ASUS VX6 LAMBORGHINI
ASUS, $899, asus.com
OWNING a Ferrari or a Lamborghini no longer means what it once did. An increasing number of luxury motoring brands are adding their famous insignia to mobile phones and computers, including this laptop from ASUS.
Unlike other Lamborghini laptops, however, this ASUS creation is only modestly luxurious. The VX6 is not a fully featured laptop, but rather a souped-up netbook. And in that category it goes to the top of the class.
The VX6’s form certainly offers the convenience of a netbook. The 12.1-inch com- puter weighs just 1.45kg and sits 2.8cm off the desk, making it well suited to travel.
But the VX6 veers from the netbook path in two ways: looks and grunt.
On the superficial side, this netbook has plenty of slick Lamborghini touches. The brand’s bullish insignia appears on the box and the laptop’s lid and, inside, an angled panel announces its name again. Its top and trackpad are also covered in shiny plastic, and its island-style keyboard is pleasingly comfortable to use.
But what really sells this netbook is its powerful hardware.
Most netbooks offer a low-speed processor, but the VX6 has a dual-core 1.8GHz Atom processor. This not only boosts its speed, but extends its battery life to a promised seven hours.
Also kicking its Windows 7 Home Premium software along is 2GB RAM, upgradeable to 4GB, and a NVIDIA ION graphics card that takes some of the graphically intensive heavy lifting away from the processor.
Three USB ports have also been added to this machine — a rarity for a netbook — and they are geared to transfer data faster using the new USB 3.0 standard. HDMI, Ethernet and optical ports also feature on the sides of this laptop, and its multimedia credentials get
a boost from a built-in webcam, 250GB storage space and Bose ICEpower speakers, though they are not capable of more than very intimate volume.
Combined with a highdefinition LED-backlit screen, the VX6 is an impressive netbook. But it is a netbook, and users shouldn’t forget it.
This computer is not designed for digitally burdensome tasks. Just streaming video saps it of most resources, ensuring tasks in other windows are impossible to perform.
Likewise, editing photos or video is a task best achieved with a more substantial computer, and one where the screen can be moved back to a greater angle.
Those with modest computing needs, and a love of fast cars, could find a computing companion in this Lamborghini, however. As a netbook, it’s an obvious overachiever, with efficiency and comfort to spare.