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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Asus R540MA according to what you are going to do with it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
R540MA adapted to surf the internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that Asus has developed this R540MA.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Celeron N4000. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the R540MA, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
For hard drive sizing, Asus decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Last point about the autonomy. the R540MA can work 4 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this R540MA most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is R540MA okay to watch videos ?
Making this R540MA a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Asus. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
The laptop from .Asus is imposing by its size. A 15.6 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920×1080 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 1.9 kg, partly because of the screen size.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it R540MA has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Celeron N4000, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 600 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this R540MA may not be suitable. That’s only 4 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The R540MA- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It R540MA is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this R540MA of 1.9 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15.6 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
No backlit keyboard on this R540MA. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
CPU Intel Celeron N4000 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Note that like all manufacturers, Asus is optimistic about the autonomy of this R540MA. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this R540MA will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
On the connector side, it R540MA has 3 ports. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not R540MA really made for travelling.
R540MA the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this R540MA can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Celeron N4000 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The autonomy of this R540MA is of 4 hours in normal use; It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the R540MAhas the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
R540MA the right choice to play online?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Asus in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Asus has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
With its 256 Gb of space, this R540MA is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this R540MA that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.9 Kg and a screen size of 15.6 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
It R540MA is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
The R540MA for office automation.
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. ThisR540MA is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Customary of this OS, Asus has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.9 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
Key spacing will be important for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Asus chose the matt tile option for thisR540MA that does not reflect light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In short, it R540MA is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.
The R540MA in conclusion
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The R540MA’ is average but will do the job very well.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks