by R. K. Bloom

ASUS Lamborghini VX3 – the smallest Lamborghini

ASUS Lamborghini VX3 – the smallest Lamborghini

The first two models of the ASUS Lamboghini family had a 15-inch ekany, and this year the world saw the baby Lamborghini Gallardo L-140 laptop in the world – 12-inch ASUS Lamboghini VX3.

Small, but deleted! Features impressive laptop: 3 GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo T9300, graphics card GeForce 9300M G (a such a “double 9300″) and hard disk capacity of 320GB. And in addition, also provides HDMI-port. This stuffing can be the envy of even a notebook-class “desktop replacement” (DTR).

Technical specifications, according to the manufacturer

OS Windows Vista Ultimate

Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2,5 GHz, 6 MB of cache L2)

The motherboard ASUS VX3000 series

Chipset Intel PM965 + ICH8-DO

Video NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G, 256MB

Sound Realtek ALC888

LCD 12.1 inch, 1280×800

3 GB of RAM (GU332G0AJERPR8H2L and GU331G0AJERPR8H2L)

Hard Drive 320 GB (WDC WD3200BEVT-22ZCT0)

The optical drive is LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-U10N

Interfaces 4x USB 2.0

1 x HDMI

1x VGA

1x Firewire (IEEE 1394a)

1x RJ-45

1x slot memory cards

1x ExpressCard/54 mm

1x headphone jack (S / PDIF)

1x microphone (stereo line-in)

Wireless interfaces 802.11a/b/g/n (Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN), Bluetooth + EDR USB

AC adapter 100/1000 Mb / s (Realtek 8186/8111)

Web-camera 2 megapixel

Battery Li-Ion: three-element (2400 mAh)

devyatielementny (7800 mAh)

Security BIOS Booting / HDD User Password

Kensington Lock

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) V1.2 (optional)

Fingerprint reader

Dimensions, mm 305x220x31

Weight, kg 1.68 (with 3-cell battery)

Cost, rubles. 85,000

Delivery

In the laboratory test unit came the laptop, so delivery may be slightly different from the commercial samples:

Design and Ergonomics

In testing, as is the case with the model VX2s, got changed to the body yellow. From the subjective point of view, it is the yellow modification is the best solution for users who want to stand out. A black “Lambo” looks stylish, but too strict. In the folded lid resembles the hood car, for a complete lack of similarity kakih-nibud indicators, stylized headlights, as was done in some older phone models LG. Yellow lid quickly gathers fingerprints, but they are only noticeable when viewed at an acute angle.

Scratches and “glued” to the case reluctantly, and if they appear, too, is almost imperceptible. On the side panels are installed decorative inserts made of plastic with a chrome surface. The lower panel is made of smooth black plastic. In contrast, VX2, emulating the rim of the vent grille not. But the lining in the form of wheels mounted at the corners of the body, in the connecting loops.

The working area is decorated with metallic accents and lining of leather, stitched with yellow thread that so resembles the front panel and seat sports car. Unfortunately, the line of stitching to quickly get dirty, and their cleaning – this is a very delicate and painstaking work. Learn more here.

Build quality is excellent, not a single defect, even the battery sits in the bay like a glove, without the slightest backlash. When trying to twisting and squeezing casing creaks only in the area of ??optical drive installed – because of the small thickness of the bottom.

On the lid below the grid to simulate the air intake sports car, tucked away a few indicators of the system (network, battery status, the state of Bluetooth-and Wi-Fi-adapter), which are invisible when off. At the top edge, center, embossed logo emblazoned with the bull – brand Lamborghini.

On the front side is set, only one speaker, protected by bars.

Behind him, left the battery, communication ports are located Rj-11 and RJ-45 to the right – the port VGA.

On the right is placed a card reader, as well as cover the optical drive, a pair of standard audio jacks, a USB port and security lock hole Kensington.

The left panel has air vent, three ports USB, port HDMI, ExpressCard/54 slot and a sliding switch the wireless interface.

At the bottom there are two compartments – to install the hard drive bay and a common set of memory modules, CPU and expansion cards.

Most of the keys to a standard width (17.5 mm), but the width of several letter keys on the right side and the arrow keys is reduced to 13.5 mm, which creates some discomfort while typing, as well as games, auto and aviasimmulyatorah. Typing is quite soft and clear, and the sound is very quiet operation.

The touchpad is not a traditional rectangular and trapezoidal shape, the upper part of it a little wider. Manipulator keys are also very specific form. Sensor is installed between the keys fingerprint. He planted deep enough so the casual contact, followed by a messaging system on the wrong print, virtually eliminated.

In fixing the lid off button located symmetrically and additional key cycling the power saving modes. At the center of the installed system status indicators – power supply, battery, mode wireless interfaces, hard disk activity indicator, and press [Caps Lock]. A little off the left button is built-in microphone hole.

On the upper edge of the display is the camera – as opposed to VX2s, does not swivel.

Display

The notebook installed a 12.1-inch LCD with a resolution of the matrix WXGA (1280×800 pixels), a glossy finish and LED backlight. Through the use of LEDs thickness of the cover is low, and the uniformity of illumination is good – just a little overexposed upper and lower edge of the matrix. Horizontal viewing angles are great, and the vertical is not always sufficient, and for the correct transfer of the slope of the color display has to adjust. When viewing at right angles to color, contrast and sharpness is satisfactory. The power level of light varies in large redistribution, but in steps. Too sharp change in brightness occurs at the transition from first to second level, then change is more evenly. Total grades 15, more than enough for the selection of the optimum level of brightness. In bright sunlight the image a bit dull, but it remains easy to read due to the fact that the matrix can be run on the reflected rays.

Connect the external display can be to a standard analog VGA port or a digital HDMI – the latter is very rare in notebooks with screen sizes less than 14 inches.

Sound system

In the audio subsystem is based on codec Realtek ALC 888. The stated manufacturer specifications Sound Controller – 24 bit/192 kHz is possible to connect eight-channel speaker systems, along with the stereo. S / N ratio of the DAC to 97 dB ADCs – up to 90 dB. It is also claimed compatible with EAX / Direct Sound 3D/I3DL2/A3D and DTS. A more detailed description of the codec can be found on the manufacturers website

The notebook is built a speaker. The developers felt that in order to reduce weight and dimensions of the second speaker can be sacrificed, because listening to music, most users will choose in any case, headphones or external speakers. Built-in speaker is good only for the sound signals of the system. Its frequency range is narrow, the sound pustovato. Although it is worth noting that even if the melody and the bass at maximum volume the speaker is not “bogged down”. In headphones or external speaker sound system at times better, and test suite RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.0.6 (hereinafter RMAA) audio section evaluated as “good.” Still, fans of high-quality sound is the third “Lambo” to buy an external sound card with a USB or ExpressCard.

The overall results of RMAA

Hours of operation: 16-bit, 44 kHz

Wireless interfaces

ASUS VX3 is equipped with a wireless network adapter Intel Wireless Pro 4965AGN and Bluetooth-module, c support for EDR. To control the wireless interface uses standard OS tools, as well as dedicated keys. Setting the local (including wireless) network is possible by proprietary utility ASUS NetSwitch, supports a lot of self-generated profiles. This is a much easier job, if the PC is used in different networks with different settings.

The level of noise and heat treatment

Cooling fan system is equipped with five constant speeds of rotation, but regime change, the speed varies smoothly, without causing acoustic discomfort. During testing, the following have been recorded noise levels – 33.1, 35.1, 38.5, 40.2 and 42.1 dB. That is, the average levels differ by 2 dB. The last two modes are used rarely, for example, in the process of editing, when you run demanding games, or backing up large files of the package.

LG optical drive is very quiet, and even a “curve” drive is not forced him to “drown” the cooling system – exactly 40 dB. The measurements were made at a distance of 20 cm from the center of the front edge of the laptop.

Exhaust temperature cooling air for all loads are always almost the same – 46,2-48,3 degrees, changing only the rate of air flow. The maximum temperature is 29.1 degrees keys, bottom – from 27 to 32 degrees. Only in the area of ??memory (and not the processor, as expected), the temperature has exceeded the mark of 37 degrees. Measurements were made at an ambient temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.