Asus has just announced the UK’s first quad-core gaming laptop, claiming it’s the fastest gaming laptop that money can buy. It’s got an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor running at 2.53GHz, 4GB of RAM, a Geforce 9700M graphics card, and a pair of 250GB hard drives in RAID-0.
The beast packs a 17″ screen, with 1920×1200 resolution, and a smaller ‘VFD’ display too, which can show email notifications and framerates while in-game. It’s got a 2-megapixel webcam, 802.11n wireless, HDMI and eSATA ports, 2.1 speakers and a subwoofer, and ‘programmable chassis lighting’.
Do I want one? Despite being a big gamer, probably not. Gaming laptops are a bit of a waste of time for most people (with the exception of serial LAN gamers) compared to a good gaming desktop. A year ago I put together a quad-core gaming PC, which cost me just under £1000. I suspect that it still runs faster than this laptop does.
There’s no definitive pricing or release info yet, but I’d guess ‘at least £2,000’ and ‘before Christmas’ for the answers to those questions. As soon as we get anything more concrete, I’ll update this post.
Asus UK (via ITProPortal)