Anyone that knows me, knows I have a love hate relationship with Bang & Olufsen. I love their design aesthetics, and I think that they are over priced to the point of stupidity at times (See my post about the 40 thousand dollar TV from last year). So when I saw this I was intrigued. The price point isn’t that bad, it looks absolutely beautiful, it is a media PC, and the tech specs look really solid.
Computer giant, Asus and stereo giant Bang & Olufsen, are collaborating on a new design for a laptop computer. Commissioned by Asus, and designed by award-winning Bang & Olufsen chief designer David Lewis, Bang & Olufsen the design department has come up with a signature brushed aluminum laptop dubbed “NX90Jq”.
The laptop includes a dual touch-pad, another Bang & Olufsen hallmark of their design stylings, which lets you use both hands to simultaneously control the computer through a multi-touch experience. I’m not sure why they didn’t just go for a touch screen, or a larger single touch/track pad. I would think that the dual track pads which are located on each side of the keyboard would be difficult to use since they go against common user experience models. Although I holding off judgment since Asus has included media software to take advantage of this design concept. Asus software is called “Rotation Desktop Control”, and provides two-handed control for music and other media.
The new laptop features a large 18.4-inch screen which is completely covered in glass at 1,920-by-1,080 1080P resolution. The size of this beast might limit portability of the device, so I’m thinking this might be the kind of laptop that you use more in one location, rather than toting it back and forth from home to office. Sort of a portable home media PC.
The sleek laptops audio is powered by Bang & Olufsen ICE power speakers which deliver extreme dynamic range for their size, and complement the advanced video hardware within.
The NX90 features an Intel Core i7 CPU (either 7200QM or 8200QM), an 18” 1080p display, Nvidia GeForce GT 335M graphics card, dual hard drives, and a slot-load Blu-ray drive. Expect prices to be in the $1,799 to $2,499 range (probably one of the cheapest Bang &Olufsen devices you could ever own).
The Asus NX90 Bang & Olufsen will be shipping in early march. I wonder if I can “Hackintosh” with OSX?