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Asus N53JN and N73JN arrive in the UK

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Asus N53JN and N73JN arrive in the UK

It was nearly six months ago we first got wind of these new laptops and a couple of months ago that we first had a play with them while in Taiwan at the Computex trade show. Finally, though, Asus has made available its seriously stylish N53JN and N73JN laptops that sport Bang & Olufsen designed speakers, Blu-ray drives, and Nvidia's rather spiffing graphics switching technology, Optimus.

The N73JN, is a 17.3in desktop replacement model sporting a resolution of 1.600 x 900 while the N53JN is a rather more modest 15.6in with a 1,366 x 768 panel. Both have largely brushed metal finishes that look great and the all important speakers are mounted in a strip running under the screen. There's no separate sub woofer but the message from Asus is these stereo speakers are good enough on their own not to need one.

Both models are based on Intel Core i3 and Core i5 platforms and will sport Nvidia Geforce 325M or ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics as well as Intel's integrated HM55 solution. With the help of Nvidia's Optimus technology the laptops can switch between the Nvidia and Intel solutions automagically, giving you either better performance or better battery life depending on what you're doing (this isn't available on the ATI solution). Both will also have options for Blu-ray drives and USB 3.0, as well as all the other usual bells and whistles of a modern day laptop.

Prices for the N53 start at £649 while the N73 kicks off at £999. We've already got the N53 in our offices so expect a review very shortly (first impressions are very positive!) and we hope to get an N73 very soon.

Link:

Asus Press Release (PDF Warning)

MonkeyAxman

August 25, 2010, 4:09 pm

"between the two automagically" - I like the phrase automagically, especially if it was intentional and not a typo - lol.

Kaurisol

August 25, 2010, 4:24 pm

Does the N73 really have speakers sticking out either side of the screen? Hope the speakers are as thick/deep as the screen and keyboard together - otherwise that must be a really odd shape to carry around when moving it folded up, with the speakers sticking out on either side.

Ed

August 25, 2010, 4:28 pm

@MonkeyAxman: ;)





@Kaurisol: they're the same thickness as the screen when open if memory serves me right. So, yes, when closed they don't really fit anywhere but given the size of the machine and the infrequency with which you're likely to move it, it's a small niggle.

Bal

August 25, 2010, 5:25 pm

I think there's a mistake here. The behemoth with speakers is actually the NX90 and has full HD display http://www.asus.com/product.as.... The N73 looks more like this http://www.asus.com/product.as....

Ed

August 25, 2010, 6:29 pm

@Bal: Eek, right are. Many of the images used in the bumpf were of the NX90 so I put two and two together. I've corrected the article now.

Tim 17

August 25, 2010, 7:10 pm

where is the N43?

BloodyMary

August 25, 2010, 10:24 pm

yeah can u ask ASUS whats up with the N43? Thats the one everyone's really waiting for - as in if you look around online forums. 14" is perfect

Guye0a

August 25, 2010, 10:51 pm

@BloodyMary. Last girlfriend expressed the same views ;)

Karl

August 26, 2010, 6:31 pm

Looks very Interesting, Hopefully you will review it soon as I need to buy an 18.4 Notebook with FullHD and the one I was interested in Acer 8943G got a bad review which I agree with.Awaiting your review guys.

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