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Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 review

A powerhouse of a laptop that emulates the super-car

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Excellent performance
  • Powerful graphics
  • Lots of features
  • 1.5TB of storage
  • Blu-ray drive

Against

  • Poor battery life
  • Heavy

There was a genuine air of excitement when the Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 rolled into the office.

A Lamborghini Gallardo boasts a 552bhp V10 engine and its namesake is running the laptop equivalent – an Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460QM GPU and 8GB of RAM.

The lid is sculpted to resemble the front of a Lamborghini, complete with the famous badge on the front. The base of the laptop protrudes out behind the screen hinge and sports mock Lamborghini rear lights and two gigantic vents.

Although our review unit was black, this laptop is also available in a striking orange finish that we think looks even better. The inside of the laptop is also designed to mimic its four-wheel counterpart with a black and chrome finish – and the power button even reads 'start engine'.

Asus lamborghini vx7

Better yet, the palmrests either side of the matt-black touchpad are stitched leather, just like the upholstery of a proper super-car.

Not everyone will be a fan of the chunky design and, if you like your laptops slim and svelte, this isn't the machine for you. The design also means that it's incredibly heavy at 3.9kg and even if you wanted to carry it round, the dimensions make it hard to fit comfortably into a bag.

Even though you're consigned to a desk, usability is fantastic. The 15.6-inch Super-TFT screen is bright and it runs at a native pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080, so even the most complex websites and dense pictures are rendered in extremely sharp detail.

Cool running

Aside from looking the part, the two large vents at the rear of the VX7 keep it cool during prolonged gaming sessions and we had no problems with excessive heat during our tests.

If you want to up your usage from pictures and web browsing to editing video and playing games, then the Asus really comes into its own. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 460QM is one of Nvidia's top GPUs and when we tested Need for Speed: Shift and Tom Clancy's HAWX, each on the highest detail settings, the VX7 showed no signs of lag.

TechRadar Labs

Tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 119 minutes
Cinebench: 16,760
3DMark 2006: 7653

The VX7 also boasts a Blu-ray drive and dual 750GB hard drives, adding up to well over a terabyte of storage space.

Asus is keen to label the VX7 as a high-performance laptop rather than simply a gamer's machine, and both the usability and range of features reflect this. The isolation-style keyboard is very comfortable to use and backlit for when you end up working late.

The VX7 also features four USB ports for transferring data and documents, one of which uses USB 3.0 technology for twice the speed. Elsewhere, HDMI and VGA-Out ports let you connect to another monitor for presentations or even an HDTV.

As is always the case with high-performance machines, the battery life suffers badly. The VX7 managed only 119 minutes on battery, giving enough time for one high-definition (HD) movie. This fact, as well as the aforementioned weight and dimensions, means you won't be taking this away from the mains for any great length of time.

Understandably, cost is a factor and, although it's not quite the £160,000 needed for a real Lamborghini, the asking price of the VX7 is pretty steep. But if you can afford it, this is a fantastically designed piece of kit that will easily satisfy all your computing needs.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1.50 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GTX 460M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyLamborghini VX
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2630QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.82 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 3 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyColour Shine
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height57.9 mm
Width402 mm
Depth309 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesVX
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelVX7-SZ058Z
Product NameLamborghini VX7-SZ058Z Notebook
Product LineLamborghini
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVX7-SZ058Z
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Leading the exclusive ASUS-Automobili Lamborghini joint-venture series, the VX7 drives computing excitement like never before, fully-loaded with the newest technology and breathtaking power for your multimedia, gaming and productivity. Plus, it's downright sexy!

Maximum Memory16 GB
Package Contents
  • Lamborghini VX7-SZ058Z Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year