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ASUS N56VJ-DH71 Notebook Intel Core i7 3630QM (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 15.6" Windows 8

  • Intel Core i7 3630QM (2.40GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 1TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8
  • DVD±R/RW
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Timothy M.
  • 6/10/2014 9:50:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWanted so much to love it

Pros: - i7 3rd gen quad core cpu (best available at the time I purchased)
- gorgeous HD ips screen
- good sound for a laptop (when subwoofer attached)
- USB 3.0 for fast external hard drive transfers
- non-Intel based wifi chip

Cons: Not entirely compatible with older versions of USB, some items that do function just fine on USB 2.0 only ports

Not the best sub components used inside.
- Memory module failed within 10 months of purchase and I will have to buy some high quality memory because Asus is unwilling to send me a memory module to fix it.
- 5400 RPM hard drive (can we say "Choke Point"?
- NVidia chipset isn't all that mindblowing

Touchpad gives no physical indication where the left and right mouse buttons are.
- Your hand will drift into a comfortable position and end up clicking on the right mouse button.
- Mouse click buttons are read by the touch pad, so when you want to click on something, it jumps elsewhere.

Not suitable for your lap! For me, idle temps are around 60 degrees Celsius

Plastic bottom is flimsy over memory module area and has no reinforcement. (which might explain why the outer SODIMM was the one that failed)

The hard drive cage is actually the support for one of the front feet! Not so bad if you use SSD, but if you hard drive spins, don't be surprised when it fails from damage related to "shock"

Other Thoughts: I know that this model has been discontinued, but I wanted to share what it's like after living with it for nearly a year, which many reviewers don't do.

Warranty is absolute garbage. Send your $1000+ laptop in for a bad memory module? Asus has a terrible turnaround time for warranty repairs that I have experienced personally.

Installed Crucial M4 256 GB SSD as soon as I got it. When it works, it is blazing fast!

I like that the SD card is fully enclosed, so it won't catch on anything or break when you grab the laptop out of your bag.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for the positive comment. I apologize if you were dissatisfied with some of the features and the warranty coverage of the laptop. We do value our customers and take negative customer service experience very seriously. Also, we continually strive to achieve customer service excellence. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# 3766169 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Elisabeth S.
  • 10/10/2013 10:00:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother Awesome ASUS

Pros: This is a beautiful machine, yet another wonderful example of the high quality I have come to expect from ASUS. Super fast, durable, runs anything you are likely to need it to run. Very quiet system, I've had it for exactly 1 month & 1 day and the loudest noise it makes during operation is the spinning of the optical drive. System stays cool even under heavy stress, battery life is far superior to any other desktop replacement laptop I've owned or used. The back-lit keyboard is a wonderful addition, this feature can be turned off or dimmed to suit the user, makes operation in the dark much easier as you don't have to try to tilt the screen to shed light on the keys when searching for your "fn+__" keys and even in a well lit room the back-light comes in handy as it makes reading the keys at a glance/from a distance much easier. Video card is amazing, this computer is the first thing I ever viewed a blu-ray (via download, disc drive is DVD not blu-ray) on that actually seemed to justify the blu-ray vs. dvd argument for me. Built in speakers are amazing (for a laptop) even without the external sub-woofer that comes with it. Finally I especially enjoy the crisp/clean design of this particular laptop.It's very sleek and isn't cluttered up with excessive patterns, designs, extra buttons, and such that were on my previous Asus computers & are common on most computer brands.

Cons: The only flaw I have observed in the system itself is that the black aluminum lid seems to hold onto & show oil marks from your hands. Nothing that isn't easily cleaned off with an alcohol wipe or similar product but for someone as OCD as myself it can be irksome. The biggest con with this purchase though is that it comes with Windows 8. Like most tech savvy people I read previous reviews complaining about Win8 & honestly I rolled my eyes and brushed it off as the same hatred of change that accompanied Vista & Win7 releases. I was mistaken. Sure I should have done some research maybe played with Win8 up at a retail store or something and maybe I wouldn't have been so appalled when I received this computer with this OS on it, but I was raised on computers, tech is in my blood, I've never ran into a system I couldn't run or a computer problem I couldn't figure out. Naturally I assumed Win8 wouldn't be too much of a headache, no more than Win7 or Vista or any other new OS Windows has produced in my lifetime. Windows 8 is so asinine & infuriating I went from "kid at Christmas" to "someone purposely ran over my dog" within the first 20min of turning on the system. I literally put my brand new beautiful wonderful machine down after the first hour of messing with Win8 and was too mad to even look at it until 8 hours later when I proceeded to contact Asus tech & then windows themselves trying to see if I could get one of them to send me a free Win7 disc to downgrade the machine. A direct quote from my conversation with Windows; "I feel like I bought a brand new Ferrari and someone swapped it's engine with that of a U-go when I wasn't looking." I cannot express enough how much I dislike Win8, I am currently awaiting the OS upgrade that I was assured would be released the middle of October which is supposed to fix most of the issues I have with Win8, if the update fails to accomplish this I will be purchasing a copy of Win7 or Vista to fix the OS. Sorry for the mini-rant but I felt it necessary to make sure others out there have the opportunity to realize that the Win8 complaints are valid, and not all written by 60year old tech-illiterates who simply don't like change. In my opinion Win8's entire design is flawed, illogical, and makes potentially "dangerous" system options (such as complete system reformat) too easily accessible. So much so that it is possible a parent could go to the restroom and return 5min later to discover their toddler completely erased their system. I would prefer to run WinXP over Win8 but maybe I'm just too much of a control freak expecting everything to be logical & not designed as though Windows assumes their entire client base is too stupid to work a computer. Anyway, enough rant, I still love this awesome computer & harbor no resentment towards Asus or Newegg, it's not their fault the Windows designers really made a flop this time. Just fair warning to others out there like me who are ignorant to the ways of Win8.

Other Thoughts: The description says "black aluminum" which is true for the top of the lid/back of the screen. The keyboard area is silver aluminum and the bottom of the laptop is hard black plastic. The plastic bottom is probably better than a 100% aluminum case as it doesn't get hot on your legs like I'd expect aluminum would.

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  • R P.
  • 9/20/2013 5:15:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBe very careful of specifications

Pros: From other reviews, it seems like a good notebook, if you get one with the specifications ASUS claims.

Cons: I've had an N56VJ notebook for over a month now, sitting unused.

That's because the only way to verify specifications is to contact ASUS sales (the website lists *possible* specifications, there are many sub-models). I needed the screen resolution to match my desktop monitor, so I could connect to it remotely. I told ASUS sales that it was critical that the size be correct, and they verified it. They were wrong.

ASUS support admitted that ASUS sales was wrong, yet all they want to do is give me a used notebook of a different model. When they offered that, I checked further and found out that the BBB has an "alert" on ASUS, that the BBB has found a pattern of ASUS returning products sent for repair that still have the problem (which ASUS claimed to have taken care of, but the BBB later found the same pattern exists).

So I'm stuck with a notebook I cannot use likely for a few months until this is resolved. ASUS support is not allowed to provide refunds, even if required by law; to get a refund through ASUS they require that you start the process of a lawsuit.

How can I give them more than 1 egg when I am stuck with a notebook that I cannot use, that I would not have bought if ASUS sales had given me the correct information, and they will not refund my money unless I sue them?

Other Thoughts: The only way to verify certain specifications (such as screen resolution, in my case) is to open the box and turn on the notebook. This can make getting a full refund from the place of purchase more difficult.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I apologize for the inconvenience this may have cause you. The Integrated Graphics controller on the Intel® HM76 Express Chipset supports all HD formats including 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. The chipset also supports the "Display Port* interface with up to 2560 x 1600 resolution. The screen resolution can be adjusted in the Display properties base on the supported resolution of the monitor being used. If you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus and write down service# 3005120 in the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Brian T.
  • 9/1/2013 3:12:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTotally worth it

Pros: I upgraded from an old Asus F50VT-x6 (Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz) and this machine is a screamer in comparison. I've got a Core i5 2500K desktop that has barely been used since I got this laptop.

The screen is fantastic, there's a little bit of issues with off-angle viewing in the vertical direction, but it's not a big deal. I was worried that 1920x1080 on such a small screen would be an issue, but it's been perfect so far. Fonts can be small but the screen is so crisp it makes everything easy to read.

The sound quality is fantastic. The included subwoofer works pretty well. The only thing I will mention is that to my ears the laptop sounds significantly better without the Maxx Audio features turned on. Having it boost bass and treble just sounds off to me.

The graphics card is plenty fast for what I've played on it so far. It runs the alpha of 7 Days to Die really well even at 1920x1080, Skyrim runs pretty good at 1080p with everything on high but I was getting a little bit of choppiness from time to time so I put it at 1280x720 and it runs beautifully and smooth. Neverwinter Nights 2 also runs great at 1920x1080 with everything cranked up. It's not exactly a modern game, but it still runs great.

The keyboard is the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. The buttons are just the right size and spaced just the right distance apart for my sized hands.

The trackpad is a little bit wonky, but once I disabled the Windows 8 and Asus specific gestures it's pretty nice. It's a little weird to get used to but now that I have I like it. I'd still rather have a real mouse when I've got the space to use one.

Battery life is also pretty good. Compared to my old laptop that never got more than an hour on battery even when it was brand new, I've had this thing running on battery for around 4 hours while watching youtube videos and browsing around the internet. I still had an indicated 30 or so minutes left before I plugged it in to the wall.

While playing my games the laptop never really felt hot either. You could feel significant heat coming out of the vents on the left hand side, but that's to be expected. The keyboard and wrist areas never got more than barely warm.

Instant On from sleep is also fantastic. It takes 1-2 seconds from being in sleep mode to being up and running. It's pretty impressive.

And finally, the laptop just looks awesome. It's got a fit and finish that I would not have expected from a $1000 laptop.

Cons: First and foremost the hard drive is a bit slow. But what more can you expect from a non-hybrid 5400rpm drive? Most of the time it's not very noticeable. The only times I do is when booting up, or moving large files.

My second gripe is the inconsistent boot up times. Sometimes it'll boot surprisingly fast. Sometimes it takes an exceedingly long time. I'm not entirely sure what's causing the discrepancy, I haven't spent much time investigating it.

Thirdly, Windows 8. Yes, It's a complete pain if you're used to Windows 7. But once you install an app that'll bring the start menu back it's not THAT bad. But for the people who love Windows 7, they still need to be aware of how wonky Windows 8 can feel.

Lastly, I haven't figured out yet if this is a UEFI or a Windows 8 issue, but I've not yet gotten grub to be able to boot Windows 8. The nice thing is though, with Grub installed on sda and the Windows 8 boot loader on I believe sda4 you can pick between boot partitions inside the 'bios' or from the boot menu (pressing escape at POST). So until I figure that out, it's a bit of an annoyance. But once in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04 x64) it runs pretty great.

Other Thoughts: Great design, great performance, sweet screen, awesome sound and a really good price for the quality of hardware. Highly recommended.

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  • Michael G.
  • 8/24/2013 7:27:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice laptop for a good price

Pros: I bought this laptop for a client. This laptop packs a lot of punch. Nice processor with suffiencient memory and a good video card. I really like the chicklet style keyboard. I like the size of the touchpad, but it does take some getting use to.

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of Bloatware that came with this laptop compared to other ASUS laptops I've purchased.

Battery life seemed really good. I ran it on battery for a few hours while setting it up (uninstalling bloatware, installing software). It still had about 90 minutes left on the battery.

Other than the optical drive, it is a quiet laptop. Airflow seemed good and it barely got warm while setting it up.

Cons: The hard drive is a bust. A 1 TB drive is nice, but why put a 5400 RPM drive in an otherwise great laptop? I'd much rather have a smaller drive at 7200 RPM.

I was also frustrated to find the OS partition was GPT. I bought a 750GB 7200 RPM drive to replace the 1 TB, 5400 RPM drive the laptop came with. I couldn't clone the drive. I had to make a backup image of it and restore it to the 750 GB drive.

Other Thoughts: My client wasn't happy about getting a Windows 8 laptop, but was glad to see I installed Start Menu 8. I did not remove any Windows 8 apps since the client has no desire to use the Metro and it's "benefits", so there could be a lot of bloatware there. On the desktop side, the only Bloatware was McAfee and the ASUS suite of programs that are pretty useless.

The WEI was pretty good for a mid-range laptop.
Processor: 7.8
Memory: 8.1
Desktop Grapics: 5.9
Gaming Graphics: 6.5
Hard Drive: 5.9

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  • Kyle K.
  • 5/24/2013 4:16:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRecommend

Pros: i7 quad core , high def screen , back lit keyboard, solid build and runs all my HD video, Photoshop and audio editing programs with ease and no heat build up. I bought it with plans to upgrade ram, hard drive and someday a blue ray disc drive.

Cons: touchscreen would be nice to take full advantage of windows 8 and the hard drive was slow after being spoiled with SSD on my home computers.

Other Thoughts: I waited for the great New Egg sales and upgraded to 16gb of ram, swapped hard drive for a 480gb SSD and it now boots up in 4 seconds. I bought a builders version of windows 8 pro and that ended bloatware and now I own the disc and key code. I use windows 7 pro on my other 2 home built pc's and do not have any issues with windows 8 since you can personalize its shortcuts . It's fast and friendly for my labor intensive editing uses. The windows index score is 6.5 limited by the video card. The SSD scored 8.1 and it runs eerily dead silent except when using the disc drive.

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  • Robert H.
  • 5/4/2013 7:01:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop

Pros: Great price, great specs, great looking. This has just about everything you could want in a sub $1000 laptop. As always Newegg service is tops.

Cons: Windows 8. What a horrible OS. It seems Microsoft wanted to put everything but the kitchen sink in this (except media player). It tells you something when you first boot up the computer and the first thing you do is google "How do I downgrade windows 8". Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it look more Windows "seveny".

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  • David S.
  • 3/13/2013 6:52:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful machine

Pros: Fast video card. plenty of storage, long battery life, good size, fits neatly in a standard Mad Men style black attache case.

Nice long power cord. Optional external subwoofer adds some thump to the impressive sound card output.

HDMI output is amazing.

Cons: The ASUS bloatware is substantial. The difference between a clean install and the bloated OEM one is ridiculous.

There is a shell extension that replaces the metro interface making Win8 into a better version of Windows 7.

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  • Sean B.
  • 2/2/2013 2:48:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth it

Pros: The computer itself is nice tech but that's it.

Cons: Not a lot I can say without breaking guidelines apparently but I advise anyone looking at this computer to overlook it.
This computer only comes with windows 8 and you CAN NOT downgrade to the superior versions.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry to hear that you are having a hard time trying to downgrade back to windows 7. Microsoft made it hard for customers to downgrade back to windows 7.

Here is a solution to downgrade from one of our ASUS customers.

Other Thoughts: Instructions for getting a real OS on this poor Windows 8-infected system:

0) Download drivers to a flash drive or other external device from the Asus site: http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=f55u, then choose Windows 7 64bit.
1) Get into the UEFI (what most people would still call a BIOS) by pressing escape before the system starts up (may take a few tries).
2) Go to Security and Disable Secure Boot Control at the bottom.
3) Go to Boot and Enable Launch CSM (CSM is a compatibility module, so UEFI acts like a regular BIOS).
4) Go to Advanced, SATA Configuration, and set the mode to IDE.
5) Save and Exit.

You can now boot to a Windows 7 or earlier OS installer DVD/USB drive and wipe the HDD and install a sane OS.

If you have any questions or comments you can email me at cl-jeffrey@asus.com which I reside in the U.S

ASUS strives to meet and exceeds our customer expectations within our warranty policy.

Regards,

Jeffrey
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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