Asus NX90JQ review

Asus and Bang & Olufsen join forces for this new laptop

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Considering the quality and power of components beneath the hoo,d we expected the NX90JQ to be exceptionally powerful, but it didn't quite match our expectations.

Don't get us wrong. The quad-core Intel 1.73GHz Core i7-740QM, which overclocks itself automatically to 2.93GHz thanks to an Intel's Turbo Boost technology, is more than capable of running pretty much any commercially available program as smoothly as you'd like – thanks in part to the 6GB of memory on board. However, the laptop is outperformed by the Sony VAIO-VPCZ12V9E/X and also Asus' own G73JH.

We don't know about you, but we'd expect the best power on the market for this price, regardless of if we were ever going to need or even use it, and the Asus NX90JQ doesn't deliver.

The same can be said for graphical performance. The NX90JQ features a Nvidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated video memory, and again benchmark results were disappointing – and the MSI GX740 provides significantly more graphical performance at a fraction of the price.

If you want to casually edit high-definition film and play the latest games without too many issues, the power is fine, but for the money we still expect more.

The NX90JQ boasts two 640GB hard drives offering acres of storage for your multimedia files and folders, so those with hundreds of movies, songs and photos should be well catered for well into the future.

As mentioned above, a Blu-ray drive is included for watching the latest films, but while you can't write to Blu-ray disks (another shame considering the price of the NX90JQ) you can to CDs and DVDs. 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet are on board, and are the current fastest networking technologies around.

As you'd expect, portability isn't the NX90JQ's strong card. The 4.4kg the machine weighs is hernia-inducing, and the polished aluminium finish will quickly attract scratches and scuffs on the road. Contrastingly, however, the 210 minute battery life isn't bad at all considering the power of the components involved.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1.28 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 335M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyNX90JQ
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-740QM
ColourBlack, Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)4.40 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots3
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height36 mm
Width530 mm
Depth280 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesNX90JQ
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelNX90JQ-YZ068Z
Product NameNX90JQ-YZ068Z Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX90JQ-YZ068Z
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Atelier craftsmanship, premium luxury and unprecedented sonic refinement come together spectacularly in the new ASUS NX90, a multimedia notebook for those with discerning tastes in audio and style.

Maximum Memory12 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • NX90JQ-YZ068Z Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year