Looking for a gaming laptop that doesn't cost a king's ransom? Well, you're in luck. The Microsoft Store is selling the Asus TUF Gaming FX705DY-EH53 for just $599 right now, which is $100 off its list price, and several hundred dollars below what it sold for on Amazon just a few short weeks ago.
This one plunged in price when Black Friday rolled into view. Prior to that, however, Amazon had it listed at $799.99. Pricing at the Microsoft Store is a bit more difficult to track, but a trip in the Wayback Machine shows this one was selling for list ($699) in mid-November.
Asus TUF Gaming Laptop | 17.3-inch | Ryzen 5 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $599 (save $100)
This is a great price for gaming laptop that offers enough punch to play most games at 1080p, while keeping things comparatively affordable.
So, what do you get for $599? To start with, this is a laptop for folks like me who prefer a 17.3-inch display. Sure, it's only Full HD (1920x1080), but I find that easier on the eyes than a 15.6-inch model. On the inside, AMD's 4-core/8-thread Ryzen 5-3550H processor gets paired with a Radeon RX 560X GPU, along with 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB SSD for storage.
This model isn't going to compete with the best gaming laptops money can buy, that's a given. However, being able to play most games at its native resolution is a fair expectation. You just may need to fiddle with the image quality settings.
Beyond the core components, the list of amenities is standard fare, including 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs (one each), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo port, and a 720p HD webcam. It also sports a backlit keyboard and a brushed metal aesthetic.