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ASUS N56JN-EB71 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 840M 2GB DDR3 15.6
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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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GEAR HEAD LM6000U Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Mouse
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap. Simple. Works. Doesnt look terrible.

1600 dpi is very fast and accurate.

Cons: For this price? None.

Other Thoughts: It didnt come with anything. Dont expect much. I bought this for my mom when her old mouse broke. Shes happy with it.

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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W HDZ940XCGIBOX Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Ran everything I threw at it.
Like others have said, very overclock-able as well.

Cons: HOT! Get a new cooler if you want to OC.

Other Thoughts: 64bit :)


CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 940 BE 3.0GHz
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
Memory: G.Skill 4GB DDR2 1066MHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB w/ZALMAN VF1000 cooler
HD: Western Digital 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache
PSU: Corsair TX 650W

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Dylan C.'s Profile

Display Name: Dylan C.

Date Joined: 01/11/08

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/22/09
  • Last Review: 04/12/15
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