Asus VivoBook Max X541SA-PD0703X Budget 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD)


Asus VivoBook Max X541SA-PD0703X 15.6 Laptop (Intel Pentium, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive,, Matte IMR)

The Asus VivoBook Max X541SA-PD0703X is a very affordable standard-size notebook PC. It’s regularly priced at $250 and offers a 15.6-inch display, Intel Pentium processor (CPU), 4GB of system memory (RAM), and a 500GB hard drive (HDD). They are packed in an elegant-looking silver plastic chassis with a metal-like finish.

Performance is one of the main concerns when buying cheap laptops. Luckily, the X541SA-PD0703X isn’t overly slow. The included Intel Pentium N3710 is an entry-level chip, but it’s still better than Intel Celeron parts used in similarly priced notebooks. The Pentium N37xx series can handle very well the basic computing chores of the average home and office PC users. Namely, web browsing, work in MS Office and other productivity applications, and video and audio playbacks. It however lacks speed of the main Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU series, which can be noticeable in processor-intensive tasks. Also, 4GB of RAM isn’t capacious by today’s PC standards. But, it’s big enough for normal multi-tasking with a couple of programs and web browser tabs running simultaneously. Asus has included a 500GB hard disk in the VivoBook Max X541SA-PD0703X. This is a very basic storage device. It’s not as capacious as the mainstream 1-Terabyte HDDs and not as fast as more modern solid state drives. But again, it enables normal functioning of Windows operating system and software. It provides a decent amount of space for storing your files if you don’t regularly download and collect high-def videos and other large files to your disk. This model has a built-in DVD reader / writer drive.

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A common trade off for a low price of a new laptop is picture quality. The display on the X541SA-PD0703X isn’t an exception. It features the low-end but serviceable 1366-by-768-pixel resolution and TN panel technology. For comparison, more expensive laptops have sharper displays with 1920×1080 or higher pixel count and IPS technology for wider viewing angles than with TN.

Touchscreen functionality is missing. For interaction with software, Asus has provided a full-size non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad and a roomy touchpad with built-in buttons for left and right “mouse” click actions.

The rest of the specs sheet doesn’t bring any positive nor negative surprises. As usual, the laptop features stereo speakers and a web camera with rather low VGA quality. Furthermore, there are 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless, HDMI and VGA connectors for hooking-up external displays, two full-size USB ports and a smaller USB-C port, a 2-in-1 microphone / headphones jack, and an SD memory card reader.

Official battery life estimation for the X541SA-PD0703X is four hours.

The machine weighs in at 4.4 pounds which is a fairly light weight for a 15.6″ laptop.

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Brand

Asus

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor

Intel Pentium N3710 “Braswell” Quad-Core 1.6-2.56GHz 2MB Cache (~1,800 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Intel HD Integrated Graphics

RAM

4GB

Storage

500GB HDD

Optical Drive

DVD Writer

Cameras

Front

Speakers and Audio

Combo Mic and Headphones Audio Jack, Stereo Speakers

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C

Video Ports

1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

“Up to 4 hours” of battery life, 3-cell 36 WHr

Weight

4.4 pounds

Height

1.1″

Width

15″

Depth

9.9″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

1 review for Asus VivoBook Max X541SA-PD0703X Budget 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD)

  1. 4 out of 5

    liam – September 16, 2017:

    good laptop for the price! but i had a broke charger.


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