For all consumers looking at entry-level laptops, the price is the biggest often the largest consideration of all. The VivoBook Max (X541UA) from Asus embodies that ideal, but should not be overlooked as a simple cheap and cheerful option, as its Taiwanese manufacturer has added a handful of extras to up the value for money prospect. Asus has upgraded its VivoBook Max with a new 7th generation KabyLake Intel Core processors to improve power efficiency and improve the processing power.
HOW DOES IT FEEL OUT OF THE BOX?
Asus new VivoBook Max (X541UA) is an entry-level laptop that has a plastic feel. This laptop weighs just 1.9 kg, which is substantial even by 15.6-inch notebook standards. To make it look more appealing, the lid of the VivoBook Max features a faux brushed metal design on its hardened plastic, with the vertical lines etched in. With the texture, even from the distance it looks far more premium at the price of INR 30,000/-
The VivoBook Max has a 15.6-inch display that offers 1920×1080 pixel resolution. For the most part, it gets the job done. There’s not a lot to complain about the keyboard and the trackpad. It sports a full keyboard layout design, with a Numpad area. There’s no backlighting system which makes difficult to work in dark environments. The notebook has chiclet keys are large, but provided a less pleasant typing experience than expected. The trackpad feels different. the surface is smoother and is surrounded by a nice beveled edge, but is quite noisy when it comes to registering taps and physical clicks.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Powered by the latest 2.40 GHz Intel Core i3-7100U processor with 4GB RAM, Asus’ notebook handled all the multitasking I could throw at it. With more than 20 tabs open in Chrome (including Facebook, email, youtube video streaming) and a full system scan running in the background, the X541UA refused to slow down. The stereo speakers have found their place above the keyboard area. The laptop is equipped with Asus SonicMaster audio technology, a good mixture of hardware and software that offers clear and crisp sound. There are twin 3W speakers to offers sound to fill your bedroom.
While nobody buys a budget notebook expecting to game, the Intel HD Graphics 620 powered X541UA was able to run Battlefield 1(set to 1366 x 768 on low settings) at an acceptable 31 frames per second. This is more than we what we expect from a budget laptop.
Talking about software, X541UA comes with Windows 10 Home Single Language Operating system. Asus also packed X541UA with bloatware. The few apps that are preloaded include Netflix, Flipkart, Minecraft and Candy Crush Soda Saga.
Asus’ X541UA is a 15.6-inch powerful notebook for those on tight budgets. Its battery life is best in class, and the dual speakers are surprisingly loud. However, this system doesn’t feel sturdy compared with other value-priced laptops, and the matte display is on the bright side. At the same time, it barely heats up and consumes relatively little power. The battery runtimes are also satisfactory.
- 15.6-inch full HD display
- Intel Core i3-7100U processor
- 4GB RAM
- 1TB Internal Hard Drive
- Twin speakers 3W(SonicMaster Technology)
PRICE: INR 29,500