Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Asus FX705GM according to what you are going to do with it.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
FX705GM to surf the Internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as FX705GM may seem to be the solution. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Asus; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 17.3 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. No touch screen available on this model. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this FX705GM if you have to work on the road.
Nevertheless, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. After all Asus, has accustomed us to design quality products, just like this model, which will serve you for a long time to come.
The processor which equips this model, one Intel Core i7 8750H 2.2GHz, will be largely sufficient; it may even be too powerful compared to the need. A component providing impressive power and responsiveness. In addition, this model will make your web browsing sessions pleasant and fluid. With less than a 16 Gb of RAM, it FX705GM is a fair one. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 512 gigabytes will be enough. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the FX705GM is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
FX705GM the right choice for watching movies ?
This FX705GM is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 17.3, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 2.6 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. FX705GM will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this FX705GM. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This model has one of the best processors of the moment; the Intel Core i7 8750H 2.2GHz. The result is extremely efficient for managing multiple tasks in parallel such as watching one movie and downloading another. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
On the application side, Asus chose to let you do it. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one NVIDIA GTX 1060, which with 16 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 6 ports. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this FX705GM may not be suitable. Indeed, with 4 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
FX705GM the right choice for travelling connected ?
It FX705GM is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Asus. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 2.6 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 17.3 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unfortunately, it is not FX705GM equipped with a touch screen as standard models. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
Thanks to its processor FX705GM, the use in exclusive battery mode is one of the most important of the competition. With its processor, the manufacturer has chosen to produce one of the most powerful laptops in its range.
That doesn’t mean you’re going to reach that figure, because it’s an average estimate indicated by the manufacturer.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 512 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Asus was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 17.3 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
On the connector side, it FX705GM has 6 ports. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this FX705GM on holiday.
The FX705GM for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Asus has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
This model, Asusoffers an effective product without being too expensive.Equipped with a software suite as standard, you can start editing for movies and music. If needed, you can install more pro-oriented applications on the 512 Gb available of the hard disk.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Asus made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The FX705GM has only got one, with total 512 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it FX705GM receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
With this FX705GM product, Asusoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. As you will have understood, it FX705GM proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
FX705GM for video games?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Our tests have shown that yhis FX705GM wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
Provided with a resolution of 1920×1080, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Asus has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 512 Gb.
A better access to wifi on this FX705GM that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 2.6 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this FX705GM for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The FX705GM for office automation.
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 2.6 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
With only 512 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the FX705GM is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
In short, is the FX705GM, the right choice ?
This FX705GM will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– listening to music and watching videos