Costco online - ASUS VivoBook Max X541UA, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, 15.6 Inch Notebook £379.99 @ Costco
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Costco online - ASUS VivoBook Max X541UA, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, 15.6 Inch Notebook £379.99 @ Costco

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Found 30th Aug 2017
ASUS VivoBook Max X541UA, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, 15.6 Inch Notebook - Might be postage (not sure) + £5 i think for non members

Item # 237508
Pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home 64, Intel Core i5-6198DU processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB Hard Drive.

2 Year Warranty**Costco extends the manufacturer's warranty to 2 years on Computers, Tablets, Major Appliances/White Goods*, Cameras and Camcorders from the date of purchase (applicable for Tablet and Camera purchases made on or after 1st April 2015 and Major Appliance/White Good purchases made on or after 16th May 2016).


The ASUS VivoBook Max laptop is designed to give you a truly immersive multimedia experience. Powered by a 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor and SonicMaster audio incorporating ICEpower® technology, the VivoBook Max gives you outstanding audio visuals.

SonicMaster Audio


ASUS SonicMaster audio, incorporating ICEpower® technology, gives the ASUS VivoBook Max laptop crystal-clear sound delivery. This notebook features 3W speakers with a 24cc sound chamber, and a special transmission line design to provide rich, deep bass and distinct vocals. On top of that, they're fine-tuned to give you clearer dialog and true-to-life surround sound.

ASUS Audio Wizard


ASUS AudioWizard gives you five audio presets (Music, Movie, Gaming, Speech, and Recording) so you get the best settings for whatever you're doing. You can easily switch between them via AudioWizard's simple and intuitive interface.

Tru2Life Video


ASUS Tru2Life Video technology makes your videos look amazing. It intelligently optimises each pixel in the video frame to increase sharpness and contrast by 150% so you'll enjoy the best possible image quality every single time.

Protect Your Eyes with ASUS Eye Care

Too much exposure to the blue light emitted by LCD displays is thought to affect eye health, and it can also cause fatigue during long viewing sessions. ASUS Eye Care mode reduces the emissions of blue light by up to 30% so that your eyes are always protected when Eye Care mode is used.

Ultra Connectivity

The ASUS VivoBook is equipped with the new, reversible USB Type-C port with its any way up design that makes connecting devices so much easier. It also delivers data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than older USB 2.0 connections. This notebook has a USB 3.0 port, a HDMI port and an SDXC multi-format card reader so you can easily connect your current peripherals, displays and projectors with zero hassle.

Features:

  • Incredible ASUS SonicMaster audio quality
  • Audio Wizard optimised tuning
  • Tru2Life Video technology for pixel perfect video
  • ASUS Eye Care mode option to protect your eyes
  • Ultra connectivity: HDMI, VGA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB Type-C, SDXC
  • Ultra fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Full size one piece chiclet keyboard for solid responsive typing
  • Large and smart touchpad with palm rejection
Specifications
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Built-in Webcam: Yes
  • Brand: Asus
  • Wireless: 802.11 ac
  • Optical Drive: DVD/RW with double layer support
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Colour: Silver
  • Storage Type: Hard Disk Drive
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Ports: 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x 3.5mm jack, 1 x SD card reader
  • Dimensions: H 2.7 x W 38.1 x D 25.2 cm
  • Screen Size: 15.6 Inch
  • Processor Speed: Intel Core i5-6198BU processor, dual core, 2.3GHz, 2.8GHz turbo, 3MB cache
Community Updates
Review (with less powerful CPU):

techadvisor.co.uk/rev…97/

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Picard12330 m ago

That low res TN panel screen is just a deal breaker.


For the vast majority of users it isn't. Most laptops in this price range only have a 720p screen. Most probably use TN, too.

What you really mean to say is that most laptops in this price range do not interest you personally.

Implying that the average user should buy nothing less than a 1080p IPS-screened laptop is lunacy.
Edited by: "Tarquin8484" 30th Aug 2017
1366 x 768 should just die already.

In an age where even commonplace 'budget' £150 smartphones have 1080p screens it really is beyond the pale near £400 laptops have such a low resolution display.

Just 1600 x 900 would be a vast improvement if manufacturers want to cheap out a bit still. But no. 1366 x 768 we meet again.
27 Comments
Does anyone own this model? Would you recommend?
As LordLardy says - is this any good looking for a reasonable laptop as the one I bought last year from tesco (acer) is bloody rubbish -dont know if I can get it upgraded but struggles with WiFi and WiFi printer - we use our tabs more than it (they recognise the printer)
Please advise
shotatdawn2 m ago

tesco (acer) is bloody rubbish -dont know if I can get it upgraded but …tesco (acer) is bloody rubbish -dont know if I can get it upgraded but struggles with WiFi


Which exact Acer model?
Pretty good deal, but the 1366 x 768 resolution is a little disappointing
ES1-531 series model N15W4
Was it not posted couple days ago? I could swear it was
Banned
Never ASUS again!
Specs look good for the price, yes the screen resolution lets it down a little bit and could do with a SSD but benchmarking the price against others on the market I think it's a good deal.
LordLardy4 h, 16 m ago

Does anyone own this model? Would you recommend?


That low res TN panel screen is just a deal breaker.
Edited by: "Picard123" 30th Aug 2017
Picard12327 m ago

That low res TN panel screen is just a deal breaker.

First world problems, eh?
Picard12330 m ago

That low res TN panel screen is just a deal breaker.


For the vast majority of users it isn't. Most laptops in this price range only have a 720p screen. Most probably use TN, too.

What you really mean to say is that most laptops in this price range do not interest you personally.

Implying that the average user should buy nothing less than a 1080p IPS-screened laptop is lunacy.
Edited by: "Tarquin8484" 30th Aug 2017
Tarquin84847 m ago

For the vast majority of users it isn't. Most laptops in this price range …For the vast majority of users it isn't. Most laptops in this price range only have a 720p screen. Most probably use TN, too.What you really mean to say is that most laptops in this price range do not interest you personally.Implying that the average user should buy nothing less than a 1080p IPS-screened laptop is lunacy.


Not indispensable but a shame given the other specs, and considering the price they probably could have included it
imveryeasilyamused42 m ago

First world problems, eh?


Not at all. I'd simply choose to have less eye strain by choosing a sharper res IPS panel than put up a shonky cheap TN panel just because the manufacturer is trying to save £15-£20 off the retail price.
Edited by: "Picard123" 30th Aug 2017
Tarquin848454 m ago

For the vast majority of users it isn't. Most laptops in this price range …For the vast majority of users it isn't. Most laptops in this price range only have a 720p screen. Most probably use TN, too.What you really mean to say is that most laptops in this price range do not interest you personally.Implying that the average user should buy nothing less than a 1080p IPS-screened laptop is lunacy.


What I mean to say is that the panel in this is crap. It's old legacy technology that manufacturers are passing onto less informed consumers because they don't know any better.

The average user SHOULDN'T buy anything less than a 1080p IPS screen and definitely not on 15.6". Do you still watch a black & white TV? Manufacturers only dump old, low quality parts on consumers if they think that they can get away with it and because your average 'man in the street' doesn't know any better.

You'd be stupid to choose a 1366x768 TN panel over a 1080p IPS one when the difference in cost to the manufacturer is only about £10-15. That's the cost of that useless DVD drive they put in there.
Edited by: "Picard123" 30th Aug 2017
hanpan9995 h, 2 m ago

Pretty good deal, but the 1366 x 768 resolution is a little disappointing

Your wrong.
It's very disappointing!
"the Asus VivoBook Max X541SA uses a TN screen rather than the IPS kind more popular these days. TN panels tend to have fast response times, but almost universally look worse than the IPS type because of their relatively narrow viewing angles.

This doesn’t just affect looking at the screen from an extreme angle, as the character of the display alters from just a few degrees of tilt. Looking at the laptop dead on, the contrast will actually appear different at the bottom of the screen than the top.

This is only instantly obvious when you’re looking at a pure black/colour screen, but is why, to image quality purists at least, most TN displays never look that good. TN monitors tend to fare better than laptop screens, and this particular one isn’t great.

It’s 15.6 inches across, giving you plenty of space with which to work, but as resolution is relatively low at 1366 x 768, there aren’t enough pixels to make cramming in loads of windows a good idea.

Cementing its position as a home laptop rather than one to use outdoors, max brightness is unremarkable at 210cd/m2 and a glossy screen finish makes reflections an issue if you’re not careful about how the laptop is angled.

Colour performance is limited too, although that’s no surprise given the use of a twisted nematic panel. The Asus VivoBook Max X541SA covers 59 percent of the sRGB colour standard, 41 percent of Adobe RGB and 42.2 percent of DCI P3. While not a bad result for this type of panel, it’s not great for editing photos."


techadvisor.co.uk/rev…97/
Edited by: "Picard123" 31st Aug 2017
1366 x 768 should just die already.

In an age where even commonplace 'budget' £150 smartphones have 1080p screens it really is beyond the pale near £400 laptops have such a low resolution display.

Just 1600 x 900 would be a vast improvement if manufacturers want to cheap out a bit still. But no. 1366 x 768 we meet again.
Voted cold purely on the basis that it doesn't have an SSD.
No excuse for any laptop not to come with an SSD nowadays.
Buy a 1tb portable HDD for £50 max to store stuff.
shotatdawn7 h, 27 m ago

As LordLardy says - is this any good looking for a reasonable laptop as …As LordLardy says - is this any good looking for a reasonable laptop as the one I bought last year from tesco (acer) is bloody rubbish -dont know if I can get it upgraded but struggles with WiFi and WiFi printer - we use our tabs more than it (they recognise the printer)Please advise

I'd personally get rid of it as soon as possible. Acer really are horrible laptops in every way - definitely the worst laptop money can buy
danielhot6 h, 15 m ago

Never ASUS again!

Tell me about it wish I got another dell
Brrrrrr!
Initially looked like a great deal. But the screen resolution must suck, I thought.

Turns out it does. Massively.

Would suffice as a cheap work PC. Although you're best getting a second hand think pad from eBay for around £100 if that's the case.
Edited by: "LeeSessions" 31st Aug 2017
vulcanproject5 h, 59 m ago

1366 x 768 should just die already. In an age where even commonplace …1366 x 768 should just die already. In an age where even commonplace 'budget' £150 smartphones have 1080p screens it really is beyond the pale near £400 laptops have such a low resolution display. Just 1600 x 900 would be a vast improvement if manufacturers want to cheap out a bit still. But no. 1366 x 768 we meet again.

I agree with you but then I don't understand how the DVD format still exists since Sony won the HD wars. People!
It's got HDMI out - you could always connect it to a proper IPS screen when not travelling.
Got two of these in the house now, run smoothly , perfect for video editing or streaming PS4 to and low level gaming. Very happy with them.
Bought one of these for my son who's off to university. He's really pleased with it. Thanks for all of the aforementioned comments.
Extra £15 off via Amex Rewards if you have any Amex card
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