Asus ships N series notebooks with Blu-ray, Nvidia Optimus

By on August 24, 2010, 8:06 PM
As reported earlier this year, Asus and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower have begun serving up two new laptops. Aimed at the premium market, the N line supposedly features superior audio quality, developed by the company's "Golden Ear" team. "Realising that people spend up to a third of their day using multimedia devices of some description and that most laptops fall short in delivering high-quality audio, Asus went back to the drawing board."

The N53JN kicks the series with a 15.6-inch 1366x768 display, an Intel Core i3-370M or i5-520M, Nvidia GeForce GT325/415M 1GB graphics with Optimus, 320GB or 500GB of storage, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a Blu-ray drive, a 7-in-1 card reader, and all the usual connectivity options for 650 to 1,000 (roughly $1k to $1.5k). Meanwhile, the 17.3-inch N73JN has a 1600x900 resolution and comes with an i5-520M, GT325M 1GB, 4GB of RAM, and dual 320GB HDDs for 1,099.

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Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I would have preferred a collaboration with B&W, but B&O always had decent sounding gear. I wonder if they had any input on the design of the laptop.

KG363 KG363 said:

This looks really nice

Northress said:

Asus makes only good things!

Hope in near future the price will be smaller,with ~1500 $ I can buy a new car!

waterytowers said:

These are not premium laptops? Where is the FHD screen?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I wish Bose had created the speakers, would have sounded a lot better than normal laptops and wouldn't have cost the bomb! I agree with Tekkaraiden though, I prefer B&W speakers to B&O, B&O seem really over priced in comparison.

Guest said:

1366x768 resolution on a $1000 laptop -- PASS.

Guest said:

Wow, as I see, the only thing missing in this model is USB 3.0

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