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ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 Review
If you love business and just need the right tools to get you going, then the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 might just be what you need. Down from display quality all the way to security, the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 traverses the paths of business and patches up the pitfalls that ordinary laptops may just fail to cover. Best of all… you don’t have to lose and arm and a let to get it – ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 Review.
- TPM and fingerprint reader are present for better security
- Large removable battery
- Excellent port variety and selection
- Respectable specifications at a budget
- Lacks a USB Type-C port
- Not best suited for gamers
The ASUS P-Series’ key highlights are its decent performance, excellent security and long battery life. It will comfortably meet the needs of anyone in business, especially mindful of Small and Medium Enterprise owners pressed to get the best value out of their hard earned money. Without doubt, the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 gets a thumbs up from us at MOGZTech.
ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 Specs
|Processor||7th Gen Intel Core i5 7200U | 2.5 – 3.1 GHz|
|RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Internal Storage||1 TB 5400 rpm HDD|
|Display||15.6-inch | Resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels (FHD) | TN panel | Anti-glare | LED-Backlit|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2 | Integrated 802.11ac|
|Memory Card Reader||Yes | Multi-format card reader|
|Integrated Webcam||Yes | HD|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Built-in Stereo and Microphone|
|Dimensions||15 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches | 38 x 25.7 x 2.3 cm|
|Weight||5.2 lbs | 2.4 kgs|
|Battery||48WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion battery | Removable|
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Consonant with the business theme, the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 features a simple yet functional design and a subtle sleek feel to it. Or perhaps the sleekness emanates from the smooth matte exterior coating that graces the touch… deliberated quality is the word. While made of plastic, the body feels strong and ill subject to flex, just what one needs to handle the vigors of travel.
If you’re out in the market for a thin and light machine, then the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 may not exactly fit the bill. A better option may just be the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T that weighs only 2.9 lbs. However, that does not mean that the ASUS P-Series is averse to the traveler’s bag, neither is it overly large or bulky for convenience. It weighs 5.2 lbs (11.5 Kgs) – which is below the 5.5 lb threshold for desktop replacements laptops – and measures 15 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches. With such a weight, the occasional ride on your shoulder as you take the stairs to your car or as you walk from the office to the coffee shop won’t land you at the hospital with a broken back.
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|Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762||ASUS VivoBook F510UA||ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51||ASUS P-Series P2440UQ-XS71||Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4|
|Processor||Core i5-8250U||Core i5-8250U||Core i5-7200U||Core i5-7500U||Core i5-7200U|
|Graphics||GeForce MX150||Integrated||Integrated||GeForce 940MX||GeForce 940MX|
|Internal Storage||256GB SSD||1TB HDD||1TB HDD||512GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|Price||See it||See it||See it||See it||See it|
Under the hood …
On opening the lid, the full-sized qwerty chiclet keyboard is unavoidably apparent: a well spaced set of keys in the company of a ten key numeric keypad. A numeric keypad comes quite handy more so when feeding in numeric values, saving the user both time and effort. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not backlit… which of course sucks, but is something we expected to see in a sub $500 laptops. One exception to that is the Acer Aspire E 15, a sub $400 machine that offers a lot more than it costs. Thanks to the decent key spacing and deep key travel however, one can easily achieve his/her full typing speed within a few minutes of practice.
The touchpad on the other hand is slightly displaced to the left, and offer excellent functionality. Scrolling is smooth both online and offline, and clicks are accurate. It further supports multi-finger gestures for a better user experience.
Adorning the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 is a 15.6 Inch TN display with LED-backlighting. With a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, image quality is crisp and color reproduction is impressive. However, IPS displays offer better viewing angles and generally a richer viewer experience, though costing significantly more. Thus for an ordinary user with typical non-professional needs, the TN display will be quite fine. Reading is a joy thanks to the anti-glare display that keeps glare in check thus preventing eye strain while at the same time maintaining image quality and integrity.
The ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 simply oozes with ports. Every inch on the sides that could fit a port had one installed into it. On the left side features three USB 3.0 ports, an RJ-45 port, HDMI port and a VGA port. On the left is a headphone/microphone combo jack out and one USB 2.0 port, with the card reader being positioned at the front left.
The card support SD and MMC formats which means it’s well equipped for both multi-media transfer from your camera or just for simple data transfer from and to another laptop.In terms of port selection, the makers of the ASUS P-Series got it right. The only query we have with it is the lack of a USB-C port, especially considering its versatility and how widespread it’s begining to be with each passing day. However, the lack of this port does not stand as a insurmountable obstacle to meeting the user’s needs.
Also available is a DVD drive located on the right side from the user.
Wireless connectivity on the other hand is via the latest 802.11ac wireless WLAN and bluethooth 4.2.
The main feature that sets the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 apart as a business laptop is its security. Without doubt, much time, effort and deliberation went into coming up with a secure machine at an affordable cost. The features included into it are as follows.
- Kensington lock
- BIOS Booting User Password Protection
- Intel Anti-theft
- TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
- Finger Print Reader
Thanks to the TPM, you can easily secure your login information, store biometric data and check the health of your computer. It’s a feature mostly found on business laptops, notebooks and desktops. Today, TPMs are part of virtually every computer epsecially if those machine will ever find themselves crossing hairs with user authentication, network access or data protection.
The ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 drives on the 7th Gen Intel Core i5 7200U processor – energy efficient dual core processor with a TDP of 15 W. Alongside that processor is 8GB of RAM, 1 TB of Internal storage and integrated Intel HD 620 graphics. Breaking it down further, the Intel Core i5-7200U processor has a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz and a turbo frequency of 3.1 GHz. This means that most tasks will run seamlessly and without a hitch on the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51. Tasks such as word processing, browsing the net with multiple tabs open, video streaming, Photoshop and Auto CAD run without a hitch. Thanks to the large RAM, even demanding tasks such as gaming run seamlessly.
Audio and battery
The ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 comes with two ASUS SonicMaster tuned Speakers (2 Watt), an analog microphone and a VGA/HD camera. The speakers output good quality sound with a decent sound range that will only fall short of satisfying staunch audiophiles.
On matters battery, the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 performs quite well. It has a 48 WHr battery that lasts a 3 – 4 hours depending on the usage, which is standard for a 15.6 Inch desktop replacement laptops. Moreover, the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-XS51 version has a 72WHrs battery which gets closer to the advertised 9 hour runtime. Thanks to the readily removable battery, its possible to carry an extra battery which you can switch whenever the first brick runs out – perfect for those long haul flights ever so often.
An Excellent partner in business.
The ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 bears a simple yet robust exterior, and the performance to boot. It forms an excellent choice for anyone whose out in search of security and reliability at a budget. It delivers exceptionally well all round, and is it is well worth the investment you’ll make to get it. And that is why we recommend as the best budget business laptop.
P/S This matte finish laptop just made it to Amazon’s top list (Amazon’s Choice) of recommended work laptops.
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