Nowadays, Laptops are the tools of choice when it comes to productivity. They are light, portable and they have some serious processing power that rivals the desktops. Laptops come in many shapes and sizes. There are super-expensive laptops meant for gaming and there are ultra-affordable laptops meant for everyday tasks and productivity. Screen sizes range from 11.6 inches up to 21 inches.
The Asus X540YA-XO106 is a middle-of-the-road device which is neither cheap nor expensive and it comes with some decent mid-range specifications. The laptop is powered by an APU Quad-Core A8-7420 7th Gen processor (2MB cache) clocked at 2.2GHz with turbo boost up to 2.5 GHz. This laptop is available at a price of Rs. 21,990/- in online stores.
The Asus X540YA-XO106 is a big laptop featuring a 15.6” screen. The top of the lid is painted a deep brown with a glossy, faux brushed-metal finish and carries the Asus branding. On the inside, the laptop is painted in the same faux brushed-metal paint, but the colour used here is gold. Even the touchpad is finished in gold colour. The area around the keys is marked with a dotted texture. The black keys of the Chiclet-style keyboard provide a nice texture to all the gold surrounding it.
There is a dedicated number pad for added convenience. Asus X540YA-XO106 15.6 inch display is surrounded by thick bezels. The top bezel holds the VGA web camera which is flanked by an array of microphones on both sides. The hinges are also painted black which provide a wonderful contrast to the gold paint. On the left edge, it sports a power jack, a USB-C 3.1 port, ventilation grills, Ethernet port, VGA port, HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right edge are the Kensington lock slot and a DVD drive. The laptop weighs in at 2kg.
The Asus X540YA-XO106 sports a 15.6” HD LED Backlit Slim Anti-Glare Display. The screen outputs at 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. The display is bright enough to support great viewing angles. The middling resolution on a big 15.6-inch display does not translate to a sharp output.
There is some softness observed, especially around the fonts. The display gives enough real estate to enhance productivity as well as entertainment. The wide screen is perfect for watching movies and for playing games. Overall, this is a competent display which impresses with its versatility.
The Asus X540YA-XO106 runs on AMD’s 7th Generation APU Quad Core A8 7410 processor (2MB Cache) clocked at 2.2GHz with turbo boost up to 2.5 GHz. The graphics are handled by the AMD Radeon R5 Graphics Processor. This is supported by 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 1TB 5400rpm hard disk. The APU A8 processor performs well to keep the laptop ticking along nicely. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth V4.0, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n and 10/100mbps ethernet.
The touchpad supports Asus Smart Gesture technology. Asus Splendid and ICEsound technologies work for enhancing the display and audio quality on the laptop. The Asus APU X540YA-XO106 runs on a 3-cell Li-Po battery which keeps it working for a long time. This laptop supports Windows 10 but comes loaded with DOS operating system. This omission reduces the cost and gives the user the option to install the OS of their choice.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Asus X540YA-XO106 Laptop
· Power Adapter
· Quick Start Guide, Safety Guide and Warranty Information
ü Portable form factor.
ü 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Disk.
ü AMD Radeon R5 Graphics Processor.
ü 4GB DDR3 RAM.
ü Kensington Lock Slot.
ü Good Sound Output.
û Windows 10 not pre-loaded.
û Resolution of 1366 x 768 on a big 15.6” display.
The Asus X540YA-XO106 is a reliable mid-tier laptop which has all the tick boxes covered. It is a perfect device for students who do not want the extra feature and are on a tight budget. Its price does not do it justice. It is a beautiful-looking laptop with its contrasting colour scheme. Where it falls short is the OS. Asus should’ve included the Windows 10 OS right out of the box. Most of the people out there cannot install an OS by themselves. These people will definitely think hard before buying this one. But for those willing to spare the extra time and effort will find that this laptop is a productivity powerhouse for day-to-day tasks.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.