ASUS Lamborghini VX2S
MacBook Pro with a 15-inch display and Core 2 Duo T7700 processor sells for almost $2500. You think it is an expensive notebook, don’t you? No way, you haven’t yet seen expensive. However, if you throw in another few hundred dollars you will be able to buy an ASUS Lamborghini VX2S with similar specifications. This is the notebook we selected as the main competitor to our today’s Apple hero. However, let’s first find out what makes this ASUS solution so expensive.
It is absolutely clear that the features of ASUS Lamborghini VX2S are not the only thing determining its price. High-performance notebooks with 15-inch matrix with pretty similar capacities, even the same MacBook, for instance, are sold at a much lower price today. So, it should be designer work and the manufacturer’s desire to position its solution in the elite market segment. However, the price of ASUS Lamborghini VX2S still seems to be too high compared with what MacBook Pro is priced at. We believe that ASUS and Lamborghini trade marks may be just a little cooler than Apple especially for those users who are not very sophisticated in the computer environment.
ASUS’ marketing people emphasize two strong points of the Lamborghini VX2S, namely highest performance and exquisite style. You’ll see how fast this notebook is shortly but now let’s try to appreciate the exterior design developed under the guidance of the designers of the leading Italian car firm. The Lamborghini VX2S comes in two versions, with a yellow or black lid. I’ve got the black modification. Its lid is made from 5-layer coal plastic that is resistant to bending as well as scratches. The glossy cellular texture of the lid shimmers under light.
Unusual materials are employed inside the notebook as well. Its keyboard is surrounded with black leather pieces seamed with a yellow thread. The Lamborghini VX2S is meant to resemble the interior of the real Lamborghini I suppose.
You can find a few hints at the car roots of the notebook on its bottom panel, too. The fan grid looks like a wheel.
Well, it is a very subjective thing to evaluate all these design solutions. As for objective factors, the comparison in not in favor of the Lamborghini VX2S: it is bigger, thicker and heavier than the MacBook Pro that has the same configuration and the same size of the screen. The trimming of the Lamborghini VX2S with its mix of expensive and exciting materials with ordinary plastic of various colors and textures betrays an Asiatic, not European, origin of this mobile computer. I don’t think that people who own a Lamborghini Murciélago would want to buy the Lamborghini VX2S too.
The notebook’s 15.4” display has an unusually high native resolution of 1680x1050 pixels. That’s not always good because the screen is small physically, and objects may look too small on it at such a high resolution. The matrix has a glassy coating that ensures lush and vivid colors but produces flares.
There is a 1.3-megapixel camera above the screen. It can be turned around vertically and even oriented back towards the notebook’s lid.
The notebook’s keyboard is framed into a metallic bezel. It is made from light-reflecting plastic and doesn’t need additional highlighting. The keys are good in terms of size and mechanical properties. The keyboard layout is handy, too. There is a block of additional buttons above the main keyboard. They serve to disable the wireless controllers and touchpad, to control the power management modes, and to launch multimedia applications. There is a Power button nearby.
The touchpad is not so good, unfortunately. Its buttons are too stiff and creak unpleasantly. The engineers also built a fingerprint scanner right into it, reducing the useful area of the buttons greatly.