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Asus Debuts 18.4" "Polished Aluminum" Laptop

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This 18.4" desktop replacement features a big display flanked by relatively gargantuan speakers

Anyone remember the Dell XPS M2010? That 20-inch "laptop" from 2006 seems like the inspiration for the Asus NX90, an 18.4" desktop replacement with a "polished aluminum" finish that was featured yesterday at COMPUTEX 2010.

We're not really sure why anyone would want their computer to have a shiny aluminum casing, which attracts fingerprints like bees to honey. But clearly the NX90 is designed for an audience, with its relatively large 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display, slot-loading Blu-Ray drive, and Bang & Olufsen speakers. The two trackpads on either side of the keyboard seem suited for multiple users, but also create the potential for bitter fights over mouse pointer control.

Processor options include Core i5 or i7 running Intel's HM55 chipset. The main DDR3 1066 MHz memory is expandable up to 12GB, while the discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 335M with 1GB of VRAM should provide enough power for decent gaming. With relatively advanced connectivity via the two onboard USB 3.0 ports (complementing the two USB 2.0 counterparts), we're also assuming the NX90 will come equipped with WiFi-N and Bluetooth.

The laptop first debuted at CES 2010, with an estimated price of $2,499 for the base configuration. Yet the Asus rep on hand couldn't give us information regarding mass market availability, so stay tuned for updates.

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    tommysch , June 2, 2010 3:34 PM
    wotan31Ugly. Probably crippled with Windows too. No thx.


    How about you get lost?
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    urlsen , June 2, 2010 3:40 PM
    TommySchHow about you get lost?


    Agree :) 

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    theuerkorn , June 2, 2010 3:17 PM
    Glossy!!! Of course as useful as with high gloss screens, which this one seems to have too! Buy it for looks, and then put it away so nobody touches it. ;-)
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    domenic , June 2, 2010 3:16 PM
    That's a lot of fingerprints
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    theuerkorn , June 2, 2010 3:17 PM
    Glossy!!! Of course as useful as with high gloss screens, which this one seems to have too! Buy it for looks, and then put it away so nobody touches it. ;-)
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    Parsian , June 2, 2010 3:19 PM
    It looks luxurious and cool but thats about it...

    I thought these Aluminum casings have problems with heat issue
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    killerclick , June 2, 2010 3:20 PM
    Yuck, I'd spend most of my time cleaning all the fingerprints so I don't care what the specs are, I'd never get anything done on it. :) 
  • 9 Hide
    unrealpinky , June 2, 2010 3:21 PM
    The speakers on the side MUST GO.
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    hoofhearted , June 2, 2010 3:24 PM
    I'll take my m17x.
  • 2 Hide
    TunaSoda , June 2, 2010 3:28 PM
    Pretty lacking looking if you ask me
  • 8 Hide
    mattclary , June 2, 2010 3:31 PM
    ParsianIt looks luxurious and cool but thats about it... I thought these Aluminum casings have problems with heat issue


    In general, aluminum is a great conductor of heat, so usually helps, not hurts.
  • 25 Hide
    tommysch , June 2, 2010 3:34 PM
    wotan31Ugly. Probably crippled with Windows too. No thx.


    How about you get lost?
  • 12 Hide
    dman3k , June 2, 2010 3:39 PM
    I'd buy this if it was in carbon fiber instead.
  • 17 Hide
    urlsen , June 2, 2010 3:40 PM
    TommySchHow about you get lost?


    Agree :) 

  • 1 Hide
    igot1forya , June 2, 2010 3:43 PM
    Up next, 24 Carrot Gold and then on to Platinum!
  • 0 Hide
    wintermint , June 2, 2010 3:50 PM
    Fingerprint smudges are ugly.
  • 0 Hide
    littlec , June 2, 2010 3:59 PM
    Sexay
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    hamthony , June 2, 2010 4:10 PM
    Should come with a warning label for OCD people
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    mauller07 , June 2, 2010 4:19 PM
    Igot1foryaUp next, 24 Carrot Gold and then on to Platinum!


    nah we can skip all those and go straight for solid cut artificial diamond case

    still waiting on them to bring out cases we were promised with heat pipe radiators in the lid of the case...
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    tsnorquist , June 2, 2010 4:26 PM
    Looks like "Dumbo" with those speakers on the side... if you're serious about sound, yer wearing "cans" anyhow.
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    zak_mckraken , June 2, 2010 4:27 PM
    wotan31Ugly. Probably crippled with Windows too. No thx.

    I know you're just trolling, but I'm gonna go ahead and walk into your game.

    Ugly? I like it, but then again, it's a matter of taste.

    Crippled with Windows? Windows 7 is a fine OS that should do just well on a high-end laptop like this one. Anyway, if you were as 1337 as you seem to think you are, you would disregard the OS and install one of your choice.

    To get back on topic : I like the speakers. They must sound way better than the little tweeters laptops usually have. They also serve a double purpose of protecting the side ports when the lid is closed. Aluminium is light and must also be good to spread the heat. The main drawback here are the fingerprints marks. Just like my stainless steel fridge.
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    boosterfire , June 2, 2010 4:28 PM
    The target audience must be doctors, serial killers or botanists... anyone who wear gloves. First person to invent printfree brushed aluminum gets the money (and patent), go!
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