By Evan Ackerman
I’m not entirely sure that more equals better when it comes to touchpads, but Asus seems to think so, and at their CES press conference today they were showing off their NX90, a gigantic 18.4″ quad core laptop sporting two touchpads, one on each side of the keyboard. The touchpads aren’t specifically designed to be used simultaneously, and I guess in some cases their placement might be a little bit more convenient than the standard low-center placement, but that would take a lot of getting used to. Plus, the rest of the laptop just looks naked.
You might also notice those huge Bang & Olufsen speakers that look like they were stuck to the sides of the laptop as an afterthought. Their size ensures that you’re going to get better than the average laptoppy sound out of the computer, but from what I managed to hear through the crowd of screaming journalists, it’s not as great as you might expect from components of their size. And for $2500ish, you’re probably expecting greatness. This is just a demo unit, though, so the production version (expected in February) could incorporate some improvements.
And once again, I can’t believe it’s actually pronounced “ay-SOOS.”