Narrow bezel gaming laptops are finally starting to drop in price. The new Asus TUF FX505 is smaller than the outgoing thick-bezel FX504 but otherwise very similar in weight and thickness. The system is now shipping with GTX 1050 Ti graphics and a 1 TB primary HDD for $1100 USD.
Advanced features often start out at the top before trickling down to more affordable models. Asus’ first narrow-bezel gaming laptops were the 15.6-inch ROG GL504 and 17.3-inch ROG GL704 launched earlier this year for quite the high starting price of around $1600 USD. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the OEM to announce more wallet-friendly alternatives.
Called the TUF FX505 and TUF FX705, these entry-level gaming laptops will directly replace the FX504 while introducing a new 17.3-inch model for the TUF series. The two models share a brand new chassis design with the most notable features being the narrow bezels and angled front corners.
As for the internals, the FX505 and FX705 each carry the same CPU and GPU options with identical ports, storage options, and keyboard and trackpad. The CPU, GPU, and display can be configured up to the Core i7-8750H, GTX 1060, and 1080p 144 Hz, respectively.
The Asus TUF FX505 will compete directly with the budget-oriented MSI GF63 and HP Pavilion Gaming 15 series. No other major manufacturer has released a 17.3-inch gaming laptop with narrow bezels as of this writing and so the FX705 will be in a category of its own at launch. The FX505 is now shipping for a starting price of $1100 USD.
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505/FX705
|CPU||8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8550
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8300
|Display||15.6″ FHD NanoEdge wide-view display up to 144Hz and 100% sRGB
17.3″ FHD NanoEdge wide-view display up to 144Hz and 100% sRGB
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Graphics||Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|Main Memory||Up to 16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
|Storage||Up to 256GB PCIe SSD
Up to 1TB FireCuda SSHD
|Connectivity||Intel 2×2 MIMI 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
|I/O ports||2 x USB 3.1
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
|Keyboard and touchpad||1.8mm key travel
Customizable RGB or red backlighting
|Audio||DTS Headphone: X|
|Battery||48Wh Lithium-polymer battery|
|AC adapter||Output: 19V DC, x.xxA, xxW
Input: 100 -240V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
|Dimensions||FX505: 14.19 x 10.31 x 1.05 in
FX705: 15.74 x 11 x 1.09 in
|Weight||FX505: 4.85 lb
FX705: 5.73 lb
– Notebook Check