Asus reveals Ivy Bridge-powered multimedia machines

Asus N56

What do new Intel Core processors, high definition screens, and a strong emphasis on sound have in common? The answer is new computers from Asus, heading to stores this month.

We’re seeing quite a few new releases from computer manufacturers in the past week, no doubt thanks to the availability of Intel’s new Ivy Bridge third-generation Core processor technology, and now there are three new computers from Asus to talk about, too.

The first of these is the Asus N56, a 15.6 inch lappy supporting HD resolution, Intel’s latest generation Core i7 processor technology, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce graphics with 2GB RAM, and a 750GB drive ready for you to fill up.

Design-wise, it feels like Asus has gone for a look similar to some other top selling laptops, but have shaken it up with a ripple speaker look on the metallic chassis.

Asus appears to have spent some time refining the sound on the laptop, offering the fruits of an Asus and Bang & Olufsen partnership. This combination of resources has resulted in Asus SonicMaster Premium, an audio solution bundling hardware, an external subwoofer, and personalised sound.

While this machine looks to go after the working professional with a $1499 starting price, the gamer craving power will be taken care of in the new G series from Asus.

Asus G55VW

Two models are available in this range, with a 15 inch G55VW and the 17 inch G75VW.

Starting from $2499, the G55VW will offer some pretty serious specs for the gamer keen to take their exploits on the road. Intel’s Ivy Bridge technology can be seen here, with a third-gen Core i7 processor, a massive 12GB RAM, one 750GB hard drive coupled with a 128GB solid state drive, and Nvidia GeForce graphics helping to throw games on the 15.6 inch Full HD (1920×1080) screen.

If that’s not enough, the 17 inch model will offer 16GB RAM, a GeForce graphics with more memory, a Full HD 17.3 inch screen, and 1.5TB of storage.

Asus says the design for these laptops have been “inspired by stealth aircraft” and include inclined bodies, rubberised palm rests, and screens with wide-viewing angles for the late night gaming.

While we’re not sure how many people this will actually help, interested parties should be able to find them in stores later this month.