and will give your really good value for your money. However, if you want a laptop with more grunt to handle more demanding software and tasks the ASUS TUF is a dream piece of kit. It packs so much punch into its tiny shell it would give Mike Tyson a run for his money.
I now use both these laptops for different things, My TUF being heavier with a shorter battery life is more likely to stay in one place and my VivoBook I take around the house with me for light and wireless computing.
Thanks for reading and I do hope you found this article useful if not entertaining. If you have either of these laptops id love to know how you get on them so leave a comment below.
Also check out how Scott’s article on how you can snag some free games each month. If you didn’t know already we have fantastic competitions running and who knows we might end up giving away a laptop in the near future. Share and like and all that good stuff!