Sound capabilities are handled by a SoundMax integrated Digital HD Audio chip, which sound pretty good over headphones or through the speakers, which have a surprising amount of volume. There’s no distortion at the top level and there’s even a little mid-range, though inevitably bass is lacking.
Moving over to the right you’ll find a Express card slot and above this a card reader that accepts SD/MMC and Memory stick. Having just picked up the awesome Fujifilm S9600, I have to wonder why none of these card readers can handle xD cards. Crammed next to the reader is an infrared port, though I can’t see this being used, and then you’ll find an SP/DIF out so you can, with the right cable, get Dolby Digital into an external amp. Accompanying this is a microphone out. Moving along you’ll encounter another USB 2.0 port, taking the total up to three, and then there’s a mini Firewire port. Towards the right corner you’ll find a modem port and then the power socket. The rear is free of ports or connectors, save for a Kensington lock, which will certainly be needed if you leave this in a public place.
With a brand like Lamborghini you’d expect there to be some pretty speedy components inside and in the main you’d be right. Fixed storage is provided by a Hitachi TravelStar – a 5,400rpm model with a 160GB capacity – notebook drives are starting to get pretty capacious. The star of the show though is the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400. This mobile processor operates at 2.16GHz and boasts 4MB of Level 2 cache. When it’s going full pelt a fair amount of heat is chucked out via the port on the right hand side, but you can switch to cooler running power profiles. When you activate any of the operations via the Function key, you can a neat animation – a marked difference from the normal basic feel of cheaper notebooks.
The CPU communicates with the two sticks of 1GB PC2-5300 over a 667MHz front side bus. Having 2GB of memory is pretty much essential for an notebook claiming high performance that runs Vista. The only downside is that there aren’t any free slots, should you wish to add more but you can of course add an external memory key thanks to ReadyBoost technology, which as we proved does work quite nicely.