Our Verdict

Lots of power and features, but it really is big and expensive!

For

  • Fantastic design
  • Great audio
  • Interesting usability
  • Power on offer
  • Wealth of features

Against

  • Average performance for the money
  • Audio isn't ear-shatteringly excellent
  • Screen is a little dim
  • Portability
  • Ultimately doesn't ooze value for money

Every company has its 'hero' products, such as Asus' NX90JQ. These hero laptops usually boast cutting edge design or power (or both), cost an enormous amount of money and – most importantly – boost the brand awareness of the company.

Take Dell's Adamo XPS laptop and Sony's X-Series as examples, both of which happen offer class-leading portability.

But with the NX90JQ, the Taiwanese electronics giant has gone a different route – in this case creating a multimedia monster targeted at those after a premium sounding product and who aren't bothered about the matching price tag.

And at around £2,500 the price tag is a heavy one. But with the NX90JQ you do get bang for your hard-earned buck. There's the much touted Bang & Olufsen (B&O) speaker system, high-end components, an impressive features list and a gorgeous polished aluminium design.

Some could correctly argue you can get this kind of performance elsewhere for less cash, and they'd be right. MSI's excellent GX660R offers a very similar experience, including dedicated speakers, while the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G should also be considered. But neither offers quite the swagger or beauty of the Asus NX90JQ – even if the laptop fails to deliver in certain areas.