Introduction and Specs

The Asus-Lamborghini VX1 is a bold laptop in terms of style and price. Branded laptops are nothing new, but this one is special. How special? We dissect this laptop to find out!

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.

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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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