ASUS Lamborghini VX6 Review: Ultraportable netbook with great performance
The ASUS Lamborghini VX6 incorporates Bang & Olufsen ICEpower technology which claims to provide high definition surround sound with crystal clear audio when you play your favorite music, movies and games, compared to conventional netbooks. We tested the VX6 with different genres of music including pop, rock and classical, as well as movies such as Eragon and Kungfu Panda. The audio was surprisingly decent on the VX6 with good clarity, unlike other netbooks, However, the volume of the netbook is a little disappointing, sounding quite soft even at maximum volume. We wished the volume could be higher, but that is likely to drain the power faster.
To measure the system performance of the ASUS Lamborghini VX6, we used FutureMark PCMark05. For graphics performance, we used FutureMark 3DMark06 benchmark application, Street Fighter IV benchmark and Left 4 Dead games; and BatteryEater v2.70 to test the battery life of the netbook.
Equipped with a 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor, the VX6 managed to score 2446 points on FutureMark PCMark'05 which is a lot higher than previous generation of netbooks that score in the range of 1500 points. This means higher performance to running office applications and productivity software with no significant lag.
The ASUS also did well for FutureMark 3DMark'06 with 2710 points, as compared to netbooks with integrated Intel graphics. And this is all thanks to the NVIDIA ION 2 dedicated graphics that promises more than 10 times the graphics and video transcoding performance compared to Intel 945GSE graphics.
On Street Fighter IV benchmark tests, the VX6 shows an average 26.63 frames per second at 1280×720 resolution, and an average of 28. frames per second at 1024×768 resolution, which is almost sufficient for a seamless gameplay. The ASUS also scores 22.9 fps when we run a time demo on Left 4 Dead at 1024×768, which is average on the whole. While the numbers may not be that all impressive, do remember that the VX6 falls under the netbook category. With a typical netbook, you could just continue dreaming playing any of these titles.
So how's the battery life? We did a full battery drain using BatteryEater v2.7 application and noted that the VX6 lasted a decent 3hr 31min 34 sec before it fizzled. This means it should have no problem providing more than five hours solely on battery, on normal usage.
Thanks to NVIDIA Optimus technology, the discrete ION 2 graphics will only kick in when running graphics intensive applications and games. Most of the time, the display is driven by the integrated Intel GMA 3150 thus giving the netbook an excellent run time when doing light work.