Asus TUF A16 laptop review

Can the new all-AMD Asus TUF A16 take the fight to gaming laptops with Nvidia GPUs?

Asus TUF A16 laptop open on a white desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

All-in on AMD, that's the Asus TUF A16 with its AMD CPU and graphics. The result is a nice mix of decent gaming grunt and better-than-average battery life. But it's the huge CPU power, relatively low cost and surprising battery life that really makes this laptop special.

Pros

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    Sweet 240Hz screen

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    Huge CPU performance

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    Surprising battery life

Cons

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    Gaming performance is only OK

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    Not quite cheap enough

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    AMD drivers are slightly iffy

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It's a bold move, but Asus has gambled on all-AMD hardware for its new Asus TUF A16 (FA617XS) gaming laptop. The reasoning, very likely, is that "TUF" is Asus's more accessible gaming brand, and AMD chips, in particular AMD GPUs are typically that bit cheaper than the Nvidia alternatives.

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CPUAMD Ryzen 9 7940HS (8-core)
GraphicsAMD Radeon RX 7600S 8GB
RAM16GB DDR5-4800
Screen16-inch, 2560 x 1600 (IPS, 240Hz, 3ms, 100% DCI-P3)
Storage1TB SSD
Ports1x USB4, 1x USB-C, 2x USB-A, 1x HDMI, 1x LAN, 1x 3.5mm audio
WirelessWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
Camera720p webcam
Weight4.85 lbs (2.2kg)
Dimensions35.5 x 25.2 x 2.68 cm (13.98 x 9.92 x 1.06 inches)
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The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-16-m2-max-2023-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">16-inch MacBook Pro is arguably Apple's best yet. The latest M3 silicon absolutely sizzles, the build quality is ridiculous, the screen is fabulous. You get the idea. The only problem is the price, which is painful. And that's as standard. Start speccing one up and it all gets very, very silly, very, very quickly.

MacBook Air 15

So long as you're not worried about gaming, it's hard to look past <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/apple-macbook-air-15-inch-m2-2023-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">MacBook Air 15 as a value proposition for content creation. The new 15-inch form factor makes getting proper work done that little bit more comfortable and all the usual MacBook niceties remain. It's not as powerful and the Asus TUF A16. But it is more portable and longer lasting.

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Jeremy Laird
Freelance writer

Jeremy has been typing furiously about technology since the later triassic but hasn't lost his enthusiasm for everything from flat panels to a forensic examinations of advanced lithography. For the avoidance of doubt, he also welcomes the inevitable arrival of our AI overlords even if they definitely will put him out of a job.