The ASUS P-Series’ key highlights are its decent performance, excellent security, and long battery life. It will comfortably meet the needs of anyone in business, especially mindful of Small and Medium Enterprise owners pressed to get the best value out of their hard-earned money. Without a doubt, the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 Laptop gets a thumbs up from us.
- TPM and fingerprint reader are present for better security
- Large removable battery
- Excellent port variety and selection
- Respectable specifications at a budget
- Lacks a USB Type-C port
- Not best suited for gamers
If you love business and just need the right tools to get you going, then the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 Laptop might just be what you need. Down from display quality all the way to security, the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 traverses the paths of business and patches up the pitfalls that ordinary laptops may just fail to cover. Best of all… you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg to get it
ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 Specs
|Processor||8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U Processor | 1.8 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz)|
|RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Internal Storage||256GB SSD|
|Display||15.6-inch | Resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels (FHD) | TN panel | Anti-glare | LED-Backlit|
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX110 graphics with 2GB of memory
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2 | Integrated 802.11ac|
|Memory Card Reader||Yes | Multi-format card reader|
|Integrated Webcam||Yes | HD|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Built-in Stereo and Microphone|
|Dimensions||15 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches | 38 x 25.7 x 2.3 cm|
|Weight||5.2 lbs | 2.4 kgs|
|Battery||48WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion battery | Removable / Lasts for 9 hours|
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Consonant with the business theme, the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 features a simple yet functional design and a subtle sleek feel to it. Or perhaps the sleekness emanates from the smooth matte exterior coating that graces the touch… deliberated quality is the word. While made of plastic, the body feels strong and ill subject to flex, just what one needs to handle the rigors of travel.
If you’re out in the market for a thin and light machine, then the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 may not exactly fit the bill. A better option may just be the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T that weighs only 2.9 lbs. However, that does not mean that the ASUS P-Series is averse to the traveler’s bag, neither is it overly large or bulky for convenience. It weighs 5.2 lbs (11.5 Kgs) – which is below the 5.5 lb threshold for desktop replacements laptops – and measures 15 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches. With such a weight, the occasional ride on your shoulder as you take the stairs to your car or as you walk from the office to the coffee shop won’t land you at the hospital with a broken back.
Under the hood …
On opening the lid, the full-sized qwerty chiclet keyboard is unavoidably apparent: a well-spaced set of keys in the company of a te- key numeric keypad. A numeric keypad comes quite handy more so when feeding in numeric values, saving the user both time and effort. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not backlit… which of course sucks, but is something we expected to see in a sub $500 laptops. One exception to that is the Acer Aspire E 15, a sub $400 machine that offers a lot more than it costs. Thanks to the decent key spacing and deep key travel, however, one can easily achieve his/her full typing speed within a few minutes of practice.
The touchpad, on the other hand, is slightly displaced to the left, and offer excellent functionality. Scrolling is smooth both online and offline, and clicks are accurate. It further supports multi-finger gestures for better user experience.
Adorning the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 is a 15.6 Inch TN display with LED-backlighting. With a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, image quality is crisp and color reproduction is impressive. However, IPS displays offer better viewing angles and generally a richer viewer experience, though costing significantly more. Thus for an ordinary user with typical non-professional needs, the TN display will be quite fine. Reading is a joy thanks to the anti-glare display that keeps glare in check thus preventing eye strain while at the same time maintaining image quality and integrity.
The ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 simply oozes with ports. Every inch on the sides that could fit a port had one installed into it. On the left side features three USB 3.0 ports, an RJ-45 port, HDMI port, and a VGA port. On the left is a headphone/microphone combo jack out and one USB 2.0 port, with the card reader being positioned at the front left.
The card support SD and MMC formats which means it’s well equipped for both multi-media transfer from your camera or just for simple data transfer from and to another laptop. In terms of port selection, the makers of the ASUS P-Series got it right. The only query we have with it is the lack of a USB-C port, especially considering its versatility and how widespread it’s beginning to be with each passing day. However, the lack of this port does not stand as an insurmountable obstacle to meeting the user’s needs.
Wireless connectivity, on the other hand, is via the latest 802.11ac wireless WLAN and Bluetooth 4.2.
The main feature that sets the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 apart as a business laptop is its security. Without a doubt, much time, effort and deliberation went into coming up with a secure machine at an affordable cost. The features included in it are as follows.
- Kensington lock
- BIOS Booting User Password Protection
- Intel Anti-theft
- TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
- Finger Print Reader
Thanks to the TPM, you can easily secure your login information, store biometric data and check the health of your computer. It’s a feature mostly found on business laptops, notebooks, and desktops. Today, TPMs are part of virtually every computer especially if those machines will ever find themselves crossing hairs with user authentication, network access or data protection.
Memory and Storage
Audio and battery
The ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 comes with two ASUS SonicMaster tuned Speakers (2 Watt), an analog microphone and a VGA/HD camera. The speakers output good quality sound with a decent sound range that will only fall short of satisfying staunch audiophiles.
On matters battery, the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 performs quite well. It has a 48 WHr battery that lasts a 3 – 4 hours depending on the usage, which is standard for a 15.6 Inch desktop replacement laptops. Moreover, the ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 version has a 72WHrs battery which gets closer to the advertised 9-hour runtime. Thanks to the readily removable battery, it’s possible to carry an extra battery which you can switch whenever the first brick runs out – perfect for those long haul flights ever so often.
An Excellent partner in business
The ASUSPRO P2540UB-XB71 bears a simple yet robust exterior, and the performance to boot. It forms an excellent choice for anyone out in search of security and reliability at a budget. It delivers exceptionally well all round and is it is well worth the investment you’ll make to get it. And that is why we recommend as the best budget business laptop.
P/S This matte finish laptop just made it to Amazon’s top list (Amazon’s Choice) of recommended work laptops.