Asus X540SA-SCL0205N Cheap 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Chocolate Black)


The 250-dollar Asus X540SA-SCL0205N in one of the newest-generation ultra-cheap full-size notebooks. The Windows 10-based 15.6-inch X540SA-SCL0205N includes all the necessary modern laptop features and provides basic computing components – an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

The 4.4-pound laptop with a 1″ thick “chocolate black” casing made of plastics features a common 15.6″ 1366-by-768-pixel non-touch screen, a full-size keyboard with chiclet-style keys, and a well-sized trackpad with integrated buttons. Inside the chassis, there’s an Intel Celeron N3050 (review) dual-core processor, belonging to the lowest segment of laptop-use CPU scale. However, it can juggle your daily computing chores quite well. But, if you’re planning to do heavy stuff like video and photography editing regularly, the Celeron won’t be a satisfactory solution. You should seek a laptop with Intel’s Core i-series processors for these purposes. The 4GB of included RAM is capacious enough for the great majority of users. The included 500GB hard drive at 5,400rpm offers a standard capacity and storage speed, meaning it provides a decent amount of space for files and programs and also slow data access and read-write speeds. The laptop comes with a DVD writer built-in.

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The Asus X540SA-SCL0205N has two standard-size USB ports – a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0. In addition it features the latest USB-C type port. The laptop has stereo speakers, a webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11n wireless, Ethernet LAN port, HDMI and VGA video output connectors, an SD card reader, and a combo microphone / headphones jack.

There’s no info no battery life. Given that Asus has included a relatively low-capacity 33 WHr battery to power the 15.6″ screen and the power-saving Celeron CPU, one can expect a maximal run time of around 4 hours with reduced screen brightness.

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Brand

Asus

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor

Intel Celeron N3050 “Braswell” Dual-Core 1.6-2.16GHz 2MB Cache (~900 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Intel HD Integrated Graphics

RAM

4GB

Storage

500GB HDD

Optical Drive

DVD Writer

Cameras

Front

Speakers and Audio

Combo Mic and Headphones Audio Jack, Stereo Speakers

Wi-Fi

802.11N

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

No

USB

1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB-C

Video Ports

1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

3-cell 33 WHr

Weight

4.4 pounds

Height

1″

Width

15″

Depth

9.9″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

1 review for Asus X540SA-SCL0205N Cheap 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Chocolate Black)

  1. Adanze – February 18, 2017:

    I got this PC as a gift last December (barely two months ago) but it has been having difficulties staying connected to WiFi networks. I find this very frustrating. Who has any suggestions on how to resolve this problem, please?


    • Danijel Z – February 18, 2017:

      In many cases, disabling power saving mode in Properties of you Wi Fi card can help. This can be found in Device Manager.


  2. funks – October 27, 2016:

    wanted to buy it am afraid now guys mmmmmm am really afraid


  3. cara killey – September 24, 2016:

    Hi Could I run the sims games on this laptop ? or the likes of Roboblox, it would be for my daughter ? if not could you point me in the direction of a model which will work. Thanks Cara


    • Danijel Z – September 25, 2016:

      This laptop is one of the weakest on the market when it comes to gaming. Sims and Roboblox are not very demanding titles, but still you’ll need a better processor / graphics processor combination to run these games without slowdowns. A laptop with a dedicated video card such as the Nvidia GeForce series would be the best solution. Among the most affordable ones with the GeForce is this model: http://laptoping.com/specs/product/acer-aspire-e-15-e5-573g-52g3-15-6-inch-full-hd-notebook-charcoal-gray-windows-10/

      Alternatively, you can get a laptop with an Intel Core i3-6010U or i5-6200U processor and no dedicated video card. These chips have the Intel HD 520 graphics which is much better than Celeron’s Intel HD in the Asus X540SA, but still the GeForce is much faster.


  4. Henry – September 21, 2016:

    Is this pc good for a first computer


    • Danijel Z – September 25, 2016:

      Yes it can handle the usual computing tasks like web surfing, watching movies, or Office programs, but performance wont be as snappy as on the more expensive laptop such as those with the Intel Core i3 and i5 processors.


  5. Nigel Roulhac – September 19, 2016:

    Guys I need help. Can this be used for simple gaming like left 4 dead or GMOD or COD: World at War.


  6. 4 out of 5

    tiiseso – September 3, 2016:

    mine is perfect exept for the camera its not clear infact its bluar.


  7. Fatima – June 21, 2016:

    Hey Danijel. Is it possible to run heavy programming softwares on it’s processor by expanding the RAM up to 12 GB?


    • Danijel Z – June 24, 2016:

      Upgrading RAM won’t help much. The CPU of this laptop is among the slowest on the market. I assume it can handle programming apps, but performance will be generally slow. Adding more RAM will help only with multitasking, if you run many apps at the same time or multiple-tab web browsing. Here’s a review of the N3050 CPU: http://laptoping.com/cpus/product/intel-celeron-n3050/


  8. Joseph J. Waleski – May 24, 2016:

    I’ve had mine 34 days and it decided it did not like my password. I shut it off to reboot it and it only got worse. It will not boot up. At least at first I could try to enter my password to open it but now I get a blue screen and a revolving wheel indicating it is searching. I do not have a disc and I can not get it to close under Control, Alt, Delete. I’m about ready to take this back and plant it in the salesman’s head.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this fixed – quickly W/O taking it bake to the store?

    I have no book either and I bought it from Best Buy.

    Frustrated !


    • Danijel Z – May 25, 2016:

      You can try to press Shift and F8 keys simultaneously right after you power up the laptop. This should enable you to enter Safe Mode of Windows (if the system isn’t completely broken and accepts your password).

      Keep in mind that Shift + F8 doesn’t work on all PC models. I don’t know if it will work on the Asus X540SA-SCL0205N.

      Then you’ll be able to restart system and see if it helps and also go to Windows’ Settings / Update & Recovery and Reset PC. Make sure you back up all your data before PC Reset.

      Another option is to create a recovery USB Flash / DVD, but you’ll need another working PC for that.

      If you’re not familiar with these procedures, I think it’s best to take the laptop back to the store and ask them for help.


  9. Linda – May 14, 2016:

    Hi do you know where I can buy a charger for this laptop? I bought it from Best Buy and the charger wasn’t included. Do you know what size the charger tip needs to be for it to work?


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