Asus X540LA-SI30205P 15.6 inch Laptop with Intel i3
Silver Asus X540LA-SI30205P is a sleek and stylish looking, budget priced 15.6 inch laptop for work, school and home entertainment with a Broadwell ultra low voltage 2015 release Intel i3 processor with a decent Passmark benchmark score of 3192 that places it in the lower mid-range category of CPU’s which makes it good enough for both daily and more demanding tasks (unlike a Celeron processor you may get at this price point), also with adequate multitasking capacity and very large ample space for you to save your common and multimedia files. It includes the fifth generation dual core Intel i3-5020U processor (3MB Cache) at 2.2 GHz speed with hyper threading for two cores to handle 4 threads in parallel for better utilisation of CPU but no turbo boost, 4GB DDR3L SDRAM memory for basic adequate multitasking of daily work, 1TB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed and 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system.
15.6 inch non-touch diagonal LED-backlit high definition display comes with the 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and regular TN panel with narrower viewing angles (no Full HD or IPS panel as they would add to cost significantly) so the screen is nothing amazing but adequate. It is good for viewing Youtube videos and photos, fast internet surfing and playing light games like World of Warcraft and Minecraft at medium settings and resolutions and reduced settings with games like GTA-5 as it comes with the mid-range Intel HD 5500 with comparable performance to the dedicated GeForce GTS 350M graphics, as long as you don’t have an anti-virus program or other stuff running in the background but you should really look elsewhere- a machine with at least a mid-range dedicated graphics card for decent gaming performance. Silver chassis Asus X540LA-SI30205P is made of solid plastic, weighs 4.4 pounds and measures 15 x 10 x 1 inches, rather lightweight and slim enough for a budget 15.6 inch laptop. It has a decent keyboard with 10-key numeric pad and a functional and intuitive touchpad without separate left and right click buttons.
Sound quality is impressive through the built-in stereo speakers at this price level, it boots up and shuts down faster with the new Windows 10 than it would with the earlier versions of Windows. 4GB memory is OK for multitasking smoothly enough in daily tasks but if you will be doing heavier multitasking you can always upgrade it to 8GB and will experience no lagging or delays. A fast and powerful fifth generation Intel i3 processor, 1TB storage and 4GB memory for the current price tag is a pretty good deal as far as we’re concerned and things will run smoothly and the system will manage to stay cool even after hours of operation. There is no built-in Bluetooth but includes all the basic connectivity options like the Optical DVD Drive, WiFi N standard, Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 at 100Mbps, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, the new version USB-C port, a Combo Microphone / Headphone jack, an HDMI output, the older style VGA output and a Multi-format Reader. The 3-cell 33 WHr lithium ion battery offers up to four hours of battery life in average use as the TDP is 15 watts on the low voltage processor- for the whole system. There is no Solid State Drive on this machine but a much slower 5400rpm to give you a lot more storage space and as far as we’re aware there is no separate M.2 slot for the SSD but you can replace the existing mechanical drive with an SSD. Warranty included is standard 1 year limited for parts and labor and good customer support by Asus when you need any assistance. Good value overall!