Asus Launches World's First 17.3-Inch Laptop

Asus has announced the F70 notebook, which it says is the first model available with a 17.3-inch display. This has LED backlighting, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1,920-x-1,080 to precisely match that a HD video.

The company says that the laptop's design is reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights), which sets it apart from conventional notebook designs. Not only is it designed to look beautiful -- it serves a highly practical purpose too by offering robustness against surface abrasions and maintaining the superb glossy appearance even after long periods of use.

The F70 notebook also integrates the 'chiclet' keyboard, a new generation of keyboard designed by Asus. The new keyboard features concave keys that fit the user's fingertips and offer a rebounding elasticity -- a design that Asus says eases the strain of typing over longer periods. Smaller spacing between keys also sees greater protection against the gathering of dust.

Other features include Altec Lansing surround sound speakers for HD audio, and an HDMI port for external displays. Pricing begins at £747 (US$1,089) plus VAT.

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