We recently got our hands on the new budget-friendly everyday notebook from ASUS – the X554L. The notebook not only offers good hardware for the price, but it’s also easy to maintain and disassemble. Keep on reading to find out what the upgrade options are.
1. Removing the keyboard
Firstly, you have to take off all the screws from the bottom of the machine, but only if you want to access all the internals. But if you are aiming at upgrading your RAM, you can only remove the small plastic cover on the right. Under it, you will find only one RAM chip slot. After all the screws are removed, continue with popping out the keyboard with some kind of plastic tool for example and be careful with the two cables attached once you open the keyboard piece.
2. Upgrade options
You are limited with one 2.5″ HDD/SSD slot that in our case is occupied by 1TB HDD (5400 rpm) manufactured by HGST (Western Digital). Also, our configuration lacks optical drive and you can easily add another HDD or SSD for extra storage since no M.2 SSD slot is present here. Another interesting fact, the included 4GB of RAM is soldered to the motherboard so you are left with only one slot at your disposal as mention earlier.
3. Battery, Wi-Fi and fan cleaning
A few more screws hold the mainboard to the chassis and by removing them you can access the Wi-Fi module from Broadcom with model number BCM943142HM and the CPU fan located at the back of the motherboard. As for the battery, only three bolts hold it. The battery is in-house made by ASUS rated at 37 Wh.