The 15.6″ TUF Gaming FX504GE Notebook from Asus is a gaming-focused system that’s also a great companion for on-the-road use. Specs-wise, it’s powered by a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Thanks to its dedicated GPU, you’ll be able to play graphically demanding games on its 1920 x 1080 Full HD display. Moreover, it has an HDMI port that you can use to connect to a larger external display if needed.
For storage, this system has a 128GB M.2 NVMe SSD and a 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Should you need more room, you can attach additional storage solutions using its multiple USB ports. Other integrated features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, a webcam, a backlit keyboard, a microphone, speakers, and a combo audio jack. The operating system installed is Windows 10 Home (64-Bit).
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series Graphics Card
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards can deliver up to a 40% increase in performance over the previous generation. Not only are they powerful, they can deliver similar performance to their desktop counterparts with a slight performance difference. This changes mobile gaming, allowing you to max out your game’s visuals settings so you can enjoy it at its best.
NVIDIA Optimus Technology
NVIDIA Optimus technology allows the notebook to switch between its dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card for stutter-free gaming and integrated Intel graphics to preserve battery life while surfing the internet or typing reports.
Included and pre-loaded with this system is a copy of Gears of War 4 and Age of Empires Definitive Edition. Please note that you will have to go to the app store to download it.
Windows 10 Home
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8’s Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it’s not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.