ASUS Lamborghini VX3-A1 review: ASUS Lamborghini VX3-A1

Even though it's named after a high-end performance car, there's not too much action going on under the hood of the Lamborghini VX3. Its 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 is perfectly fine for everyday computing, but the system was slower than other high-end laptops with inferior CPUs, such as the MacBook Air and the Acer Ferrari 1100, in most of our benchmark tests. We expected better performance, but Asus runs a lot of proprietary applications in the background, and that can slow down a system.

Just like a luxury sports car that doesn't get too many miles to the gallon, the VX3 is also a bit of a gas guzzler when it comes to battery life. The default 3-cell battery gave us only 67 minutes of battery life on our DVD playback test--well short of what we'd expect from an ultraportable laptop. However, in anecdotal use, we got closer to 2 hours when surfing the Web and working on office documents. Still, the poor battery life was a major disappointment for a laptop you'll want to take down to the local coffee shop to show off.

Asus includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, but finding support on the Web site is not as easy as it is with a mainstream retailer such as Dell or Gateway, thanks to a confusing site layout. Still, there is an online knowledge base and driver downloads, and several minutes of digging through links will eventually yield a toll-free telephone number of U.S. support.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
ASUS Lamborghini VX3
1,450 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
ASUS Lamborghini VX3
347 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
ASUS Lamborghini VX3
142 

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
ASUS Lamborghini VX3
67 

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System configurations:

ASUS Lamborghini VX3
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia Geforce 9300M G; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Acer Ferrari 1100-5457
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (64-bit); 2.3GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-66; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon X1270; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Lenovo Thinkpad X300
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive

Apple MacBook Air - 1.6GHz / 13.3 inch
OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 80GB Samsung 4,200rpm

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Asus Lamborghini VX3-A1 (black)

Part Number: 90N-SGDA2231455JQK0T Released: May 1, 2008

MSRP: $3,299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date May 1, 2008
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
    1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 3.7 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM - fixed
    DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G - 256 MB VRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G - 256 MB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 / 2.5 GHz