Asus NX90JQ review

Asus and Bang & Olufsen join forces for this new laptop

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Our Verdict

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

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core

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


  • 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.

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