Though most of our discussion about notebooks recently has been centering around the freshly announced Intel Pine Trail platform and the Atom processors, it looks like ASUS is getting at least one new sweet looking gaming notebook ready to show off as well.  The ASUS X77 specs we are seeing rumored are pretty impressive:
  • 17.3-in display (1600×900)
  • Core i5-430M processor
  • ATI Mobility 5730 GPU
  • Dual hard drives
  • 4GB of memory
  • HDMI and eSATA connections
ASUS should show a 17.3-in gaming notebook at CES 2010 - Mobile 2

The best part about all of this?  The estimated price has it just under $1500!
Details are still fuzzy at best, but word on the street has it that ASUS is preparing to unveil a new mobile gaming rig in short order. The biggest news is the powerhouse within: it’ll purportedly be based on Intel’s dual-core Core i5-430M processor. In addition to that, the rumored GPU will be a potent ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730, which is likely to feature DDR3 memory. You’ll also find a pair of 500GB hard drives, 4GB of RAM, an eSATA and HDMI port and a 1,600 x 900 LED panel that spans 17.3-inches diagonally. There’s no official availability or pricing information to speak of, but Fudzilla is reporting that it should show up in just a few weeks for around€1,000 ($1,435).