Asus today announced a F70 laptop that it calls the "world's first 17.3-inch 16:9 notebook".
At least we can all agree that its 'Infusion styling' is unique in apparently being "reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis" - few other laptop manufacturers have tried to associate their product with an unreliable electromagnetic phenomenon that looks lovely but achieves very little.
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Rebounding elastic fingers
Other features of interest could be a HDMI output for, er, watching its DVDs (there's no Blu-ray option) on a big telly, SRS surround sound from Altec Lansing speakers and a 'chiclet' keyboard that "offers a rebounding elasticity", which sounds rather fun.
If you can't wait to tinker with the F70, Asus's own Express Gate technology can boot up Skype, web, music or email functions in a flash and there's also a 1.3MP webcam on board.
With such a big screen, it comes as no surprise that the F70 weighs in at hernia-inducing 3.9kg with battery (no life figures quoted).
The F70 starts at around £860 for a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB, 320GB, Vista Home Premium configuration, rising to £960 for a 2.26GHz chip and half a terabyte hard drive. It's available now.
--- Update --
Apparently, the F70 was the first 16:9 17.3-inch laptop when it was showcased in January, but Asus held off launching it until product was in the shops. So that's that cleared up then.