For Asus, Lamborghini series is their top line, a series that combines performance with an aggressive look, yet extravagant. From the outset I will say that I was never a big fan of the line, not a fan of “loaded” laptop design and prefering a notebook with an excellent price / performance and a classic look. But of course this does not prevent me to recognize VX7’s qualities, where appropriate.
At firts, let’s take a look at the list of specifications, to know what to expect.
– Display: 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, TN LCD, glossy
– Processor: Intel Core i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge, 2.0 GHz
– Chipset: Mobile Intel ® HM65 Express
– Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460M 3GB
– RAM: 4 x 4 GB DDR3
– Hard disk: 2 x 500 GB Seagate SSH
– Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wireless N, Gigabit Lan
– Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, audio, small card reader
– Battery: 5200 mAh 8-cell 74 Wh
– Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
– Dimensions: 402 x 309 x 58 mm
– Weight: about 3.8 kg
– Others: 2.0 megapixel webcam, Blu-Ray combo optical drive, backlit keyboard
Therefore, the configuration does not disappoint us, VX7 offering a top-line hardware platform, able to handle any demands.
Exterior and design
Certainly, VX7 is a laptop with a special design. Lines look sharp, and elements borrowed from Lamborghini cars stand out and make this laptop a special appearance. Appearance will be appreciated more by “style” notebook fans and less by people like me, followers of a classic design, approaching the ThinkPad series.
However, we can’t discuss tastes, and I’m away from saying that VX7 is an ugly laptop. However, I can say that it seems too loaded, too bright and too sensitive (will easily take fingerprints or scratch) for my needs and preferences.
VX7 is a massive notebook, imposing, measuring about 6 cm in thickness and weighing about 4 pounds, which makes it an ideal desktop replacement laptop, and less for travel.
Raising the display cover, the interior is impressive by aesthetics and the quality of materials used. Palm rest is covered with leather and trackpad and the buttons above the keyboard combines with the aggressive line of the laptop.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard offers the classic style met by Asus laptops, with keys well shaped and spaced. Basically, the keyboard behaves very well in daily use, and the keys offer a good race, not annoying, without flex or noise.
In addition, the keyboard is illuminated and the illumination can be adjusted as needed. But, as with most illuminated keyboards, lights beneath the keys become annoying when you use your laptop on the desk, because visible light is around and especially below the buttons.
The trackpad does not disappoint, but also does not impress. It is not very large, because the size must blend with design, but it is very accurate. The glossy surface will take fingerprints very quickly and can be difficult to maintain. The two click buttons are perfect, with a very nice response.
Asus decided to equip the model with a 15.6-inch screen, Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution, which personally, I find an overkill for systems using Windows 7.
VX7’s display is superior to any laptop made by Asus, but could be even better: Asus provides matte displays with extended gamut color on N55SF or G74SX models, and certainly such a solution would have been expected to their top model.
Hardware and performance
If there is one aspect where we can’t complain about Lamborghini VX7, it is the technical platform and performance. Inside, the VX7 holds a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM, a dedicated graphics chip – Nvidia GTX 460M 3GB, 16GB RAM and two SSH drives of 500 GB and 7200 rpm (attention, we talk about SSH drives – besides offering dedicated storage space, they feature 4 GB of flash memory for a faster access to important information).
Lamborghini VX7 allows you to wander in any application in almost any condition, as a real fireball. Resource-hungry applications (graphics editors, working with RAW’s, 3D rendering programs), films of any kind and the latest games, all can be run successfully on the VX7.
Below you will find some of the results in synthetic tests.
– PCMark Vantage 64 bit – 9433 points;
– PCMark 7 Basic – 3103 points;
– 3DMark Vantage High – 8064 (GPU 6818 / CPU 17435) points;
– 3DMark11 Performance 1794 points;
– 3DMark11 Extreme: 583 points;
Of the games I played smoothly are titles like NFS: Shift 2, Anno 1404, COD Black Ops sau Dirt 3, all in maximum native resolution and detail. Of course, there are titles for which you have to cut a bit of graphics, such as Crysis 2 and Metro 2033, but do not forget that we talk about a laptop here, and not a desktop dedicated to modern games.
Of course, when we talk about the autonomy of such a “monster”, don’t expect too much. This is not a portable laptop, and hardly one that will leave the office with its four kg.
In these conditions, a range that goes up to three hours under casual use, with the screen brightness to 30%, is appreciated. Of course, in the daily use autonomy decreases, hovering somewhere at two hours or so, and when you run 1080p video content and games, battery life will decrease even more.
Various aspects should be more or less important to mention here, starting with the two megapixel webcam, continuing with Blu-Ray Combo optical drive, leading connectivity (Wireless N, Bluetooth, Gigabit LAN) and ending with the fact that laptop does not heat up excessively and is not noisy, not even under high load (running some games for a few hours).
Lamborghini VX7 is not a bad laptop. On the contrary, is a well-built and powerful laptop. And for those who appreciate styling, you will find it very nice.
Asus Lamborghini VX7 is a powerful gaming laptop for those who want a portable to amaze, to attract the eyes of others. Performance comes as a plus, not being able to miss from a laptop bearing the Lamborghini automobiles logo. But surely this is a secondary element of the success of the exclusive series from Asus.
If we take VX7 for a comparation, we see that it does not differ very much from an Asus G53SW or G53SX (except outside, the hardware differences are quite small), and the two are considerably cheaper (by about $1000) and they show no harm at all. In addition, the slightly larger, Asus G74 offers superior performance and extra features at a price lower than that of the Lamborghini VX7 laptop.
That said, it is up to you to decide if the Lamborghini VX7 justifies its price.