Asus Rolls Out N61JV Laptop With Nvidia Optimus

Taiwanese giant Asus has pulled out another rather impressive laptop out of its hat, the N61JV, which comes with Nvidia's Optimus technology which switches between integrated and discrete graphics.

The said discrete graphics is an NVIDIA GeForce GT325M with 1GB memory while the integrated graphics - an Intel GMA 4500MHD - is present on the processor itself.

Toggling between the two helps save battery life; the discrete graphics card is only needed for intensive applications such as games and movies.

It also packs the Intel 'Arrandale' Core i5-430M CPU, a dual core model running at 2.26Ghz which dynamically overclocks to 2.53GHz on demand and has 3MB L2 Cache, 4GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8GB), a 500GB hard disk drive spinning at 5400RPM, USB 3.0 support, 802.11n WiFi, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a Blu-ray drive player and a 6-cell battery.

There's also a HDMI port, Optical Out, eSATA, GbE ports, integrated keypad with Windows Home 64 Premium powering the device.

As for the screen, it is a 16-inch LED-backlit model capable of displaying 1366x768 pixel, which to be honest is a little underwhelming considering the rest of the configuration.

The N61JV will be available within weeks with a suggested retail price of £949 with a two year global collect and return warranty although you can grab it here for as little as £756.

Our Comments

Asus's laptop will be facing some serious competition at that price. Granted it comes with some impressive technology but it comes at a cost that many will see as being rather steep especially when compared to better known brands such as Toshiba or Dell.

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