Asus NX90JQ review

Asus and Bang & Olufsen join forces for this new laptop

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We found it very hard to come to a conclusion about the Asus NX90JQ. On the one hand, it's a laptop with a uniquely gorgeous design, great audio, innovative usability – courtesy of the twin touchpads – and powerful performance.

But there's a nagging feeling that, while the NX90JQ does its job well, the audio isn't that spectacular, the twin touchpad design – which does work – is a little pointless without the excluded Desktop Rotation software and the performance isn't all conquering. All these arguments are placed into even sharper relief when the price is chucked into the mix.

It's important to note, however, that the above qualms may be of little consequence to those simply after something a little different and have the cash to splash. For the rest of us, however, better value for money (if that's what you're after) can be found elsewhere. The Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G or the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition (if you're after something a little more portable) are good starting points.

We liked

There's a lot we liked about the Asus NX90JQ. First and foremost, the design is killer, and the glorious polished aluminium finish is beautiful to behold.

The sound quality produced by the B&O speakers is also impressive and some will really enjoy using the twin touchpad system – especially the left-handed.

This is a very powerful machine that will carve its way through pretty much anything you care to throw at it. Add in the Blu-ray drive and considerable storage space and you're looking at a highly specified laptop.

On-top of the above the NX90JQ boasts a wealth of features including a TV Tuner, USB 3.0 and cutting edge networking technologies.

We disliked

Firstly the cost, and ultimately it's hard to see how the NX90JQ offers value for money.

Sound quality is good for a laptop, but equalled or bettered by a standard set of desktop speakers – which may be a better and cheaper option if you're looking to enhance your audio experience.

Performance is good, but not all-conquering, and for those with serious multimedia interests, such as gamers and serious movie editors, there's more power on offer elsewhere for cheaper.

For a multimedia machine, the screen brightness isn't quite up to scratch.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1.28 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 335M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Finger Print ReaderNo
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 Address
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