While the CPU is top-end, the graphics are actually fairly mid range. With 12 pixel processors running at 450MHz, a 128-bit memory controller and 512MB of 1,000Mhz memory, the GeForce Go 7700 is essentially a 80 nanometre micron process respin of the Go 7600, which makes it cooler running and cheaper for nVidia to produce but doesn’t really add a great deal to performance. This can be seen in our gaming scores. Vista is proving to be a rather troublesome beast for our benchmarks and Call of Duty would not run on this notebook, while Battlefield 2 returned the same score in every single test. Of the games that did work you can see that the VX2 really struggles to deliver a smooth frame rate, at native resolution with maximum settings. However, if you set the game up with kinder, medium levels of details then you can comfortably play games on this notebook. Aside from the benchmarks we tried F.E.A.R and it was fine.
Thanks to Vista we can’t run our normal MobileMark battery tests, but by switching to the office profile I got about two and half hours use before it asked to be plugged in. If you keep usage light you ought to be able to eke three hours. Play games or watch movies then you’ll see a lot less. However, at 2.43Kg this isn’t really a notebook for using regularly without being plugged in.
Befitting a notebook such as this, Asus has bundled what is probably the plushest notebook bag I’ve ever seen. It’s panelling and stitching matches that of the VX2 and of course it has the distinctive logo on the front. Naturally, this just screams mug me, but no doubt your minders will take care of that for you as you stroll down the road. If you don’t actually have any bodyguards then in the brief moments that you’ll actually have with carry case you’ll appreciate the foam padded handle, which is simply lovely to hold. Also included is a leather mouse mat and a small Bluetooth mouse, suitably decked out in Lamborghini livery.
The VX2 is without question a very cool notebook to look at and to use and sets itself apart from the crowd. What’s nice is that it does more than beat Sony at its own game – it actually offers something a bit different and is in a sense more exclusive.
The screen saver is naturally enough cool shadowed image of a Gallardo accompanied by roaring 5 litre V10 rumble sounds, which is either very cool is supremely embarrassing but that’s the thing with a notebook like this – it polarises opinion. In our book its a refreshing change and that’s reason enough to like it.
You’ll either love or hate the look of the Asus Lamborghini VX2 but there’s no denying the quality of its build or the strength of its components. It’s not the fastest thing around for gaming but for general use and casual gaming this is a serious looking and great performing piece of kit.