Asus N56V hands-on


Asus Philippines reps just came to our office bearing their newest entertainment notebook – the N56V. The N56V is obviously targeted at people who want top notch audio and video in a portable package (as portable as large, 15-inch notebooks can be, at least).

It’s clear that Asus wanted the N56V to look as svelte and as fashionable as possible – as evidenced by the aluminum alloy lid on the N56V. The body of the device looks to be made out of aluminum as well, at least the top part of the chassis is.

The N56V has all the ports you need – from Ethernet down to hi-speed, USB 3.0. The N56V uses Asus’ SonicMaster Premium and Bang and Olufsen ICEpower audio technologies for sound reproduction. It’s also pretty damn hefty too, tipping the scales at around 2.7 kilograms.

The display on this particular behemoth is a 15.3-inch, full HD (1920 x 1080) EMV non-glare FHD. The N56V has a GeForce GT650M GPU, which means it’s able to tackle most games that are currently out right now, as well next generation games come the holidays.

We’re not allowed to say (yet) what kind of processor this particular unit has, suffice to say that’s it’s powered by Intel’s next generation Core i7 processor.

Because of the available real-estate on the chassis of the notebook, the N56V features a full-sized, backlit, island-style keyboard with a numpad, especially handy for people who don’t liked the cramped confines of regular notebook keyboards.

Because of the multimedia tilt of the N56V, Asus has also provided a detachable subwoofer that attaches via a 2.5mm jack on the left side of the device.

That’s it for now. We’ll update you with performance numbers and actual benchmarks once we get more time with the unit.