Asus Joins Mobile Core i7 Gang With 16" M60J Multimedia Notebook

It was only last week that Intel rolled out its newest Core i7 chips, and already a handful of prominent notebook manufacturers are lining up to introduce new machines with those very CPUs within. Asus is joining the fray with its classy M60J, a 16" multimedia powerhouse with plenty of leverage to handle practically anything that you'd dream of throwing at a laptop.

Within the sleek, black shell is a 1.6GHz Core i7 720QM or a 1.73GHz Core i7 820QM, both of which are hot off the presses from Intel. Windows Vista is the OS of choice, but we get the idea that this rig will be eligible for a Windows 7 upgrade once October 22nd rolls around. There's also an Intel PM55 Express chipset, room for 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory, a 16" display (1366x768 resolution), a 250GB/320GB/500GB 2.5" hard drive, a built-in optical drive (DVD is standard; Blu-ray is optional) and a 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS-PRo). Rounding things out are a 2MP webcam, Gigabit Ethernet jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an ExpressCard slot, HDMI port, eSATA and even a fingerprint reader.

As is typically the case with new Asus machines, the outfit has yet to make public a price or release date, but considering just how quickly rivals are getting their wares out, we doubt Asus will sit around too long on this one.


Processor & Cache Memory Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 820QM/720QM : 1.73 GHz - 1.6 GHz, SC turbo up to 3.06/2.8 GHz;

Operating SystemGenuine Windows Vista® Ultimate,
Genuine Windows Vista® Business,
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium,
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic,
ChipsetMobile Intel® PM55 Express Chipset
Main Memory DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 4GB SDRAM
*Due to the 32-bit operation system's limitation, only 3GB will show up with a 4GB memory. The 64-bit operating system will not have this issue. For more information, please check Microsoft's support site:

Display 16" HD (1366x768) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
Video Graphics & MemoryNVIDIA® GeForce® GT240M , with 1GB VRAM
Hard Drive 2.5" 9.5mm SATA
Optical Drive5.25" , 12.7mm
DVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
Card Reader4 in 1 card reader, SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro
Video Camera2.0 Mega Pixel web camera
Fax/Modem/LAN/WLANIntegrated Intel® High Definition Audio chip (Azalia) compliant MDC fax/modem and 10/100/1000 BaseT
Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.1+EDR (optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
Intel® WiFi Link 5300
LED Status IndicatorPower-on/Suspend
Battery Charging/full/low
Storage device access
Capital Lock
Capital / Scroll / Number Lock
Wireless on status indicator
Bluetooth on status indicator(optional)
Interface1 x Express card
1 x Line-in Jack
1 x Microphone-in jack
2 x Headphone-out jack (1 with S/PDIF)
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x IEEE 1394 port
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
1 x WLAN On/Off Switch
1 x E-SATA
1 x Fingerprint
Hot Keys Function Keys:
Fn+F1 Suspend switch
Fn+F2 WLAN switch
Fn+F2 Bluetooth switch
Fn+F3 Access to the E-mail
Fn+F4 Access to the Internet
Fn+F5 Brightness down
Fn+F6 Brightness up
Fn+F7 LCD on/off
Fn+F8 LCD/CRT switch display
Fn+F9 TouchPad Lock
Fn+F10 Volume on/mute
Fn+F11 Volume down
Fn+F12 Volume up
Fn+Ins Numeric Key Pad on/off
Fn+Del Scroll Lock on/off
Fn+Space Power 4Gear
Fn+V Camera capture
Fn+?: Stop
Fn+?: Play/Pause
Fn+ ?:Skip to Previous Track
Fn+ ?:Skip to Next Track
AudioBuilt-in stereo speakers
Dolby Sound Room certification
Altec Lansing® speakers
Keyboard19mm full size 88 Key with MS Windows function keys
Numberic Keyboard
Battery Pack & Life 6 cells: 4800 mAh
AC AdapterOutput: 19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90W
Input: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Dimension & Weight37.5 x 26.5 x 3.43~4.06 cm (W x D x H)
3.3 kg (with 6 cell battery)
SecurityBIOS Booting / HDD User Password Protection and security lock
Kensington lock hole
Supplied Accessories Optical Mouse
Multimedia SoftwarePower Director V5.0 (*For Basic & Business only)
Medi@Show V3.0 (*For Basic & Business only)
ASUSDVD 6-in-1
ASUS AI Touch Media
Virus & Tool SoftwareNorton™ Internet Security 2009
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0
ASUS UtilityAsus Win flash for BIOS and Driver live Update
ASUS CopyProtect
ASUS SmartLogon
ASUS Net 4 switch
ASUS Power4Gear+
Asus Live Update
Asus Multi-Frame
ASUS Life Frame 3
ASUS Wireless Console
Asus Data Security Management(ADSM)
Virtual Camera
ASUS Splendid
ASUS Hotkey
ASUS Express Gate
Instant Fun
Fancy Start
AI Recovery
Warranty & e-support2-year limited global hardware warranty
*different by country
1-year battery pack warranty
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Microsoft Windows Vista) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting