Video and Audio
The LCD on the VX1 is very sharp and has good brightness. At 50% brightness, it’s still very bright which makes me wonder about power consumption of the panel itself. The viewable angles are decent, but the screen starts losing definition at 30-degrees of either side. That’s a smaller view angle than most other Asus laptops we’ve reviewed and comparable to the Asus W5F we reviewed a while ago.
Asus Z96J on the left. Asus Lamborghini VX1 on the right.
Comparing the LCD panel that comes with the VX1 to the Z96J, the VX1 has really vivid colour reproduction with deeper reds and better contrast. Using the test image of a red Vespa scooter, I found the Z96J a little pale compared to the VX1 which seemed to have better saturation.
The LCD on the Asus VX1 also has the support of Asus’ Zero Bright Dot policy which means you can have the laptop serviced if *any* bright or dead pixel appears on the panel within the first 30 days of purchasing. After which the VX1 holds the standard LCD warranty policy (see this link for more details).
Audio on the Asus-Lamborghini VX1 is a bit of a disappointment. The tone quality was a bit too metallic and lacked any real bass. In fact, the speakers sounded identical to the ones found on the Asus Z96J whitebook laptop. Compared to the Compaq V2000 series laptop and some cheap USB-based speakers, the VX1 sounded too heavy on the treble. This can be fixed somewhat using software equalizers.
Like all other Asus laptops we have reviewed here on PC Perspective, the Lamborghini VX supports digital audio output. All you need to get this working is an optical cable with a mini-plug adapter and the proper setting in the software driver.