I have been given the opportunity to review the ASUS TUF Dash F15, one of ASUS‘ more recent addition to the TUF Dash line. While admittedly late into the party, I have been enjoying the TUF Dash F15 which I’ve been able to use for both productivity and gaming. Here’s the full review.
Before I continue with the review here’s the rundown of the unit I’ve been reviewing.
12th Gen Intel Core i7-12650H
16 GB (Upgradeable to 32 GB)
720P HD camera
QHD IPS 165Hz, DCI-P3 100%, 300nits, 3ms
M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD 1TB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
1x Audio Combo Jack
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DP 1.4 and PD 3.0
1x Thunderbolt 4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DC in Jack
1x Kensington Lock
The first thing that I’d noticed with the TUF Dash F15 is the cleaner, more professional look. The unit I’ve been able to review is the moonlight white version of the Dash F15 (with the alternate color as eclipse gray). The mecha-inspired aluminum lid allows for customization either by adding artwork on it or stickers (like I would after this review).
ASUS reports that the TUF Dash F15 retains the military-grade MIL-STD 810H standards which means that the unit is exposed to drop and vibration tests, high temperature, and high humidity environments. This feature has proven to work since I have been using the device on events and daily commute to work yet my device is still working perfectly.
Ease of Upgrade
One of the main things that I have to worry about when it comes to using a laptop is upgrading components. ASUS touts that the TUF Dash F15 was designed so that system memory and storage are easily upgradeable. Unscrewing the pop-open screw pushes the bottom of the chassis away from the body. ASUS mentions that the hooks holding those edges together are smaller and stronger than before, with a looser fit that makes it easier to lift off the panel and get under the hood. The extra SO-DIMM and SSD slots are readily accessible beneath the bottom panel.
Admittedly I haven’t been able to test this feature since I haven’t been able to upgrade the TUF Dash F15 as of yet. However I’m prepared to update this review as soon as I’ve done so since this is my current daily driver device.
Added to the TUF Dash F15 is the inclusion of the 100W Type-C Charging. With the 76WHr battery which allows at least 8 hours before needing to charge (with optimization).
During the months of me using the device, I’ve been able to use the TUF Dash F15 to photo and video edit with Adobe Photoshop, AdobeLightroom Classic, and Filmora Wondershare. Both plugged in and not. Performance was running as expected while plugged in since I am editing with not just an i7 but also a RTX 3060. What I’m suprised with is that the device was able to maintain its plugged performance even if I was using it unplugged.
With a few tweaks (GPU usage via the ASUS Armoury Crate, screen brightness adjustment, and closing of unused apps) I was not only able to edit photos and videos unplugged but I was also even able to play games on it.
Since I already mentioned about gaming, gaming with the TUF Dash F15 is stable. I was able to run various titles at Ultra to High settings such as VALORANT, League of Legends, Modern Warfare 2, Overwatch 2, and Hogwarts Legacy. I’ve never had a problem with the device on said games, in fact, I now prefer playing Hogwarts Legacy on the TUF Dash F15 than the main PC (which seems to be crashing a lot lately).
I’ll actually update this review with the embedded videos of me playing Hogwarts Legacy and, VALORANT once I’m done recording/editing.
Audio on the meanwhile has been solid. The dual firing speakers has been able to deliver quality sounds for both game audio and music playing. However, there are times when the audio isn’t loud enough even if set at max volume.
ASUS Armoury Crate
One of the surprising upgrades ASUS brought into the TUF Dash F15 is the upgraded ASUS Armoury Crate. It’s also been an integral software added into the device in toggling between the various modes that the Armoury Crate have.
While on its old versions, the Armoury Crate has become an integral software in using the unit. Personally, I’ve appreciated that this previous bloatware has some use now.
The TUF Dash F15 has been a great partner for everyday use. Not only is it light enough not to hurt my back when I go through my daily commute to work. It has been an integral partner for my coverage for both photo and video editing on the go. With the weight of around 2.0KG it’s not as heavy compared to the other laptops I’ve been using. Since the TUF Dash F15 is also rated for military grade durability I’ve been comfortable in putting the device on my bag.
And so far, I haven’t seen any problem with the commute of the device and there hasn’t been any issues thus far.
Bundled at ₱91,999 the ASUS TUF Dash F15 comes with a free TUF Gaming Backpack and TUF M5 Gaming Mouse. The bundle also has both the 200W AC Adapter, and a 100W Type C PD Charging brick. The deal seems a bit pricey if you want to upgrade the device later on. However, out of the box, the TUF Dash F15 is a great device that you can use for both gaming and productivity.
It’s not a lug of a device that would hurt your back when you’re commuting daily to work, and you can work and play at the same time. If you’re looking to get a device, that you can run anywhere, then the ASUS TUF Dash F15 is a great device you can grab.
You can check out this link on where you can grab the device yourself.
ASUS TUF Dash F15
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Ease of Access for features with ASUS Armoury Crate