ASUS VivoBook X540LA-SI30205P 15.6-inch

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The ASUS VivoBook X540LA-SI30205P is a bestselling 15.6-inch budget laptop that has been praised for its crisp display, its snappy Intel i3 processor and for its 1TB hard drive. But the hardware is more suited to basic computing tasks such as web browsing, emailing and Skype, as it only has 4GB of RAM. We recommend upgrading the RAM to 8GB to improve its performance.


The ASUS VivoBook X540LA-SI30205P is another one of ASUS’s budget laptops that offers good value for money. For under $400 you get a USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1) port, Bang & Olufsen designed audio and a comfortable keyboard for word processing and emailing.

Powering the ASUS VivoBook X540LA-SI30205P is a 5th generation Intel Core i3-5020U processor and 4GB of DDR3L RAM, and while it is not the most powerful hardware it will allow you to complete basic tasks with ease. You can easily and cheaply upgrade the RAM to 8GB and this will allow you to run more memory intensive apps such as Photoshop. The 1TB mechanical hard drive offers ample space for storing all of your work and multimedia files, but you do get a slower 5400rpm hard drive for the price.

You can upgrade the hard drive to a faster 7200rpm hard drive or if you don’t mind the reduced storage space, then you can look at a superfast solid state drive. The display offers vivid colors and the image quality is good for its price, but the TN display doesn’t offer very good viewing angles.

With a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768, the display doesn’t stand out from its competitors and is what we would expect from a laptop priced under $400. When it comes to battery life, the ASUS VivoBook X540LA-SI30205P is no winner either, you can expect between 4-5 hours off of a full charge under ideal conditions.


Pros

  • Value for money
  • B&O designed audio
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Ample storage space

Cons

  • Only 4GB of RAM
  • Older Intel processor
  • Average battery life
  • Only 2 full size USB ports

Bottom Line

The ASUS VivoBook X540LA-SI30205P is a budget friendly laptop that offers great value for your money, but the 4GB of installed RAM might leave it feeling sluggish when it comes to multitasking.


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$529.49
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Full Specifications

Processor Intel Core i3-5020U 2.2GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5500 [View Benchmarks]
Graphics TypeIntegrated
Graphics Memory Shared
RAM 4GB DDR3L
Operating System Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Home
Weight4.19 lbs
Battery Life4.5 hours
Hard Drive 11024 HDD 5400
Display Size15.6 inch
Display TypeTN
Display Resolution1366 x 768
Display TechnologyLED Backlight | ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
ConnectivityUSB 3.0 | USB 2.0 | USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1) | VGA | HDMI | 10/100 Ethernet | WiFi | Bluetooth 4.0
AudioStereo speakers | ASUS SonicMaster | B&O designed audio
WebcamVGA 0.3MP
Additional FeaturesSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card reader
Dimension (LxWxH)15.0 x 9.9 x 1.1
Warranty1 year
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