ASUS TUF Gaming A17 (2022): Lots of Power With Ryzen 7 6800H and Military Look | Tech Reviews
The TUF series from ASUS consists of gaming notebooks with decent hardware and an eye-catching military design. The A17 series has now been updated for 2022: AMD Ryzen 7 6800H, DDR5 memory and various Nvidia graphics cards from the 3000 series.
Some time ago I tested a TUF notebook and was very impressed. Since then, ASUS has tweaked the design a bit, but the basic concept remains the same: military or industrial look, good mid-range gaming hardware, a high-quality cooling system and solid workmanship. In addition, the price is right for the performance offered – unlike some competing notebooks.
The jump to Ryzen 6000 (Zen 3+) and the new DDR5 memory technology is particularly exciting. These two things remain the same for all configurations. The graphics card (RTX 3050 Ti – 3070), the amount of RAM (8GB – 32 GB) and the memory size of the SSD (512 GB or 1 TB) can be freely selected.
The IPS display is 17.3 inches and has a Full HD resolution. There is no optional 4K display or other variants. But you have the choice between pre-installed Windows 11 or no operating system.
My test device has the exact name “ASUS TUF Gaming A17 FA707RE-HX010W”. Inside is an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti and 16 GB of RAM. So it should be well equipped for all conceivable applications and most games. But since this is an update of an existing notebook and there are different configurations, I will simply call it ASUS TUF Gaming A17 (2022) in the test. So let’s take a look at how the gaming notebook performs in each category.
|Display||17.3 inch anti-glare IPS-Display, 1.920 x 1.080, 16:9, 62.5% sRGB, 250 Nits, 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync,|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 6800H, 8 cores and 16 threads, 3.2 – 4.7 GHz, 16 MB cache, 45 watt TDP|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon 680M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, 4 GB GDDR6, 80W + 15W Dynamic Boost
MUX Switch + Optimus
2 x 8GB DDR5-SODIMM, 4800 MHz, Dual Channel
max. 32 GB
|Hard disk||Intel SSDPEKNU512GZ (512 GB, PCI-E 3.0 x4)
Second slot for memory expansion (M.2 2260 PCIe 3.0 4x NVMe)
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), 2×2 MIMO
|Connections||1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1
1 x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 (DisplayPort 1.4)
2 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1 x Power connector
1 x 3 .5mm jack connection
1 x Kensington lock socket
|Battery||Li-polymer battery with 56Wh capacity, 200 watt power adapter
50% fast charging in 30 min
|Input Devices||Chiclet keyboard with RGB backlighting
integr. 720p webcam
|Sound||Integrated dual array microphone
2 x 2W speakers
Audio by Dolby Atmos
AI noise canceling
|Dimensions||39.5 x 26.4 x 2.54 cm|
|Price||From 1,399 euros* (1470.65 USD) *at the time of research|
Scope of delivery
The scope of delivery is quickly explained: the notebook, a 200 watt power adapter, the usual paperwork (brief instructions, warranty card) and stickers with the “TUF Gaming” theme.
ASUS gives a two-year warranty on the entire notebook.
Processing and Operation
ASUS uses a military or industrial design for the TUF series and even specifies the military standard “MIL-STD-810H” to underline the durability of the notebooks.
The housing of the display is made of aluminum and has a protruding TUF logo. The rest of the device is plastic with a grippy surface texture that’s a bit difficult to describe.
With the robust exterior, the ASUS TUF Gaming A17 (2022) looks high quality and stands out from the gaming mishmash. The matte gray and black tone and the lack of RGB elements on the outside make it suitable for many different setups.
The workmanship is of a high standard and should stand the test of time well. There are no sharp edges, nothing creaks and the gaps are perfect. Whether you like the angular design is of course a matter of taste.
However, the notebook doesn’t do without any light elements entirely: there is a four-way display above the keyboard, which is also visible when the display is closed. There is a light for the state of charge, the airplane mode, the SSD and whether the notebook is switched on.
The typical gaming look awaits you when you open the notebook over a small projection on the display. However, the matte black color and clean lines make it look stylish (and not cheap). The keyboard offers RGB lighting, which I set to white for the duration of the test.
The keyboard has a clean finish and has a drop of 1.7 millimeters. The keyboard area is extremely stable and can only be bent with force. Writing on it is comfortable and feels “crisp”. Although ASUS designed the entire body 4.5 percent smaller than the previous generation, most of the keys are the size of regular desktop keyboards. Very nice and especially important for those who write a lot.
A nice detail: The “WASD” keys, which are important for gamers, are transparent and stand out clearly, and the gaming notebook also offers practical multimedia keys.
The multi-touch capable touchpad on the inside is offset to the left and pleasantly large. According to ASUS, it should be 26 percent larger than its predecessor. It works unerringly and doesn’t cause any problems.
The ASUS TUF Gaming A17 is one of the larger notebooks with a width of 39.5 and a depth of 26.4 cm. I just got the notebook in my backpack and felt the additional weight of 2.6 kg during a trip. If you travel a lot or work remotely, you should keep that in mind.
On the left there is a proprietary power supply connector, a LAN port, one HDMI 2.0b, two USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1, one USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 and a 3.5mm jack. One of the two USB-C ports also supports DisplayPort 1.4.
On the right is a USB Type-A port (3.2 Gen1) and a Kensington lock socket.
In addition to the physical connections, there is a WLAN chip (MediaTek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921) with a WiFi 6 dual antenna (802.11 ax) and Bluetooth 5.2.
The ASUS TUF Gaming A17 (2022) offers a large number of connections and is therefore well equipped for everyday life, only an SD card reader is missing.
While gaming notebooks throw buzzwords around when it comes to the display, the data sheet reads much calmer here: ASUS installs an anti-reflective IPS display in 17.3 inches. The form factor is 16:9 and the resolution used is classic Full HD (1920×1080). There is a fast 144 Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync. NVIDIA G-Sync was not used here. The display should be a maximum of 250 nits bright and cover the sRGB color space with 62.5 percent. As already mentioned in the introduction, there is no other (or better) configuration for the display here.
Of course we measured the display with a professional Spyder5. The maximum brightness is 232.4 nits (cd/m2) in the center of the screen and decreases towards the edges. For me, a value from 300 nits (cd/m2) is good, the higher it goes, the better. Such a “low” brightness is not uncommon in gaming notebooks. The brightness is absolutely sufficient for indoor use, but the display is too weak for use outdoors in sunshine.