ASUS brings new N Series laptops to Australia – with “gaming-grade” GPU and quad-speaker array

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ASUS has announced the Australian availability of its new N Series line of multimedia laptops – the N550 and N750.

Both include the new fourth-gen Intel Core processors, an aluminum chassis, and feature a quad-speaker array with its proprietary SonicMaster Premium audio technology, co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, for rich audio. They also come with Windows 8.

Other specs include a “gaming-grade” NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 4GB GPU with DirectX 11 support, a 15.6-inch (N550) or 17.3-inch (N750) display with Full HD resolution, and up to 1.5TB of storage. The latter depends on which model, however. You can have up to 1TB in a single hard drive for both, but for the N750, you can opt to have a dual-HDD hard drive support where you can have two 750GB hard drives.

The N550 has a starting price of $1599, while the N750 starts at $2299 . You can find them at your local ASUS retailer. Full spec sheet is below:

Processor 4th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
Operating system Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Display N550JV (R552JV): 15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080)
N750JV(R550JV): 17.3-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) / Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics JV: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 4GB DDR3 VRAM
Camera HD 720p web camera
Memory 1600MHz DDR3 (up to 16GB)
Storage 2.5-inch SATA III HDD (1TB – 5400rpm) /
Dual HDD support (750GB X 2 – 5400rpm) (N750 only)
Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, multi-format memory card reader, 3.5mm headphone/mic combo socket, 3.5mm external subwoofer socket
N550: 3x USB 3.0 ports
N750: 4x USB 3.0 ports
Battery N550: Li-polymer 59WHr (4000mAh)
N750: Li-polymer 69WHr (6260mAh)
Size N550: 383 x 255 x 27mm
N750: 415 x 275 x 29.9mm
Weight N550: 2.5kg
N750: 3.3kg