Exceptional computer and seamless upgrade to Windows 8!
Pepere A "Reggie A", Amazon
11 January 2013
Summary: This laptop is loaded with good memory and the Intel I7. I am not a gamer, I am a professor who teaches online courses. I work with various course management systems, such as Blackboard, and I use primarily the Microsoft Office software suite. I have been using Microsoft to capture and distribute short training videos. I use a Buddy headset that does a great job capturing my voice without outside noises.
Summary: I purchased this computer for its processor and RAM, but the resolution is the feature I am most impressed with. I can read even the tiniest print at low illumination. I never thought I would be influenced by resolution, but truly this computer is a joy to work on. For those of you old enough to remember, it is like going from B & W tv to color. I use the computer mainly for photo manipulation and Sketchup - very fast once the bloatware is removed.
Summary: I have been very pleased so far with this laptop. I received it a week ago and have been extremely satisfied. The packaging seemed a bit lacking to me, so I hoped the delivery companies handled it carefully. The computer has been working great Several reviewers complained about the track pad, but i have had no issues with it and actually like it very much. If people are unsatisfied with it its very easy to disable it and just use a mouse (function f9 to disable it).
Summary: Bought this laptop in early December of 2012. I've played with it for about a week. It is very fast, great screen, great audio(extra sub woofer is great but awkward). I easily put in 2- 8 gig rams (Corsair 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SODIMM Memory Kit (CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9)). The touch pad can be easily turned off Function F9. There is a lot of bloatware. I just uninstall most of it. People say it is a copy of a Mac. Yep, this is a poor man's Mac. Whatever.
Summary: Let me tell you a small story..before buying asus n56vm laptop on 11/28/2012 ,I bought 15" Mac book pro without retina for $1800..second day I was facing hardware problem with 15" Mac book pro model.so returned it.. If you what to know about the mac book pro problem (google for "squeaky noise in mac book pro" ) .Then I found asus is fair enough for me, later I realized apple is not the best laptop maker.. Pros - 1.
Summary: 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.
Summary: This laptop is my best buy for years. There is nothing I do not like about it. I did pick the ASUS N56VM-AB71, but not the more expencive ASUS N56VZ-DS71 because the N56VM has 7200 rpm Hard Drive and for my need the Nvidia GT 630M 2GB Graphiccard is fine, some more hard core gamers would pick Nvidia GT 650M 2G on the more expensive laptop (N56VZ)but that one has 5400rpm Hard Drive.