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Asus VivoBook Max X541SA Laptop Review: Is This Laptop Worth It?

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Released in March 2018, the Asus Vivobook Max X541SA laptop is a budget-friendly mid-range notebook that helps save costs. In fact, the Max in the name of this Vivobook stands for maximum cost-saving, but despite the fact that it maximises cost greatly, it is a very efficient PC that comes with a Windows 10 Operating System. 

It is also powered by up to 7th-generation Intel Core processor, gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and exclusive SonicMaster audio incorporating ICEpower technology, but that’s not even all the VivoBook X541SA by Asus provides standout audiovisuals to be experienced on a laptop.

Asus VivoBook X541SA Design

Design

The Max X541SA looks metallic from a distance, but the keyboard and lid have a brushed aluminium that comes in different textured finishes with a black underside, but the model is actually made of plastic.

It is available in brushed metal effect finishes in silver gradient, chocolate brown, red, aqua blue, and white. It has a 15.6-inch screen (39.6cm), a weight of 2.0kg and a thickness of 27mm.

Inputs

The Asus Vivobook X541SA employs improvements in keyboard and touchpad technologies and lets you enjoy a comfortable typing feel with its superb keypad, responsive keystrokes and a precise touchpad for a good input experience.

Keyboard: 

The keyboard has a full-size one-piece Chiclet keyboard that gives a comfortable typing experience with a 2.3mm key travel distance and minimal key float for more solid and responsive keystrokes.

Touchpad: 

The 106mm x 74mm touchpad which is 11% larger and smarter offers handwriting support. It also has a palm rejection feature that differentiates between fingertips and palm contact to prevent unintentional cursor movement.

Ports/Interface

The available ports in the Asus Vivobook Max X541SA are:

  • Optical drive: DVD +/ -RW double layer on the right side
  • 1 USB 3.0 Type C
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type C
  • 1 USB 2.0 Type A
  • HDMI and VGA port
  • RJ 45/Ethernet port
  • 3 in 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader
  • 3.5mm headset/microphone jack for audio connection
  • AC power port.
Asus VivoBook X541SA Display

Display

The Asus Vivobook Max X541SA has 15.6 inches, no touch and touch display with an HD LED panel display and antiglare display.  

It also has a 16:9 aspect ratio and an 86% screen-to-body ratio with two different screen resolutions of 1366 x 768 pixels and 1920 X 1080. This laptop measures a dimension of 381 x 252 x 27.6 mm and has 100 PPI and 45% NTSC. 

Specifications

● Improved audio with:

  • ASUS sonic master audio incorporating ICEpower technology
  • Audio wizard: It gives five audio presets for gaming, music, movie, speech and recording, which gives the best settings for any of the five presets you opt for
  • Built-in W Stereo speaker with microphone

● For security, this laptop has:

  • BIOS user password protection
  • HDD user password protection

● Asus Tru2 life video technology that intelligently optimises pixels in video frames to enhance sharpness or contrast by 150% to offer a quality image

● Asus Eye care mode. There are about four different modes which are Normal mode, Vivid mode, Manual mode and Eye care mode; the latter helps to enhance the viewing and reading experience by reducing blue light by up to 33%. It also protects you from eye fatigue, retina problems as well as other eye ailments 

  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 920 graphics
  • Intel Pentium N3710 CPU
  • Windows 10 Home operating system
  • 15.6inches (1366 x 768 resolution) 100dpi TN LCD glossy
  • 1.6 GHz, up to 2.56 GHz Burst Intel Pentium N3710, four cores, four threads
  • Intel HD 405 GPU (Braswell)
  • 1TB HDD 5400rpm
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • HD webcam
  • Digital array mic
  •  MIL-STD 810G military standard. 
  • UK tiled keyboard
Asus VivoBook X541SA Battery Life

Battery Life

The Asus X541SA is packed with a non-removable SuperBatt battery with three times longer lifespan than standard batteries with its 36Wh 4-cell lithium-ion battery. Although battery life varies depending on usage, this laptop can last for up to 10 hours on regular standard use.

Cost

The Asus Vivobook X541SA price starts from $250 based on your preferred configuration such as display, internal storage, operating system and other specifications.  Furthermore, this laptop comes with a one-year RTB warranty. It can be purchased on Asus’s official store or third-party e-commerce platforms.

Pros

  • Overall Performance: The features of the Asus Vivobook Max X514SA make it ready for daily computing tasks and entertainment.  With the SSD, you can have a supercharged performance of up to 5x faster laptop speed. 
  • Fast and easy connections: With the USB ports, the reversible USB type C ensures a proper connection every time and provides you with faster data transmission speeds of up to 5Gbps (almost 10 times faster than USB 2.0), which allows quick transfer of large files
  • Immersive sound: Asus X541SA offers a good sound solution with its stereo speakers and microphone. The 3W speaker with a 24CC sound chamber and a special transmission line design provides rich and quality sound with a clearer dialogue. All of this work together with the Asus Sonic master technology and audio wizard which gives it crystal clear sound delivery.
  • Optical drive: It has Super multi DVD
  • This laptop is available in a variant of catchy colours.
Asus VivoBook X541SA Cons

Cons

  • Battery capacity is low. 
  • Too many flexes surround the keyboard, which can affect typing feel and go to show that the laptop is not well built.
  • Tough clicker, which is quite hard to press and loud, especially when you try to double click on the trackpad
  • Narrow viewing angle
  • Some slow ports like the USB type A 
  • Average build quality: Although the design looks like it is metal, it is actually made of plastic which is not very classy, but considering the price, it is passable
  • Not good enough for high-speed gaming and video/photo editing photos. With the Intel HD Graphics 405 GPU, games that are not high-intensive can be played on this laptop. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Asus Vivobook Max541SA laptop is a great choice for an average user or for low intense resource use. It’s also a good choice for those who want to buy a decent cheap laptop. 

It has great features with the addition of a nice speaker for its price, and as such, it is considered to be a good purchase for those on a budget.

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Ted Sawyer
Ted Sawyer
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