ASUSPRO P5440FA Review – A worthy MacBook competitor

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In a sea of laptops currently, present in the Indian market, you won’t find something that could go head-on with Apple’s MacBooks at least in terms of looks and performance. Things have changed now, thanks to the Pro series from Asus.

The new ASUSPRO from the brand offers top of the line hardware, coupled with a very functional and sleek design and of course great battery life. We have been testing the ASUSPRO P5440FA close to 3 weeks now and here’s are our thoughts on the product.

ASUSPRO P5440FA Specification:

Processor: Intel Core i7 – 8565U
Graphics adapter: Intel Graphics
Memory : 8GB, DDR4 2400MHz Dual Channel
Display :15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS LED, glossy: No
Mainboard : Intel Kaby Lake-U HDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Connections : 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 USB 3.1 Type C, 1 HDMI, Full SD card slot, Audio Connections: headphones
Networking : Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Battery: 50 Wh, 3 cell polymer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 64 Bit
Camera : Primary Camera: 720p
Additional features : Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
Storage : 1 TB HDD, Intel – 256 GB SDD
Weight : 1.23 kg

Design 

Asus is one of those brands that make really good looking products and that is carried forward here as well. Though this is a business laptop targeted at professionals as a MacBook replacement and does the job well. The chassis is all plastic but a very high-quality one and does not look cheap in any form but considering the price, Asus could have at least went with a Plastic + Metal construction.

Weighing in at close to 1.23 Kg, the laptop is light and manageable for all types of users. The sleek footprint also ranks up some points for the build. The lid has a matte finish which hides the smudges while the Asus logo is placed in the middle. Inside the laptop, you get the 15.6-inch Full HD display which has a matte coating on it. Asus went ahead and has shaved off close to 4mm of bezels which is reflected now across their entire range of premium laptops.

The keyboard and palm rest area is all matte color-coded so in order to give it a professional look. ther than that, you get a fairly decent sized touchpad with the fingerprint sensor on the top corner and ports evenly distributed on both the left and the right sides.

Display 

The 15.6-inch display has an FHD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with a density of 141 pixels per inch. The images are crisp for the most part but you’d feel a little different since people nowadays are used to the crisp images from the smartphones. Coming from an Asus ROG product which we used alongside this laptop, we saw an immediate change in the quality of the display. The hinge here can be titled to 180 degrees but in our opinion, there is no practical use for it.

The display boasts a 72% NTSC gamut ratio with deep blacks and punchy colors which makes it one of the best laptops to enjoy content on the go. The display of the laptop is also bright enough to be used in harsh lighting situations and the matte finish helps to cut down any unnecessary reflections.

Overall, we found this display quite good for daily usage.

Keyboard and touchpad 

Let’s talk about the Keyboard now, Asus went with a chicklet style keyboard that provides a decent amount of travel while not cutting on essential keys. You get backlit keys with three levels making typing experience a breeze in dimly lit situations. There are no soft keys like the ones we see on the ZenBook series but they get the job done.

Coming to the trackpad, it’s got a very decent size with a fingerprint sensor on the right-hand side corner. Moving to the actual performance of the touchpad, it’s adequately sensitive with left-right keys on the bottom. It’s a precision touchpad so you get access to gestures and better tracking, which is awesome.

I/O and Ports 

Coming to the ports and I/O options you get with the laptop, there’s a decent amount here as well. You get a USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a USB-C port, a USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, a headphone and mic combo jack, an HDMI port, and, of course, a charging port.

The notification LEDs are placed on the left side along with the Type C, USB 3.0 and mic/headphone jack combo. On the right side, you see the full SD card slot along with the USB 2.0 port. Considering the number of USB ports, we felt a need for an extra USB input, to curb this you could add a dongle via the Type C port as we did.

Performance and Battery life 

Let’s now focus on one of the main aspects of this laptop, its performance. As previously mentioned, our unit came with the Intel Core i7-8565U processor. There’s 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM on board, along with a hybrid storage model with 1TB HDD and an Intel 256GB SSD. There is no dedicated graphic card instead you get the onboard Intel graphics.

In terms of RAW power, the laptop is very capable of to surpass anything thrown at it in terms of CPU performance but lacks slightly in the GPU department. That being said, the core audience of this product won’t be using any graphic intensive program that frequently, for occasional usage, the laptop is capable enough for running Photoshop or any similar program. During our testing period, we passed the laptop through a couple of stress tests, one of them being opening close to 50 parallel tabs in chrome and typing work at the same time and the ASUSPRO passed with flying colors.

Thanks to the Intel NVMe SSD, we got excellent Read and Write speeds, and the boot times were also less than 7 seconds. The speaker on this is one such area where the laptop completely disappoints, they crack and sound tinny hindering the overall experience. Since the product follows military standards for durability, there are some proprietary features running in the background. For instance, as soon as you lift the laptop if it’s running you get a prompt saying the hard drive is protected, so basically the power to HDD is cut off in order to preserve the disk from going bad.

Along with this, you get the ASUS Business Manager, which is a one-stop program to monitor the performance and other important aspects of the laptop. It also lets you find the latest software updates for the ASUSPRO. There is also a nifty feature present, called the Shredder, which once selected deletes the file from the system permanently. Apart from this, you get a host of security features built-in which gives you the ability to make an encrypted flash drive or disk drive to keep your data safe.

Coming to the battery performance of the laptop, the ASUSPRO P5440FA comes with a 50Whr battery. During our tests, the laptop lasted between 9-10 hours with medium usage and brightness set to 30%. Topping up the battery takes close to 2 hours.

Pros 

  • Decent performance
  • Compact form factor
  • Good battery life

Cons 

  • No dedicated graphics
  • Poor Speakers

Verdict – Should you go for it? 

At the price of INR 66,000, the ASUSPRO P5440FA offers decent hardware like the core i7 processor, hybrid storage and that incredible battery life. To top that off you have a very sleek and light build that has passed the stringent military test proving its toughness. It is definitely the best choice for a corporate buyer who need a sleek yet powerful laptop with an exceptional battery life without breaking your bank.

ASUSPRO is also offered with Core i5 processor choice as well, so you get all the above-mentioned features/options at a slightly cheaper rate.

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