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.