0 to 60 in 2 Grand Plus: The Asus Lamborghini VX1
I had the hots for Lamborghini sports cars when I was a kid, before I even knew or cared about what they were really for-to get the ladies. And now that I could use one for its true purpose, I can’t even get close to affording one. But now maybe I can-at least a Lamborghini VX1 laptop. This Asus notebook has the looks to match its name, with a bright yellow, angled lid, complete with the Lamborghini bull logo, and black keyboard inset into slick black aluminum.
If this wasn’t enough to get eyes a’ gawking, the designer laptop comes with a black suede-trimmed carrying case. By the way Acer was the first manufacturer to couple a racing car brand with a notebook computer when they released their Ferrari series notebooks.
The Asus Lamborghini VX1 comes with the price tag you’d expect from a racey laptop: Around $2,700. But does this Asus have the performance that the name “Lamborghini” invokes? For a 2005/early 2006 laptop, the answer is yes. But for something you’d be buying heading into 2007, you might be slightly disappointed. The truth is that the Asus Lamborghini VX1 is a classic but a tad outdated.
For starters, the processor is a 2-GHz Intel Core Duo T2500, which has the speed that most users would appreciate. But if you notice the new Intel commercials, the chip giant is now pushing out its Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Also, the 15 inch display is out of style, with its standard 4:3 screen dimension ration. Widescreens are probably the displays now that get the “ohhs” and the “ahhs” from the ladies.
The graphics card-an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400VX-is another feature that most users could tolerate, but gamers wouldn’t find that it deserves the name Lamborghini. It can only handle 3D gaming at lower resolutions. Is that true Italian speed?
Maybe I am being too harsh. The Asus Lamborghini VX1 does come with 2GB of RAM, expandable to 4GB, and 160GB of hard drive. It does have built-in Bluetooth. And the display, though not widescreen, is high-resolution and high-gloss for crystalline pic quality.
But then the only reason to drop nearly three grand on this stylish notebook, though, would be to impress the ladies with its hip-hop-video good looks, not its hardware. Just hope the lady you’re trying to impress doesn’t know too much about laptops.
– Asus W3J
Monday, November 20, 2006