Specifically, we're gonna take on the review of the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51, Asus's latest bet for an advanced budget laptop packs some state of the art features such as "Wake-on-LAN", a fingerprint reader as well as your standard Full HD display and 7th generation Core i5 processor.
A bleak design that hides a powerhouse laptop
To be perfectly honest, the design on the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 isn't something we're particularly impressed with. It's the "little black laptop" of designs. That said, it doesn't have to impress us on the outside when its sheer performance is what makes us click the "buy" button.
It's 15 inch display comes packed with a Full HD resolution and a 16:9 widescreen ratio which definitely helps its overall appearance. On the side of the trackpad and just below the direction keys we'll find the fingerprint sensor, one of this models most attractive features.
Portability isn't at its best over here, weighing slightly above the 5 pound mark and measuring slightly below an inch. Asus wasn't aiming to launch another zenbook with this model, not that thats a bad thing.
We mentioned performance as a corner stone in this laptops features. To this regard we've got a 7th generation Intel Core i5 CPU working at a base frequency of 2.5GHz and making its way to 3.1GHz when need be. Overall we like to recommend i5 processors for their stability as well as their ability to handle serious workloads while managing a solid balance between performance and battery life.
RAM in this case is handled by an 8GB module, though the more intensive crowd will be happy to know that you can always upgrade all the way to 16 GB should you ever need more RAM capacity. That said, we've always found 8GB to be the sweet spot when talking about Windows 10 laptops. It's the perfect amount to handle several tasks at a time as complex as they might be.
Finally, when it comes to storage we're not all that pleased with the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51. The laptop comes with 1TB of storage in hard drive fashion working at 5400 rpm. That's plenty of storage but we would much rather have SSD storage which improves upon the overall speed of the system even if you have to make some sacrificies in terms of overall capacity since SSD's are significantly more expensive.
To sum up, we're looking at a pretty good set of key components, one that should allow you to get some serious work done without having to worry that you're putting to much stress onto the laptop.
Can I play some serious games on this laptop?
The short answer to this question is a pretty simple "no". This model packs an integrated Intel HD 620 graphics chip which quite simply won't allow you to throw your feet up in the air and play your favorite AAA games without any lags.
To accomplish that you'd need a dedicated graphics chip and not an integrated graphics chip as this model happens to have. You should also keep in mind that if you're looking to do some professional editing jobs or graphic design then you should also aim towards a machine that packs a dedicated graphics chip.
Battery life is awesome
Battery life on the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 is one of its most outstanding features, packing a battery capable of delivering up to 9 full hours of autonomy without a cable cord in sight. That said, you should always take these numbers with a grain of salt and in my experience a 9 hour battery life typically means about 6 hours at full brightness, surfing the web and watching one or two episodes of house of cards on netflix.
Even if that where the case (as it most certainly is) it's not a bad number to be stuck with, especially when you consider the serious power that this laptops packing under the hood.
Connectivity is great, it even has a DVD drive
We've mentioned the fingerprint scanner located on the bottom-right of the laptop and we should also mention the inclusion of "Wake-on-LAN" technology which allows you to do a remote access to your laptop and turn it on remotely as long as its connected to a LAN network.
Obviously, being a mid range laptop you've also got WiFi ac connectivity as well as Bluetooth and a webcam to enjoy campy videoconferences making use of that awesome Full HD display.
What say the people?
Wrapping up our review of the ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51, we've gotta say we ultimately love this laptop and truly believe it to be an excellent option for those looking for a powerhouse machine on a budget.
Our favorite features are its 7th generation i5 processor, Full HD display, fingerprint reader and vast RAM capacity. Our least favorite features are its 1 TB hard drive since we tend to favor speed over storage capacity. That said, this is a pretty fast machine all things considered so while an SSD would be appreciated it's hardly a deal breaker considering the price point. Overall, a solid option.