Asus has announced the launch of its N-series range of notebooks with the cheapest being based on Intel's (cheaper) Atom processors which would normally find their places in entry level Netbook.
Instead, the Taiwanese manufacturer chose to flog them in high end, expensive laptops, perhaps in a bid to increase their profit margins/revenues which went down when they introduced their dirt-cheap Asus EEE PC range.
There are four different N-labelled notebooks ranging from a 10.2-inch N10 laptop which comes with an integrated Geforce 9300M GPU (certainly the first instance where a powerful GPU solution is paired with an Atom processor) to the affluent N50 that sports a built-in Ionizer to clean your surrounding air.
Now why would a laptop manufacturer put an air-ionizer in a laptop is beyond comprehension and whilst this might be applauded, it would certainly make more sense to have a more useful feature like an integrated TV tuner.
The N10 will be able to provide with seven hours worth of battery life thanks to an underclocking feature that brings the CPU speed down to 800MHz. Other features include a HDMI port, Audio Digital IO, Gigabit Internet, Bluetooth, WiFi, 2GB memory, a huge 160GB HDD and a webcam.
Asus has also thrown in a rather nifty piece of technology which combines a webcam with a face recognition software to bring on a potent replacement for logging passwords and fingerprint technology. The Smartlogon system detects the user’s face and logs on without any intervention from the user.
This system is designed to learn the variations of the user’s facial features, and is capable of performing detection in different lighting conditions.
There are no details regarding release dates or pricing although the N10 should be around £500.pounds