The Asus X540LA-SI30205P is a nice entry-level laptop that delivers a moderate amount of computing power for a very reasonable price. It has a 5th Gen Core i3 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. Overall this laptop would make a very economical choice for a student or a nice laptop to do web browsing, use office apps, or other minor tasks for anyone.
Core i3-5020U Processor
This 5th generation Core i3 processor from Intel is dual-core as well as multi-threaded. What you end up with is two cores with two threads a piece, about the same as having a quad-core computer when you use applications that support multi-threading. Overall it’s a sufficient CPU and I wouldn’t see any reason to look for a Core i5 laptop when the Core i3 laptops cost less and are almost as fast.
4 GB of RAM
This is really something that Asus could have improved. I don’t really like seeing 4 GB of RAM in a laptop being sold in 2016. I think 8 GB is the baseline now, with 4 GB machines falling to the wayside. However, you can’t really complain too much about the lack of RAM for the price. You could always upgrade to 8 GB of RAM fairly easily.
1 TB Mechanical Hard Drive
Another con for me. I really like seeing systems with SSD storage these days. It’s much faster and much more reliable. It’s also quieter and produces less heat. The 1 TB of storage is really great, except that one day you could lose 1 TB in the blink of an eye if your drive fails. An upgrade to SSD would do this laptop a lot of good, especially booting up the system and loading applications more quickly.
15.6″ “HD” Display
They call it an HD display, but it isn’t 1920×1080 pixel Full HD. Instead, it’s 1366×768 HD which is closest to 720p, not Full HD at 1080p. I think that this might be acceptable on a low-end laptop, such as this. However, I really like to see 15+ inch screen to have the full 1920×1080 resolution.
Features and Specifications
- 15.6″ display HD resolution.
- 5th Gen Intel CoreTM i3-5020U processor Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance for HD-quality computing
- 4GB system memory for basic multitasking
- 1TB hard drive for ample file storage space
- Windows 10 Home
The Asus X540LA-SI30205P has been fairly well received with many positive reviews. Most people agree that it’s a great laptop for the money, despite some of its shortcomings. There are quite a few people who suggested upgrading the RAM to 8 GB for about $20 to improve the performance of this inexpensive laptop quite a bit.
There were some people with less than nice things to say about this laptop. Following the link below to see what I mean.