It’s up to you to believe in dust-covered legends or not, but one legend, closely related to the subject of this review, goes like this:
One sunny day of the year of 1962 a Ferrari 365 GT pulled up at the entrance to the Enzo Ferrari office in Maranello. A middle-aged respectable-looking man stepped out of it and headed straight to the Chief’s office. The visitor, who was wearing a pair of eye-dazzling flaming-red Ferrari-style suspenders, told the secretary that he wanted to talk to Ferrari about the good and bad points of his car and to talk it over eye-to-eye as true businessmen. Going out to the Chief’s room, the secretary forgot to close the door and the visitor could overhear the ensuing conversation. “The signor is willing to talk to you, sir,” said the secretary, “He drives a Ferrari and wants to make some comments about the car.” The head of the already renowned company responded in a loud and irritated voice, “Who does he think he is? Tell him it’s no talk-show in here and I don’t have time for each client.” As the unlucky visitor confessed later, he hurried back home, gulped a glass of wine to calm down and sold his Ferrari the same day. He promised to himself that Ferrari would hear more about him soon! That’s the story and, as you may have guessed, the visitor was none other but Ferruccio Lamborghini, an influential and rich Italian, who had earned renown as a manufacturer of competitive tractors that were highly demanded by the post-war agriculture industry.
So, the origin of the firm was an emotional thing just like, “We begin to make cars and we begin to make them right now!” Economic considerations laid aside, the goal was to come up with a sports car that would surpass the products of the famous Scuderia. In early 1963 the first model, Lamborghini 350 GT, was showcased at the Turin Auto Show. The firm’s history knew high and low points since then. The car models were replacing each other along with the owners of the firm itself. Since 1998 Automobili Lamborghini has been a subsidiary of Audi which in its turn is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. The new creative ideas brought in by the new owners were embodied in the legendary Diablo and Murcielago models. And at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show the highly anticipated and rather miniature model Gallardo was showcased, its 500-horsepower engine delivering a top speed of over 300km/h and speeding the car up from zero to 100kph in a mere 4 seconds!
It is actually this model that inspired the designers and engineers of another famous brand, ASUS, to create, in collaboration with their colleagues from Lamborghini, the portable computer ASUS Lamborghini VX1 which is all about racing, squealing brakes, clouds of tire smoke, and the roar of the engine. This machine debuted in Bologna, Italy, on the territory of the legendary factory the famous sports and racing cars are manufactured at. This marked the beginning of a new round of competition between Ferrari and Lamborghini, but now in the field of portable computers and with two supporting parties, Acer and ASUS, respectively.
The ASUS Lamborghini VX1 is like a sports coupe – daring, extraordinary and aggressive. It is meticulous in every detail with its stylish lacquered lid, magnesium-aluminum insertions and a straight-shaped, yet elegant-looking, outline. The hood, embellished with the famous bull logo of Automobili Lamborghini (it is actually a Taurus, the Zodiac sign Ferruccio Lamborghini was born under) covers a top-performance computing motor, a fast graphics card, and other components to match. With all this high-tech stuffing the notebook is ready to dart forwards and vanish in the horizon in the blink of an eye.
Of course, it would be right to compare the racing notebooks from Acer and ASUS between each other, but the Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi is based on a single-core processor from AMD and wouldn’t stand a chance against the dual-core processor of the ASUS Lamborghini VX1 whereas the new dual-core Ferrari model hasn’t yet reached our test labs. Taking this fact into consideration, we chose the ASUS V6J as the opponent to the Lamborghini VX1 in today’s tests. These two notebook models have the same chassis and similar configurations, but differ in their CPU clock rates and the amount of memory (the V6J is inferior in both parameters). With the lids open, these notebooks resemble each other visually, too.