You might think that your smartphone is powerful enough to take care of your daily computing needs! Mundane things such as basic web browsing, sending emails, or even editing some of the photos that you have captured with your device can all be done here, right? The fact is the personal computer (whether a laptop or desktop computer) is still the primary computing device for many among us at our workplace, even at home. The PC is the preferred device for doing serious productive work, something that simply can’t be done on a smaller screen of a mobile phone. And this is despite all we hear about larger screens and faster mobile devices.
In recent years, Taiwanese device maker Asus has seen a good response to its ZenFone smartphone series in India. It has a strong focus on the laptop segment well; the success of Asus ZenBook 3, an ultra-sleek and lightweight notebook, and Asus Transformer 3 Pro, a versatile PC, is testimony to this. Continuing its focus on the laptop segment, Asus has launched the VivoBook Max X541, its third generation mainstream notebook computer. Priced at Rs 34,590, it has an ergonomic keyboard and gives the user a very good multimedia experience.
Designed for daily computing, the VivoBook Max (model number: X541 UA) comes in a multitude of expressive colours—Chocolate brown, Red, Silver gradient, Aqua Blue and White. It also features a Full HD display for twice the visual clarity as compared to traditional HD panels, marking a significant advancement in the segment. With the 15.6-inch crisp Full HD anti-glare display and weighing only 1.9 kg, the lightweight notebook is particularly suited for first-time notebook buyers who need a reliable notebook, yet at an affordable price.
Probing the innards, the laptop is powered by the latest seventh generation Intel Core i3 processors with a fast 4 GB DDR4 RAM running at 2400 MHz (expandableto12 GB). One of the major highlights of the notebook is the ergonomic and specially designed gaming grade chiclet keyboard with 2.3 mm key travel distance for delivering great typing experience. The touchpad is 11% larger than those found on similarly sized laptops and features palm rejection technology for precise input.
The laptop is equipped with Asus SonicMaster audio technology, a good mixture of hardware and software that forms the main source for its clear and immersive sound delivery. Its AudioWizard technology helps users optimise settings for any kind of audio while the intuitive user interface fits in actual usage scenarios. It also features twin 3W speakers with 24cc sound chambers, and a special transmission line design to provide rich, deep bass and distinct vocals.
The VivoBook Max has reversible USB Type C connectivity. It has USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, VGA and HDMI ports. The Asus Splendid EyeCare mode reduces the amount of harmful blue light emitted from the screen by up to 30%, protecting your eyes and reducing the chance of tired eyes when viewing in low-light environments.
The VivoBook Max also brags about Asus Splendid technology, which provides three picture modes for various scenarios such as eye care mode, normal mode and vivid mode. Additionally, users can also customise these settings to their personal preferences.
The SuperBatt technology in the notebook provides three times longer battery life span. Further, it boasts of Asus Tru2life video technology—video tuning software that provides 200% sharper visuals delivering better contrast and clarity. In my view, the VivoBook Max is ideal for first-time notebook buyers who need a reliable notebook at an affordable price. It is extremely portable, has great audio and has decent performance. In short, it’s ready for all your daily computing tasks and entertainment.