Netbooks may have taken a severe beating from tablets and now with the threat of cheaper Ultrabooks from Intel and very soon, AMD, that is looming over their head. However, they aren't going down without a fight. Today, we have a premium netbook in our midst, the Asus VX6S Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 edition. Just like the Lamborghini editions in the past, this one too is modelled around a particular Lamborghini, the Murciélago LP640 in this case. Let's find out if its beauty is more than just skin deep.
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Design and Build
Right from the sculpted lid, to the chrome accents, to the textured rubber palm rests - everything just oozes style and luxury. The build quality is excellent and all the plastic bits fit together just right without any squeaky bits anywhere. Our unit came with the trademark orange paint job and a large un-mistakable Lamborghini badge. At 1.5kg, it’s not too heavy either and fits perfectly in your backpack or briefcase.
Very, very stylish
The netbook is fairly slim as well with all the ports occupying either sides of it. The left features a thin pin charging port, VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0 and memory card reader. The right side houses the headphone and microphone jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN port. The 6-cell battery pack props the netbook at a slight angle upwards, thereby making it more comfortable to type on. The same Lamborghini trim continues on the inside as well with the palm rest area getting a textured rubber finish to them. The chiclet keys are very comfortable to type on, but we wished they were backlit, especially with the kind of premium you’re paying. Above we have the power button on one end and on the other, a button to cycle between the different power modes.
Good attention to details
The trackpad has a mirror like finish to it, which looks really cool, but it's not very finger-friendly and there are some tracking issues present. The status LED lights are placed on the mouse buttons, themselves, so they are always in full view and not blocked by your hand. There's a compartment underneath for quick access to change the RAM slots. Overall, the VX6S is beautifully designed and well-crafted, so kudos to Asus on that front.
Although this may be a Lamborghini edition netbook, don't expect Sandy Bridge under the hood, I mean, it’s still a netbook, after all. However, you do get the latest Intel Atom Cedar Trail CPU, the D2700. This is the only netbook to feature this CPU, since the 'D Series' was designed for nettops and desktops primarily and lack the Speedstep feature present in the 'N series' Atom chips, which is important, if you wish to get a better battery life. The CPU is 32nm part and runs at 2.1GHz. The onboard GPU (GMA 3650) supports DisplayPort 1.1 and HDMI 1.3a outputs, but you’ll never use that since this netbook also packs in a discrete graphics card, another first! You get an AMD Radeon HD 6470M, an entry-level card that’s decent enough for some of the older 3D games. Unfortunately, there's no dynamic switching feature between these two cards, so you’re on the discrete card at all times, which does affect the battery life.
Rubber texture offers good grip
Other specifications, include a 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, 1.3MP webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium and a 12-inch LED backlit screen (1366 x 768). All in all, not exactly a speed demon given the theme of the netbook, but let's hope it's at least faster than the other similar offerings in the market.
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