With supercar-inspired looks, the ASUS VX7 laptop is a veritable powerhouse when you look under the hood. Boasting the latest Intel chipset architecture, a NVIDIA graphics card and a full HD screen, we took the VX7 for a test drive to find out if it was as graceful as a fine Italian automobile
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7: Design
For those inclined to fetch the newspaper wearing a Lamborghini bomber jacket, the VX7 is likely to appeal, borrowing design elements from the iconic Murcielago LP640 it sports a glossy black (or orange) chassis equipped with two red taillights at the back that to our disappointment did not light up.
Once you lift the lid on the VX7, the Lambo love-in continues with stitched leather palm rests, chrome shortcut buttons below the 15.6-inch screen including a Start Engine (Turn on) button that let’s out a little engine roar.
The Chiclet-style keyboard has a glossy finish which provides decent travel while backlit keys make it ideal for night-time use. We can’t be as glowing about the similarly glossy trackpad however, which lacks real grip under the fingers and makes for an indifferent navigating experience.
That all sounds great that is until you realise that carrying this around is like having an anchor inside your bag. It weighs in at a hefty 3.82kg and that is not including the similarly hulking 1.5 V DC battery which will be required should you choose to take this on your travels.
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7: Features
With similar internal components seen in the ASUS G53SW notebook, the VX7 runs Windows 7 Ultimate and is primed for gaming with a beefy Intel 2nd Gen quad-core processor which courtesy of Turbo Boost can be clocked at 2.9GHz. Also under the hood is 16GB DDR3 of main memory plus a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460QM graphics card.
Dual 750GB hard drives means there’s a around 1.5TB of storage, which eclipses storage found on the top specced MacBook Air. That should give you enough room for a decent library of HD movies, games and music, plus there’s a Blu-ray drive and the ability to write to Blu-ray discs.
A 2.0-Megapixel webcam means the VX7 is equipped for video calling which we found to be relatively decent in terms of clarity and image quality produced when we used it for a Skype video chat.
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7: Screen
Hosting a 15.6-inch Full HD resolution LED backlit screen, a 16:9 ratio ensures the VX7 is a multimedia-friendly display and as expected picked up great detail when we watched back a series of Blu-ray movies. We tested out FIFA 11 and Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway which was similarly displayed in great clarity, however we felt that viewing angles were limited and lacked the vibrancy seen on a laptop like the Dell XPS 15z.
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7: Performance
Thanks to the intel I7 CPU the VX7 handles multiple applications with ease but invariably this high performance laptop excels in the gaming department. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics card and 3GB video memory combined with quad core CPU produced seamless, lag-free action from shooter Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway and FIFA 11 . Thankfully the two well-positioned vents did their job of keeping the laptop cool during extensive periods of use.
The two speaker audio setup situated centrally below the screen, lacks the roar to accompany the significant grunt in the power department with a performance that was generally tinny and unimpressive. When trying out the USB 3.0 port, transferring over 3-4GB of video and music files to a hard drive took around 15-20 seconds living up to its super speed billing.
With so much power under the hood, inevitably it comes at the expense of battery life. We got just under three hours of game time and Full-HD movie watching in before we had to reach for the mains, so we suggest this stays rooted to the desk.
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7: Verdict
There is no denying that this is one of the most souped-up laptops we’ve had our hands on. The high-end specs and large amount of storage is let down by poor battery life, a lack of portability and a look that is definitely an acquired taste. There are cheaper alternatives with similar specs, but If you love Lambo and are looking for a laptop ripe for gaming, the VX7 could be the one for you.
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 availability: Out now
Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 price: £1,850