|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||750 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2048 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
ASUS N56VM-AB71 Full-HD 1080P 15.6-Inch Laptop
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15.6" FHD (1920*1080)/Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz)/6GB DDR3/Nvidia GT 630M 2G/750GB 7200RPM/DL DVD±RW/CD-RW/Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)/802.11BGN/2.0MP Camera/Bluetooth 4.0/6 Cell Battery/HDMI/Instant On/B&O speakers/Subwoofer/1YR Global Warranty/1YR Accidental Damage Protection/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/2-way FREE shipping/24-7 tech support/support a 3D external display
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First of all, the build quality on this machine is EXCELLENT. Having never owned any asus product, I'm seriously impressed at the build quality on this thing. Even though I only paid $899, this feels like a $1500+ machine. The aluminum finish is fantastic and feels really good. I will say it's a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but that's nothing a quick wipe with a cloth won't fix. Also, since Amazon doesn't disclose this, the ASUS logo on the front lid is BACKLIT. Some reviewers have knocked on the weight a bit, but for everything you're getting, it's a non issue. Unless you weigh about 30lbs, I don't see how you could knock on the weight.
The keyboard is great. I very much enjoy the feel of the keys and the response is excellent. Even for someone with big hands like me, I have no trouble typing at full speed. Also, this keyboard is BACKLIT for those of you not sure, and it looks great in the dark. You can also adjust the level of brightness as you see fit.
Wasn't too happy with this at first but I've grown to like it. I'm a big fan of the pinch to zoom and all the other features it comes with. Yes, sometimes you might not get the exact response you want or you'll accidentally zoom in on something, but the touchpad is great. No regrets and no serious complaints.
Initial boot up takes a bit, but even with all of the bloatware ASUS puts on this thing, it's pretty fast. The i7 along with the 6GB of RAM really makes navigating through all programs a breeze and I've no freeze ups or noticeable lag. I plan on installing an SSD sometime in the near future and doing a clean install but for the average user, there shouldn't be any performance issues.
As some reviewers have previously mentioned, you are using dual cards for graphics. The laptop uses the Intel 4000 for non extensive actions and the NVIDIA for heavy graphic tasks such as gaming. I don't really plan on gaming at all so this is perfect for me. But from what I've read, gaming shouldn't be an issue.
Display & Sound:
The display is AMAZING. Videos, websites, programs......everything looks excellent. Hands down the best display I've used on a Windows machine. I would highly recommend pushing for 1080p if possible. The sound quality for a laptop is amazing. It's loud and clear. I've just started doing insanity workouts and using this and the sound and look of everything is amazing. No complaints at all. I haven't used the included speaker, but I'll get around to it. Webcam is also nice and clear and video chatting is no issue. Other party can hear me loud and clear with no echo.
Overall, I am completely satisfied with my purchase.
I really wish Amazon would get proper specs up for this. I ordered in hope that it would have a backlit keyboard, and I got lucky.
I will update this review with more info if I find anything worth remarking on - the specs speak for themselves, and of course there is a ton of nonsense bloatware, but that's easily dealt with.
I highly recommend this machine to anyone who wants something that looks good and you can be proud to own.
In fact, this ASUS laptop has a nicer screen than any other laptop I have ever seen; for me it's better than the MBP 15 screen, since it's a landscape aspect ration to go with HDTV. This ASUS is better for around the house, watching movies and tv; but I also use it for research, and that's where I need memory!
I have the Corsair 16gb memory WORKING. I used the cheaper version; the more expensive VENGENCE memory didn't work in this machine.
$58 at time of this edit:
ASUS rep told me not to expect 16gb memory to work in this machine; I found several different memory combinations that worked, and only one that did not.
Some things I don't like about this machine:
1) Keyboard needs more light damping and dust control; as it is, it backlight leaks light all over the place, and will fill up with dust very quickly, compared to a Samsung or Apple. But the keys feel pretty good, springy. Lot's of feedback, no false/ignored key points on the space bar for example. Precise.
2) Bulky compared to the Samsung. Still needs a little bulk shaved off. Ring around the bezel is very wide for example. And body is pretty big; but I accept that for the great speaker design..
Suggestions: I think the number pad could go; I don't need it, don't use it, and it would make system more ergonomic to use by 'centering' the basic qwerty keys with the touchpad in the MIDDLE of the body, not off to the left as it is now, because the number pad is crammed in there. Samsung had similar issues, so nobody is perfect, yet.
Don't get the idea this machine is really bulky; it's not. NO WHERE CLOSE to a gaming laptop in bulk; it's a nice size, just no Ultrabook like my old Samsung.
3) Needs a Fn Lock key. I really need to be able to toggle this without using the bios.
3a) BIOS seems really lame; hardly any settings available, is it just me? LAME.
4) The giant touchpad is hard to miss when typing; I may look for a track ball to use when typing letters, emails. Get used to using the cnt-Z to undo massive wipeouts of text from accidentally hitting it. I have tried to adjust it, and it's not bad, but not great either.
Has anyone tried to adjust the sensitivity of this big boy? I'm thinking I will put a tablet screen cover on this touchpad to reduce it's sensitivity since I've not seen a sensitivity adjustment for it. That might tone it down so that just barely touching it doesn't trigger it; right now it's just too sensitive. PLEASE ADD SENSITIVITY CONTROL.
I also figured out I needed to turn off the gestures I never use. I mostly use 2 figure scrolling and pinch zoom, and single tap. I turned the others off, and its better to use now than from the factory.
The spacing of the touch pad is TOO FARGING CLOSE TO THE KEYBOARD. PLEASE FIX IN FUTURE MODELS. THERE IS LOTS OF ROOM, PLEASE MOVE APART.
HINT: I don't have these same problems with my Macbook Pro or Samsung Series 7 Chronos.
5) Needs dual-band wireless. My Samsung had it, and it's a full year old design. No excuses ASUS, PLEASE ADD dual-band wifi!
6) USB 3.0 is buggy on this laptop; maybe it's the Intel chipset that's not working very well, but I have USB 3.0 external drives that won't connect reliably; lose the connection. I've read this is common with laptops in general, and I need to buffer with an externally powered USB hub to fix, never tried it. So maybe it's just not powering the USB ports reliably enough for fast data transfers and a hub would fix it. USB2.0 external drives are reliable.
LOVE THIS SCREEN! (Enough I don't use and will sell my other laptops.)
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