✔ Lovely display quality and specs
✔ Long battery hours
✔ More space to store data
❌ DVD writer takes space, its need is fading away
❌ Basic version comes with DOS operating system
The Asus Vivobook X541ua is a value-for-money 15.6-inch laptop with moderate performance and acceptable storage space. Its built quality is pretty durable.
This laptop is available in 5 different colours and the one thing that will amaze you is the sound production which is very loud as well as clear. The performance of this laptop is still not up to the mark.
The laptop will be a good purchase for you if you do light tasks and don’t want anything superior in its performance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|1. FULL SPECS|
3. DISPLAY & SCREEN QUALITY
4. PERFORMANCE & GRAPHICS
8. KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
|Dimensions||38.14 x 25.15 x 2.76 cm|
|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Display Resolution and type||1920 x 1080 FHD anti glare|
|PROCESSOR, GRAPHICS & STORAGE|
|Processor Type||Intel Core i3 6006U|
|RAM Size||4 GB|
|Hard Disk||1 TB SATA HDD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520|
|Number of USB 3.1 ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 ports||1|
|Number of USB 2.0 ports||1|
|Number of VGA ports||1|
|Number of HDMI ports||1|
|Number of Ethernet ports||1|
|Number of Audio-out Ports||1|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||36|
|Battery type:||Lithium Ion battery|
|Number of Lithium-Ion Cells||3|
|Keyboard type||Island-style keyboard with numeric pad|
There are five glossy colours in which you can get this Vivobook, namely Chocolate black, Ocean Blue, Red and Cyan. The most widely available are Chocolate black and Ocean blue.
The back of the lid is brushed plastic with the Asus symbol in the middle. The overall body is made of hard plastic which is very durable and there are no signs of flex when you push the body.
The overall design does not make it an apple to the eye but it is very functional. For instance, the body weighs 1.9 kg (more than average for a 15.6-inch laptop) and the speakers are on the body above the keyboard and not below the body, which prevents sound from being muffled.
A 15.6-inch screen sets the Vivobook apart from its competitors. However, the bezels are wide which seems annoying. But the visuals of the FHD 1920 x 1080 screen are pretty detailed and crisp.
The colours are not very amazing but what else can you expect from a low budget laptop in the first place? The display is anti-glare and the brightness is also enough to use it outside.
The laptop will seem good in handling decent tasks such as browsing, watching youtube, running MS office and smaller apps. Which is a sliver less than satisfactory
But as soon as you switch to software that require power, such as Photoshop, music editing software, etc. the laptop starts lagging a little bit. It is advisable to not expect anything bizarre from its performance.
The integrated Intel 520 graphics ring a big NO bell for gamers. Even medium titles do not run properly with low graphic settings.
The basic version of this Vivobook comes with a 1 TB HDD, which is big enough to store most of your media files as well as space-occupying software. But the same HDD makes it slow too.
As an alternative, you can add an SSD too since there is a slot for that, and put your system files in it to make the processing more efficient and speedy. The performance also increases exponentially by adding an SSD.
The battery life in the X541UA is more than satisfactory. It lasts for about 8 hours on very minimal usage and moderate brightness, which is more than enough if your workday includes making spreadsheets or other light work.
If you play movies and/or do some heavier tasks in between, it will end in about 5 hours or so. That is more than the average of 4+ hours that a good low budget laptop should give while completing battery consuming tasks.
The port selection in this Vivobook Max is definitely worthy of an applaud. But its distribution is pretty unfair. All of the main ports are on the left side only. The right side has just a DVD RW drive (be honest, DVDs have already become a thing of the past, right?)
On the right, you only get a Kensington Security Slot and a DVD R/W.
Because of the travel, the keyboard may feel different to use at first but gets comfy afterwards when you start using it regularly.
The trackpad has a rough texture and is responsive in general but two-finger scrolling is still not that sensitive. Its design is buttonless as well.
The Audio feature makes this Vivobook unique. Such amplified audio is not found even in premium notebooks.
First of all, the speakers are very loud because of the Sonic Master technology of Asus. You can hear the beats clearly even if you are a few feet away in the room.
Secondly, the speakers are placed on the body itself to prevent sound from being muffled which is one of the reasons behind clear audio.
In totality, the Asus Vivobook Max X541UA is a good low budget product that can run longer than you can expect if you use it for lightweight purposes and do not dump any RAM consuming software in it.
Mainly school and college students who need a laptop for mild usage will get something out of this Vivobook. Using it for storage purposes, audio and typing will give you no complaints at all.
Hence the X541UA is a satisfactory, value for money laptop.