Intel’s new Skylake CPUs continue their invasion of the world’s systems, with their introduction to the newly expanded lineup of Asus’ N Series laptops. The two new systems utilize Intel’s high-end Core-i7 processors, and combine them with ultra-high definition displays, Nvidia graphics, and bountiful connectivity options.
The new N series laptops come in two different sizes. The first, the N552, has a 15.6 inch display, while the larger N752 has a 17.3 inch screen. Both however come with the same 4k (3,840 x 2,160) IPS panel, with a 100-percent sRGB color palette.
At its widest, the tablet portion is just 30mm thick, and it weighs just over 5.5lbs.
Internally the potent quad-core, i7 CPUs (6700HQ or 6300HQ) are twinned with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of PCIExpress SSD storage, which has a sustained read rate as high as 1,500 Mbps. There are also choices for more traditional 2.5 inch storage SSD and HDDs, as per TPU.
Options for graphics are left up to the buyer to decide, but they can go all the way up to a GTX 960M if they need higher powered 3D rendering abilities.
In terms of ports, there’s one of the much-lauded USB type-C connectors that is also able to make use of USB 3.1’s high-speed data transfer. Alongside that futuristic connector are three more traditional USB 3.0 ports, as well as an RJ45 Ethernet port, an HDMI connector, headphone and microphone jacks, and a mini DisplayPort.
ASUS has also put a lot of effort into the audio for this laptop, utilizing its “SonicMaster” audio system, which has B&O ICEpower class-D amplifiers for the speakers. Although we wouldn’t expect sound quality to be like that of full-size speakers, audio should certainly be above average with these new laptops.
For now the eventual price and release date for the N552 and N752 laptops are unknown as they have only appeared on international versions of the ASUS site. We will endeavor to update this piece when that information becomes available.