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Asus ASUSPRO P4540UQ (7200U, 940MX, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Mark Riege), 04/10/2017

Untiring. Asus is also active in the area of business notebooks. The well-equipped 15.6-inch model ASUSPRO P4540UQ challenges the established models of the competition. In terms of battery runtimes, Asus can score a victory.

For the original German review, see here.

With the ASUSPRO P4540UQ, Asus offers a business notebook in the 15.6-inch format. The computer is driven by a Kaby Lake processor joined by a GeForce graphics core. Features and price designate it as a business entry-level notebook. Correspondingly, the notebook competes with devices such as the HP ProBook 450 G4, the Lenovo ThinkPad E570, the Acer TravelMate P259-MG, and the Dell Vostro 15 5568.

Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R (ASUSPRO Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX - 4096 MB, Core: 1083-1163 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, GDDR5, 64-Bit connection, ForceWare 378.92, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Single-Channel, 2 memory banks (one bank occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, 256 GB 
, 190 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.5 x 380 x 256 ( = 0.96 x 14.96 x 10.08 in)
Battery
72 Wh, 6700 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 10.8 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PhotoDirector 5, Cyberlink PowerDirector 12, MS Office 365 (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 377 g ( = 13.3 oz / 0.83 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case and Features

For the casing of the P4540UQ, Asus bets on a mix of materials. The back of the lid as well as the top of the base unit are made from silver-gray brushed metal. The bottom and the display frame are black plastic. In terms of the workmanship, Asus does not commit any mistakes. The gap dimensions are correct. Also on the part of the stability, we cannot find any grave faults. Only the base unit could be a tad stiffer for our tastes. On the bottom of the notebook is a maintenance hatch with the SSD (M.2 2280) and the two memory banks underneath. Additionally we can find a free SATA slot, which is provided for a 2.5-inch hard drive. The battery is not fixed. 

Altogether, the 15.6-incher offers four USB 3.1 Gen1 connections (3x Type-A, 1x Type-C). The Type-C port also offers additional display-port functionality. Note that the corresponding adapter must be purchased separately. So together with the HDMI and the VGA ports, the P4540UQ provides three video ports. The SD-card reader works pretty fast. The transfer of 250 jpg-image files (~5 MB each) is completed with a speed of 72.6 MB/s. We test SD-card readers using a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II). 

The WLAN module uses an Intel chip (Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260). In addition to the 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN standards, this also supports the fast ac standard. The transfer speeds we determined under optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices nearby, little distance between notebook and server PC) turn out to be very good.

Size Comparison

382 mm / 15 inch 263 mm / 10.4 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2 kg4.5 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24.5 mm / 0.965 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs379 mm / 14.9 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 25.4 mm / 1 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 252.5 mm / 9.94 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 1.9 kg4.13 lbs

Connectivity

Left side: power port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), VGA, HDMI, Gigabit-Ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), card reader (SD)
Left side: power port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), VGA, HDMI, Gigabit-Ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), card reader (SD)
Ride side: combo audio, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), DVD-burner, slot for cable lock
Ride side: combo audio, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), DVD-burner, slot for cable lock
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
 
72.7 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
 
72.6 MB/s ∼100%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
 
68.1 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
 
62.5 MB/s ∼86% -14%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
 
25.2 MB/s ∼35% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
 
89 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
 
81.71 MB/s ∼92%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
 
25.5 MB/s ∼29%

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
628 MBit/s ∼100% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
495 MBit/s ∼79% +1%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
490 MBit/s ∼78%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
205 MBit/s ∼33% -58%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
663 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
583 MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
434 MBit/s ∼65% -35%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
268 MBit/s ∼40% -60%

Input Devices

Asus provides the P4540UQ with a chiclet keyboard that is not backlit. The flat, slightly rough keys have a short stroke and precise attack. While typing, the keyboard yields minimally only in the area of the number pad. This did not prove troubling. All in all, Asus delivers a keyboard that is suitable for frequent writing. The multi-touch enabled touchpad of the Asus laptop covers a space of around 10.7 x 6.1 cm (4.2 x 2.4 inches). This offers a lot of space for using gesture control. The smooth surface makes gliding the fingers easy. The pad does not react to input in the corners. The two separate mouse keys have a medium stroke and clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte 15.6-inch screen of the P4540UQ operates with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It delivers a good contrast (1022:1) and decent brightness (283.3 cd/m2). The latter could be quite a bit higher though. Unfortunately, the display shows PWM flickering at 90% brightness and below. However, the high frequency of 21000 Hz should not lead to headaches and/or eye troubles even for sensitive people.

273
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 313 cd/m² Average: 283.3 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 296 cd/m²
Contrast: 1022:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.92 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
83.7% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 54.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.53
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Vostro 15-5568
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-46%
-3%
6%
-10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (20, 18)
51 (23, 28)
-34%
44.8 (16.4, 28.4)
-18%
43 (20, 23)
-13%
47.6 (24.4, 23.2)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
29 (17, 12)
30 (10, 20)
-3%
25.6 (6.8, 18.8)
12%
22 (6, 16)
24%
27.2 (10, 17.2)
6%
PWM Frequency
21000 (90)
50 (40)
-100%
Screen
-84%
-15%
-84%
-82%
Brightness middle
276
214
-22%
242
-12%
180
-35%
229
-17%
Brightness
283
201
-29%
243
-14%
178
-37%
222
-22%
Brightness Distribution
85
77
-9%
75
-12%
93
9%
82
-4%
Black Level *
0.27
0.43
-59%
0.24
11%
0.45
-67%
0.56
-107%
Contrast
1022
498
-51%
1008
-1%
400
-61%
409
-60%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.92
10.68
-172%
4.65
-19%
9.91
-153%
10.36
-164%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.13
18.07
-98%
9.64
-6%
18.19
-99%
14.95
-64%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.6
11.32
-335%
3.39
-30%
11.25
-333%
10.9
-319%
Gamma
2.53 87%
2.26 97%
2.7 81%
2.35 94%
2.21 100%
CCT
6561 99%
12204 53%
6246 104%
12115 54%
10084 64%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
54.5
38
-30%
36.69
-33%
37
-32%
37.69
-31%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
83.7
59
-30%
57.66
-31%
58
-31%
57.92
-31%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-65% / -75%
-9% / -13%
-39% / -69%
-46% / -70%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 21000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 21000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 21000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9824 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

In the delivery condition the screen shows a DeltaE-2000 color deviation of 3.92. This is not far from the target (DeltaE smaller than 3). The display does not suffer from a blue tint.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.8 ms).

Asus provides the P4540UQ with an IPS panel stable from wide viewing angles. The screen can be read from any angle. Outside you can only use the notebook when the sun is not too bright.

Using outside (direct sun)
Using outside (direct sun)
Using outside (sun behind the device)
Using outside (sun behind the device)

Performance

With the P4540UQ, Asus has a 15.6-inch entry-level business notebook in its lineup. It offers more than enough computing power for applications in the office and Internet spheres. The notebook brings a fingerprint reader and TPM. Our test device can be purchased for around 800 Euros (~$849). At the time of our testing, other options are not available.

Processor

The P4540UQ is equipped with the Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) dual-core processor. This is a mid-range ULV model (TDP: 15 Watt). The processor should completely satisfy the demands of most users. It offers more than enough computing power for office and Internet applications. The Core i5 processor operates with a base speed of 2.5 GHz. Via Turbo, this can be increased up to 3.1 GHz (both cores). The Turbo is called into action during mains and battery operation. It is however only fully employed during single thread tests. The multithread tests run at 2.9 - 3 GHz. The corresponding results therefore remain a tick behind the other 7200U notebooks.

Whether the CPU can continuously make use of Turbo, we test by running the Cinebench R15 benchmark multithread test in a continuous loop for about 30 minutes. It shows here that the performance declines by a few percent from the first to the third run and then remains on that level.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5001
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10893
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6326
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
128 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
320 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
71.13 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼67% +14%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼60% +2%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59% +1%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼59%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
355 Points ∼8% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼8% +3%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
329 Points ∼8% +3%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
320 Points ∼7%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
319 Points ∼7% 0%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
5001 Points ∼46%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
4860 Points ∼45% -3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
11200 Points ∼23% +3%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
10893 Points ∼22%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
6904 Points ∼22% +7%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
6427 Points ∼21%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
3239 Points ∼67% +13%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
2863 Points ∼59%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
7550 Points ∼27% +12%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
6766 Points ∼25%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
3872 Points ∼67% +8%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
3572 Points ∼62%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
238.56 Points ∼71% +11%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
218 Points ∼65% +2%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
Intel Core i5-7200U
214.39 Points ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Intel Core i5-7200U
208.94 Points ∼63% -3%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
126.59 Points ∼38% -41%

System Performance

The combination of a powerful processor and a solid-state drive provides for an agile running system. This subjective impression is verified by the very good results in the PC Mark benchmarks. The performance of the built-in hardware exceeds the demands of office and Internet applications. A slight increase of the overall performance could still be achieved by activating the dual channel mode. For that, you would need to insert a second memory module into the laptop.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3428 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4256 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4478 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4725 Points ∼73% +6%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4699 Points ∼72% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
4666 Points ∼72% +4%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
4573 Points ∼70% +2%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4478 Points ∼69%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
3823 Points ∼63% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
3550 Points ∼58% +4%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3428 Points ∼56%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
3331 Points ∼55% -3%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3163 Points ∼52% -8%

Storage Devices

A Hynix solid-state drive serves as system memory. This is a M.2 model that offers a total capacity of 256 GB. Of that, around 190 GB are usable in the delivery condition. The remaining memory space is used up by the recovery partition and the Windows installation. The transfer rates of the SSD turn out well. The P4540UQ also includes a SATA port intended for a 2.5-inch hard drive. Equipping it with both HDD and SSD is therefore possible. The frame for fitting the 2.5-inch drive into the system is however missing in our test device. This would need to be purchased separately from Asus.

SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Sequential Read: 498.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 257.1 MB/s
512K Read: 309.3 MB/s
512K Write: 264.2 MB/s
4K Read: 30.6 MB/s
4K Write: 77.29 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 357.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 254.5 MB/s
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
Toshiba THNSF5256GPUK
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Liteonit CV3-8D256
Dell Vostro 15-5568
SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
AS SSD
-15%
71%
5%
10%
Score Total
977
607
-38%
1578
62%
869
-11%
917
-6%
Score Write
316
300
-5%
369
17%
260
-18%
253
-20%
Score Read
442
204
-54%
813
84%
398
-10%
435
-2%
Access Time Write *
0.224
0.159
29%
0.036
84%
0.057
75%
0.083
63%
Access Time Read *
0.084
0.141
-68%
0.06
29%
0.091
-8%
0.098
-17%
4K-64 Write
233.59
195.5
-16%
232.51
0%
163.65
-30%
156.39
-33%
4K-64 Read
364.52
137.12
-62%
653.5
79%
328.49
-10%
357.92
-2%
4K Write
63.46
73.41
16%
73.1
15%
62.92
-1%
50.3
-21%
4K Read
27.19
17.96
-34%
37.12
37%
29.56
9%
26.84
-1%
Seq Write
190.78
315.86
66%
635.81
233%
333.54
75%
465.22
144%
Seq Read
502.41
493.84
-2%
1226.97
144%
402.9
-20%
502.49
0%

* ... smaller is better

Graphics Card

Besides Intel's integrated HD Graphics 620 GPU, with Nvidia's GeForce 940MX graphics core, a dedicated graphics core is also included in the computer. The two GPUs form a solution for switching graphics (Optimus). During everyday and battery operation, the Intel core is used. The Nvidia GPU is in charge of demanding applications such as computer games. Usually the user does not need to take care of anything, since switching occurs automatically. But there is always an option to intervene manually. 

The GeForce 940MX graphics core belongs to the GPU mid-range. It supports DirectX 12 and operates with speeds up to 1163 MHz. The graphics core is supported by 4096 MB GDDR5 memory storage. The storage operates considerably faster than the DDR3 storage often used elsewhere. Therefore the P4540UQ performs better in the 3D-Mark benchmarks than notebooks that are equipped with the DDR3 variant of the 940MX graphics core. Even so, the Asus computer lags behind the Acer TravelMate P259-MG. The reason: The TravelMate is equipped with a more powerful variant of the GDDR5-940MX graphics core. You can find more information on this in the test report of the TravelMate.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker (HD Graphics)
DXVAChecker (HD Graphics)
3DMark 11 Performance
2800 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
51531 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7704 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1916 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
633 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4243 Points ∼8% +60%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2821 Points ∼6% +7%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2645 Points ∼5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2556 Points ∼5% -3%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2511 Points ∼5% -5%
Asus Vivobook F556UQ-XO626D
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6198DU
2481 Points ∼5% -6%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2411 Points ∼5% -9%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2092 Points ∼4% -21%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1384 Points ∼3% -48%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
3244 Points ∼12% +69%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2025 Points ∼8% +6%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
1916 Points ∼7%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1834 Points ∼7% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
1528 Points ∼6% -20%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
1473 Points ∼6% -23%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1454 Points ∼5% -24%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
716 Points ∼3% -63%

Gaming Performance

The hardware of the Asus computer displays most computer games fluidly in HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and with medium quality settings. Games that are not very demanding on the hardware allow for more. Performance intensive titles such as For Honor require reducing the resolution and/or quality settings.

A look into our comparison chart clarifies the performance differences between the three types of the GeForce 940MX graphics core (1x DDR3, 2x GDDR5). The TravelMate P259-MG is equipped with the most powerful variant and offers the best frame rates; the MSI CX62 7QL and the ThinkPad E470 bring the DDR3 variant of the GPU and deliver the lowest frame rates. The Asus notebook falls in between. 

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 11163.35520.2fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 105.989.853.147.7fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 7034.319.75.7fps
For Honor (2017) 50.718.217.412.9fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 32.212.511.36fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 31.214.59.88.6fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
86.79 fps ∼25% +58%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
61.9 fps ∼18% +13%
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
55 fps ∼16%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
52 fps ∼15% -5%
MSI CX62 7QL
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
44 fps ∼13% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
43.1 fps ∼12% -22%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
41.77 fps ∼12% -24%
Asus Vivobook F556UQ-XO626D
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6198DU
39.5 fps ∼11% -28%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
18.8 fps ∼5% -66%

Emissions and Energy

System Noise

During everyday operation and when idle, the P4540UQ usually runs from quietly to silently. When the fan is not stopped, it usually runs at a low speed that is not audible. Under load, the fan is turned up. During the stress tests we measure a sound pressure level of 37.2 dB(A) - a good value.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
DVD
36.5 / dB(A)
Load
35.4 / 37.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.838.536.137.238.82533.133.634.634.433.13133.633.528.229.133.64031.431.630.131.531.45031.132.930.230.231.16332.532.333.132.732.58030.829.927.427.630.810034.429.629.926.434.412527.527.625.424.827.516027.626.925.724.227.620025.526.425.924.825.525025.425.422.422.125.431524.524.623.222.424.540024.624.721.520.924.650023.323.520.720.423.363022.923.919.819.722.980023.424.719.218.923.4100025.326.918.518.225.3125025.627.317.717.725.6160025.828.417.817.525.8200024.627.417.517.224.6250024.327.317.517.124.3315022.125.317.217.422.1400020.121.817.417.320.1500019.820.717.317.419.8630019.319.917.317.319.380001919.217.417.4191000019.119.117.317.519.11250019.31917.317.319.31600019.519.11817.419.5SPL35.437.330.530.335.4N2.32.61.51.42.3median 24.3median 24.7median 18median 17.7median 24.3Delta1.83.32.62.61.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R

Temperature

The P4540UQ in the stress test
The P4540UQ in the stress test

The Asus notebook runs through our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) in different ways during mains or battery operation. During mains operation, the processor starts the stress test with a clock speed of 3.1 GHz. After as little as a few seconds, the speed is lowered to 2.5 GHz and remains at that level. The graphics core operates with speeds beyond 1100 MHz. During battery operation, the CPU clock speed jumps back and forth between 3.1 GHz and 400 MHz. The GPU keeps going at full speed (1163 MHz). The computer does not get particularly warm. During the stress test, the temperatures at all measuring points remain below 40 °C (104 °F).

Max. Load
 34.3 °C
94 F
31.4 °C
89 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
35.3 °C
96 F
24.6 °C
76 F
 
 29 °C
84 F
31.4 °C
89 F
24.7 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 38 °C = 100 F
Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
23.7 °C
75 F
31.9 °C
89 F
34.5 °C
94 F
23.2 °C
74 F
35.4 °C
96 F
39.1 °C
102 F
23 °C
73 F
31.1 °C
88 F
31 °C
88 F
Maximum: 39.1 °C = 102 F
Average: 30.3 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.3 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.1 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.4 °C / 88.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.2 °C / 82.8 F (-3.2 °C / -5.7 F).
Heat development on the top (load)
Heat development on the top (load)
Heat development on the bottom (load)
Heat development on the bottom (load)
Heat development on the top (idle)
Heat development on the top (idle)
Heat development on the bottom (idle)
Heat development on the bottom (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Asus laptop are positioned on the front edge of the case bottom. They produce a very decent sound that can be listened to easily for a long time.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.637.239.62540.534.440.53138.329.138.34043.231.543.25040.930.240.96343.532.743.58044.127.644.110044.526.444.512546.324.846.316049.324.249.320053.624.853.625053.622.153.631557.522.457.540057.920.957.950058.120.458.16306019.76080059.218.959.2100059.618.259.6125059.217.759.2160063.117.563.120006617.266250069.217.169.2315071.917.471.9400077.817.377.8500078.917.478.9630076.317.376.3800071.317.471.31000067.117.567.11250069.617.369.6160007217.472SPL84.630.384.6N52.51.452.5median 60median 17.7median 60Delta6.62.66.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056RApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 13.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be selected or deselcted!)

Power Consumption

In idle we register a maximal power take-in of 9.4 watts - a decent value. During the stress test the power consumption rises to 63.7 watts. This is a normal value for this kind of hardware platform. The 90-watt power supply reaches nowhere near its limits.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.9 / 8.1 / 9.4 Watt
Load midlight 50 / 63.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

With our practical WLAN test, we measure the workload when rendering websites. The "Balanced" profile is active, the power-saving functions are deactivated, and the display brightness is adjusted to about 150 cd/m². The P4540UQ achieves a runtime of 11:28 h. With this, the Asus computer performs considerably better than all the competitors. The reason is obvious: The battery of the P4540UQ has markedly more capacity (72 Wh) than the models of the competition.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
11h 28min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 72 Wh
688 min ∼26%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 45 Wh
513 min ∼19% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 41 Wh
462 min ∼18% -33%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
357 min ∼14% -48%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
280 min ∼11% -59%

Pros

+ matte IPS screen
+ Full-HD resolution
+ operates quietly
+ warms up very little
+ SSD
+ maintenance hatch
+ very good battery runtimes

Cons

- no keyboard back-light

Verdict

In review: Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R. Test model provided by Campuspoint.de
In review: Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R. Test model provided by Campuspoint.de

The Asus ASUSPRO P4540UQ brings a Core i5 processor of the Kaby-Lake generation, which should completely satisfy the demands of most users. The GeForce graphics core permits the use of computer games. Despite the decent computing power built into the device, it hardly warms up and mostly operates quietly.  

A solid-state drive makes sure the system runs fast. Thanks to the maintenance hatch, switching the SSD could be done quickly. There is also the option to insert an additional 2.5-inch hard drive into the computer. However, a fitting installation frame would still be necessary for that. The matte IPS screen of the computer pleases with stable viewing angles, a good contrast, and decent brightness. The excellent runtimes should not be forgotten, either.

With the ASUSPRO P4540UQ, Asus indeed competes with the established top dogs.

We see room for improvement in the keyboard. Not that the built-in keyboard is a bad keyboard, but it cannot quite keep up with the keyboard models built into the HP ProBook 450 G4 and the Lenovo ThinkPad E570. Furthermore, the Asus keyboard lacks a backlight. However, in that regard, the competitors do not look much better.

Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R - 04/06/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 70%
Weight
60 / 20-67 → 86%
Battery
94%
Display
88%
Games Performance
68 / 68 → 99%
Application Performance
84 / 92 → 91%
Temperature
95%
Noise
92%
Audio
56%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
74%
84%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-04-10 (Update: 2017-04-16)