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Launch VS Autel - Which is Better?

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

Features

Autel MD802

Launch CRP129

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
Modes: 6 10
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

Features

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
ABS/SRS/ENG/AT: Yes Yes
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WIFI
Version 2.1 3Mbs Bluetooth
RJ45 Ethernet Connection
3.0 USB (2.0 Compatible)
HDMI 1.4a
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

View Launch Scan Tools

 

View Autel 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

2 Responses

Thabang Malele

Thabang Malele

December 25, 2021

what limitations do i have on launch 431x pro3

Thabang Malele

Thabang Malele

December 18, 2021

I bought a launch 431v pro how good is it compared to autel and what can I do with it and what are its limitations

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