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Autel vs Launch: Which Brand Deserves a Space in Your Workshop?

A very common question we get asked is: ‘Which is the better brand between Launch and Autel?’.

In fact, we get asked this so often, that we analysed this topic in our blog "Launch VS Autel - Which is Better?" a few years ago.

However, both brands have since introduced new products, and new competitors have hit the market. So we thought it was time to re-compare the two brands to identify the top contender of this battle in 2023. Let's dive into it!

Any professional automotive technician will already know that these are the two premium brands on the market, with each one offering comprehensive and powerful scan tools. 

However, when it comes to theAutel vs Launch debate, the question ‘what type of scanner will serve my particular business needs?’ will guide your decision. If you're looking for a scan tool to invest in, then take a look at this informative article comparing these two industry-best brands.

Software & Hardware

Both Autel and Launch are Chinese brands and have been in existence for years, so in terms of quality manufacturing, they can be considered prime choices in the market, surpassing most other brands with the exception of a few newer contenders like Topdon. Overall, both produce very powerful and capable diagnostic tools for automotive professionals. 

Autel is known for its sturdy, robust designs that are durable and user-friendly, giving you excellent coverage. If you need powerful OEM-level diagnostics and want value for money, take a look at the Launch range of scan tools. They are definitely lighter devices with a sleek appearance and emphasis on finer details and precision rather than heavy-duty performance.

Autel diagnostic tools are known for advanced features and capabilities. However, all software is built into the device, so if it is lost, so is your information. With this lack of programming functionality, it will also mean having to purchase a separate device if you require additional functions. Launch uses Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI), allowing accounts to be transferred in the case of loss and also allowing more programming functionality.

Unveiling The Costs

In the cost comparison between Autel vs Launch, Launch comes up most often as the preferred choice for value for money. This may be true for some reasons, but it’s worth noting that with Autel’s reputation for durability and reliability, it may also offer a better return on your investment in the long run, with minimal replacements being required. Autel is more expensive as a brand, but keep in mind that this price brings with it advanced features that can enhance your service offering. 

The majority of professional Autel scan tools and Launch scan tools come with two years of free updates. The cost to update varies per tool, but Launch is overall cheaper to update, making it a more appealing option. 

Comparing Similar Autel & Launch Scan Tools:

Autel MK808S vs Launch CRP919X:

Autel MK808S vs Launch CRP919X

FEATURES

Autel MK808S

Launch CRP919X

Display

7"

7"

Operating system

Android 11.0

Android 7.0 

Languages

13+ 

10

Service functions

38+

28

Software updates

1-year free software update 

2 years of free updates

Vehicle coverage

2018-2022 Chrysler, Fiat, Dodge, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Full car coverage for American, Asian, Australian and European vehicle makes and models, till 2022/2023

Full System Diagnose Scan For: Abarth, Accura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Dacia, Daewoo, Daihatsu, Dodge, Eurford, Fiat, Ford, GM, Gmsa, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lancia, Landrover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mahindra (Indian), Maruti (Indian), Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes, Mini,  Mitsubishi, Nissan,  Nissangtr, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Renault Samsung,  Saab, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Sprinter, Ssangyong, Subaru, Suzuki, Tata (Indian), Tlisuzu, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volvo, VW, VAZ

Warranty

1 year warranty

1 year warranty

 

Autel MS919 vs Launch X-431 PAD 7:

FEATURES

Autel MS919

Launch X-431 PAD 7

Display

9.7", 1536 x 2048 DPI / TFT-LCD Asahi Glass

X-431 PAD VII: 13.3′ touch screen 1920*1080 

Smartlink C: 3.5′ touch screen  320*480

Operating system

Android 7.0 OS

Android 9.0

Special Functions 26 + Bi-directional control + Advance coding

32+

Memory

128GB built-in memory

X-431 PAD VII: 8GB

Smartlink C: 256M

Processesor Samsung Exynos8895V octa-core Processor (2.3GHz Quad-core Mongoose + 1.7GHz Quad-core A53) 2.0GHz Octa-core

Software updates

Two years of free software updates

Two years of free software updates

Vehicle coverage

Autel updates provide the latest OE level coverage for more than 80 US Domestic, Asian and European vehicles, including supercar.

1. Nissan (Diesel)

2. Mitsubishi (Diesel)

3. USA Ford Diesel, Kenworth

4. Astra, Benz Heavy Duty,  Bosch Diesel, China Heavy Duty, Cummins Heavy Duty, DAF, Delphi Diesel

5. Denso Diesel, FAW Liberation, Foton Auman, FUSO, Hino, Hyundai Heavy Duty, Isuzu Heavy Duty

6. Iveco Heavy Duty, JAC Heavy Duty, Mack , MAN , OBD Heavy Duty, Scania, Shangchai Diesel, Volvo Heavy Duty

7. WP Diesel, Airbus, Allison Transmission Box, Ashok Rejlander, Bendix ABS, Caterpillar Heavy Duty

8. Weichai Heavy Vehicle, Chaoyang Diesel, Construction Machinery, CREDO Heavy Vehicle, Detroit Engine

9. Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle, Dongfeng Yufeng, Doosan Engine, Freightliner Heavy Duty Truck

10. Full Diesel Diagnosis Software, Haldex ABS Heavy Duty, HD_ABS System, HD_GoldenDragon, HD_International

11. HD_Kinglong, HD_Maxxforce, HD_Tata, HD_Western_Star, Heavy Truck Presentation Software

12. IRISBUS HD, IRIZAR HD, NEOPLAN HD, Peter HD, Renault HD, SETRA HD, Stannic Bavin, Sterling HD

13. Sunlong Bus, Sunwin Bus, UD Trucks 2F Nissan Diesel, WABCO ABS, Yang Chai Engine

Camera Rear: 16 Megapixel, Autofocus with Flashlight
Front: 5.0 Megapixel

Rear: 13MP

Front: 8MP

Warranty

1 year warranty 1 year warranty

Connectivity

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connection

Dual Band 2.4 & 5GHz Wi-Fi 

 

Autel Ultra vs Launch Pad 7:

 

Autel Ultra vs Launch Pad 7

 

FEATURES

Autel Ultra

Launch Pad 7

Display

12.9", 2732 x 2048

 13.3", 1920 x 1080

Operating system

Android 7.0 OS

Android 9.0

Functions

36 maintenance functions

32 service functions, TPMS service and 8 extended modules functions

Memory

256GB

8GB

Camera

Rear: 16 Megapixel, Autofocus with Flashlight

Front: 5 Megapixel

Rear: 13MP

Front: 8MP

Software updates

Two years of free updates 

2 years of free updates 

Vehicle coverage

Autel updates provide the latest OE level coverage for more than 80 US Domestic, Asian and European vehicles, including supercars

Passenger vehicles:

- Australian:  AUST Holden, AUST Ford

- Asian: Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura, Mazda, Subaru, Nissan/Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Isuzu, Daihatsu, KIA, Daewoo, Suzuki, Proton, Tata, Mahindra, Ssangyong, Perodua, Maruti

- European: Audi, Mercedes/Maybach, BMW/MINI/Rolls Royce, VW/Bentley/Bugatti, Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen, Volvo, Sprinter, Renault/Dacia, Fiat/Romeo/Abarth/Lancia, Rover, Landrover, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Maserati, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar

- USA: USA Ford/Lincoln, GM/Buick/Cadillac/Chevrolet, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep

- Chinese: Changcheng(Great Wall), Geely, Qirui_TY(Cherry), Futian, Changan, Changhe, Haifei ….etc.

- Others: EOBD, Demo

The software includes 2 years of free updates 

 

Heavy Duty Vehicles (Optional add on):

Nissan (Diesel)

Mitsubishi (Diesel)

USA Ford Diesel, Kenworth

Astra, Benz Heavy Duty,  Bosch Diesel, China Heavy Duty, Cummins Heavy Duty, DAF, Delphi Diesel

Denso Diesel, FAW Liberation, Foton Auman, FUSO, Hino, Hyundai Heavy Duty, Isuzu Heavy Duty

Iveco Heavy Duty, JAC Heavy Duty, Mack , MAN , OBD Heavy Duty, Scania, Shangchai Diesel, Volvo Heavy Duty

WP Diesel, Airbus, Allison Transmission Box, Ashok Rejlander, Bendix ABS, Caterpillar Heavy Duty

Weichai Heavy Vehicle, Chaoyang Diesel, Construction Machinery, CREDO Heavy Vehicle, Detroit Engine

Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle, Dongfeng Yufeng, Doosan Engine, Freightliner Heavy Duty Truck

Full Diesel Diagnosis Software, Haldex ABS Heavy Duty, HD_ABS System, HD_GoldenDragon, HD_International

HD_Kinglong, HD_Maxxforce, HD_Tata, HD_Western_Star, Heavy Truck Presentation Software

IRISBUS HD, IRIZAR HD, NEOPLAN HD, Peter HD, Renault HD, SETRA HD, Stannic Bavin, Sterling HD

Sunlong Bus, Sunwin Bus, UD Trucks 2F Nissan Diesel, WABCO ABS, Yang Chai Engine

Warranty

1 year warranty

1 year warranty

 

Any Other Brands To Consider?

Another consideration is Topdon scan tools. Topdon stands out among its competition, such as Autel and Launch, due to several unique advantages:

  1. Future-Oriented Innovation: Established in 2017 by visionary Mike Zhou, Topdon's scan tools are designed not only for current needs but also to anticipate and adapt to future trends. This keeps customers ahead with the latest advancements.
  2. Versatility Across Brands: Topdon's compatibility with various vehicles, from domestic to Asian and European makes, offers mechanics a single tool for diagnosing across multiple brands. This flexibility distinguishes Topdon from competitors and promotes efficient work.
  3. Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities: Topdon scan tools provide extensive diagnostic features, including trouble code analysis, live data streams, active testing, and more. This makes it an appealing choice for professionals handling diverse tasks.
  4. Wireless Convenience: Offering wireless connectivity, Topdon integrates with smartphones and tablets for real-time data display. This quick insight into vehicle performance gives a competitive edge.
  5. Durability and Support: Despite being newer, Topdon tools are built to withstand professional demands, and the brand offers exceptional customer support. This reliability reinforces users' investment.
Topdon Phoenix Max Professional Diagnostic Scan Tool 12/24 V With Or Without Truck Adapter Kit


In short, Topdon excels in future-oriented innovation, compatibility across brands, advanced diagnostics, wireless convenience, and durability. These factors position it as an optimal choice, catering to immediate and future diagnostic needs, making it the top consideration for professionals seeking comprehensive solutions.

 

At Premium Diagnostic Equipment, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch customer service and cutting-edge diagnostic equipment to our clients across Australia. Buy your Autel and Launch brands online or give us a call at 1800 955 731 for help deciding between Autel vs Launch.

1 Response

Joseph Rogato

Joseph Rogato

December 15, 2023

Hey, looking for a scan tool to cover Holden vehicles like cruzes and commodores, would love wireless if possible, what are you suggestions?

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