Asus Lamborghini VX7 review

Tom Morgan
18 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
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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 1,920x1,080 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 1,280x720 pixels, High detail and 4x anti-aliasing. It even achieved a superb 38fps at the VX7’s native 1,920x1,080 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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