A question we very commonly get asked - Which brand is better? Launch or Autel?
Launch and Autel are two of the best brands on the market
Both brands offer very powerful, comprehensive, advanced and reliable scan tools.
Autel is well known for its high quality, extremely user friendly, and innovative diagnostic tools. Launch on the other hand, produces quick, accurate, OEM-level diagnostics.
There are some things that a Launch scan tool can do better than the Autel and some things Autel can do better than the launch.
It really comes down to the type of scanner you need. If your looking for a basic or mid range scan tool then we have produced the following comparison chart
Autel MD802 VS Launch CRP129 Diagnostic Scanner Tool
|Display:||TFT color display (320 x 240 dpi)||4.0” TFT LCD True Color Screen|
|Operating Temperature:||0 to 60°C (32 to 140 °F)||-10°C ~ 55 °C|
|Storage Temperature:||-20 to 70°C (-4 to 158°F)||-20 °C ~ 70 °C|
|Software Update:||Free lifetime Updates||Free Lifetime updates|
|Vehicle Coverage:||Nissan, Infiniti, Lexus, Scion, Toyota, for Honda, Acura, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, Isuzu, Kia, Daewoo, Hyundai, Mazda, Holden, Sprinter, Bens, Smart, Maybach, VW, Seat, Skoda, BWM, Mini, Audi, Opel, Land Rover, Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche, Vauxhall, Ford , Saab, EU Ford, GM, Chrysler, Renault, Dacia, Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Abarth, Alfa-Romeo, Maserati, Lancia||Suzuki, Infiniti, Gm, Mazda, Usaford, Euroford, Chrysler, Jaguar, Volvo, Toyota, Daewoo, Renault, Jpisuzu, Acura, Saab, Dacia, Benz, Opel, Landrover, Lexus, Romeo, Fiat, Vauxhall, Lancia, Peugeot, Citroen, Seat, VW, Skoda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Sprinter, Porsche, Subaru, Audi, Honda, Mini, Nissan, Smart, BMW, Kia, Austford, Holden|
|Weight:||3.86 pounds||1.59 pounds|
|Dimensions:||14.6 x 3.9 x 8.7 inches||5.9 x 1.2 x 2.4 inches|
|Warranty:||12-Month warranty||12-month warranty|
When it comes to the professional scan tools it can be a bit tricky to compare with so many different models but the two most popular are the Launch X431 V+ and the Autel Maxisys Elite
Autel Maxisys Elite scanner VS Launch X431 v+ Scan Tool
Autel Maxisys Elite
LAUNCH X431 V+
|Display:||9.7” Retina display (2048×1536 dpi) with multi-touch capacitor screen||10.1-inch multi-touch capacitor screen|
|Operating System(OS):||Android system||Android system|
|Memory:||2GB RAM & 32GB Embedded Memory||1GB RAM & 8GB Embedded Memory|
|Camera:||Rear: 8.0 Megapixel, Autofocus with Flashlight
Front: 2.0 Megapixel
|Rear: 3.2 Megapixel
Front: 0.3 Megapixel
Version 2.1 3Mbs Bluetooth
RJ45 Ethernet Connection
3.0 USB (2.0 Compatible)
|Standard OBDII Interface, Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Software Update:||Two years of free updates||Two years of free updates|
|Vehicle Coverage:||More than 80 US domestic, Asian and European makes and models||72 car brands from the USA, European, Asian, and so on|
|Operating Temperature:||-10 to +55°C||0°C~+45°C|
|Storage Temperature:||-20 to +70°C||-10°C~+45°C|
|Input Voltage:||DC/12V/3A||DC 9V-15V|
|Battery:||3.7V/13600mAH Lithium-polymer battery||Polymer Lithium-ion battery, 6600mAh|
|Weight:||24.9 pounds||13.23 pounds|
|Warranty:||1-year warranty||1-year warranty|
View the Autel Maxisys Elite
View the Launch X431 V+
Most professional Autel scan tools come with one year free updates while Launch scan tools usually come with two years free updates
The cost to update varies per tool but Launch is overall cheaper to update.
I would say Launch is better value for money.
Overall both are very powerfull and capable tools
If you are somebody who needs a User-friendly tool with great coverage take a look at the Autel scan tools
If you need powerful OEM-level diagnostics and you like value for money take a look at the Launch scan Tools
Another thing to consider is if you need Australian software on the tool for Holden and Ford.
All of our tools at Premium Diagnostic Equipment have the Australian software however the same models of tools sold on places such as eBay don't have Australian software.
Autels Australian software programs, auto-vin functions and coverage is slightly better than Launch
If you are still unsure please give us a call on 1800 955 731 to talk to an expert