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Home Reviews Computers Asus N series multimedia notebook with quad-speaker array

Tablets are cannibalising notebook sales yet the multimedia segment is doing very well. Asus’s new N series uses Intel Haswell, 4th generation processors and Bang & Olufsen ICEPower quad speakers to deliver a premium entertainment experience.

The new N550 and N570 are the first notebooks capable of cinematic-quality surround sound for games, movies and music. An external SonicMaster subwoofer produces realistic bass tones and compliments the four speakers. Before you ask – no it is not a substitute for an AV receiver but it’s a dramatic step forward for personal notebook sound.

Asus have included MaxxAudio Master professional audio tuning and a multi-mode AudioWizard to create sound profiles including movies, music, gaming, and speech.

The N series uses an Aluminium chassis and hairline finish covers. Web links are below

N550JV

N750JV 

Under the bonnet

Processor

4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor

Operating system

Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Display

N550JV: 15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080); 178 degree viewing angle
N750JV: 17.3-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) / Full HD (1920 x 1080); 150 degree viewing angle

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)
Blu-Ray DVD combo

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 socket, Bluetooth 4.0
N550: 3x USB 3.0 ports
N750: 4x USB 3.0 ports

Battery

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

Size

N550: 383 x 255 x 27mm
N750: 415 x 275 x 29.9mm

Price

N550 from $1599
N750 from $2299

Weight

N550: 2.5kg
N750: 3.3kg

Opinion

Asus likes to be different, and sometimes out there, like with the Taichi dual screen hybrid, Lamborghini notebook, or the AiO dual Windows/Android desktops. It generally offers good value and higher levels of technology. The N series benefits from that pedigree.

Remember that notebook sound is usually terrible. This is a substantial improvement, but it will not replace a home theatre system for room-filling sound.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

 

 

 

 

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