Our opinion on the Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W
A versatile black gaming and creation-oriented laptop running Windows 11, theAsus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W benefits from a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen whose 120Hz frequency improves fluidity in games as well as a fast 512 GB SSD storage that improves its responsiveness or even a backlit chiclet that keyboard and a connection to Wi-Fi ax and USB-C . Equipped with a powerful Intel Comet Lake-H Quad Core i5 processor and a GeForce GTX 1650 NVIDIA graphics card, it is capable of running games without being too greedy.
Best known price: €749
Features of Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W
|screen(s).||15.6” Full HD LED IPS 120Hz (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10300H Comet Lake-H (2.5 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 45W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB DDR4 2933 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0)|
|connectors||2 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0b|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||2 DTS Audio speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Autonomy revealed / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 359.8 x 256 x 24.7-24.9|
The Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W against the competition
The Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W is currently sold by ElectroDepot and meets very few competitors in its category where it is the only one that can be provided with Windows 11 as well as a very powerful processor and graphics card.
If this Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W doesn’t meet all your criteria, you can find other configurations to play with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, this has the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, screen of Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W
Steadfast in its adherence to the American military resistance standard MIL-STD-810, this laptop exudes a gamer look with its Bonfire Black design with angular lines.
HyperCool technology (adjustable via Fan Overboost function) cools it using 2 fans, 2 heat pipes as well as ventilation grilles while Anti-Dust Cooling technology limits dust.
This creator-oriented gaming laptop has good connectivity consisting of USB-C, audio and Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and better than Wi-Fi ac) and Bluetooth 5.2 for remote connections and communication, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect this computer to a TV or monitor for example or even 3 USB compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, USB 3.0 guaranteed transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are plugged into it.
The chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is practical for better recognition of its keys in the event of limited ambient light.
Gamers will appreciate the display’s 120Hz frequency as it improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60Hz. The screen also offers significant viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical, thanks to its IPS technology, however not high-end because here the colorimetry is classic. With its Full HD definition and 16:9 format, the screen is excellent at displaying High Definition content such as videos. Its anti-reflective treatment makes it easier to read in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy panel.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W
The Asus TUF TUF506LHB-HN380W is a versatile 15-inch performance laptop focused on creating and gaming.
Many users will be satisfied with the overall performance delivered by this versatile black laptop. Because it is built around an Intel Comet Lake-H Quad Core i5-10300H processor and 8 GB of RAM.
The Core i5-10300H offers the particular advantage of providing faster processing than a low-power Quad Core in areas that use CPU resources with multicore, such as image editing or video encoding.
Creatives will also appreciate that the dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card accelerates software processing using GPU computing power (eg Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop).
Equipped with NVIDIA Turing architecture, the GeForce GTX 1650 is an old-generation dedicated graphics card that can support many games if you’re willing to compromise under demanding opus on graphics resources to get good playability.
Note, however, that to often perform heavy work on processor/RAM/graphics resources, it is better to turn to a PC with a non-low-power processor, at least 16 GB DDR4/5 and a suitable dedicated graphics card.
Graphics processing in any case is distributed between the Intel UHD 630 graphics module integrated into the processor and the GeForce GTX 1650, both of which allow you to view photos and videos.
The NVIDIA Optimus technology switches automatically and in real time between one and the other as needed, with the Intel UHD 630 being favored as much as possible to offer the best possible autonomy because it consumes less energy.
At this point, expect about 5 hours of battery run time in light use.
Best known price: €749
When it comes to performing work considered too greedy for the Intel UHD 630, Optimus activates the GeForce GTX 1650, usually for gaming.
Storage is entrusted to a quiet SSD but less energy than a hard drive, more stable and faster.
In fact, the SSD ensures better fluidity and responsiveness in use, which noticeably indicates faster start / stop, processing and launching applications / games, or even faster arrival of cards of online games.
More specifically, we find here a 512 GB SSD, a capacity that is in line with the standard for hard drives. However, if you need more space, you can use an external storage unit such as a USB 3.0 / USB-C device to benefit from fast transfers.
As for heating and noise, they are present in the event of strong demands (eg: treatment, games) of this versatile portable PC.
You can add a ventilated support to this computer if needed to contain temperatures (remember to check the measurements carefully!).