ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review: A Solid Gaming Laptop

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Gaming laptops have been on a roll this year. Left and right we’ve seen great offerings from multiple brands and included in that list is ASUS. With ASUS releasing noteworthy products under the ROG brand in quick succession, it may be hard to follow that up with something under their TUF lineup. But is it actually hard? TUF laptops have been incredibly popular due to their solid offerings at very reasonable price points. Now, we get to review the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 and we’ll try to see if it’s a solid gaming laptop worth your time.

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review – Specifications

Operating System Windows 11 Pro
Processor
AMD Ryzen™ 7 6800H Mobile Processor (8-core/16-thread, 20MB cache, up to 4.7 GHz max boost)
Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Laptop GPU
1752MHz* at 140W (1702MHz Boost Clock+50MHz OC,115W+25W Dynamic Boost)
Display
15.6-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9, anti-glare display, sRGB:100%, Adobe:75.35%, Refresh Rate:300Hz,IPS-level,Adaptive-Sync ,MUX Switch + Optimus
Memory
16GB DDR5-4800, SO-DIMM x 2 slot, Max Capacity: 32GB
Support dual channel memory
Storage
1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe®3.0 SSD
I/O Ports
1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C support DisplayPort™ / G-SYNC, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x RJ45 LAN port
Keyboard and Touchpad
Backlit Chiclet Keyboard RGB
Touchpad
Camera
720P HD camera
Audio
AI noise-canceling technology
Dolby Atmos
Hi-Res certification
Built-in array microphone
2-speaker system
Network and Communication
Wi-Fi 6(802.11ax)+Bluetooth 5.2 (Dual band) 2*2;(*BT version may change with OS upgrades.)
Battery
90WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion
Power Supply
ø6.0, 240W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 12A, 240W, Input: 100~240C AC 50/60Hz universal
Weight
2.20 Kg (4.85 lbs)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
35.4 x 25.1 x 2.24 ~ 2.49 cm (13.94″ x 9.88″ x 0.88″ ~ 0.98″)
Security
BIOS Administrator Password and User Password Protection
Kensington Security Slot™
Included in the Box
TUF Gaming M5 V2 mouse P304, TUF backpack

TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review – At A Glance

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Ports

Right side is bereft of any additional ports likely due to it being the place for your gaming mouse. Anyway, this side is home to a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and a slot for a Kensington lock.

On the other side, we see the complete opposite. The left side is home to the power port, RJ-45 Lan port, HDMI 2.0b, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C with one of these capable of supporting DisplayPort / G-Sync, a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, and one 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack.

Limited RGB

Limited RGB

There’s not much when it comes to color and glow in the TUF A15 2022. The only thing that lights up, aside from the display, is the keyboard. You can change its color via the ASUS Armoury Crate app. Furthermore, adding in more ASUS products that are RGB compatible allows you to tinker with them and sync them to each other via ASUS Aura Sync.

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review – Benchmarks

Gaming Performance

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Gaming Benchmarks

Resolution 1920×1080 Frame Rates
Games Preset Average 1% 0.1% Notes (Score, etc.)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ultra High 66 44 29 100% Render Scaling
Dota 2 Best Looking 101 65 55
Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition Extreme 43 23 18 DLSS Performance
Apex Legends Highest 139 105 81
Rainbow Six: Siege Ultra 230 168 137 100% Render Scaling
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Highest 102 71 41 DLSS OFF
PUBG Ultra 107 68 41 100% Render Scaling
Watch Dogs Legion Ultra 64 50 31 DX12, DLSS OFF
Borderlands 3 Badass 70 35 10 DX12
Total War: Warhammer 3 Ultra 57 43 39 Ultra
Modern Warfare 2 Extreme 62 32 30

It’s Good Enough

No question as to the gaming performance of the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022. It can handle most games with steady framerates and thanks to its 300Hz screen, can display most competitive ones without any problems. Do note that the ones tested here were set to the highest possible settings at 1080p so toning the settings down a bit may net you faster frames.

Synthetic Benchmarks

These benchmarks are meant to measure the device’s performance relative to other people’s machine. We plugged in a mix of CPU & GPU-intensive tests and other ones that measure the performance of both at the same time.

The numbers below will be quantified into an easy to read chart once we have compiled results from previous reviews. Please do check them out after some time.

3DMark Firestrike Extreme

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Firestrike Extreme3DMark Fire Strike Extreme is designed for multi-GPU systems and future hardware generations. In addition to raising the rendering resolution, additional visual quality improvements increase the rendering load to ensure accurate performance measurements for truly extreme hardware setups.

3DMark Firestrike Ultra

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Firestrike Ultra

3DMark Firestrike Extreme but more demanding. Incredibly taxing to the system as the benchmark tests how your PC can render in 4K (3840 x 2160).

3DMark Time Spy

3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers.

3DMark Port Royal

3DMark Port Royal is the world’s first real-time ray tracing benchmark for gamers. It shows you how well your PC handles ray tracing effects in real-time.

Cinebench (Release 20)

Benchmark Score: 5393

Cinebench leverages the same powerful 3D engine found in the award-winning animation software Cinema 4D Release 20 to accurately evaluate CPU rendering performance capabilities across various systems and platforms.

Novabench

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review Novabench

Novabench is a free benchmark tool that allows you to see your computer’s overall performance. Its tests CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage speeds, and gives you an aggregate score that you can use for comparison with other similar setups.

Unigine Superposition

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review Unigine Superposition

Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system.

PassMark

Passmark Benchmark

PassMark measures CPU, 2D & 3D GPU, Memory, and Disk speeds. Similar to Novabench, it gives you an aggregate score, giving you an idea on how your PC performs and how it ranks when compared to other computers around the world.

TUF Gaming A15 2022- User Experience

Pretty Cool

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022) Temperatures
Touchpad (Right) Touchpad (Left) Top Middle Sides
Browsing + Downloading (Turbo) 34.6C 32.2C 40.6C 38.2 34.3
Gaming (Turbo) 34.8C 34.2C 55.0C 45.1C 39.4C

After having been through a couple of paper thin gaming laptops, heat has been something I’m very particular with. This time, it’s not too noticeable and it’s not something that can burn the fingerprint off your fingers. Gaming with the TUF A15 2022 has been great and the temperatures are kept in-check by its cooling system. It may get a bit on the warmer side, especially the top part, but most of its workspace remains generally okay even when running intense games or applications.

It Has A Numpad!

Keyboard with numpad

Gaming laptops can have numpads? What year is it? Anyhow, the TUF A15 2022 is probably the only laptop that we’ve reviewed this 2022 with a numpad. I see it as not a bad thing but more of a boon since you can do “school” and “office” work with this thing. However, it does take a lot of space and it may require some time to get used to if you are coming from a numpad-less laptop.

300Hz Madness

TUF Gaming A15 Display 300Hz

Before, we’ve seen weird display ang graphics configurations from ASUS. We’ve seen low-powered cards expected to pump out frames for a 300Hz display. Those times are fortunately over. In the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022, we see a 300Hz display partnered with a formidable Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. Although it’s a laptop version, it can still handle itself well when it comes to games and you’ll pretty much maximize the display installed on this thing.

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Review – Verdict & Conclusion

Solid Gaming Laptop

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Cover

Although it’s not as “blingy” or stupendously outstanding like its ROG brethren, the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 is a pretty great gaming laptop. It’s able to run most games without any problems and performance is as expected with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800H  and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 combo. For competitive games like DOTA 2 and Rainbow Six Siege, the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 is capable of outputting fast frames without significant drawbacks or downgrades to the games’ settings. The workspace is large and you can really use this for either school or work.

No Frills, Just Raw Power

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Award

As said above, the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 has what it takes to be a solid standard gaming laptop. It has a good screen, very capable hardware, and is functionally sound with its large touchpad and additional numpad. It can be used for work as it is not too exquisitely designed as its ROG siblings and it won’t feel out of place when used in business settings.

With that said, temper your expectations when getting this laptop. While it may be great to have just a decent gaming laptop without any other frivolous features, you’ll still be left with other choices that have at least something to make them unique, say the smaller ROG Zephyrus G14 or my personal favorite, the ROG Strix G15.

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 Price & Availability

The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 2022 is available in the Philippines and can be bought from online and retail stores. It currently has an SRP of PhP 99,995 and comes with a TUF bag and a TUF Gaming M5 mouse. For more info about this product, check out the official product page.

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