laid down the gauntlet tonight in New York City, showing off to the media a few brand new things, a few fairly new things, and a few things that we had heard about before but never seen in person. Plenty of notebooks were on hand, along with the company's new streaming device. We won't waste time on the introduction, though, so let's dive right into a brand new notebook model.
Asus WiCast and Blu-ray...a match made in heaven.
The N53Jf is a stylish new mid-level machine that aims to provide a happy medium between style, portability, power and battery life. It has a Core i5 CPU, B&O audio, USB 3.0, NVIDIA's Optimus graphics switching, Intel Turbo Boost and a GeForce GT425M graphics unit. If you need something a little smaller, the Eee PC 1015PEMn might be the ticket. This 10.1" netbook features the new Atom
N550 dual-core CPU, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the company's "Seahshell" design scheme, a chiclet keyboard, enlarged touchpad and a bright blue casing. Not mentioned in tonight's release was the Lamborghini VX6, a drop-dead sexy little machine with a 12.1" HD display, an Atom D525 CPU (dual-core), next-gen NVIDIA Ion GPU, and Optimus graphics switching. Too HOT to touch, but not to photograph!
Hello, gorgeous! The Lambo VX6.
The otherworldly NX90Jq was also on hand. This is easily one of the oddest looking notebooks we have seen in recent years, primarily due to the huge speakers that flank the LCD. It was designed by David Lewis of David Lewis Designers, and it relies on two speakers from Bang & Olufsen, two touchpads, a monster 18.4" LCD, a Core i7 CPU, up to 1.28TB of storage, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, GeForce graphics and a huge case. If that's too outrageous for you, the more sensible 13.3" U33Jc is far more typical, if not a bit familiar. The ultraportable was showcased with a Core i3-370M processor, NVIDIA
G310M graphics, a bamboo shell, integrated WiDi wireless streaming technology and NVIDIA's Optimus
for graphics switching.
Lambo VX6 top lid
The WiCast EW2000 1080p video streamer
also stole the show, offering model agnostic streaming between a PC and TV with <1ms of lag. It uses Amimon's WHDI technology, and it's suitable for streaming even Blu-ray movies from PC to TV. Speaking of Blu-ray, the SBC-06C1S-U external Blu-ray optical drive looks like a real winner for notebook users who wish to add BD support for their travels, particularly netbook owners who own a machine that lacks an ODD internally. It can read BD-R discs at speeds up to 6X, write to BD-R discs up to 6X and also functions as a 6X DVD-RW drive for use on legacy media. In addition to complete Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD read and write capabilities, the SBW-06C1S-U provides support for 3D Blu-ray playback if you have the right display and glasses.
While we're on the topic of LCDs, the ML228H display was also revealed. It's a 21.5" screen with a really radical base and overall design. Asus calls the stand a double ring Ergo-Fit II stand, designed to swivel and pivot as to not put strain on your neck. It has a full HD resolution, 2ms response time, LED touch control buttons, LED backlight technology and 250cd/m2 of brightness. Closing things up on the release night is the C73Jw, a machine we have heard about before but is fully prepared to be heard from again. This gaming monster has a Core i7 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, THX audio, USB 3.0, up to 1TB of storage space and an incredible GeForce GTX460M GPU with 1.5GB of GDDR5 video memory. Talk about being ready for tomorrow's first person shooters!
Lambo VX6 interior
Pricing and release information wasn't readily available for the group, but some of these units should be making landfall shortly. It's shaping up to be quite the holiday season, and Asus is definitely bringing the goods.
Lambo VX6, looking sleek
ASUS Unveils a Lineup of Innovative Products at Pepcom Holiday Spectacular!
-- ASUS displays the latest PC technologies featuring uniquely styled Notebooks
and Netbooks, LCDs and the WiCast EW2000 1080P Video Streamer--
Fremont, CA (September 15, 2010) - ASUS, a market leader in personal computer products, is displaying several of its latest offerings at the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular! in New York City. ASUS is known for elevating innovation into an art form and this is especially true of its latest mobile computing products. Highlights of the show include the following products:
Atelier craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology seamlessly meld together in the luxurious ASUS NX90Jq notebook. Designed by award-winning designer David Lewis of David Lewis Designers, the NX90Jq 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 Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® technology flank an 18.4" display reminiscent of high-end consumer flat screen televisions. Exclusive ASUS SonicMaster technology helps ensure that all audio is reproduced as flawlessly as possible. The NX90Jq also offers a unique way to interact with the system, in the form of dual touch pads. These work in concert with the Rotation Desktop software to provide users with an intuitive DJ-like control. Featuring the latest in Intel® Core™ i7 and NVIDIA GeForce® technologies plus up to 1.28TB* of storage space and 8GB* of DDR3 memory, this work of modern art also has the power to replace your desktop.
The U33Jc is a 13.3" notebook featuring one of the most elegant designs ever developed by employing natural bamboo on the cover and keypad area for a sophisticated look and touch. By employing this natural material in a unique way, ASUS has perfectly combined traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. The U33 Bamboo notebook boasts the industry's most innovative technologies, such as Intel's® Core i3-370M processor and NVIDIA's® G310M discrete graphics chipset. In addition, the U33 Bamboo notebook is equipped with USB 3.0 connectivity for high speed transfers along with Intel's WiDi wireless display technology that enables users to transfer high-definition images and audio to external displays. Energy savings are provided by Intel Turbo Boost technology, NVIDIA Optimus auto-switch technology and ASUS' exclusive Super Hybrid Engine technology.
The ASUS N53Jf represents a new definition in style, portability, and entertainment performance. Featuring next generation NVIDIA® GeForce GT425M graphics along with an Intel® Core i5 processor and ASUS Sonic Master audio technology the N53Jf is your best choice for a portable entertainment platform. The exclusive ASUS SonicMaster technology is a new audio standard focused on providing professional surround sound. Co-developed with acclaimed Bang & Olufsen ICEpower and based on the efforts of ASUS’ Golden Ear team, SonicMaster completely reinvents the way audio is treated and reproduced on notebooks. Users further benefit from the implementation of several additional technologies on the new N Series notebooks, including USB 3.0, NVIDIA Optimus auto-switching technology and Intel Turbo Boost for additional processing power when needed.
ASUS Eee PC 1015PEMn
The 10.1" 1015PEM is the perfect PC due to its travel friendly size and stylish design. It features the new Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor for improved performance and prolonged battery life. Besides its elegantly seashell-inspired design the Eee PC 1015PEM is feature laden with Bluetooth 3.0* and 802.11n wireless for the fastest connectivity speeds available in a netbook. User comfort is a priority at ASUS and the 1015PEM does not disappoint with an ergonomically designed Chiclet keyboard and a large touchpad perfect for working on a spreadsheet or conversing with friends and family on your favorite social networking site.
ASUS WiCast EW2000 1080P Video Streamer
ASUS’s newest product, the WiCast EW2000 offers wireless streaming of 1080P media with almost no latency (<1ms) in a stylish and compact design. Featuring WHDI (wireless home digital interface) technology the WiCast EW2000 offers a simple plug and play setup from your supported PC, set-top box, or game console to a TV or projector via HDMI. Once connected the user can enjoy a 1080P Blu-ray movie or play a game on their Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 on an HDTV or even display a presentation via a projector to their co-workers without lag or line of sight problems. The WiCast EW2000 transmitter can be powered by a traditional AC power outlet or dual USB ports on your notebook, which means it can be used at home or on the go without a problem.
ASUS's newest external USB Blu-ray optical drive affords users the ability to enjoy high-definition content while on the move. It can read BD-R discs at speeds up to 6X, write to BD-R discs up to 6X and also functions as a 6X DVD-RW drive for use on legacy media. In addition to complete Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD read and write capabilities, the SBW-06C1S-U provides high definition Blu-ray playback in immersive 3D. It can also upgrade existing 2D content to 3D via the included Cyberlink PowerDVD software, which adds depth to media in real time. The SBW-06C1S-U will output lossless Digital EX and DTS-HD encoding in 5.1 channels to ensure powerful surround sound from the latest media titles. Its slim profile lends itself well to both horizontal and vertical placement and thanks to the USB connection; no dedicated power adapter is required, as the drive gets powered directly by the connected PC. This makes carrying and deploying the SBW-06C1S-U wherever a computer can be used even easier.
ASUS ML228H LCD
Just 16.5mm thick, the new 21.5" ML228H LCD from ASUS is strikingly thin and features an innovative double ring Ergo-Fit II stand. It offers full HD resolution of 1920x1080, an ultra-fast 2ms response time, LED touch-sensor control buttons and wide viewing angles with Smart View technology. Featuring a mercury-free LED backlit panel and up to 55% better power consumption than standard CCFL based LCD monitors the ML228H is eco friendly. It also boasts a superior 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio and up to 250cd/m2 of brightness, making it an exemplary LCD both in terms of design and performance.
ASUS Republic of Gamers G73Jw
The new ASUS ROG G73Jw excites your visual senses with design cues inspired by the Lockheed F117A Nighthawk stealth fighter. It features a matte black exterior, cutting edge design, and dual angular 'heat exhausts' located at the back of the notebook. At the heart of the G73Jw lies the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processor, up to 8GB DDR3 system memory, 8-channel HD audio with EAX 5.0 compatibility, THX Trustudio, on-the-fly overclocking, ambient lighting, USB 3.0 and up to 1TB of storage space for incredible gaming and multitasking performance. As a DirectX 11 compatible gaming notebook, the G73Jw delivers state-of-the-art graphics via an NVIDIA GeForce™ GTX460M with 1.5GB of GDDR5 video memory. The G73Jh also brings a more comfortable gaming experience to mobile users, with a tapered design for a more ergonomic wrist posture along with a cool palm rest area thanks to the rear venting design.