ASUS has many high-end computers with large screens and a hefty price tag on the market today. But in the ASUS TUF VR Ready models, everything is about performance. Forget fancy components you don't need and the best screen refresh rates, this computer is specifically designed to cater to VR gamers for an affordable price. But if you're just looking for a computer that can handle the top 10 games on Oculus, this is probably a bit of an overkill. This ASUS laptop comes in various setups, but we will focus on the one with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD.
So what makes a laptop VR ready? It is a combination of many different factors like processing power, graphics card, RAM, connectivity, and also what operating system the computer uses. For example, if you are planning to buy an HTC Vive headset, you will need at least 4GB of RAM, an Intel i5 processor or greater (or AMD equivalent), a GeForce® GTX 970 or greater (or AMD equivalent) and at least 1x 2.0 USB connection. But this is, however, the minimum requirement, and you can't expect the most advanced games to run on a setup like this. The ASUS TUF is equipped to handle most games out there and has VR ready specs that are compatible with any VR headset.
Games and compatibility- The specs on this laptop should be more than enough for Oculus or HTC Vive users. It is also designed to handle anything you can find on Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. So that in itself is pretty impressive for a computer that costs less than $1,200 on Amazon currently. But if you're planning to use it for traditional computer gaming as well, the screen only has around a 60Hz refresh rate. The resolution is full HD, but slow refresh rates will pixelate and blur images in fast-moving games. For VR however, your experience with resolution and refresh rate is based on the specs of your VR headset.
Graphics and Processor– AMD has really delivered some of the best processors on the market in 2020 when it comes to both price and specs. This ASUS laptop comes with a Ryzen 7 4800 processor known for even beating 10th generation Intel core processors when it comes to energy efficiency and data processing. Combine that with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 VR ready graphics card, you're sure to get a fantastic experience in image quality and loading speed in the games. Since the Graphics card already has 6GB dedicated RAM, you really don't need to buy versions of this laptop with more than 16 GB RAM integrated (at least not for a few more years).
Hardware and components- ASUS TUF VR Ready features an unimpressive display for gaming, but suits you fine for everyday work and watching HD movies. So if VR gaming is your main reason for buying this computer, you won't really have any issues with the display. The keyboard is backlit so you can easily type in darker environments- which should be standard on any laptop for work and gaming purposes these days. The connectivity on the chassis is good with 3x USB 3.0 and above + 1x USB 2.0, HDMI with 4K output, and ethernet. The headphone jack is of course also in place, which you will need because of the pretty low sound quality on the speakers.
Extras and prices– The computer has a sleek design compared to many competitors, so it looks really good. But, slimming down on laptops usually means there are a few addons you need for the best possible VR gaming experience. With the ASUS TUF, you could splurge on a decent headset that will give you a much more immersive feeling in the game. Also, cooling could be an issue on this computer, so buying a Cooling pad is not a bad idea.
Conclusion– If you're looking for a laptop that can handle any new VR headset coming out for years to come, this might be one of the best choices. This is a VR ready workhorse, plain and simple. All things unnecessary are tripped away, leaving you to pay for high-end components that will suit your VR gaming needs for a long time to come. For those of you who want to combine VR with regular PC games as well, then it could be a good idea to spend a few hundred dollars extra on the MSI GP75 Leopard with a fantastic 17.3" anti-glare display.
A lightweight and elegant workhorse built especially for VR players that need a portable computer. Top-end components from AMD and NVIDIA ensure fantastic graphics and smooth gameplay. An affordable solution for those who mainly need a VR compatible computer in their home.
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