Asus' N-series laptops top out with 4K screens and PCIe SSDs

Asus has unwrapped the latest models in its N series of notebooks. The newcomers pack GeForce GTX graphics cards and can be fitted with 4K IPS screens. Two sizes of N-series notebooks are available: the 15.6" N552 and the bigger 17.3" N772.

Those premium screens are the stars of the show for the N-series. The base models come with 768p or 1080p TN units, but buyers can opt for 1080p or 4K IPS panels that both offer 100% sRGB color coverage.
Asus builds the N-series around Skylake Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs. The company doesn't specify the amount of base RAM, but the machines can take in a maximum of 16 GB. Both notebook lines get "gaming-grade" GeForce GTX graphics chips. In the case of the N552 series, at least, that means a GTX 950M or 960M. Storage options range from ye olde 5400-RPM mechanical hard drive, up to PCIe x4 SSDs as large as 512GB.

Both the lid and keyboard frame are made out of aluminum on the N-series. Asus says the keyboard's key travel is 1.8 mm. The 15.6" N552 weighs in at 5.6 lbs (2.53 Kg) and is 1.2" thick. There's no word yet on the N572's exact specs, but its thickness and weight should be similar.

Networking comes by way of 802.11n or 802.11ac Wi-Fi depending on the model, along with Gigabit Ethernet. According to Asus, all models are fitted with a USB 3.1 10 Gbps Type-C port, along with USB 3.0 ports.


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