Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop model: X541UA-SB51-CB

Asus VivoBook Max 15

Quick Description

This laptop has few upgrades over the typical $600 laptop. If you hate waiting for programs to load and want a bit more space to multitask, this is a laptop worth looking into.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 13 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected 13 days ago, selling for $550.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (44.36% of the time to be exact). It's so common in fact that I would advise against buying it at regular price.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30-$150

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $860.

Currently Exclusive to Staples for $765

Based on 275 days of observation, the Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop usually costs ~$750 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $549.00. Rebates being very common, I would advise to wait before buying this laptop.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples or MicroBytes at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus VivoBook Max 15" Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability2/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2/5
Portability1.5/5
Autonomy2.5/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price1/5
Durability1.5/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory4/5
Storage2/5
Portability1/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability2/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 256.00 GB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080(141.21ppi)
Dimensions: 38.10 × 25.15 × 2.79 cm
Weight: 2.00 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • USB 3
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • USB 2
  • Bluetooth 4
  • USB 3.1
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • VGA
  • USB Type-C
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-A
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Built-In Keyboard

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 2/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (7 / 7)

Drawing and Illustrations (7 / 7)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (4 / 8)

Music Production (4 / 6)

Photo Editing (3 / 3)

Video Editing (3 / 3)

Video Games (11 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (15 / 36)

Triple-A Video Games (6 / 32)

In the same price range

For roughly the same price, you could get one of these. Anything in there sounds like a better deal?

Know someone who's looking for a laptop like this one?

  • Pinterest