Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
R540MA the right choice for surfing the internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is in this spirit that Asus has developed this R540MA.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it 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. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Asus comes with this R540MA a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. 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.
R540MA for videos?
High quality, the engineers of Asus have chosen to make this R540MA the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. 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. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
For this model, Asus thought big. 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. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.9 kg.
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. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Celeron N4000, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. 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.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it R540MA seems inappropriate. With its autonomy of 4 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
R540MA compatible with on the move use ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
It R540MA is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.9 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this R540MA. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Celeron N4000; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 4 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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 do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The reason for this is its size; with 15.6 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
On the connector side, it R540MA has 3 ports. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this R540MA for travel use.
The R540MA- the right model for audio or video editing ?
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this R540MA may be fine. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Celeron N4000 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of Asus have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The R540MA allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
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.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
The R540MA for online or local games.
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this R540MA is one of the models in the average. 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.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind 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. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
With its 256 Gb of space, this R540MA is on a level playing field with its competitors. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
For Wi-Fi technology, Asus decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
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.
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. ThisR540MA is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.9 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
This R540MA eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the R540MA is an excellent choice for office use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Finally, the R540MA….
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the R540MA you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– 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