ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 Business Laptop Review

     
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ASUS, known for their quality pieces of electronics, have stepped into the business laptop niche. Their latest brainchild in that market is ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 which is designed with both business people and office workers in mind. Indeed, you would expect brilliant quality, long lasting hours and decent performance from such a laptop. Glancing through the specifications list, you are going to find Core i5 processor, 8GB system memory and a professional-grade 1080p screen on this model. This might make you excited already, but read on and find out the answers to your questions you might have about this ASUS laptop!

Performance with Business in Mind

For a business notebook, it’s important that programs – such as everything from the Microsoft Office stack – run nice and smooth. With ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51, office workers get lucky: its main component, the processor, is Intel Core i5-7200U. Its comfortable dual-core design is supplemented by a high 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.1GHz turbo speed feature. As you might know, this processor is part of the newest 7th generation family; moreover, Core i5 CPUs are often seen as power user friendly chips. To reiterate, nothing is wrong with the processor, but how about two other important aspects, RAM and storage?

There is just enough memory in this ASUS, serving all the busy business people not wanting to wait too long for their computer to respond. The memory amount is 8GB and type DDR4 2400MHz, which is installed on a single stick if I recall correctly. The two RAM slots allow for up to 16GB expansions. When it comes to the storage drive, a one terabyte spinning hard drive (5400RPM spindle speed) is installed. The logic in that is the huge space it offers, beating solid-state drives by a mile in that regards. If you however want to emphasize the performance, you can install SSD – but only after removing the current hard drive.

Speaking about upgrading, it will be possible to change the memory and hard drive easily. The notebook features an access door; behind that are the components locked in with a couple of screws. The upgrade procedure will be faster than in many other units.

Not only on paper, but confirmed by several user reports, the battery life on ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 is solid. The manufacturer says it lasts 9 hours, some users are getting 10 hours when power saver mode is included. This is fantastic news for business travelers. Moreover, the 6-cell 72Whrs 4110mAh battery can be replaced, just like the RAM and hard drive.

Quality Screen for Long Hours

From what I can see, the screen on ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 is very decent for the price. Thanks to the 1080p (1920×1080) resolution, the 15.6″ display won’t feel too cramped with icons and windows. The screen has anti-glare coating making it especially good for indoor use. There is no touch support but I wouldn’t say this is a dealbreaker for most business people.

People who brought this computer have left positive reviews about the display, mostly saying it outputs sharp image. If you want you may opt to use two external displays thanks to the laptop’s VGA (1080p) and HDMI (4K) ports. One thing you should know is the limited gaming performance, as only integrated (a synonym for slow) graphics card is serving the display.

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Decent Connectivity, but Something is Missing

Laptop by itself is only somewhat ready; what really makes one is the connectivity and ability to customize it. By adding peripherals and devices you can fine-tune the notebook’s suitability to certain tasks. With ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51, everything starts with its four USB ports. That is a good amount by itself, but the type of these ports could be a tad better. You will only find three USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, however what many would like to see is USB Type-C. This new type of USB would save you some hassle due to extended compatibility. Anyway, there’s no USB Type-C now, but instead you’ll get HDMI and VGA outputs for extra screens.

The notebook includes a DVD burner which is not a self-evident thing these days. Much of the programs are actually downloaded from Internet which is making optical drives less and less useful. Speaking about Internet, that section is definitely in check here, as a long-range 2×2 AC wireless adapter and Gigabit Ethernet are both serving you. Also Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smartphones, work with this laptop.

Microphone and headphone jack is available, enhancing the support for video conferences.

Other Things You Might Want to Know

Some of the business-first features include fingerprint scanner which might make data protection more secure than easily-guessed passwords. Another feature is WOL, Wake-on-Lan, which allows the laptop to be powered on remotely through network and its LAN port.

The notebook’s international warranty lasts one year, and it includes unit labor and servicing. The laptop’s charger draws 100-240v input so it’s suitable for most countries. Unfortunately, backlit keyboard is not available on this computer.

ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 also sports a webcam and microphone, which you might find most useful for video conferences and all. Just keep in mind the webcam offers only VGA resolution but you should get by with that!

Pros:
Battery life - The laptop will keep running and running, even if you use it for 9 hours straight. In essence, the battery will last a whole day at office or school before a recharge must be given. That being said, you are welcome to keep extra battery with you as the current unit is replaceable!

Snappy performance - Business people with MS Office applications, or with pretty much any applications, will find the performance adequate. Core i5 processors are known to be a powerful bunch, and a solid 8GB DDR4 memory is only helping you.

Cons:
Not made with gamers in mind - As good as this ASUS is for businesses, it's not the best thing a gamer can buy. Its Intel HD 620 graphics is integrated on the processor, meaning you will really need to keep the in-game settings in check for decent frame rates. There's no way to add a dedicated graphics card, either.

No USB Type-C port - USB Type-C is the future of ports (so say many) but unfortunately, there's not one here. The good thing is, it's not a must-have by any means, so you can do alright with the regular USBs on this laptop.

When you think of business laptops, often very expensive models come into mind. Businesses have money so they must be prepared to pay a lot, right? Perhaps, but with ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 the situation is all different. Its value is tremendous considering you’re getting a Core i5 and 1080p screen powered laptop that will stay on for almost 10 hours. In addition, if you want to upgrade some essential components, you are free to open the access door. If you can overlook the blunders of missing USB Type-C port and quite poor gaming performance, the ASUS is a very, very recommended pick for the business owners, office workers and travelers out there.

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