Latest release in the range Asus, we’ve been running tests onFX705GM…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.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
FX705GM compatible with internet use?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this FX705GM, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by Asus are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 17.3 inches size. This model is designed the old-fashioned way, without a touch screen. It’s a shame because, when you get this FX705GM on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. Logically, the treatment given to this product by Asus suggests that you will be able to use it for many years to come.
The computer is equipped with one of the latest processors Intel Core i7 8750H 2.2GHz. Its power will give you the assurance of having a laptop that will work very well for 10 years. In addition, with this model, you have at your disposal a tool that will make your internet navigation fluid. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 16 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the FX705GM, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 512 gigabytes will be enough. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the FX705GM can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. 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.
Is FX705GM one for watching movies and listening to music ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Asus offers the FX705GM perfect for that. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 17.3 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 2.6 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this FX705GM product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Asus is primarily intended for film lovers the FX705GM. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it FX705GM has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
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. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphic card, and with 16 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. 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.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it FX705GM seems inappropriate. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. 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 compatible with on the move use ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes FX705GM to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Asus didn’t really take into account in the design of this FX705GM. 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.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 2.6 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 17.3 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
If you prefer the touch screen mode, you will be disappointed by this FX705GM. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
Equipped with a processor Intel Core i7 8750H 2.2GHz, this model has a very low power consumption. Mainly related to low voltage, this processor allows an above-average autonomy (on paper).
Please note that the autonomy is provided as an indication by Asus, and that you should rather take 70% of this value into account.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 4 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 Gb. 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. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .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.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 17.3 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 6 inputs. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the FX705GM, Asus deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The FX705GM to make audio or video editing.
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
With this laptop, Asus has developed an effective tool for those who want to have an affordable video editing laptop whose price remains tight. 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.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. 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. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The autonomy of this FX705GM is of 4 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Asus could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it FX705GM receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With this FX705GM product, Asusoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
FX705GM for video games?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this FX705GM, it may be better to go to other models. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. 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. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 512 Gb it FX705GMis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Asus decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 2.6 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this FX705GM one. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Is the FX705GM adapted to office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, FX705GM it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. 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. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
With only 512 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not FX705GM the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
FX705GM the right choice for the right use
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.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– listening to music and watching videos