Asus G71 quad-core gaming laptop debuts

Last month, we reviewed the Asus G50V - a laptop aimed squarely at gamers, but now it has a big brother.

The new G71 is claimed to be the world's first Intel Quad Core gaming notebook, packing in the new Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9300.

"The G71 delivers a total gaming experience in a highly portable package, with an emphasis on audio clarity and stunning graphics performance", says Asus.

As well as the processor, this machine has an added boost thanks to the removal of the overspeed protection so gets more processing power and better abilities to multitask.

Users can also select from three different processor speed settings using the Direct Console 2.0 interface.

The same interface also includes controls for Direct Messenger, enabling communication utilities such as Instant Messaging, meeting and email notifications.

You also get a 17-inch Crystal Shine display with a quick response time of 8ms, powered by the Nvidia GeForce 9700M GT GDDR3 512MB graphics card.

On the keyboard, there are gaming hotkeys and the chassis of the G71 also features a programmable lighting system.

The G71 features up to 4GB of memory as well as packing in dual hard disk drives of up to 1TB (500 GB x 2).

Also worth a mention are the Altec Lansing speakers, Dolby Home Theater, and a 2.0-megapixel webcam.

No price as yet.