Asus Lamborghini VX-1

The latest supercar-endorsed laptop from Asus will no doubt pique Jeremy Clarkson's interest, but is it worth taking for a spin?

The word Lamborghini infers speed, power, good looks and kudos. So, we're duty bound to expect the same from this Lamborghini-branded Asus VX-1 notebook. Sadly, this laptop suffers many of same unfortunate inadequacies as the brand itself: it favours brazen extravagance over practicality and design perfection.

The problem certainly isn't in the looks department. The VX-1 is sturdy and attractive. The understated Lambo logo sits atop the lid which, like the main chassis, is slim and toned. The VX-1's build quality is excellent too; it feels compact when you carry it, and the stiffness of the screen gives it a robust feel when the machine's in use.

Once you've started it up, the screen immediately disappoints. A wide-aspect design been shelved in favour of 4:3, and the viewing angle is pretty woeful.

The 1,400 x 1,050 resolution goes some way to make up for this, but while the brightness levels are excellent, the contrast is poor. The screen isn't built for gaming, and even movie playback suffered from a little ghosting.

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MusicRadar Rating

3 / 5 stars
Pros

Looks the part, and is powerful too. 1,400 x 1,050 screen resolution

Cons

Not worth the high price. Meek GeForce 7400VX graphics

Verdict

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

Dimensions

331 x 30 x 272

Display resolution

1400 x 1050

Display size

15

Drive speed

5400

Graphics memory

512

Graphics memory type

nVidia GeForce Go 7400

HDD capacity

160

Installed RAM

2048

Memory speed

667

Networking features

Bluetooth

No. of USB ports

4

Operating system

MS Windows XP Pro inc SP2

Processor speed

2.1

RAM type

DDR2

Weight

2.45

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