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Asus reveals a slew of TUF gaming laptops: See the latest innovation in affordable gaming

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CES 2022 is in full throttle and Asus is announcing five new TUF gaming laptops, which is enough for any tech-lover's head to spin.

We don't have info on pricing just yet, but the Asus TUF Gaming F15 / F17, the Asus TUF Gaming A15 / A17, and the TUF DASH F15 are all set to launch in Q1 2022.

Asus TUF Dash F15

The Asus TUF Dash F15 is a sleek piece of machinery that looks sci-fi without trying too hard thanks to its subtle aesthetic. You can pack this machine with up to an Intel Core i7-12650H processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

The laptop comes in at 13.98 x 9.92 x 0.77 ~ 1.08 inches and 4.4 pounds, which is a decent size for a 15-inch notebook. You can configure the Dash F15 with either a 2560 x 1440, 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3 panel or a 1080p, 144Hz display. Its chiclet keyboard is backlit and features a 1.7-millimeter travel distance according to Asus.

With ports, you're getting three USB Type-A ports, one Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0b port, an RJ45 port, a headphone jack and a Kensington lock slot.

The Dash F15 also packs in a 76Wh battery, which isn't too bad, so we're hoping for some decent numbers on this one.

Asus TUF Gaming F15 / F17

You might be wondering what the difference between the Asus TUF Gaming F15 / F17 and Asus TUF Dash F15 is -- well, the former are a pair of slightly less powerful (and ideally cheaper) gaming laptops. The Asus TUF Gaming F15 / F17 can be outfitted with up to an Intel Core i7-12650H processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

The Asus TUF Gaming F15 and F17 come in at 4.85 pounds, 13.94 x 9.88 x 0.88 ~ 0.98 inches and 5.73 pounds, 15.53 x 10.39 x 0.9 ~ 1.0 inches, respectively. The F15 can be configured with up to a 15.6-inch, 1080p, 300Hz panel, while the F17 only has access to the 17.3-inch, 1080p, 144Hz model. Like the Dash, their chiclet keyboards are backlit and feature a 1.7-millimeter travel distance.

When it comes to ports, both laptops sport two USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, one Thunderbolt 4 port, an HDMI 2.0b port, an RJ45 port, a headphone jack, and a Kensington lock slot.

You can outfit the Asus TUF Gaming F15 / F17 with either a 56Wh or 90Wh battery. Bigger is better, kids. Go with the 90Wh if you can.

Asus TUF Gaming A15 / A17

Okay now you're probably wondering what the hell the Asus TUF Gaming A15 / A17 is and how that compares to the other two laptops. Well, the A15 / A17 is the AMD version of the F15 / F17, and it's also slightly weaker, only because of its GPU. The Asus TUF Gaming A15 / A17 can be outfitted with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

The Asus TUF Gaming A15 and A17 come in at at 4.85 pounds, 13.94 x 9.88 x 0.88 ~ 0.98 inches and 5.73 pounds, 15.53 x 10.39 x 0.9 ~ 1.0 inches, respectively (the exact same profiles as the F15 and F17 model). Both the 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models are stuck with 1080p, 144Hz displays. But, like the rest, they feature a 1.7-mm travel keyboard.

Since it's an AMD laptop, there's no Thunderbolt, and instead we get two USB Type-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0b port, an RJ45 port, a headphone jack, and a Kensington lock slot.

Similar to the previous set up, you can outfit the Asus TUF Gaming A15 / A17 with either a 56Wh or 90Wh battery.

Outlook

From the Asus TUF Dash F15 to the Asus TUF Gaming F15 / F17 and Asus TUF Gaming A15 / A17, there are a hell of a lot of products to test and review. I'm excited to see what this new era of affordable gaming laptops brings us. I am hoping it's just affordable and not cheap, because there's no room for that ridiculousness in my house.

Rami Tabari is an Editor for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline attached to the latest Souls-like challenge.