Pros: The iluminated keyboard is really helpfull, in general is a really nice laptop, good specs for the price and nice high resolution screen. Also it has windows 7 which I find it nicer and easier than windows 8.
Cons: That since is refurb I cant do the backup dvds and I still havent find a way of running the security discs for windows 7.
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.
Moving from a Toshiba Satellite to ASUS N56V was .........
J. Parker, Amazon
9 November 2012
Summary: I have used Toshiba PCs and Notebooks for years and really like the reliability that they offer. So moving from my faithful Toshiba to the ASUS N56V was somewhat a leap of faith. However, I have been happy with the move so far. I decided on moving from Toshiba to ASUS based on cost and performance. I have not been disappointed with my decision so far. Here are some things that I like about the ASUS. 1) The ASUS runs very quietly.
Excerpt: it's great for every one who wants performance + game and etc. all together. incredible sound , beautiful design makes it a gear choice. it's price is great . in comparison with apple Macbook pro it's about half price! but nearly the same performance! even better! their design is rather the same...
Summary: First of all, the price of this laptop: As you can tell on the price cut for this product, it normally is priced at the level of apple products. The price for the item is very much a profitable deal considering the graphics card placement and the keyboard. Second, the Graphics card: Utilizing a dual card schema, the laptop uses an Intel 4000 for less difficult work in order to preserve battery power.
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.