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ASUS N56VM-AB71 Full-HD 1080P 15.6-Inch Laptop
ASUS N56VM-AB71 Full-HD 1080P 15.6-Inch Laptop

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!, October 8, 2012
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Decided to update after I accidentily stepped on my old vaio FW and cracked the (beautiful 16.4" 1080p) screen. So far, I'm very glad I went with this machine. It's solidly built, looks great (even my mac-obsessed friends had to conceded it looked beautiful), and runs very well. The laptop is very solidly built throughout and feels like it could take some damage.

A few things that set this computer above the rest is the full 1080p display (a must for me, I can't handle how big and terrible things look on the usual 720 rigs), and the excellent Asus warranty (free accidental damage protection for a year is a huge plus). The island style keyboard is backlit and very easy to type on, and the trackpad is incredibly responsive. The best trackpad I've used that wasn't on a mac. Though they did place it a little too close to the keyboard so it's sometimes easy to accidently bump/click when typing.

Another thing not mentioned in the specs, but the battery life is great. Turn off the backlighting on the keyboard, turn the screen brightness all the way down, and make sure you're using the integrated graphics rather than the discrete and you can easily pull over 4 hours of web surfing/document creation out of this before needing to plug in. Video playback will push you closer to the 3 hour mark, which is still very respectable for this powerful of a machine.

The chasis itself is slightly thicker than what it looks like online (the black part under the silver is part of the chasis, don't be fooled by strategic lighting/design. That being said, it is by no means uncomfortably thick or heavy. Just don't be expecting an ultrabook.

Overall, this is a great product at an amazing price. Very worth the money.
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