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ASUS N56 15-Inch Laptop [OLD VERSION]

by Asus
40 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core_i7_3610QM Core i7 3610QM 2.3 GHz
  • 4 GB SO-DIMM DDR3 RAM,Integrated 2 Megapixel Webcam,1x Headphone Output,1x Microphone Input,2x USB 2.0,2x USB 3.0,HDMI,VGA,LAN
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch 1366x768 Screen Nvidia GT 650M - 2GB Video Memory
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Product Description

15.6" HD (1366*768)/Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)/4GB DDR3/Nvidia GT 650M 2G/500GB 5400RPM/DL DVD±RW/CD-RW/W7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11BGN/2.0Mp Camera/Bluetooth 4.0/6 Cell Battery/HDMI/Instant On/Bang and Olufsen ICE Power Audio/1YR Global Warranty/1YR Accidental Damage Protection/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support

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From the Manufacturer

Hear the Incredible, Feel the Power

Theater-like multimedia experience on a mobile PC

The new ASUS N56 Series multimedia notebook clearly embodies the design that caters to better user experiences. The ASUS N56 Series is perfect for those who need or want incredible multimedia performance they can take anywhere, the new ASUS N56 Series is the ideal notebook. Its all new deluxe look has recently won a prestigious reddot 2012 Design Award. Grab your ASUS N56 notebook today and experience the incredible.

Tried and Tested for Quality

ASUS is a global technology leader who focuses on the mastery of innovation and design perfection. Today, it is the world's #1 manufacturer of motherboards and is one of world's top PC brands. With customers' need in the forefront, ASUS embodies the passion to create products that truly enhance the computing experience. Not only does design matter, ASUS products are also strictly quality tested to surpass industry standards, surviving multiple drop tests, hinge tests cycles and LCD pressure tests to name a few, ensuring that every ASUS product you buy will be one of your best investments.

Reliability Matters

ASUS PCs finish near or at the top of the industry's reliability rankings survey after survey.1

Known for their unmatched reliability, ASUS products clearly offers you peace of mind and quality you can trust. Using only premium materials, ASUS aims to break the industry mold and deliver a product that is truly incredible. In addition, ASUS also offers the industry's best-in-class warranty and free 1-year accidental damage protection so you sleep worry-free knowing ASUS' got your back.

Innovation Like no Other

Discover your ultimate multimedia entertainment notebook PC with the new ASUS N56 Series. Featuring the ASUS SonicMaster Technology co-developed with audio experts Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, the new ASUS N56 Series brings you even better sound reproduction.

With the power of 3rd Gen Intel Core processors, the new N56 notebooks provide smoother multimedia experience and better multitasking capabilities. It has an even sleeker, slimmer design - only 1.2" thin making it perfect to grab and go when needed.


Key Features

  • ASUS SonicMasterTM Technology co-developed by world-renowned audio experts at Bang & Olufsen ICEpower delivers improved clarity, volume, and resonance, and more detailed sound
  • 3rd Gen Intel® CoreTM i7-3610QM (2.3GHz) Dual-Core processor for lag-free PC performance
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics with 2GB DDR3 VRAM and battery-boosting NVIDIA Optimus technology for Full HD playback and gaming
  • Huge 500GB hard drive capacity means more music, games, videos and files you can store
  • Thinner profile for better portability - only 1.2" thin
  • Instant-on technology means no waiting


  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • Display: 15.6-inch LED Full-HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 630M 2G
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • Memory: 6GB DDR3 1066MHz, 2 SODIMM Sockets, up to 8GB
  • Storage: 500GB 5400RPM
  • Optical Drive: DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
  • Camera: 2.0 megapixel
  • Speakers: Premium sounding speakers co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
  • Card Reader: 1 x 3-in-1 card reader : SD, MMC, MS
  • Input/ Output:
    • 1 x Mic-in
    • 1 x Headphone-out
    • 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor
    • 1 x RJ-45 LAN
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    • 2 x USB 3.0 port
    • 1 x HDMI port
    • 1 Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: 6-cell
  • Dimensions: 15.6" x 10.6" x 1.1" (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 6.0 lbs. (with 6-cell battery)
  • Color: Black

What's in the Box

  • N56VZ-ES71 Notebook
  • AC Adapter
  • 6-cell Battery Pack
  • Warranty Information Card

Comparison Chart

N56VM-AB71 N56VZ-ES71
Display Size 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 15.6" HD (1366 x 768)
Processor Intel® CoreTM i7-3610QM (2.3GHz) Intel® CoreTM i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 2G NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 2G
Memory 6GB DDR3 4GB DDR3
Storage 750GB 7200RPM 500GB 5400RPM
Battery 6-cell 6-cell

Relax ASUS has got you covered!

This notebook is backed by the industry's most comprehensive warranty.

1-Year ASUS Global Warranty
  • 30-Day Flawless Display Guarantee
  • Free 2-way standard shipping
  • 24/7 Technical Support
1-Year Accidental Damage Protection
Covers accidental drops, spills, power surges and fire damage for the first year.

Rated number 1 PC brand according to SquareTrade, the leading direct-to-consumer warranty company.

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1366*768
Processor2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorNvidia GT 650M
Graphics Card Ram Size2 GB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand NameAsus
Item model numberN56VZ-ES71
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15 x 1.10 x 10 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #32,350 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight10.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableMay 9, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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Customer Reviews

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve on June 1, 2012
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I just upgraded from a three-year-old Acer laptop, and so far this laptop has been a great choice. Looks sleek and sharp, runs fast, plays games beautifully (almost the first thing I did when I got it up and running was install Diablo 3 and Tera), matte screen looks nice and crisp. It's pretty much exactly what I was looking for in a laptop. Definitely happy with it so far.

A couple of things that may or may not be negatives for you:

- As another reviewer mentioned, the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics card is DDR3, not GDDR5. This didn't matter much to me because it's still a very significant upgrade over what I was using before, but if you're looking for a GDDR5 video card you won't find it here.

- ASUS BLOATWARE. Holy &@*$ there is a lot of bloatware that comes on this thing. I spent a while the other day trying to uninstall their preinstalled programs and I still have a bunch of processes running on my computer that I don't recognize. I'm toying with the idea of just wiping and reinstalling a clean version of Windows. All I want is to buy a laptop with a completely basic/bare-bones Windows installation and a browser so I can install everything else myself, but I have yet to have that happen.


I ended up doing a clean Windows reinstall to wipe out Asus's bloatware.

For the most part everything is still great, but there's one annoyance I've come across in regards to audio. When no sound is playing, every 10 seconds or so I'll hear a soft popping sound from my speakers. It drives me nuts when I'm sitting around browsing the internet without any music playing, but I'm not sure what's causing it (already updated my drivers, etc). It doesn't happen if they're playing sound (music, games, etc).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By From Detroit on November 4, 2012
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I was very happy with my previous ASUS laptop, and decided to go with this model, after a bit of deliberation. I use my machines for general productivity, web browsing, Netflix and for gaming. Unfortunately, I'm unable to afford a "true gaming" laptop. It doesn't seem to matter, however. This one works great!

**Technical Side**
So far, this machine has tandles EVERYTHING I've thrown at it. The CPU and GPU are good enough to last you a few years before they start showing their age. The RAM and HDD do leave some to be desired, but RAM is cheap, and with RAMDisk options out there, the hard drive will make little difference. Currently, 4GB is plenty for most applications and games. Those who intend on editing audio, photo or video will definitely require more.

The black levels on this display are great. Games and HD movies are very crisp,and I enjoy the nice contrast levels. Some might be turned off by the 1366x768 resolution (mostly movie buffs, hardcore gamers and those who edit video/photos,) but I appreciate the boost in game performance (higher resolutions hit the GPU harder.)

ASUS did a nice job with the sound system. The built-in speakers sound great for a laptop, and the added mini-sub gives you a little more low end, which is a plus.

The backlit keyboard is awesome when gaming in a dark room!

** Aesthetics**
The black brushed aluminum and silvery grey mix is sharp. I've never been too fussy on how things look.

I have nothing but praise for movies streamed off of Netflix or Amazon Prime. They look great and sound great.

MS Office programs load up fairly fast. I suspect RAMdisk or installing a SSD will expedite things tremendously here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on May 30, 2012
The wider screen makes the laptop feel bigger. Not a bad thing. Very fast. Some bloatware that can be removed and the usual McAfee AV software limited trial (will replace and use Avast). The sound is good and we are still trying to figure out the included tiny subwoofer, but overall bass sounds good.

Here is something about the RAM. It is posted here as 6GB, but it is only 4gb RAM. If you read the description further down the page you will read the correct 4gb RAM. Amazon as usual took care of me and that situation.

There are 2 video cards in this laptop. The Intel HD Graphics and also the Nvidia GT 650M. The way it is supposed to work is the Intel HD is used for everyday surfing, word processing, email, facebook, etc. The Nividia card will apparently kick in when gaming or when you specifically call for it in the application. Still need to figure this out, but I read about it online.

I would definitely recommend this laptop to anyone who wants a very powerful entertainment/gaming laptop on a budget.

Regrets? Would have liked the Blu-ray drive and the TV tuner. Other than that, solid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angus Repper on December 29, 2012
At least until ASUS/INTEL get their acts together.

I used this thing for a couple of months with Win 7 and it's the first time I have been overly pleased with a laptop. There always seems to be something that isn't quite right with a new laptop... this one was the exception and I was very pleased.

However, after installing Winblows 8, things started to unravel. Nothing major, just some annoying things. For instance,

1. the USB 3.0 drivers are incompatible.
2. WIDI no longer works and there does not seem to be a fix for this.
3. The DVD drive open/close button no longer functions. If I want to open the disk drive, I must do it from Windows explorer.

I have tried using the ASUS upload manager to take care of the above... but after 3 months of trying, I have given up. My USB ports, while working are slow. I don't use WIDI much, so it's only a small bummer. The disk drive thing is more of an annoyance. Lastly, Windows 8 is one very horrible piece of software. Maybe it's better on a touch screen, but I doubt it. Don't feel compelled to install Windows 8 in this machine because it is nearly perfect without it.

This computer as delivered with Win7 is a five star computer. 'Upgrading' to Windows 8 makes it a three star computer.
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