The Powerful Number 1 Gaming laptop ASUS TUF Gaming F15
- SUPERCHARGED GTX GRAPHICS – Gameplay graphics are silky smooth with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 so you can stay immersed in the game even in the most graphically intensive moments
- READY FOR ANYTHING – Use your gaming laptop to stream and multitask with ease thanks to an Intel Core i5-10300H with 8M Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 4 cores and 8GB of blisteringly fast 2933MHz DDR4 RAM on Windows 11
- SWIFT VISUALS – Stay one step ahead of the competition thanks to its 144Hz 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Type Display
- AMPLE STORAGE FOR ALL YOUR GAMES – Store all your game library, and load them fast on your 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD to take advantage of the full RTX gaming experience
- MILITARY GRADE TOUGHNESS – Durable MIL-STD-810H military standard lives in the TUF line as the devices are tested against drops, vibration, humidity and extreme temperatures to ensure reliability
- SELF-CLEANING TECH – This ASUS Gaming Laptop is equipped with Self-cleaning dual fans with anti-dust technology to extend system longevity
- FUTUREPROOF YOUR DEVICE – Featuring an Easy Upgrade Design with a pop-open screw, you can easily add or replace memory and storage
When you think of Asus gaming laptops you probably are thinking ROG (Republic of Gamers), but did you know the company offers a more affordable variant? That is what the TUF Gaming F15 delivers, and it does so to a point that you’ll be left seriously thinking whether ROG is worth the increased investment.
With a 12th Gen Intel CPU, RTX 30 series graphics, a massive 16:9 display with up to a 360Hz refresh rate, and a beastly on-board battery, Asus made some careful calculations and compromises to maximize what the company feels is important to gamers.
ASUS TUF GAMING F15 (2022) DESIGN
The Asus TUF Gaming F15 has not changed too drastically in the aesthetic department, which means you’re still getting a masculine, gamer-esque visual flair with the gunmetal grey shell, the fake screws on the lid, and a chunky, vent-filled chassis.
That doesn’t mean it looks bad per se — amongst its similarly beastly gaming competition, this one is a little more refined. But it is still a divisive style you will either love or hate.
Flipping it open, the plastic covering the bottom deck feels cheaper than the soft-touch options you find on the likes of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, but this is simply one of its cost-cutting measures to maximize on the internals.
Plus, while you get the standard five dedicated keys for volume control and opening ROG software, the keyboard deck shifted over to the left and the speaker grills moved upwards, making room for a full number keypad too (more on that later).
Given the size of this beast (13.9 x 9.9 x 0.9~1.0 inches), it should come as no surprise that the F15 is quite the chonky boi at 4.85 pounds. This is far larger and heavier than the Alienware X14 (12.7 x 10.3 x 0.6 inches, 4.1 pounds), and while moving the speakers does make this slightly narrower than the ROG Zephyrus G15, Asus’ premium gaming system beats it in all other metrics (14 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches, 4.3 pounds).
ASUS TUF GAMING F15 (2022) DISPLAY
We tried two of the three of the 15.6-inch display options you can choose from: a QHD panel with 165Hz and an eSports-centric FHD screen with a buttery-smooth 300Hz refresh rate.
In our testing, the TUF Gaming F15 hit 330 nits of brightness, which just managed to edge past the 324-nit category average and matched the ROG Zephyrus G15 (325 nits), but is still pretty dim compared to the Alienware X14 (400 nits). In real-world use, it struggles in brightly lit rooms — worsened by any reflections on the matte finish of the panel.
When put through the paces of our colorimeter, the TUF Gaming F15 reproduced 79.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut with a 0.32 Delta-E color accuracy score, which fell behind the 81.6% premium gaming laptop average, but you’re not going to notice a 2% difference. Plus, this is better than the X14 (77.7%) and only fractionally less than the G15 (79.9%).
In real-world use, the limited contrast ratio gives away that this isn’t the most high-end panel. The action scenes throughout No Time To Die really demonstrate this with the deep blacks of more foreboding scenes not really being a true darkness, which leads to a certain level of blooming.
But you can look past that, the display is decent and it puts the far more expensive G15 on blast.
ASUS TUF GAMING F15 (2022) PERFORMANCE
The TUF Gaming F15 is packed with an Intel Core i7-12700K CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, which can handily crush intense workloads without breaking a sweat, such as opening 30 Chrome tabs, playing four YouTube videos, editing a multi-layered Photoshop document and running Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in the background.
On the Geekbench 5.4 overall performance test, the TUF Gaming F15 destroyed the ROG Zephyrus G15 with a multi-core score of 12,705 (the G15 hit 10,017), which annihilated the average premium gaming laptop (7,212) and came close to the identically-specced Alienware X14 (13,353).
The F15 transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in just four minutes and 49 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, which sped past the category average (6:38), and beat out both the G15 (6:07) and X14 (5:04)
The one weakness in the build is Asus’ 512GB SSD is its transfer rate of 607.6 megabytes per second, which struggles against the 1,131MBps category average and its competition. The X14 hit 1,156 MBps and the G15 outran the Alienware to the checkered flag with 1,170 MBps.