Asus laptops find keys to Dolby city

Following rounds of interviews and a session on an audio assault course, these two Asus laptops have been awarded Dolby audio medals, and are reportin

Following rounds of interviews and a session on an audio assault course, these two Asus laptops have been awarded Dolby audio medals, and are reporting for multimedia duty.

The W2J (left) has been given Dolby Home Theater colours for its 5.1 surround sound system, which you can play back through headphones, the laptop’s two speakers or, for a full-on but less portable experience, 5.1 speakers.

Its 17in, WSXGA screen will at least be more immersive than a plane’s postage stamp, and you’ll also be able to burn DVDs in 2-channel Dolby Digital audio.

You won’t be restricted to surround sound War of the Worlds either – there’s a built-in hybrid analogue and digital tuner with a remote control for injections of daytime TV too. The spec is rounded off nicely by a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 120GB hard-drive.

If you’re a gamer, your ears are more likely to be impressed with the A7J (right), which is the proud owner of a Dolby Digital Live badge.

Apparently, the Live system will instantly convert stereo signals into Dolby Digital, to make sure your nerves get even more shattered on games like Half Life.

Like the W2J, it features Intel’s Core Duo processing muscle with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but has a smaller hard-drive 100GB and the added bonus of a 1.3MP camera.

Both Dolby-ists will be available from mid-April, the W2J for £2000 and the A7J for £1400. Keep an eye on Asus’ site for more info on availability.