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Asus Lamborghini VX7 review

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Price when reviewed : £1839
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Fantastic performance, in Windows and in games, but the VX7 can’t match other ultra-high-end laptops for build quality and battery life


15.6 in 1,920×1,080 display, 3.8kg, 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM, 8.00GB RAM, 1,500GB disk, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Asus has created some fairly unique Lamborghini-branded products, most notably the VX6 netbook, but the monstrous VX7 might actually deserve its supercar badge – the 15in laptop is a top-end multimedia and gaming powerhouse, with the price and bonkers styling to match.

Asus Lamborghini VX7

Underneath the head-turning chassis there are equally impressive components providing heaps of performance, both on the desktop and in games. The Intel Core i7-2630QM processor might only run at 2GHz, but Turbo Boost can push it up to 2.9GHz for a welcome performance increase in lightly-threaded applications. It managed an overall score of 75, helped by a rapid 71 in the single-threaded image editing test. Two massive 750GB hard disks provide more than enough space for a huge multimedia collection, which you’ll be able to back up to Blu-ray using the BD-writer optical drive.

Asus Lamborghini VX7 back

Graphics performance comes courtesy of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 460M, which might not be cutting edge any more, but is definitely still capable of playing most games – in Dirt 3 it managed a smooth 39.3fps at our default settings of 1,280×720 pixels, High detail and 4x anti-aliasing. It even achieved a superb 38fps at the VX7’s native 1,920×1,080 resolution once we disabled anti-aliasing.

The laptop may have Nvidia’s Optimus technology, which switches display duties to the processor’s integrated graphics when you’re not playing games, but the laptop still scored poorly in our light-use test. Three and a half hours away from the mains essentially limits the VX7 to home use only, especially as the power brick weighs a kilogram – your bag will weigh almost 5kg with the laptop and its charger inside.

Asus Lamborghini VX7 front

In everyday use, we soon noticed a few problems with build quality – the keyboard tray flexed dramatically under minimal pressure, the touchpad buttons would catch on their plastic surround unless we pressed them dead centre, and the carbon fibre-effect panels are made of cheap-feeling painted plastic. The power and display hotkeys also behaved oddly, sometimes triggering each other’s settings when pressed.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i7-2630QM
Processor clock speed 2GHz
Memory 8.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 16GB
Size 50x402x309mm
Weight 3.8kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 3,072MB


Total storage capacity 1,500GB
Optical drive type BD-R + DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDXC, Memory stick Pro/Duo, MMC
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 1x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty Two years RTB
Price £1,839

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