Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 review

Luxury car laptop tie-in with world's first Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics
Photo of Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7
£1,999

Remember the days when laptops used to be square, black and boring, had very low battery life and couldn’t even begin to compete with a desktop PC for power and performance? Thankfully those days are long gone – and manufacturers now give as much time to visual attractiveness as well as power under the hood. And they don’t come much mroe seductively styled than the Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7

Rival laptop maker Acer was the first company to see the potential of combining a punchy laptop with a universally admired motor when it brought out it striking red Ferrari model a few years ago. Now ASUS has decided to go down a similar path with its ASUS Automobili Lamborghini VX7, which comes in either sexy black or strident orange.

Stunning looks
Naturally, the main reason you should be spending £2,000 on a 15.6in notebook is because of its technical superiority over the opposition – but the envy factor is high on the agenda here, too. Our review sample was the glossy black version of the laptop, which comes complete with the Lamborghini logo on the lid, ‘brake light’ cooling vents on the back, an embossed silver ‘Start Engine’ button and leather hand rests either side of the equally glossy touch pad.

A throaty engine roar greets you when you switch on, the chiclet-style black keyboard is beautifully backlit with bright white lights, there’s an 8-in-1 card reader subtly positioned under the front edge and your 16:9 LED display allows for Full HD presentation. Throw in a Blu-ray combo drive, a USB 3.0 port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA and Ethernet and you have a pretty useful entertainment centre.

Gamer’s delight
A Lamborghini, like any other super-car, is judged by its engine and the VX7 is powered by a quad-core, second-generation (i.e. Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz with a whopping 8GB DDR3 RAM (expandable to 16GB). As this is a gaming computer, it uses one of the latest Nvidia graphics chipsets – the GeForce GTX 460M GPU with 3GB video memory. With 1.5TB of storage, you’ll also have no problems keeping your favourite first-person shooters permanently on file.

If you’ve been thinking that much about the Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 seems familiar, that’s because it’s modelled extremely closely on the Asus G53SW (which is £350 cheaper) and uses the same keyboard as the Asus G51J 3D (not that this a problem; it operates like a dream). However, the glossy coating means that you’ll be wiping fingerprints off the lid frequently and the display is highly reflective – not ideal if you intend to spend a lot of time in front of it.

With a weight of 3.82kg the Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 is not the lightest to carry around, and – slightly surprisingly, given the general air of luxury and the solid build -  sound quality from the laptop’s speakers is unimpressive. That said, its pin-sharp visuals make watching Blu-ray movies a joy, and gamers will appreciate the amount of detail and higher-than-average frame rates that this speedster can produce.

Company: Asus

Website: http://uk.asus.com/

Contact: ASUS on 0870 120 8340

Positives
  • A thing of beauty; superb visuals for Blu-ray and gaming.
Negative
  • Very, very pricey; sound quality isn't that great.

Verdict

Asus has gone all-out to produce a luxury specialist notebook that will make you the envy of your friends, whilst being one of the finest gaming laptops currently on the market, thanks to the new Sandy Bridge CPU and upgraded Nvidia graphics card. You'll pay a very high price for it, though.