In 2018, we have seen so many great affordable or budget laptops released by varied of manufactures like Lenovo, Acer, and HP. Unfortunately, great choices always come in 11 inch screen or convertible system and leave the 15 inch market as very empty. I have reviewed the Ideapad 330S for under 500 dollars, but I am sure users will demand for another great option. Thankfully, recently the ASUS Vivobook R541NA is launched and offering something uncommon for around 450 dollars. It features a Celeron N3450 processor which accompanied by 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. The processor is quite low end, but the 256GB storage and 8GB RAM are rarely found here.
Users can just save dozen of files and running so many apps in background thanks to its hardware configuration. Sadly, the Celeron processor will hold you to do most of demanding tasks like photo editing due its hardware limitation. If you steadily look for a machine for editing document and streaming movies which would last for 3 to 4 years, then you are in right place. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article.
Case and Design
Similarly like other 15 inch machine, the chassis is slightly bulky and thicker compared to much smaller device. Thankfully, ASUS still makes some adjustment toward its weight and thickness in order to make it as portable as possible. With dimension at 14.9 x 9.9 x 0.98 inches and 4.41 pounds, I can still easily carry it around without any problem. For getting this kind of thickness and weight, they need to throw off the DVD RW drive for this matter. I am not seeing this case as a big problem as people started of using the DVD drive for saving file or playing their movies. Not a big problem so far, but worth mentioning here.
The most common material you see in budget range is plastic and yeah we get a chassis totally with plastic material. The case then covered in some kind of matte grey finishing. No color option available and the manufacture only provides a single option here. In term of build quality, everything is decent included the hinge system and the base area. Keep in mind, the chase will still warped or creaking when you press it intensively or twisting the lid display.back to menu ↑
Multimedia and Work Features
ASUS markets the 15 inch display by using of an LED panel, but in real life usage the panel itself looks pretty standard. The panel covers of poor brightness distribution and decent color coverage. The biggest problem I have so far is the resolution. The 1366 x 768 resolution is hardly recommended to put in 15 inch panel as it makes the small text blurry and pixelated unless you zooming the text. During web browsing, I never find a problem, but the case is occurred when I edit my document in Office. The text is bit pixelated, but thankfully the screen is big enough even after I zooming the entire text.
Swift into the work features, you should get a full size keyboard with numpad keys alongside with well sized touchpad. The keyboard so far is comfortable enough especially on seeing how well spaced the keys are. I just hope the keys resistant are slightly better as it reduce my satisfaction every time I press the key. The touchpad is then large enough for blocking some text without using of mouse and has fully supported of Windows 10 Precision software. Not some bad things to depend and will work fine in yours too.
|ASUS Vivobook R541NA RS01TQ||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 1.1 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch 1366 x 768|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 Memory|
|Storage||256GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
Somehow, I feel it as pretty useless to combine of Celeron N3450 processor and 8GB RAM because apps that demand of more memory will require a more powerful processor. Well, that is statement is true, but not totally wrong. In reality, the 8GB memory really works well for maintaining the system stability and the performance. Sometimes, I notice a slightly delay for opening more than 10 tabs in Chrome, but now I never notice similar problem ever. The Windows runs very smoothly and the booting time only takes some seconds until the Windows logo is popup to your main screen. You could a get a better experience on using Windows by having this laptop.
The last of thing I want to check here is the battery life. While, the power consumption is pretty low from the processor, but I soon notice the battery life is shorter than I expect because the battery capacity is very small. 4 to 5 hours is the standard usage and can go beyond when you reduce the brightness and making the Windows running in Power Saving Mode. Once again, doing this thing won’t improve the battery really that much. Carrying the charger around is the only solution you have right here.back to menu ↑
The ASUS R541NA provides some excellency in term of performance compared to similar laptops at the same price range. The N3450 processor is low end hardware, but its fast storage and big memory really help improve the overall performance. You are not going to find any surprise thing about it, but soon will see on how everything is well designed by the manufacture. The choice is once again in yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.