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Read my review, all the other reviews are useless!
17 May 2019
So many people are buying/have bought this laptop and so many of them have written reviews claiming that it's very accurate when in reality it's so wrong. I don't want to boast but if someone is not technologically sound enough then they should not claim being absolutely right about what they write in their respective reviews since reviews play a very crucial role in how a product does on Amazon.
Anyway, this is my review on this laptop and this is going to be very accurate and in very much detail so be patient and feel free to comment below any questions if you have them after reading.
First I want to begin by saying that this is current the best budget laptop out there especially for gaming and don't worry that some upcoming laptop is going to come out soon and eradicate this one, its most likely something like that won't happen because all the upcoming gaming laptops now feature the Nvidia GTX 1660 GPUs which are on a much higher price range than this laptop.
Now, the MRP (the price it was launched at) of this laptop was 60k (59,990) but it was toned down to 50k (49,990 to be precise) because ASUS realized that the 60k price range was not very welcoming and considering the specs it is giving, 50k is ideal.
This laptop has one more version which is the 705dy, the only notable difference between 505 and 705 is the screen size. 17 inch is a bit too much if you ask me, in terms of portability, 15 inch is considered to be the ideal and standard size for any laptop. Paying 10k extra just for that screen is a complete waste of money so just go for 505dy instead.
Both these laptops, the 505 as well as the 705 are online exclusive products so you won't be getting these in the offline shops, believe me, I called up many and have already tried that. You can get the 504, etc, but not these two laptops.
For those who are skeptical about buying electronics online, it doesn't matter. Buying online is just as good as offline. However, you should trust third party websites, trust only verified sellers in Amazon. Offline you do get some price off but since this is an online only product, go for it. Don't hesitate. You won't get a better laptop in 50k, period.
When this launched, it was 50k, I waited for a week to buy it but unfortunately, the day I was going to place my order, the price hiked to 60k, I was so depressed since I was previously so hyped about buying this. I contacted forums, mailed the seller (Appario Retail) but no reply came from anywhere. Eventually, the price came down a week later for 2 days to 50k and that is when I bought it. Precisely in 49,990. Don't pay a rupee extra than that. If the price is higher than 50k, wait for it to come down. You may feel like it never will and that you missed your chance and now your life is ruined lol, but it will get down. Hope for the best.
Thanks for waiting and being so patient, now finally, the review. Don't blame me for being so precise about all of this, the devil is in the details and I am just sharing my story for the convenient of you guys. Otherwise why would I spend such a long time writing so much, lol.
Anyway, so this laptop was launched back in CES 2019 (An international event for tech enthusiasts) and it features the latest 12nm (nanometer) chip from Ryzen which is the 3550h (Fun Fact for your GK - h processors are better than u processors)
The 3550h is slightly better if not equal to the 8th gen i5 8300h
The processor has Vega 8 integrated graphics which is itself a very impressive thing, a bit unnecessary since you will already get a dedicated GPU but why not.
So the processor is really good, and powerful. More than enough for gaming and suitable for productivity.
Now the GPU, it is the RX560x which is similar to the 1050ti, I've only played GTA5 so far and it runs like a dream. 1080p high at a constant frame rate range of 55-60 fps
NOTE : Always plug your charger while gaming, otherwise your game will not run smoothly at all. GTA5 without charger dips to 8,9,12, fps with content stuttering. Basically, it's a nightmare.
Don't think of this as a problem, it's a norm for gaming laptops. They are designed to behave like a PC so that's why they need constant power for heavy work.
There's also a very important tip which is the most important thing about this review, I haven't seen anyone note that point that's why I was saying that all the other reviews are useless. It's about the drivers, I will come to it later on, shortly.
The battery life is not so good but honestly, its not that bad either. I mean, gaming laptops, even the higher end ones, all of them face this battery issue. So it's understandable. Luckily this laptop has an excellent Power Saving mode so if you turn it on and switch off the backlit keyboard lights, and turn down the brightness to say, 50% you can easily get 5-6 hours of working hours on this laptop.
The build and design is very impressive and the biggest selling point, at least for me was the slim bezels. The 6.5mm thing bezels are so sharp and it's really surprising to see such slim bezels in a budget laptops coz slim bezels are usually only found in high end laptops.
I compared this laptop with my friend's 1.3lakh MSI in build and design, the bezels on this are considerably thinner which not only is much more pleasing aesthetically but also makes your screen feel much larger than it is.
There is no SSD in this but only a 1TB HDD
NOTE : Only the US version has the SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) which is in short, better than a HDD since the hybrid drives mimics the intel optane design. Google it is you want to know more about it.
You can install an SSD but it has to be an m.2 NVME one, you cannot use the m.2 SATA which might be bad news for some since NVME are quite expensive and much faster than SATA.
At first I though, the 1TB HDD will be a bottleneck for this laptop but it's not as bad as one might think. The laptop takes about a minute to boot and even after completing the entire game, GTA5 takes around 2 minutes to load. Pretty decent honestly.
The ram is 8GB DDR4 2666MHZ not 2400MHZ, which is a good thing since obviously 2666 is faster than 2400 (you can do the math, lol), to take advantage of the CPU I do recommend adding another 2666MHZ ram to it since Ryzen really performs considerably better with Dual-Channel memory. You can upgrade it up to 32GB but for that you need to buy 2 sticks of 16GB which is make your already present 8GB useless, honestly for this CPU and GPU, 16GB is enough so just buy another 8GB of 2666MHZ DDR4 stick for Dual-Channel.
There is no disk drive, which is fine since no one really uses those anymore. If you really need one, buy the USB portable ones (available on Amazon as well)
I also ran Witcher 3 and it runs like a dream, I get 30FPS (while not charging) and 45-55FPS (while charging) 1080p High
Batman Arkham Knight gives me 60FPS (while charging) 1080p High
So basically, always keep the laptop plugged while gaming!
Note, the adapter can get very hot, like extremely hot, there have been times when I literally had to place a cold water bottle on top of the adapter to cool it down a bit. The laptop gets reasonably warm while gaming but the turbo cooling fans keep the laptop cool but since there is no method of cooling for the charger adapter whatsoever, the extreme hearing worries me sometimes.
Now the final part, the drivers. So every GPU has drivers for it, different GPU's require different drivers to be installed on your computer. Now, drivers are basically software which links your computer to your GPU and helps it recognize and better run the hardware. The driver for the Radeon cards and also for this 560x is the AMD Radeon Adrenaline and it didn't come pre installed on this laptop which they should've done. Anyway, it's easily and readily available on its website and the UI of the website is also pretty handy so you won't have trouble finding and installing it.
Why it's so important, if you don't use your dedicated GPU (560x) for say 20-30mins after you switch your laptop on, it stops recognizing it and it just disappears from both Adrenaline as well as Device Manager>Display Adapters. I thought getting the proper updated drivers would fix this problem but it didn't. This problem is also acknowledged in Austin Evan's review video of this laptop. At this point the laptop only shows the Vega 8 (Integraded CPU Graphics) as the only one existing and every game you run will use that making your 560x redundant.
To fix this, simply restart your laptop. There is no other way to fix it apparently. I always have to cross-check if it's still reading the 560x before running any game which can get a little repetitive and annoying after sometime.
Anyway, feel free to ask any questions if you'd like!
Edit (after 4 months of usage) - AMD has finally fixed the driver disappearing issue so that's a relief. Otherwise the laptop is fine. I love the Night mode of the new Windows update. Also, I don't know if I mentioned this above in my super lengthy review above but the Red Backlight of the Space Bar in particular doesn't light up, don't panic, it's not a defect. It's just made that way. Space Bar doesn't have a Backlight to begin with which is a bit weird but fine. I was also facing regular rebooting issues with my laptop but the latest windows updates have really fine tuned all the flaws so yay! So basically, make sure you update all the 3 things when you but it, The Standard Windows Update, AMD Radeon Adrenaline Driver (which you would need to download so make sure you get the latest one) and finally, Update the pre-existing Vega 8 Driver from Device Manager>Display Adapters