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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
  • 15.0" x 10.0" x 1.1"-1.3" 6 lbs.
  • DL DVD+-RW/CD-RW
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jannette N.
  • 4/24/2015 7:53:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat price for an amazing machine

Pros: I've owned this laptop for about 6 weeks. The bloatware is easily removed, and after the learning curve with Windows 8 (remember to install updates regularly!), this has been a real treat to own. Start up is quick-within a few seconds-everything is running. All of my Steam library games run on max settings, Diablo 3 runs on max settings, and I plugged my headset in and it works well. Haven't had any heat issues.

Cons: Battery life is short, but that's to be expected for the things I'm doing with the laptop (gaming/watching twitch/youtube).

Other Thoughts: All in all, a really great gaming laptop for those times I won't be at my desktop.

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  • Dylan C.
  • 4/12/2015 9:18:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat performance for the price!

Pros: Great deal for this level of performance.
• Solid build. Aluminum on the cover and palm rest. Plastic on the bottom. Everything seems sturdy.
• Fast CPU. i7 with 4 cores.
• Decent graphics card and screen resolution (1920x1080)
• HDD and RAM easily upgradable
• Fast Boot!

Cons: These cons are not that big of a deal. I’m just listing things I noticed that could be improved.
• Windows 8. More info down below
• Keyboard is fine, but I’ve seen better design. Sometimes when I hit only the corner of a key, it would not register. Happens when I’m trying to type fast and having to reach the keys on the top rows. Positions of certain keys are a little hard to get used to. They snuck the right arrow key underneath the 1 on the number pad and the 0 is tucked under the 2. Not the end of the world but inconvenient for fast number crunching.
• Keyboard is not backlit for the model I got – again, not that big of a deal.
• The speakers are not that good, but I’ve had much worse audio on a laptop.
• The screen is fine when looked at straight on, but too far up or down the result will change pretty drastically. The angle of viewing is not as wide as advertised.
• 5400rpm Hard Drive. This seems to be the only bottleneck when it comes to performance. I swapped it out for a SSD. More info down below.
• I know this is the trend nowadays, but I hate how the touchpad is one single piece. I miss the dedicated buttons on the older laptops. More about this below.

Other Thoughts: I replaced the HDD with a SSD. Very easy to open the bottom and install. You can clone the drive, or, because Windows 8 product key is embedded onto the motherboard, so you can do a clean install with another disk from a friend or something. Make sure it’s the same version of Windows 8 and you won’t have to worry about the product key. After installing Windows 8 just install the drivers from the disk that came with the laptop.
I also wanted to give Windows 8 a try, but to get rid of the annoying start menu, I installed a 3rd party program to get the classic start menu back. Took a little bit of time to configure the rest of the Windows 8 features to behave, but overall things seems to be going great. A few old programs had compatibility issues, but they were all minor things. This is bound to happen with any new OS though. When it comes to performance, everything that needs to work is working properly.
Right clicking is almost impossible on this thing, but I got used to the ASUS gesture commands like tapping with two fingers for right clicking. It’s very natural. Other commands are pretty cool and you can set which ones to turn on/off. I guess that makes up for it.
The air intake is on the bottom and the fan blows out the left side of the laptop. Interesting approach by Asus. I’m liking it. I can put the laptop on my lap or even my bed without it heating up too much. Like earlier review stated, just remember not to put anything on the left of the laptop.
Battery life is pretty decent. Standard for these types of laptops.
Overall, I am very happy with the purchase :)

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  • Patrick L.
  • 4/9/2015 10:13:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Buy

Pros: When the laptop works, it works very well. I love the graphics and the speed of it. Relatively light in weight and easy to use. They keyboard has a natural feel and the matte screen is amazing.

Cons: I have had this computer for 6 months now. For no reason at all, the motherboard has crashed on 3 separate occasions. Being a college student, this has been a horrible experience. I have found myself not being able to study or turn in homework for roughly 3 two week periods while I wait for Asus to repair it. They covered BASIC GROUND shipping twice, but I have still had to buy a new box to ship it all 3 times because they will not let you use the original box for an RMA. Total shipping costs have run me an additional $100 in addition to the cost of the laptop itself, along with a month and a half of not being able to use the thing. I don't see how Asus could give me 3 faulty motherboards on 3 separate occasions, but I am overall very displeased with their customer help service. This was my first, and final purchase from Asus.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it is a good laptop...when it is actually functioning, but if you want to avoid spending an additional 10% of the purchase price on shipping, and weeks at a time waiting, find a different laptop.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Patrick,

It's great to know that the laptop is good overall. apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, these are isolated cases. We do value our customers and take negative customer service feedback very seriously. If there's anything else I can help you further regarding this issue, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150430132 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jonathan T.
  • 4/3/2015 9:09:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWish it kept working.

Pros: Great computer.
Super fast.
Great sound for laptop.
Looked nice.
Great specs for the price.

Cons: Glitchy initial setup.
Wouldn't turn on. Worked after pulling battery and holding power button for 30 seconds.... for a day anyway.
Wouldn't turn on. No led turned on when plugged in.
Was sent in a box that the computer box barely fit in. I would think that for a $700 investment they would package it better. Maybe the laptop getting jolted during shipping is causing all these problems people seem to be having.

Other Thoughts: I figured glitch behavior during initial setup was from needing updates.
I am not a gamer so can't vouch for usefulness in that area, but for regular use this thing was great. Ran very fast after the slow hard drive bottleneck.
The keyboard works fine. The keys have spaces between them so you have to hit the key accurately for it to register.
I have never had backlit keyboard so it isn't a con for me that it wasn't.
I contacted Newegg for RMA. They got the email and info needed completed very quickly, that was an easy part of the process. Thought there was supposed to be a pre-paid shipping label attached to the email but there wasn't. I was all ticked off when I went to PO and paid 25 bucks for shipping. Of course after I returned home I found the shipping label in several different locations on Newegg website. My fault!! But I also found they didn't refund me $19 of original price.
I like the computer enough that I may consider trying to purchase again in future. Who knows.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product. I apologize if the system will not power on upon arrival. Normally the first thing that you need to check if the system failed to power on is to verify if the AC adapter was properly connected from the laptop to a working surge protector or AC outlet and the power button is being pressed all the way down to trigger a power on signal. Also, please try to disconnect the AC adapter and let the unit drain for 24 hours to reset and clear the memory. After doing this, please reconnect your AC adapter then power on the unit. If you need further assistance with the laptop, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150413966 on the subject line.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Michael F.
  • 4/2/2015 7:30:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

Pros: Great Screen, processor, and battery life for the computer. Overall happy with it

Cons: The only real cons are the hard drive, 5400 RPM? Really? And the keyboard layout. The keyboard itself types just fine, just the layout is a bit odd. That's why its 4 eggs, not 5

Other Thoughts: Seriously, for the price it was a great buy and I'm very happy with it.

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  • Zackary H.
  • 3/30/2015 10:59:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis laptop is great

Pros: *The graphics card is great
*The I7 processor makes this computer super speedy
*The ram is definitely large enough to play games and have things like Skype running in the background.
*Has a pretty good fan in it.
*Great build quality looks very appealing.

Cons: *At first the keyboard did not work properly
*Some crapware installed but easily uninstalled
*Fingerprint magnet
*Keyboard feels lower quality
*Battery Life
*

Other Thoughts: This computer is amazing. The problem that everyone is talking about the keyboard is true but is easily fixed. I just had to wait for a couple of days and then when I updated it the keyboard worked great. I can run Warthunder on Medium Graphics and I get about 50 to 100 frames per second. I can play fallout New Vegas on ultra graphics and get around 30 frames. This computer is great for gaming but probably not for anything like school work. You always have to be plugged in to get a pretty good gaming experience but to me I don't mind.

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  • Curtis E.
  • 3/28/2015 6:52:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop

Pros: Just a great all around mid gaming level laptop

Cons: Portable sub is muddy junk, but "works". Viewing angle can be a hindrance at times.

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  • GERARDO M.
  • 3/18/2015 1:49:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: So far, I do not have any preloaded malware or unwanted programs that I have read from other reviews. My notebook booted up without no issues. I love the speakers. This is my first Intel i7 and have not use it for any gaming yet. I will revise my comments later if there is a change.

Cons: The HDD is slow and I will replace it with SSD. There is no recovery disk.and I cannot find anywhere in the system where you can create one. Maybe its just me.

Manufacturer Response:

You can create your own backup image or copy of the OS by using an external USB drive and use this to re-install your OS to a new SSD. Opening the bottom cover void warranty coverage, please do this at your own discretion. Should you need further assistance, please email me at cl-rodel@asus.com and write down service# N150365642 on the subject line.

Thank you for choosing an ASUS product.

Regards,

Rodel
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/16/2015 7:04:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: awesome machine for the price

Cons: fingerprint magnet

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  • Steve R.
  • 3/16/2015 11:23:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice machine

Pros: i7-4710hq is very fast, matte display, dual graphics

Cons: slow HD (but I was prepared to upgrade it anyway). Display needs to be pointed right at you for a good picture, but when it is, the picture is beautiful. Bios lacks certain key features for linux users, but it can be worked around. Windows sucks (that's MHO, your mileage may vary).

Other Thoughts: This is a 'nice' machine out-of-the-box, but do what I've done and it quickly becomes a BEAST. Replace the HD with an SSD. I went with a Silicon Power 120gb. I upgraded the ram to GSkill RipJaw 16gb (bios recognized perfectly fine). I upgraded the wifi card to an Intel 7260-AC dual band. To all linux users, I've installed Gentoo on the SSD and everything is very manageable with the hardware, if you know what your doing. Booting a USB flash drive in the Bios is a little bit of a pain, but not rocket science. (simply turn off the windows boot manager and enable the UEFI usb image you've flashed)

Once you make the changes I've made, you will be shocked! This machine quickly turns into a workstation beast! It's not a gaming rig, but for everyday tasks and a little light gaming, it will be a great unit for you.

If I was to make one suggestion to ASUS (and all other laptop manufacturer's, for that matter)...make your system easier to work with (especially in the bios) when someone wants an alternative OS to the bloatware that Windows has become.

I would definitely buy this machine again.

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