The Asus NX90Jq also includes two USB 3.0 ports, which adds a touch of future-proofing, and two USB 2.0 ports, one of which doubles as an eSata interface. Bluetooth 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet are also provided, as is 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Looks good, sounds good, performs well, but costs a packet
Alas, there are no instal discs with the NX90Jq, apart from a rather unexciting Asus utility disc. Instead, I was pestered to run the Create Recovery DVD (which uses up to six blank DVD-Rs) to create a set of backup discs. Various Cyberlink multimedia apps and some undemanding games are also preinstalled.
In real-world use, the i7 drove anything I threw at it very well – CS5 versions of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro both ran with a performance that compared favourably to the Mac Pro desktop I’d been using them on. I also ran the NX90Jq through its paces with 64-bit versions of Autodesk’s Maya 2011 Suite. Again, the combination of big, high quality display and a powerful processor with 6GB of RAM to play with, made this a productivity winner.
The Asus NX90Jq is a well-specified machine which packs a punch in terms of audio performance. Its striking design suggests it would be ideal as the centrepiece of a home entertainment centre, albeit a relatively expensive choice. Given the battery life, weight and balance issues, together with those dual trackpads, and I can't say I would be tempted lug it around it as my day-to-day laptop, but you'd certainly create an impression if you did. ®
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Fair enough, this not really a laptop in the convention sense, but it's still ugly. B&O styling? Just looks like they fitted a too-big screen too it, and those sticky-outy speakers contrast completely with the style of the keyboard and base unit.
Each to their own though. If you like it, knock yourself out and go for it.
Media consumption rather than documents.
only 1080 line.
My nearly 9 year old laptop has more useful 15.4" 1600x1200 screen.
Does NO-ONE make a Desk-top PC replacement any more?
If I want to watch films or TVs, then I'll use an HDTV.
What about a laptop with 1600 x 1200 screen that rotates to portrait mode.
Or 1920 x 1440 screen that doesn't rotate. Space to have 1920 x1080 HDTV and epg/subtitles/ widgets under it.
16:9 is OK for a TV. It's a stupid aspect ratio for a laptop.
I know benchmarking can be a slippery bugger to understand, but can someone explain how the Asus outscored the Macbook in every category (including "memories") but lagged behind on the "overall" rating?
Shurley shome mishtake, no?