Asus has teamed up with Danish luxury electronics veteran Bang & Olufsen to create what’s possibly its most luxurious multimedia laptop.
Designed by Bang & Olufsen Chief Designer David Lewis, the Asus NX90 Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Laptop is a study in sublime contrasts, featuring a polished aluminum exterior and palm rest that match beautifully to the matte-black keyboard and dual touchpads. Two speakers featuring ICEpower technology flank a display reminiscent of high-end consumer flat screen televisions.
The twin touchpads are on either side of the keyboard, and Asus has included media software to take advantage of this ‘intuitive’ design. It’s called Rotation Desktop Control, and provides two-handed control for music and other media.
Quality audio also is a major element, the NX90 designed with two speaker panels that slope outwards from top to bottom so that sound is directed to the user’s ears. In between these speaker panels lies an 18.4-inch widescreen, which is completely covered in glass at 1,920-by-1,080 1080P resolution.
The NX90 also has as much brains as it does beauty. Asus spared no expense, adding in components like an Intel Core i7-820QM Quad core processor (the Core i7-720QM is available as well), up to 12 Gbytes of DDR3 RAM (4GB standard), and an Nvidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card. Features include a slot-load Blu-ray drive and support for dual hard drives (up to 1280 GB). And Asus threw in little extras like USB 3.0 support, E-SATA, and HDMI-out.
All this innovation and technology certainly won’t run cheap. Expect prices to be in the $1,799 to $2,499 range. The Asus NX90 Bang & Olufsen will be available in February 2010.