You will need to have to go back to the CES 2012 in Las Vegas to find the time that Asus showed off the new N series range of laptops, but since then it went a bit quiet until recently when Asus released more details at the Milan Design Week events.
The range is smart in design and looks, built to use the latest processors from Intel and graphics cards from Nvidia, the N series has the appearance of a range that is ready to rock the high end laptop world to its foundations, or so the company expects.
Therefore, we know the plan, but does the machine stand up to the test? Well from the outside, it looks classy enough with plenty of aluminium on show, which is important at this level. So what about the specs, there are three models in the range, the 17.3 inch N76, the 15.6 inch N56 and the 14 inch N46.
To make is easy we are going to take the specs from the middle of the range as this gives us an average, so the N56 has a 15.6 inch LED Backlight display with either 16:9 HD (1366 x 768), HD + (1600 x 900) or Full HD (1920 x 1080) and there is a built in high definition web camera too.
It is powered by the latest Intel Core i7-2670QM, i5-2450M/2430M and i3-2350M/2330M processors, supporting the Intel HM65 Express chipset and with graphics provided by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 635m with 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM.
There is up to 8 GB of DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM available in 2 x SO-DIMM and there is a 2.5 inch SATA 1 TB 5400 rpm, 750 GB 5400 rpm to 7200 rpm and finally there is the 500 GB 5400 rpm to 7200 rpm hard disk drives (HDD) for storage.
As for networking there is the normal Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS and LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet available. While connectivity is provided by the 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, RJ45, HDMI, 3 in 1 card reader and a choice of either DVD or Blu-Ray player.
This laptop measures 37.9 cm (W) x 26.1 cm (D) x 3.5 cm (H) and it weighs in at 2.7 kilos even with the 6 cell 5200m Ah 56Whrs battery pack in place.
We have no prices of availability for this machine as of yet.
Source [Tech Fresh]