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

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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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Specifications of the Asus X540SA-SCL0205N

Here's the specs sheet of the Asus X540SA-SCL0205N:

Brand

Asus

Screen Size

15.6-inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768 pixels (HD)

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor (CPU)

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

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD Integrated Graphics

System Memory (RAM)

4GB

Storage

500GB HDD

DVD Optical Drive

DVD writer

Cameras

Front

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

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 (SD card reader)

Battery

3-cell 33 WHr

Weight

4.4 pounds

Height

1"

Width

15"

Depth

9.9"

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

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Written by on February 29, 2016

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Asus X540SA-SCL0205N

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Rating:  

4.00 out of 5
(1 user review)

  1. Adanze

    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

      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

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

  3. cara killey

    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

      Danijel Z

      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

    Is this pc good for a first computer

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      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

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

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    tiiseso

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

  7. Fatima

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

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      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

    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

      Danijel Z

      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

    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?

    • Ricard

      get one through e bay by looking for the model (!) and new battery, simple, they are really cheap and I had 2 for other pc´and they were fully functional. Good
      Luck!

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