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ASUS N45SF – Moments With The Maestro

By Lionell Go Macahilig - 24 Oct 2011

Physique

A Fine Fifth

Weeks after ASUS officially launched their fifth generation laptops under the N Series label, the company sent one of its models, the N45SF, for us to scrutinize. The notebook boasts of its exquisite design that is inspired by Bang and Olufsen’s David Lewis, the same person who worked on the drawing board for the luxurious NX90.

In its entirety, the ASUS N45SF is dressed up in a plastic body that looks good and feels resilient. Metallic elements like the speaker grille and the keyboard enhance the overall appearance of the laptop.

The model that we received is clad in a white plastic body mixed with metallic elements, exuding a fresh, clean aura. In spite of the fact that the majority of its constitution is made of plastic, the N45SF feels sturdy. Its lid cover is framed with a reflective metal border, whereas the keyboard and the strip of speaker grille above it also feels like made of metal. Although the speaker grille is seamlessly integrated to the N45SF’s schema, it is noticeably wide. The reason for this is the bigger drivers inside which are necessary to highlight the laptop’s music-centric character. Additionally, the notebook comes with a thick profile because of the larger chamber within, apart from being equipped with a regular Super-Multi DVD drive. If these design factors have favorable effect on audio quality, we’ll find it out on the succeeding pages of this review, but for now, let us focus on the N45SF’s physical facet.

ASUS has further made the music-centric persona of the N45SF more distinguishable because of this set of hotkeys on the left side of the keyboard. Some of the function keys also double as multimedia hotkeys.

The notebook’s touchpad appears seamless with the palm rest. Shown on the front are LED indicators for power, battery, hard disk drive, Wi-Fi, and the caps lock key.

Be aware of the power button that is placed on the upper right hand corner of the keyboard, next after the “Delete” key.

On the left side, a group of Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, microphone and headphone out ports follows the laptop’s air vent.

Adjacent to the USB 2.0 port on the right side of the N45SF is an audio port where the SonicMaster subwoofer connects. This audio port is smaller than the 3.5mm type.

A pair of USB 3.0 ports sits beside the notebook’s optical drive.