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Asus Lamborghini VX1 Core 2 Duo Notebook Review

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus
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Introduction and Specs

It seems with the increasing popularity of portable computers, it's inevitable that manufacturers begin paying closer attention to branding and appearances to attract a broader audience. The market has proven that customers are willing to pay a little extra money if it meant a product that's a bit better designed, looks unique, or has a special feature. Asus has a lot of practice in this area with their Premium and Deluxe motherboards which feature a lot of extra features and unique bits that really make them stand out from the rest.


Today we're looking at such a laptop: the Asus-Lamborghini VX1 notebook. The laptop boasts Lamborghini inspired styling and branding which makes it look impressive, but is it all surface and no substance? I've given branded laptops a hard time in the past so I'm very eager to dig into this laptop.


 


Specification


The VX1 we are reviewing today is the 5E009P revision which has a Core 2 Duo T7400 (2.166 GHz) CPU and a generous 2GB of RAM. There is a standard 5400 RPM UDMA  5 (ATA-100) hard drive and a integrated GeForce Go 7400 video card. I won't spoil the surprise, but the ATA-100 hard drive has some tricks up its sleeve.







































































Processor & Cache Memory

Intel® Core™2 Duo Processors T7400 2.166GHz 667 MHz, 4MB/2MB L2 cache

Operation System

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional

Chipset

Mobile Intel® 945PM Express Chipset

Main Memory

DDRII667MHz, up to 2 GB
(Our laptop configured with 2x 1 GB)

Display

15" SXGA + Color Shine(optional) LCD
Zero Bright Dot

Video Graphics & Memory

NVidia GeForce Go7400 VX 512MB with TurboCache™

Hard Drive

2.5" 9.5mm IDE HDD /w Ultra DMA 100 / S.M.A.R.T. supported
160 GB supported

Optical Drive

DVD Super Multi Double Layer: RAM R/W 2X, CD/DVD Read 8X/24X, CD-R 24X, CD-RW 10X, DVD-R 4X, DVD-RW 2X, DVD+R 4X, DVD+ RW 2.4X

Card Reader

SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO

LED Status Indicator

Power-on/Suspend
Battery Charging/full/low
Storage device access
Capital / Scroll / Number Lock
E-mail in box
Wireless indicator
Touchpad Lock

Interface

1 x Express Card
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF)
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x RJ11 Modem jack for phone line
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1x IEEE 1394 port
1 x Infrared Port (FIR supported)

Audio

Built-in High Definition Audio compliant audio chip,
Built-in speaker and microphone

Battery Pack & Life

8-cell & 4-cell, 4800mAh / 2400mAh

(We received a 8-cell 5200mAh Battery)

Dimension & Weight

331x 272x 25.4- 30 mm (W x D x H)
2.43Kg (8-cell battery pack)

Security

BIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock
Kensington lock hole

Supplied Accessories

Optical Mouse
Carrying bag

Multimedia Software

ASUSDVD XP 6.0
Power Director V3.0 DE
Medi@Show V2.0 SE

Virus & Tool Software

Symantec Norton™ Internet Security 2006
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0
NERO Express V6.0

Model

VX1-5E009P (This is the model we are reviewing)
VX1-5E003P
VX1-5E010P
VX1-5E004P

ASUS Utility

ASUS Live Update
ASUS Hotkey
ASUS Power4 Gear+

Warranty & e-support

2-year limited global hardware warranty
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Microsoft Windows XP) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting (Liveupdate,Power4 Gear+, ASUS Probe)

Fax/Modem/LAN/WLAN

Integrated V.92 MDC Fax/Modem, with AC-Link Version. 2.1 Compliant.and 10/100/1000 Base T
Pass and support worldwide regulation
Integrated 802.11a/b/g
Built-in Bluetooth™V2.0+EDR (optional feature)

 

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