Asus is truly going after the DIY market with its new C90
gaming laptop. The 15.4" unit is one of the most upgradeable laptops ever
offered to consumers and cedes complete control over CPU, GPU (via a MXM
graphics module), memory, HDD and optical drive upgrades without fear of
voiding the warranty.
The Santa Rosa-based notebook comes with a generous
1680x1050 screen resolution and supports Intel Core 2-based processors up to
the range-topping Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz). SATA HDDs are supported and
the C90 can accommodate traditional DVD burners or next gen drives including HD
DVD and Blu-ray.
On the connectivity front, the C90 features 802.11n and
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR wireless options. The laptop also incorporates an eSATA port,
HDMI out, TV-out, Firewire, three USB 2.0 ports, fingerprint scanner (Trusted
Platform Module 1.2) and an ExpressCard 34/54 slot.
The Asus C90 weighs 6.8 pounds with a 6-cell battery and is
rated at 4.5 hours of battery life. The unit itself measures 14.4" x
10.6" x 1.7".
An overeager eBay seller is already listing
the C90 for pre-order at $950 with a NVIDIA GeForce Go 8500 256MB graphics
card and a DVD burner. All other essentials (including the processor, memory
and HDD) must be purchased by the customer.