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ASUS N56JN-EB71 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M 2GB DDR3 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M 2GB DDR3
  • Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 750GB HDD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • DL DVD+-RW/CD-RW
  • 15.0" x 10.0" x 1.1"-1.3" 6 - 6.9 lbs.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Richard P.
  • 12/24/2014 9:32:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDon't upgrade to windows 7

Pros: cheap, decent hardware

Cons: I decided to upgrade to windows 7 because the software that came on it originally was super awful laggy and bloated with unnecessary crud.

most computer components/laptops have multiple versions of drivers you can download on their website, but ASUS, for whatever reason, left out any windows 7 versions for download. The specs page is also very ambiguous and doesn't tell you what brand of WLAN it is, so after shooting in the dark for a couple of hours I'm just going to give up and get a nano wireless card :/

if anyone knows of the right drivers for the WLAN please let me know

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  • yu t.
  • 12/24/2014 2:30:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: low price, high speed

Cons: monitor is bad.....

Other Thoughts: I play LOL a lot. Sometime it will lag for 1 second, I don't know why.

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  • GhostDesigns .
  • 12/21/2014 2:52:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot a "Gaming" Laptop don't be fooled!

Pros: i7 Processor
Great sound system

and that's where it stops.

Cons: While I don't want to give this laptop 2 stars, that is the performance I have received from this model. I am a fan of ASUS products but this laptop is very sub-par.

I was looking for a budget laptop for work, school and gaming and came across what I believed to be a good deal for what I could afford, and as the old saying goes you truly get what you pay for!

-The On Board GPU, Intel HD Graphics has given me nothing but trouble, some games wont recognize the nVidia 840m even when set to the "default" card. This forces the games to only run in windowed mode.

A quick Google search will show you that this is a common problem with integrated chip sets. If you are looking for a gaming laptop, buyer beware!

Headphone jack - The headphone jack does not work, even when the Sound card drivers have been updated.

Windows 8.1 - Constant "Power-Driver" failures aka the Blue Screen of Death

No SSD hard-drive, while this was not a major concern for me, it is almost 2015 there's no excuse for this. (You get what you pay for)

Other Thoughts: My job does not allow me to go without a laptop, so I can not afford to return the product. But the bottom line with this model is that you get what you pay for!

ASUS makes great products, but sadly this is not one of them, if you are on as strict budget as I was, look elsewhere! This laptop will work for those who use it for work related purposes, but if you are even a casual gamer save your money! The ROG series or building a custom rig will benefit you in the long run.

Sadly I am just going to have to take the loss on this and learn from my mistakes.

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  • Mat C.
  • 12/21/2014 9:59:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLemon

Pros: Not sure, the laptop has not run long enough to determine pros.

Cons: Laptop went completely dead within 15 hours of total use. Most of that use was internet access. Also, most of the use was with the laptop on a cooling pad. The laptop was sent to Asus for repair. Asus replaced the motherboard and shipped it back. It worked the day I received it and the following morning it would not turn on.

Other Thoughts: I was slightly annoyed when it first died. However, I understand that this can happen with equipment. Asus repaired and shipped it promptly. Which is good service. Now I am really not happy with the product. The shipping costs for two repairs is adding to the overall price of the product. This laptop was purchased for business. It has spent more time in transit than actually working. I am now looking at 2 more weeks without my business laptop.

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  • Kaitlyn M.
  • 12/20/2014 6:10:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLast Asus I buy

Pros: Decent specs for the price

Cons: I know Asus comes loaded with bloatware. What has changed they now preload malware onto your machine. First time I opened chrome it instead opened some unkown browser, and redirected me to a page saying my computer was loaded with viruses(out of the box) and told me to call some number.

The computer was not usable as is. It took 10 minutes to start up, and any web page I tried to navigate to got redirected. My CPU was always at 90+ % usage, even though I had installed nothing on it. It took me 2 hours to get all the junk off of it, and I am a CS professional. Had my parents bought this they would have half of India and China with access to everything they own within hours.

Other Thoughts: I will not buy anything from ASUS again after this. In the past i have bought ASUS MBO's and components, 2 ROG laptops, and a transformer prime, Nexus 7, and MeMo pad tablet. My business will now go elsewhere

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  • Isaac W.
  • 12/14/2014 9:12:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price, with some drawbacks

Pros: Great specs for the price.

The dedicated Geforce card makes this a great system for mid-level gaming. Can run any current game at High graphics setting. Going to ultra on the newest games could be a struggle, but that's to be expect.

The hard drive is surprisingly fast for only being 5400 RPM. Still probably worth swapping out for an SSD though.

Surprisingly, the sound is he best part of this system. The quality is beyond any speaker systems (aside from top of the line) you're going to get on a desktop machine.

Having a 10-key is a nice little bonus for someone like me that often has to do significant data entry.

Also, the ability to expand to 16 GB of RAM is very nice.

Cons: The keyboard is beyond frustratingly bad. It looks and feels nice, but is it the most insensitive keyboard I have ever used. A $10 thrift store keyboard would be better. I find myself having to fix a missed key stroke in nearly every sentence I type. Eventually I will get used to it and type stronger, but all this will do is wear it out faster.

The touchpad works well, but TURN OFF THE ZOOM RIGHT AWAY! Do yourself a favor and open up the ASUS Smart Gesture program and turn off the pinch to zoom option that is on by default. You will constantly find yourself accidentally zooming in and out on webpages. It's infuriating. This feature is in NO WAY useful on a laptop like this.

There are some minor case manufacturing deficiencies with the case, but nothing that would cause any problems or is worth having addressed.

Only comes with Windows 8. This will ALWAYS be a negative for a laptop. The only redeeming factor is that Windows 10 is coming out within the next year and I can get this abomination off my system.

Finally, the lack of a nub on the 5 button of the 10-key is an annoying oversight. I kinda defeats the purpose of having the 10-key, but I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually.

Other Thoughts: I've had some issues with incredibly slow wifi on various networks where my previous laptop was just fine, but I'm sure this is just a settings issue I haven't quite figured out yet.

Overall, this is a great laptop for the price. You can do pretty much anything you want with it. If you have a wide range of needs and don't want to spend $1000+, this is the way to go.

It seems like I was heavier on the negatives than the positives, but in reality the pros FAR outweigh the cons on this system.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Isaac,

It's great to know that you like the great laptop with a great price. I certainly understand your concern regarding the unresponsiveness of the keyboard. Please make sure that WINDOWS Update or an antivirus software is running in the background. These applications utilize lots of system resources that tends to make the keyboard unresponsive temporarily. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N141249424 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Benjamin H.
  • 12/14/2014 2:22:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: I've read several reviews and despite the negative ones I've seen, I still purchased this laptop. And I have to say it was a good purchase.
The Pros:
-Great Screen Resolution
-Decent Size overall
-Full Size Keyboard (and it's back-lit too!)
-Arrow keys kept in a decent spot
-Fast Boot (could be faster with an SSD)
-Programmable Button (to the left of the keyboard. I set it to turn the touch-pad off while gaming)
-Awesome Sound (better with the sub-woofer attached)
-Decent Graphics Card

Cons: -Touch-pad doesn't have dedicated, separate buttons (it's one glass piece with buttons under it)
-Would have been better with an SSD
-Font scaling disgusting (but this is more a windows problem)
-Windows 8 (eww)
-Headphones can't go as loud as mac (although it still sounds great)
-Lower end Nvidia GeForce 840M

Other Thoughts: Ok, so as stated, I've seen several reviews about this laptop, 2 of which I'd like to address here.

First, I saw a review complaining about no back-light on the keyboard. I'm not sure if he had a different model or something, but by pressing FN + F4, I was able to turn my back-light on, and it's quite bright (I'm using it to type this).

Second, I also saw someone complain that it wasn't an aluminum body. This is partially true. The Screen bezel, and bottom of the laptop are indeed plastic. However, the palm-rest side seems to be entirely aluminum.

Build wise, the laptop is quite solid. The screen doesn't flex easily. The palm-rest is solid, and it seems to balance quite well on one arm.

It seems a little heavy for a 15" laptop, but it's not bad. Hardware wise, the Nvidia GeForce 840M is nice, I really love the 2gb frame buffer, and it runs most source-based (counter-strike: Global Offensive, Garry's Mod) and unreal engine (Killing Floor, Unreal Tournament 3) games at max quality/res with no lag. It does play games like COD:Advanced Warfare at medium quality/full res decently, but don't expect it to run the latest games at max quality considering it's on the low end of the 800 series.

As stated in both the pros and cons, it would have been better with a factory SSD (and there is space in the HDD/Ram area to fit one), but it's not too big of a deal (I picked up a Samsung EVO 840 and this thing flies now).

The Core i7 is a dream, handles multitasking easy, and rarely gets hot (even when playing games). The included ram is enough for gaming/multitasking, but just barely. It would probably be a good idea to pick up a 16gb kit for it, but it's not necessary for basic gaming/streaming.

Cooling wise, I like the way Asus designed it, but to a point. It doesn't use a fan vent on the bottom, but instead uses a single vent on the left side (I assume bottom for intake, top for output, but this is not confirmed). With this layout, I can sit the laptop on my bed without it killing itself from heat.

A word of warning about Windows. If you upgrade to Windows 7 (lol), it doesn't seem you can go back to the UEFI version of Windows 8 without the recovery partition (so don't delete it like I did).

The battery life is quite nice (averages a good 4 hours when not gaming) which is a definite plus for me (as I use it mobile quite often).

Overall, I gave the laptop 5 eggs for its build quality, cooling design, and the long battery life. I would have taken half an egg for the lack of dedicated buttons separate from the touch-pad, however that is the only issue I see with it. It's a great deal (I got mine for $799) and is definitely worth the price.

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  • CHRISTOPHER W.
  • 12/10/2014 8:10:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat hardware, but...

Pros: - i7 processor
- Great graphics card and 1920 x 1080 screen for the price
- Reasonable case design
- Track pad functions are fairly useful once you get used to using them

Cons: - Windows 8 with no option to upgrade to Window 7 (-1 egg)
- No Windows 7 or Server 2008 drivers available on ASUS website (-1 egg) and a Hassle to find driver for Windows 7 and Server 2008.
- Hard Drive is 5400rpm, not 7200rpm (Minor)
- track pad is a bit too large for my taste and getting used to the new features (zoom in/out for example) takes time to get used to.

Other Thoughts: I use this laptop with several different HDs for home/school (Windows 8), Work (Windows 7), and development/testing for work and school (Windows 7 & Server 2008). Finding drivers for older OSs was annoying and should be available on the ASUS website.

Windows 8 can be fixed with a few 3rd party applications for home use and games. It works well playing Civilization Beyond Earth and a few GOG.com titles.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2014 9:59:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCan't Do Much Better

Pros: This laptop is perfect for anyone looking for a casual gaming experience on the go. Personally I play LoL, WoW, indie titles, and even some AAA titles like Tomb Raider on high graphics settings (some tweaking is needed with some titles) at playable frame rates. There has not been a single game that I've thrown at it that it can't handle! I've had this laptop for close to 6 months now and I have very few complaints (see cons section) and none are bothersome enough to lose this thing an egg!
This usually laptop is priced around $850 and in relation to other comparable gaming laptops, this price point is unbeatable!

Cons: The cons for this laptop are very minimal in comparison to the pros.
Windows 8 preinstalled is one of the biggest for me, it means that programming is extremely painful because of how difficult it is to dual boot this system. The other big one is the fact that the graphics automatically revert to the i7 integrated graphics when it is unplugged. While I understand it is to conserve battery, there is no way to change this setting.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2014 7:11:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the money

Pros: This laptop is fast and snappy is quite fast for a 5400 RPM hard disk drive.

Cons: Best for the money

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Bob,

I'm glad to know that you are satisfied with the laptop and it's best for the money. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N141235834 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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