I have to admit I was a little apprehensive when ASUS asked if I wanted to take a look at the ASUSPRO P5440 – the company’s lightest 14″ business laptop. For one, I have been a Mac user for the longest time and my experience with Windows 10 has been marginal at best. But I was curious with how Windows has evolved since its Windows 7 era and also wanted to know if modern business laptops have what it take to compete with the likes of the MacBook Air, therefore I agreed earnestly to take a look at the P5440.First off, the ASUSPRO P5440 is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7 8565U Processor. Launched late last year, the U-series processors are designed for ultraportables and have a higher clock speed than its previous gen processors.
For graphic, the ASUSPRO P5440 runs on the NVIDIA® GeForce® MX130 with with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM for fast, smooth video editing and gaming. The ASUSPRO P5440 has a 14″ LED-backlit FHD screen in a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920×1080 resolution. The 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel comes with 72% NTSC and wide 178° viewing angles. I like how the screen is matt, non-reflective and has good clarity even when using it outdoors at a cafe.Like most laptops, it has a trackpad that allows you to navigate easily without a mouse. At 4.1 x 2.4-inch, the trackpad is considered to be on the larger side which allows you to manoeuvre the cursor with ease. There is also a finger print scanner by the side of the trackpad that lets you sign into Windows without entering a password. In my test, the scanner is super responsive and accurate. One of the key selling points of the ASUSPRO P5440 is its dual-storage option. ASUS says that this option gives you the speed and stability of an ultrafast solid-state disk (SSD) with the benefit of the huge storage capacity of the traditional hard disk drive (HDD). The laptop itself can be fitted with up to 4 PCIe SSD (512GB) and 1 HDD (1TB).Being a business laptop, portability is its middle name. At just 1.23 kg (thanks to its solid magnesium alloy) and 18.5mm thin, I found traveling with the ASUSPRO P5440 was a breeze. I could easily slot it into my carry on bag and continue to work on the flight.One of the more important consideration for a business laptop is the connectivity options. After all, you should be able to connect the laptop to an array of devices like a monitor or projector for work and presentation purposes. In this aspect, the ASUSPRO P5440 clearly doesn’t disappoint.On the left side, you have a 4-pole Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack for conference call, AC adapter plug for power, a Type-C USB 3 port, a Type-A USB 3.1 (with QuickCharge) port and a HDMI out port.
On the right side, you get a Multi-format card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC) and another Type-A USB port for convenience. ASUS also went the extra mile by including a Type-C to VGA dongle and a Type-A to LAN adaptor so that your laptop will work out of the box with your office’s monitor or LAN connection right out of the box.
In terms of battery life, ASUS says that its 50wh Li-ion polymer battery will give you a 10-hour battery life with each charge. Even if you run out of juice, you can charge your laptop easily with the bundled power adapter. It’s good to note that the transformer for the adapter is actually much smaller than most in the market, making it easy to carry around for your travels.
There is very little to not like about the ASUSPRO P5440. It is sleek, lightweight, great looking and comes with a host of connectivity options that will suite most working professionals.
The ASUSPRO P5440 is now retailing from $1,768 at ASUS Brand Shop and Hachi.Tech.