Hands on: Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14: a premium look for an affordable price

The Asus TUF Gaming A16 and A14 models continue to be budget-minded

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Early Verdict

The Asus TUF Gaming A16 and A14 are my biggest surprises on the gaming laptop front. As someone who's used TUF laptops for years, seeing a far more aesthetically pleasing redesign is a real treat. And the A14 version, brand new to the series, is particularly impressive. Both have great specs, displays, keyboard and touchpads, and port selections as well, making them well-rounded gaming machines.


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    Great display

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    Solid keyboard and touchpad

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    The A14 is reasonably priced

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    Excellent specs

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    Overhauled design is lovely

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    Port selection is well-balanced


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    No additional colors

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    Performance isn't known yet

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    The A16 model is a little pricey

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Asus's TUF brand has always been its affordable line and the Asus TUF Gaming A16 refresh and the newly revealed A14 continues the tradition. However, the stark difference here is the aesthetics, which have essentially been overhauled to look far more premium.

Not only that, but the addition of the A14 means there's another, more portable option to the gaming laptop lineup. Of course, performance is the most important aspect of any laptop and I wasn't able to run benchmarks to officially test that out during my hands-on. But with those specs, it should be able to handle any PC title you throw its way - including AAA games.

Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14: price and availability

Both the Asus TUF Gaming A16 and Asus TUF Gaming A14 are expected to ship on July 22, 2024 in the US, UK, and Australia.

The TUF Gaming A16 launches with a starting price of $1,799.99 / £1,799.99 / AU$2,299 while the TUF Gaming A14 launches priced at $1,399.99 / £1,299 / (around AU$2,400).

Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14: specs

Here are the specs for the Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14 at a glance. 

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Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14 specs
Display14-inch/16-inch QHD+ 2.5K (2560 x 1600), 165Hz, 3ms, 400 nits
CPUA14: AMD Ryzen 7 / A16: AMD Ryzen 9
GraphicsUp to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD
Port selectionA14: 2x USB Type-C ports, 2x USB Type-A ports, 1x combo jack, 1x HDMI 2.1 port, 1x SD card reader / A16: 2x USB Type-C ports, 2x USB Type-A ports, 1x combo jack, 1x HDMI 2.1 port, 1x Kensington lock, 1x ethernet port
WeightA14: 1.46 Kg (3.22 lbs) / A16: 2.20 Kg (4.85 lbs)
Dimensions13.94 x 10.59 x 0.70 inches; 35.4 x 26.9 x 1.79 cm (WxDxH)

Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14: design

Asus TUF Gaming A16

Asus TUF Gaming A14

What impressed me the most about the upcoming Asus TUF Gaming A16 and A14 models is how much more attractive they are compared to previous iterations of the TUF series. The A16 has a sleeker and more premium-looking design that defies its relatively lower price tag, and the A14 is compact and much more lightweight than you'd expect from a gaming laptop. It also features an aluminum lid and bottom cover, making the smaller model even more durable.

I like the added touch of the power light, shaped in a cute flower-like pattern. It complements the revamped look of the laptop in a simple yet non-obtrusive way. My only real complaint is that I wish we could get more colors, but considering it's a more budget-minded line the decision not to makes sense.

The A16 has a full keyboard with a numpad, taking advantage of the extra space. Both versions have well-sized and spaced-out keys that make error-free typing much easier and large touchpads perfect for navigating while gaming. The A14 in particular has a beautiful glass touchpad, which feels silky smooth.

Both also have great port selections including USB Type-A and Type-C ports, combo jacks, HMDI ports, SD readers, and the A16 even has an ethernet port. It's refreshing to have a gaming laptop with the full breathe of ports and slots available, and for the smaller one to be as close as possible.

What also impressed me was the A16's improved bezels, a full width heatsink hidden in that thinner frame, and even a pop up screw to pop out the chassis and make repairs and upgrades that much easier.

Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14: performance

Asus TUF Gaming A16

Asus TUF Gaming A14

The Asus TUF Gaming A16 and A14 are outfitted with the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPUs, as well as up to a Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. Past benchmark results inform us that both gaming laptops should perform well with the best PC games, including more demanding AAA titles. However, I wasn't able to benchmark these laptops during my time with them, meaning this is all still speculation. 

The A16 and A14 screens are both QHD+ 2.5K resolution with 400 nits of brightness, sport a 165Hz refresh rate, and a 3ms response time, which ensures a smooth and stutter-free experience for most gamers. 

Asus TUF Gaming A16/A14: early verdict

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Out of the gaming laptops featured in the Asus Computex 2024 event, the TUF Gaming A16 and A14 impressed me the most by far. Asus is overhauling its affordable line, giving it a cleaner and prettier look. I especially love the A14, with its small and thinner frame that has plenty of power.

The pricing for both is pretty solid, with the A14 being quite more affordable. The A16 is a bit steep but, compared to other laptops with similar specs it's far more reasonable. Hopefully, as manufacturers lean more into AI processors, we continue to see budget and near budget machines being pushed out as there's still a market for them.

Allisa James
Computing Staff Writer

Named by the CTA as a CES 2023 Media Trailblazer, Allisa is a Computing Staff Writer who covers breaking news and rumors in the computing industry, as well as reviews, hands-on previews, featured articles, and the latest deals and trends. In her spare time you can find her chatting it up on her two podcasts, Megaten Marathon and Combo Chain, as well as playing any JRPGs she can get her hands on.

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