Here comes the comparison between Launch X431 PAD VII and Autel MaxiSys MSUltra dianostic scanners.
First of all, let’s check a table comparison:
|Item||Autel MaxiSys Ultra||Launch X431 PAD VII|
|13.3 inch capacitive screen，1920*1080|
|Operating System||Android 7.0||Android 9.0|
|Processor||2.3GHz + 1.7GHz
|2.0GHz Octa cores|
|Memory / RAM||256GB SSD / 4GB RAM||256GB /8GB|
|Camera||16MP Rear / 5MP Front||Front 8mp, Rear 13mp|
|VCI||MaxiFlash VCMI 4-channel oscilloscope, waveform generator, multimeter, and CAN BUS tester. Optional VCI200||Smart Link C|
|Docking Station||Included||No, but with Real IP65 rated; 180° adjustable kickstand|
|IP limitation||Yes||Global Version without IP Blocking|
|Language||English Only||English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Swedish, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Russian, Dutch, Thai, Finnish, Danish, Romanian, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Croatian|
|Protocols||D-PDU/SAE J2534/RP1210/DoIP/CAN FD||CAN/CANFD/DoIP 2534/D-PDU/RP1210|
|Supported car brands||99% brands||110 brands|
|Automatic Detection||SCANVIN / AUTO-VIN /AUTO-SCAN||SCANVIN / AUTO-VIN /AUTO-SCAN|
|Repair Assist||GUIDED PROCEDURES WITH DTC ANALYSIS & FAULT CODE SOLUTIONS||GUIDED PROCEDURES WITH DTC ANALYSIS & FAULT CODE SOLUTIONS|
|Topology Module Mapping||COLOR CODED ALL SYSTEM STATUS SCREEN
ON SUPPORTED VEHICLES
|COLOR CODED ALL SYSTEM STATUS SCREEN
ON SUPPORTED VEHICLES
|Secure Gateway Access||AUTHORIZED FCA ACCESS
WITH AUTOAUTH ACCOUNTAUTHORIZED Renault Gateway ACCESS WITH AUTOAUTH ACCOUNT(How to access FCA Autoauth for Autel)
|AUTHORIZED FCA ACCESS
WITH AUTOAUTH ACCOUNT(How to access FCA Autoauth for Launch X431)
|Vehicle Diagnostics||PASSENGER / LIGHT DUTY
SOME MEDIUM DUTY
|PASSENGER / LIGHT DUTY
SOME MEDIUM DUTY/Optional Heavy duty
|Basic & Special Functions||American, ASIAN & EUROPEAN
1996 AND NEWER
|American, ASIAN & EUROPEAN
1996 AND NEWER
|VAG Guided Function||Yes||Yes|
|Service Resets||36+ SERVICE FEATURES||50+ special functions|
|Component Activations||BI-DIRECTIONAL CONTROL||BI-DIRECTIONAL CONTROL|
|Enhanced Functions||ADVANCED CODING + ADAPTATIONS||ADVANCED CODING + ADAPTATIONS|
|Online Coding||Audi, Porsche, Renault, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar online coding||BMW, VW, Audi, Benz online coding, Ford Mazda offline coding|
|Online programming||BMW Benz GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar and J2534 programming||BMW, VW, Audi, Benz, Nissan Renault etc and J2534 programming|
|TPMS Programming||No, need standalone TPMS series scanners||Yes, with TSGUN add-on|
|Heavy duty diagnostic||No, need MS908CV or MS909CV stand alone device||Yes, if purchase truck software kit|
|VideoScope||MV480||With optional VSP-600|
|Oscilloscope||In VCMI : 4-channel oscilloscope
|Optional O2-1 ScopeBox|
|SensorBox||In VCMI||S2-2 SensorBox|
|IMMO Programmer||No||With optional X-prog3|
|Battery Tester||With optional BT506 battery tester||With battery tester bst360|
|Optional ADAS Calibration||Yes||Yes|
|Repair database||Yes, has repair assit and tips, relative case, TSB (OEM info)||Thru “X-431 FIX” function, need purchase license|
|Remote Expert||Remote Expert||Remote Diagnose|
|Australian Ford and Holden||No, need to purchase license from local region||Yes|
|Software Updates||1 Year FREE,$999 per year later||2 Years FREE, $569/year later|
1. Software inception and protection
Launch x431 is built the inception on the VCI so if you lose the VCI then you must buy one and shift the account to it. And if you lose that tablet then you just have to buy the tablet and log in your user name and password.
Autel built the software inception on the tablet, so if you lost the tablet then all lost and if you lost the VCI, then easily you might buy the VCI.
2. Update Cost
Autel Update Cost is expensive over Launch which is reasonable in update cost.
3. Additional equipment added to the device
Launch allows you to add key programming while autel don’t have this option and you need to buy stand alone device.
If you need Autel device has both scanning and key programming, go for IM608.
Launch X-431 PAD 7 allows you to add TPMS TGGUN that can program the TPMS sensors while Autel don’t have the option to add this device and you need to buy stand-alone
TPMS tool like TS508 or ITS600.
We need to mention here that some models of Autel has the TPMS function built-inside, like MaxiPro MP808TS, Maxicheck MX808TS.
Both Launch and Autel allow you to add videoscope camera and battery tester.
4. Key Programming tool
Autel is more advanced and better when it comes to key programming. But need MaxiIM tablet but no MSUltra.
5. TPMS sensor programming and re-learn
Autel is better than Launch. But need stand alone TPMS scanner of Autel.
6. Price level:
Autel is more expensive than Launch.
Both give the user the scanning report but Autel Ultra have cloud base that gives you the option to download the report easily.
8. Heavy duty scanner
Launch heavy duty add-on is better, cheaper and easier to use than MaxiSys CV.
Autel has the option to buy only stand alone device while launch allow to add the heavy duty module.
Launch is better for European, Korean and Japanese cars, while Autel is better for American cars.
Online Programming function has not been authorized in Portugal and Spain (Autel Ultra is recommended).
No a perfect single device. Decision is up to you.