One of the most intriguing aspects of the Eee PC VX6 on paper was the power beneath that highly desirable chassis. While an Intel Atom processor is in place as usual, Asus has gone for the dual-core Atom D525 backed up by 2048MB of DDR3 memory – twice as much as normally found in these mini machines.
Yet despite this extra power under the hood, the Eee PC VX6 performed only marginally better in our benchmarking tests than any other netbook. If your needs are basic, restricted to browsing the web, consuming your media and editing office documents, the Eee PC VX6 will be sufficient.
However, as with other netbooks, don't expect to run several applications at once without everything slowing to a painful and shuddering halt.
Although standard performance may be a letdown, we were highly impressed by the graphical abilities of the Eee PC VX6. Asus has included Nvidia's Ion technology, which offers considerably better performance than the integrated solutions found in almost every other netbook.
We found the Eee PC VX6 had more than enough power to smoothly play HD video and run older games, and you can even get away with some light video editing.
Even better, Nvidia's Optimus technology is on board to help conserve battery power. Whenever the battery-draining Ion graphics aren't needed (for instance, when browsing your email), the Eee PC VX6 switches to the more economical integrated graphics.
The resulting 313 minutes of battery power is enough to keep you active for most of the day away from the mains. However, this isn't a patch on most recent netbooks, such as the Packard Bell Dot S, which managed 502 minutes, and the Acer Aspire One D260, which lasted an incredible 532 minutes.