Summary: I had an N56VJ which I replaced with this (AFAICT all N56V* are the same). I have the latest BIOS and newest Ubuntu. Worst problems, which I see on the net some windows users have too: After hibernate the fans will go crazy, like it's about to take off - in fact they are doing it right now. Wifi disconnects if running off battery - I *have* to have this thing plugged in to use it.
Summary: I have owned this laptop for roughly a year having given it quite a bit of use on a few occasions. It handles everything I need it to do from Office, to internet surfing, to video chatting, to gaming. The display is quite nice being full HD and is very well lit. The keyboard is a keyboard. it is backlit; however, I have not used that function yet. My only 'beef' is with the touchpad on this thing.
Summary: My previous laptop was by no means a slow laptop. It was a Dell 17" with an i7-920 processor, Radeon HD4650 video card and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. This laptop blows it out of the water. Now I do have to stress that I replaced the included HDD with Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003 since having a 5200 RPM HDD paired up with all the other excellent hardware in this laptop seemed like a crime.
Summary: Edit: Not even two years of use and the "c" key has totally stopped working. Am now using on screen keyboard for typing that letter. Don't buy this. I have owned this laptop for about three months now. Here are my impressions: - everyone was right about most of the hardware. This laptop runs very well, very fast and smooth. It's a real joy to use.
Summary: Specifications on this notebook looked impressive from the start but a year from purchase the unit suffered an unrecoverable hard disk failure. I've lost all data on the HDD. Ridiculous online help and NO recovery disks included with the unit. This unit does not have a secondary SATA drive port. The only way to fix this unit will be to buy a new HDD and a new copy of Windows7 or 8 ($$$$$$$$$$). A complete waste of a thousand dollars...Extremely disappointed!
Summary: Background: I purchased this computer six months ago at the beginning of the fall semester of college. I noticed there was several lengthy reviews from people, and decided to wait six months to give a in-depth review on this product for those that are considering buying it. I bought this computer at Costco, I purchased it there as it was $899 the same price as the lower end version of this laptop, (Not sure if that was an error on their part).
Summary: I had been working with a Dell D420 laptop for the last 5 or so years before it started crapping out on me. I record music and that computer just couldn't keep up. Besides the fact that this computer produces quality processing power it also has a million other positive things going for it. I love that it has a Blu-ray player (which can be used to rip BLU-RAYs with the right software) and the sound is AMAZING!!!