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

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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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