I like it. So far, so good. I have Win7 N56VM model takes 16GB RAM!
Jeffrey M. Papineau "Tech Lover", Amazon
30 November 2012
Summary: I bought this laptop intending to replace my 6 month old 15" Chronos Samsung. (Which is smaller, more compact, lighter, and has a great screen.) But I want the Ivy Bridge processor this machine has, and the 1080P screen, which I just love because it is matt finish and perfect looking. 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.
Summary: I spent a lot of time searching for this machine. Well, okay, I spent 5 hours one night waiting for my paycheck to clear. I investigated a lot of different machines, including the higher-end Asus gamer rigs, and I settled on this one. Including tax I spent about $450 less than I would have on one of those boxes, and I'm happy with my purchase so far. So let's get into the review. The good: The screen is really good, but it's not as good as my Vaio from several years ago.
Summary: I received this laptop about four days ago and still in the process of removing and loading software. Started with the standard operating procedure, Windows updates and removing McAfee (this requires a special removal tool from the McAfee website to do a clean uninstall). Had trouble with the wireless connection crashing and had to call Asus customer support who directed my to their website to download a new driver for the Atheros AR9485-EG wireless adaptor.
Summary: Apart from the initial hassle of getting a UK version sorted, I find the windows 7 machine a good replacement for my desk top. A change forced by Microsoft's ceasing XP support. I searched for about six months before deciding on this machine which at a factory refurbished price of £590 was a bargain (or will be if it lasts at least 5 years) as opposed to the extortionate price of about £1,900 new.
Summary: Great laptop no issues at all with initial set up and backing up of systym. Sound is very impressive for laptop speakers, dvd tray a little flimsy and the hard drive will definatly be getting an upgraded to a ssd but all in all a very good laptop with great specs for the price.
Summary: Read reviews about this laptop and the one complaint you'll frequently see mentioned is the touchpad. It's big and when you type you will almost certainly brush it. There's simply no getting away from that fact. Having spent next to no time with Windows 7 on this machine and upgrading to Windows 8, I can't say whether the bundled Asus touchpad software fixed the problem of accidental touchpad palm brushes, but it certainly didn't work in Windows 8.
Summary: I bought this machine based on the full HD screen and powerful Ivy Bridge i7 CPU as I need to do quite a lot of development work on a portable device and compiling large builds was taking a long time on my previous laptop and a high resolution helps with all the panes and windows on an IDE. There is no doubt this is a lot of machine for the money and it is blisteringly fast doing the compilations.
Summary: This laptop is amazing all in all. All games play on top settings so the graphics, processor and ram are all good. The only thing that sucks is that the keyboard doesn't light whereas when u press Fn and F3 and F4 it shows on the screen that brightness of the backlight is going up and down respectively but there isnt actually a backlight.
Summary: The N56VM is a good quality and very powerful laptop for around £850 and it's a shame that Amazon can't sell it for that because other suppliers can. This laptop's only real weakness is its touch pad, which is far too sensitive and can lead to incorrect selection, or even files being moved by mistake. Having said that if you spend the majority of your time using an external mouse then this laptop becomes an extremely impressive system.
Summary: Good product, but beware. I received a non-back-lit keyboard and a 5400rpm hard drive. The user manual talks about a keyboard-light sensor and how to turn it off and on, but in mine there's no action whatsoever. The laptop is well built but the support from ASUS is horrendous. Pray that you never need them, otherwise you'll be in a pile of trouble. If all works well through the first year, great, but if something wrong happens, mind as well to bin it.