Software and BIOS
The software package of the Asus VX1 is nearly identical to that which came with the Asus W5F we reviewed back in April minus the camera software and the NBProbe system monitoring utility.
As far as the Lamborghini branding goes, the only evidence in terms of software is the desktop wallpaper and a screen saver. Everything else is typical Asus fare.
Here’s what we wrote for other Asus laptops and applies to the VX1:
Like all the Asus laptops we have reviewed, installing your own OS is not a problem. In fact installing an OS on the VX1 is a bit easier thanks to the two partitions already created at the factory — keep your data on one partition and your OS on the other. When reinstalling from the image CDs, you have the options of installing the OS on one or two partitions which is pretty handy.
All the necessary drivers are located on the included driver disc but you may want to get the latest ones off of Asus’ website. Asus also includes extra software, some of which are useful like the Asus SplendidVideo and Power4Gear power management software.
The Asus software package can be divided into three categories: Asus specific software, and optional bundled software.
Asus software comes in the form of Splendid Video and Power4Gear. Splendid Video is Asus’ video adjustment utility and Power4Gear is a program that allows you to quickly switch between power consumption profiles. Profiles can be quickly switched by using the dedicated Power4Gear button next to the keyboard.
BIOS and Security
The BIOS is typical of an Asus laptop which means you get all the basic functionality laid out in simple menus.
The security on the Asus VX1 comes in the form of two BIOS passwords you can configure to restrict access to the system configuration. One password is the administrator which controls everything, and the second is a user password which has restricted access.
For added security you can disable ports on the laptop so unauthorized devices will not be able to connect.
Interestingly, there is no Trusted Computing module built into the VX1 which may not be a necessary feature since it’s something more applicable to the business world (most businesses won’t be buying a VX1 for their employeesâ€¦ if they do, I want to work for that company!! :)).
The VX1 also comes loaded with Symantec Internet Security which is a decent suite of applications to protect you from virus’, malware, and other security hazards.
Of course, there is a Kensington lock port which I suggest you use since the VX1 will definitely attract some attention.