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CES 2010: Asus NX90 18.4-inch laptop

This is certainly no Eee PC. In fact, we like to think of it as an "anti-netbook". Yep, the 18.4-inch, 18:9 NX90 certainly throws traditional laptop d

Taking some design advice from the brains at Bang & Olufsen, the NX90 features unique dual multitouch trackpads on either side of the keyboard for two-handed control, or “intuitive DJ like control” according to Asus.

That’s not the only thing you’ll notice on its sides though – that’s where the speakers are too, sloping outwards from top to bottom so the sound is directed to the user’s ears.

Asus said its main goal for this laptop is to deliver a hi-def audio experience in a portable computer, and although the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre were filled to the brim with the babble of excitable tech journalists, its high-end sound quality was noticeable and we could tell the speakers delivered powerful sound.

It’s no surprise then that not only were B&O on hand to help with the prettifying of the NX90, but of course also provided its audio.

However, sound quality isn’t the only high end feature on this laptop, which packs a 1080p display and a Blu-ray drive for watching all your HD movies.

The rest of its specs are also further testament to its quality – fitted with an Intel Core i7 processor (of which can be “Turbo Boosted” to 3.06Ghz) and dual HDD support for up to 1280GB. There’s also up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM and graphics are covered with the Nvidia GeForce GT335M.

Looking to the OS and it runs Windows 7, and comes in two models – matte finish or brushed aluminum, so it’s all down to whether you want your laptop to come with a side of fingerprints or not.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed but we’re being told to expect it to fall into the £2,000 price category when it lands in May this year. Pricey, but ne thing’s for sure – this is one beast of a multimedia laptop.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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