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Quad-Speaker, Intel Core i5: ASUS N Series Hit

By Oonagh Reidy | Wednesday | 07/08/2013

Demand for notebook has slumped but ASUS N Series notebooks hit a high note.


Asus new N Series notebooks have impressive specs;  4th generation Intel Core processors (i5 or i7), excellent sound with SonicMaster Premium audio, and GeForce graphics for gamers. 

They come in two options: N550 15.6-inch Full HD, or  N750 17.3-inch Full HD screen with 150-degree viewing angle.

OS wise, its either Windows 8/Windows 8 Pro, and there's optional touchscreens. No word if they will cost extra, though.  

The N Series are the first-ever to feature a quad-speaker array and use ASUS SonicMaster Premium audio. 

But at AU$1599 they're not cheap either, going up to $2299 for the N750. But if you're into sound you'll get bang for you buck - the SonicMaster audio is co-developed by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. 

Theres also an external SonicMaster subwoofer that augments bass output and adds powerful deep notes, and MaxxAudio sound-processing tools onboard.  

As previous N Series, the PC's are made durable aluminum, and ripple-like speaker mesh.   It has Li-polymer 59WHr/ 69WHr battery, two-week standby, with automatic backup.  

The ASUS N Series multimedia notebooks are available from ASUS authorised channel resellers and national retailers. The ASUS N Series notebooks are distributed in Australia by Altech, Dicker Data and Synnex. 

Specs:

Processor 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor

Operating system Windows 8 / Windows 8 

ProDisplay N550JV (R552JV): 15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080)

N750JV(R550JV): 17.3-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) / Full HD (1920 x 1080)

Graphics JV: NVIDIA GeForce? GT 750M 4GB DDR3 VRAM

Camera HD 720p web camera

Memory 1600MHz DDR3 (up to 16GB)

Storage 2.5-inch SATA III HDD (1TB - 5400rpm) / Dual HDD support (750GB X 2  - 5400rpm) (N750 only)

Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, multi-format memory card reader, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo socket, 3.5mm external subwoofer socketN550: 3x USB 3.0 portsN750: 4x USB 3.0 ports

Battery N550: Li-polymer 59WHr (4000mAh)/ N750: Li-polymer 69WHr (6260mAh)

Size N550: 383 x 255 x 27mmN750: 415 x 275 x 29.9mm

Weight N550: 2.5kgN750: 3.3kg

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