Asus X540SA-SCL0205N Review

If you haven’t already guessed by the price, Asus X540SA-SCL0205N is an essential notebook. Meaning it is designed for least demanding tasks and programs. It comes with an entry level hardware and an entry level processor. However, before you make the purchase, you need to make really certain what exactly you are looking for in a laptop because many people expect budget laptops to perform miracles, which they are not designed for. The key to remember here is that you get what you pay for.

With that said, Asus X540SA-SCL0205N is very good at what it is designed for. In a short period of its time since its released, it has already gathered a good fan following. That is mostly due to the excellent value for money this machine offers. But besides that, it is also quite appealing in terms of design.

Although the laptop weighs relatively more than a standard budget laptop, it is quite slim. At 1.00 inch, this laptop is one of the thinnest in the budget market. When you combine a slim form factor with a battery life that gives you 5 hours nominal endurance, you get an exceptionally mobile laptop. In fact, the large battery is the reason why this laptop weighs a little heavier. If you ask me, I would not mind a laptop adding an extra 0.3-0.5 pounds if it has a significantly better battery life than its counterparts.

Let us explore this laptop further in this Asus X540SA-SCL0205N review.

Specification: 15.6″ HD, Intel Celeron N3050 , 4 GB DDR 3, 500 GB HDD, Optical Drive

Hardware Configuration

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Laptop generally have come a long way both in price as well as in hardware configuration since the past few years. It is hard to imagine that the hardware that could be had fore around five hundred bucks just 2 or 3 years back can now be had for less than $300.

Take the example of gaming laptops. A few years back, a gaming laptop below the price of around one thousand bucks was next to impossible. Now you can see several gaming laptop emerging in the market with the price tags of around eight hundred bucks. Here I am not talking about multimedia laptops. I am talking about proper gaming laptops like the ASUS K501UW-AB78.

Alhough Asus X540SA-SCL0205N is nowhere in near ASUS K501UW in terms of performance, for its hardware it still has an awesome price tag.

Asus X540SA-SCL0205N features Intel Celeron N3050 processor. This is an entry level dual core processor that is superior in performance to the Intel Atom processor, but not so in comparison with Intel Pentium processor. So basically, this a processor designed for word processing, internet surfing and just casual work of such sort.

Can You Game?

Well if you consider playing Candy Crush or other online games as ‘gaming’, then sure, this laptop can game. Other than that, do not expect anything from this laptop in that department.

This Asus X540SA-SCL0205N review should already have given you enough to know that this laptop is far from being a laptop that can play games or perform editing jobs.

And the Rest?

Other than that, this laptop does offer a standard 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of HDD. The RAM is quite ample and goes perfectly with the processor. It also has all the essential connectivity and interfacing options including HDMI, USB 2.0. USB 3.0, J-45 Ethernet, Wifi, memory card reader and Webcam.


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Since this is a very basic laptop, it does not have any exquisite features. It does not have a touchscreen or IPS display or other exclusive technologies.

All it has is just the right type of connectivity options and a great battery life. Since most of the hardware on this laptop is low power consuming, the battery life can last at an average of 5 hours. This is more than amazing for a laptop of this price category.

Another fotunate feature on Asus X540SA-SCL0205N is the optical drive. Although it is not important with today’s technology, some people may still find its use. Most laptops sacrifice on slim profile while integrating an optical drive. This laptop does not. It still measures about an inch despite having an optical drive.

Asus X540SA-SCL0205N Review Conclusion

All in all, Asus X540SA-SCL0205N is a great budget laptop that has received excellent reviews from its customers. Very few budget laptops out there can gather such a good score in such short time. This should speak volumes about the quality of this notebook. Therefore, if your expectation from laptop do not exceed work such as writing reports, then this laptop is a no brainer.

Is the laptop worth the money?

At above two hundred bucks, this laptop has an excellent value, but it it does have competition. This laptop harbors an Intel processor. The competition to this laptop emerges from AMD counterparts.

One particular laptop that falls in the same price category with similar specs is the HP – 15.6″ Laptop. It is very similar in function so the decision between these two laptops would be quite tough. However, I believe in the end it would boil down to your brand loyalty as well as your design preference.