So we’ve recently seen ASUS release the Eee PC 1015PEM and now they are back with another edition to add to the already expansive Eee PC range: the Lamborghini Eee PC VX6, which aims to match its namesake’s ‘quality, speed and air of mystique’, which does seem a lot for a brand best known for its netbook credentials!
But in fairness this isn’t really what you would classify as a netbook: there are high performance graphics and processor capabilities on show here that really sit the Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 in the realms of the ultraportable rather than the netbook… but let’s have a look at what it has to offer.
It won’t surprise you to know that the only thing that actually adds to the VX6 with regards to the Lamborghini tag is in fact the badge that sits proudly on the back of the lid, with the arguable exception of the price (oh and the marketing material that makes every opportunity to make racing puns, such as “… leave rivals at the starting line”) and the design of the case.
Apparently taking inspiration from the Murcielago LP640 Roadster (and if you squint at both you can just about see how) the sleek yet striking design comes in both white and black, both of which look very nice and surprisingly unlike any other Eee PC I’ve seen, and whilst you are unlikely to actually buy one of these unless you happen to really like Lamborghinis, the looks will definitely tempt you.
As I said before this is very much an ultraportable and it’s the specifications that really demonstrate this featuring some things you would never see in a real netbook, such as the Dual Core Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz processor (yes I know it’s an Atom, but really I think this is above the limits of a netbook classification), 2GB RAm and NVIDIA ION 2 512MB Graphics that promise to offer “super smooth gaming”.
It would be worth pointing out that you would struggle to get super smooth gaming with the likes of Crysis, Assassins Creed 2 on full graphics the capabilities are still very impressive and shouldn’t be shot down. Complimenting these graphics is the 12.1” screen that provides 1366 x 768 high definition resolution that’s not only good for gaming, but watching films on the go as well.
Speaking of which the VX6 comes with a relatively roomy 250GB and 500GB ASUS WebStorage as well as the standard WiFi, HDMI, Bluetooth, Card reader and webcam (1.3 megapixels) features that you would expect; the battery isn’t too bad either for a machine of this size and power allowing theoretically up to 6 hours of battery life from the 6 cell battery, although in real terms it will probably last you more around 5-and-a-bit.
Now I left the speakers until last, not because they are ground breaking-ly good or at all disappointing, but because I wanted to highlight the wonderful phrasing used by ASUS to describe them, and I’ll use a quote from the marketing material to show you exactly what I mean:
“Every motoring fan can appreciate the ferocious sound of a revving Lamborghini — and the ASUS-Lamborghini VX6 has equally outstanding audio to boast about. With stereo speakers by Bang & Olufsen ICEPower and SRS Premium surround sound, the tiny machine unleashes a mind-blowing resonance which will blow your ears away whether you are enjoying music, movies or games”
Whilst I am not for a second suggesting that we should be more boring, it does perhaps stretch the boundaries of advertising literature!
That is unless you actually own a Lamborghini, in which case this may be a bit of a step down.