Asus Lamborghini VX-1 £1899

30th Jun 2006 | 23:00

Asus Lamborghini VX-1

Lamborghini the latest to strike a deal with Asus

TechRadar rating:

3 stars

A sharp all-rounder ruined by a poor display, naff gaming and high price-tag

Like:

<p>Looks the part, and is powerful too</p><p>1,400 x 1,050 screen resolution</p>

Dislike:

<p>Not worth the high price</p><p>Meek GeForce 7400VX graphics</p>

The idea of tying car brands in with equally impressive laptops isn't exactly new, as Acer has been sporting Ferrari laptops for years. However, Asus teaming up with Lamborghini is a new partnership and the first result is the rather stunning VX-1 (£1900 inc. VAT).

Depending on your tastes, you can opt for a subtle black or, for the full-effect, the yellow lid of our review model. Finished with an airvent, three LCD lights and the Lamborghini logo, it's a stylish look that isn't too over the top. Open up the lid and you're presented with a fairly standard Asus design with only the name of the machine for branding.

What is most striking about the design is the rather conservative nature of the ports. You'll find the standard array, with no inclusion of DVI for connecting to a digital screen or PCI-Express, and it all feels very much like an opportunity missed.

Weighing in at 2.7kg, there is a reasonable degree of portability about the machine, which is enhanced with a battery life, under test, of 270 minutes, which at well over four hours is enough for all but the most demanding of users.

In terms of specification, Asus hasn't held back, as you'll find an Intel Core Duo T2500, which runs at 2GHz, handling things and, backed with 2048MB of DDR2 memory, you'll be able to run anything you need to on this machine.

Power handling

This was borne out by a MobileMark 2005 score of 270, which is the highest score we've recorded for a dual-core chip. The hard drive isn't short on performance either, as the Seagate 160GB drive runs at 5400rpm, which helps keep the system running smoothly.

The 15-inch screen comes with a Super- TFT panel and is an extremely bright display. It's a standard 4:3 aspect ratio and comes with a native resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels (SXGA ).

One point of weakness, though, is the less than ideal protection on the back of panel, which marks down the build quality of this laptop. Apart from this, the laptop has a robust feel to it - even the two small hinges holding the panel in place are solid.

The keyboard is of a standard size and configuration, but is possibly the weakest part of the laptop, as it's rather loose with keys rattling as you type.

Graphics are the mainstream nVidia GeForce Go 7400VX. As such, it scored a 3DMark 2003 score of 4905, so isn't intended for the serious gamer.

The Asus Lamborghini VX-1 has been designed to turn heads and this it will do in abundance. With an impressive look and specification and battery life to match, no shortcuts have been taken, but if you need to ask how much it costs, then you obvously can't afford it.

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