Mounted atop the display is a 1.3 Megapixel camera. The finish round the lens maintains the quality feel of the rest of the notebook and can swivel round either way. If you want or need to communicate an integrated webcam is useful – less to carry and no messy cables.
It’s not often the case that what’s beneath the screen is more impressive than the screen itself. The fit and finish around the keyboard is quite simply fantastic. Immediately above and below the keyboard there’s are mottled metal strips. The words ‘Automobili Lamborghini’ is stylishly etched at the bottom right, while at the bottom left are four small square lights as on the outside, one for power, charging, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Above the keyboard there’s a line of short cut buttons for activating Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, switching between power saving modes, en/disabling the Touchpad, launching Windows Media Centre, and finally the power button. And yes, that is the full version of Windows Media Center as it’s now part and parcel of the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Vista, with the latter preinstalled on this notebook.
While opening most notebooks feels like getting inside a cheap car, the VX2 does have the feel of an properly expensive vehicle. Above and to the sides of the keyboard you’ll find swarthes of real leather, with superb yellow stitching including round the hinges, which really enhances the look. This more than anything moves the the VX2 away from being just another laptop, to something that you’ll actually like to be in front of. The old motoring cliché of a well appointed interior is to describe is as a ‘nice place to be’. Well, it’s certainly worthy of being said about this notebook. The warmth of the leather against the dull sheen of the metal strips, combined with the white lights is just very cool. The high design continues to the speakers, which run down the sides, with the angling of the leather no doubt intended to echo the sharp angles of the Gallargo. In a nut shell then, I like the way it looks.
The actual keyboard itself if very fine. The size of the notebook means that there’s no cramped keys with a full size Shift and Backspace and an elongated Enter key. The typing action is fairly firm but it felt comfortable, though I did have to remove my watch to be able to rest comfortably.
The smooth black of the track pad subtly tapers towards the bottom and the mouse buttons are separated by biometric fingerprint protection system. A wizard launches the first time you swipe your finger carefully across it, enabling you to ‘enrol’ it, so you can use it as an alternative and/or in addition to a password. It’s a sign that there’s the VX2 isn’t just a well appointed interior – there’s plenty of technology inside.
Before we get to that though we’ll look down the left hand side, where you’ll find a DVD burner, capable of handling almost every type of DVD media. You can burn a dual-layer disc and even etch a label onto it thanks to LightScribe technology. Next to this you’ll find a connector for hooking up an external DVI connector, while next to this are two USB 2.0 ports and then a VGA out and an S-Video out. In the left corner you’ll find a Gigabit Ethernet connector.