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Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops

Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops

Asus claims its latest NX90JQ is the first notebook to use polished aluminium.

Asus has just launched its shiny new, super-sized NX90JQ laptop here in Taipei. With a set of Bang and Olufsen 'ICEpower' speakers to frame the edge of the large LCD screen and lashings of polished aluminium, Asus has blinged this 18.4in of wide laptop.

The widescreen laptop is clearly a desktop replacement given its considerable size and cost: at nearly 85,000NTD, or £1,800-something to us Brits, it's certainly a considerable investment. The laptop has been designed specifically to be as much an elegant feature of your coffee table as a functioning notebook, and the 4.5cm profile is reasonably slim for its size. The gentle curve and mirror-finish surfaces certainly show more of a bespoke feel than your run-of-the-mill computing device.

Asus presented a demonstration of the B&O speakers featuring Asus SonicMaster Premium technology, and even at just 11W each the speakers were certainly loud enough to fill the Taipei Hyatt's Ballroom adequately and with impressive clarity. Given their limited size (and their shallow depth, especially), we wonder whether the female vocalist of the demonstration was chosen specifically to avoid bass. We grabbed a quick chat with Henry Huang, the man responsible for shoe-horning the speaker technology into the notebook.

He explained that the dual balanced power inputs were specifically designed to reduce as much unwanted noise as possible. He was open in stating that due to the limitations of any laptop, electrical interference issues will always be there, but said that Asus had worked specifically to reduce theses issues. When we asked about the audio codec, Mr Huang explained that it was from Realtek, but not an off-the-shelf model. After a quick, proud chuckle, he explained that Apple had requested it for a future product, but that Asus had nabbed it first.

Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops Asus brings the bling to its latest notebooks
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Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops Asus brings the bling to its latest notebooks
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Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops Asus brings the bling to its latest notebooks
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Compared to other notebooks though, the NX90 speakers are without doubt an upgrade in the right direction if you're into music and a minimalist apartment. However, travelling with an NX90 will be difficult - we doubt there's a laptop bag long enough, and the unit weighs 4.4kg, the same as a small child.

The NX90JQ comes fitted with the latest Intel Core i7-72QM CPU, up to 8GB of memory, 1TB of storage and an Nvidia GeForce 334M 1GB with Optimus Technology.

Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops Asus brings the bling to its latest notebooks
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Asus brings the bling to its latest NX laptops Asus brings the bling to its latest notebooks
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Do you sip your tea with a pinkie extended while you gaze out over the veranda? Well this notebook is probably for you. Drop us a comment in the forums.

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TWeaK 14th May 2010, 11:46 Quote
So did Mr Huang comment on the bass capabilities?
13eightyfour 14th May 2010, 11:47 Quote
Please say those ladies are tiny!! it looks absolutely massive!!
mi1ez 14th May 2010, 11:59 Quote
Definitely a "desktop replacement" rather than a laptop then!
Confused Fishcake 14th May 2010, 12:00 Quote
Polished aluminium /always/ looks terrible after about five minutes, it is quite possible the easiest material to visibly scratch. Generally though, I can't see any appeal in this, when you get to this sort of size its not really a laptop any more.
azrael- 14th May 2010, 12:01 Quote
Booth babes included?
proxess 14th May 2010, 12:41 Quote
I hope they are... I'll be getting 3 of each if that's the case.
Mraedis 14th May 2010, 12:43 Quote
That's more of a portable computer than a laptop.
Bindibadgi 14th May 2010, 12:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
So did Mr Huang comment on the bass capabilities?

Nope, sorry.
neocleous 14th May 2010, 13:40 Quote
I think it looks horrible with the lid open it looks like the speakers have been hung off the monitor, and why didn't they put a numeric pad on instead of two huge blanks either side of the keyboard seems like a no brainer to me
mi1ez 14th May 2010, 13:58 Quote
+! on numpad. Didn't even spot that!
rickysio 14th May 2010, 13:58 Quote
Fingerprint magnet.

Scratch magnet.
pimlicosound 14th May 2010, 14:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Fingerprint magnet.

Scratch magnet.

Babe magnet.
Burdman27911 14th May 2010, 16:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BT
Do you sip your tea with a pinkie extended while you gaze out over the veranda? Well this notebook is probably for you.
Well, sometimes I do find myself extending the pinkie whilst enjoying a cup and gazing out over the veranda... but I still don't think this is for me. Polished Al is a terrible choice, you can see the fingerprints in the shot with the booth babes, not to mention the scratches that are inevitable. I suppose someone has to made "laptops" like this.
The_Beast 14th May 2010, 17:23 Quote
All the space and no numerical pad, that's piss poor designing for you
HourBeforeDawn 14th May 2010, 18:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by 13eightyfour
Please say those ladies are tiny!! it looks absolutely massive!!

They are Asian of course their tiny.
M7ck 14th May 2010, 19:23 Quote
I think it looks brilliant, would never dream of buying one as it is far too big.
ripmax 14th May 2010, 20:12 Quote
They couldn't even get the looks right...
Cupboard 14th May 2010, 20:49 Quote
What on earth is a "Nvidia GeForce 334M"? That even *sounds* rubbish.

The speaker placement looks like the original eee PC ;)
flaming_goat 14th May 2010, 20:55 Quote
if its never been done, theres probably a reason why. its even got fingerprints in the photographs. I bet it will get all scratched as well.
docodine 14th May 2010, 21:23 Quote
Maybe it's not just bare alu? Some sort of decent clearcoat would fix the scratching problem probably.
Spuzzell 15th May 2010, 00:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Definitely a "desktop replacement" rather than a laptop then!

It's almost a DESK replacement. You could do your ironing on the damn thing.
Tulatin 15th May 2010, 08:46 Quote
It's gorgeous, but without immediately skinning it, and handling it forever with white cotton gloves, that poor laptop would look terrible after a few weeks of being carted around. But I don't think it's meant to move, so...
Bindibadgi 15th May 2010, 09:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by neocleous
I think it looks horrible with the lid open it looks like the speakers have been hung off the monitor, and why didn't they put a numeric pad on instead of two huge blanks either side of the keyboard seems like a no brainer to me

Those are dual touchpads. You can use it either right or left handed.
perplekks45 15th May 2010, 10:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spuzzell
It's almost a DESK replacement. You could do your ironing on the damn thing.
I lol'd.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Those are dual touchpads. You can use it either right or left handed.
Does it support multi-touch then? That would make it at least partially appealing to me.
Bindibadgi 15th May 2010, 10:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
Does it support multi-touch then? That would make it at least partially appealing to me.

In some way I think. I was told each could be assigned to perform specific tasks in applications, but I know no more than that.
perplekks45 15th May 2010, 10:41 Quote
I still don't understand why manufacturers of touch screens, laptops & phones don't use multi-touch more. :|
It's the only thing I'm disappointed with with my Samsung Galaxy Spica.

Anyway, different tasks in applications? Sounds interesting in theory but I don't see how this will be easy to pick up thanks to the touch pads being either side of the keyboard. Will have to see it in action to make a final judgement, I guess.

Cheers for the quick answer, Rich. ;) rep has been added although you don't really need any more, do you? ;)
Andersen1337 15th May 2010, 23:00 Quote
18.4" big and not even a numpad, that just has facepalm written all over it...
Andersen1337 15th May 2010, 23:01 Quote
Lol, it posted twice
GiantStickMan 16th May 2010, 01:59 Quote
Looks good... till you open it up. Just doesn't look right with those big speaker panels and lets be honest, if you're using it as a desktop replacement chances are you'll have a decent set of speakers you can hook up nearby anyways. I'm rather unsure why that is meant to be such a huge selling point.
As others said no key pad is another nail in the coffin as a DTR.
Bindibadgi 16th May 2010, 04:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by perplekks45
I still don't understand why manufacturers of touch screens, laptops & phones don't use multi-touch more. :|

It's patented to the teeth I'd imagine.
toda200 6th March 2011, 16:23 Quote
Asus finally find a specialize area to shine with fabulous sound and design. It will be a breakthrough for all notebook to follow but since this is a laptop replacement it should be around 19-20". And should they consider release a 14-15" with similar design to it. The palm rest area is too wide, too deep for improvement.
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