Asus N56V Series Laptop

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I recently purchased the Asus N56VJ-DH71 laptop with Windows 8, Intel i7 CPU, 1TB hard drive, 8GB RAM, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1920x1080 pixels LED IPS display, 2GB of video RAM and backlit keyboard.

I immediately replaced the stock hard drive with a Samsung 840 250GB SSD. The included Samsung Data Migration Tool and Samsung Magician software made it a breeze to clone the existing drive and optimized the SSD for my Windows 8 environment. I also replaced the memory and installed two DIMMS Crucial 16GB RAM.

It is very fast. Takes 7 seconds for Windows 8 to load after pressing the power button! All other program loads almost instantly :smile:

I dislike the Windows 8 "Metro" or tiles look and missed the Start Menu, so I installed a Start Menu/Desktop alternative called Classic Shell (recommended by Mark Sykes) which allows Windows 8 to look like Windows 7, add the classic Start Menu on lower lefthand and boot to the desktop instead of the "Metro" display.

I will be using the laptop primarily as my field PC for downloading images, editing them on the fly when needed and for my DJing purposes. DATA is stored on an external LaCie USB 3.0 hard drive and not on the SSD. So far, I am happy with this purchase.
 
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Congrats!!! It looks like a really nice machine.
Thanks, it is. It's lightweight and looks well made.

That looks superb. Excellent value for money as well.

Please let us know in a month's time how you have got on with it.
The price was right. Excellent value as you mentioned, but I did have to purchase the SSD and 16GB RAM separately. I couldn't locate or get this laptop configured with both upgrades, so I did it on my own.

Will let you know. I've owned it for 2 weeks so far.
 
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Thanks. I was looking at the one over at NewEgg. Was curious if that was a good price or you got a better deal elsewhere. I still haven't bought another laptop yet, it has been on the back burner as I had a few other projects that came up. I'm glad to read reviews from Cafe members as it is a big help to me. With the 4th gen i7 coming out, hopefully these laptops will get dirt cheap.
 
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Thanks. I was looking at the one over at NewEgg. Was curious if that was a good price or you got a better deal elsewhere. I still haven't bought another laptop yet, it has been on the back burner as I had a few other projects that came up. I'm glad to read reviews from Cafe members as it is a big help to me. With the 4th gen i7 coming out, hopefully these laptops will get dirt cheap.
Same for me. The laptop was on the backburner as well and I was patiently searching for a unit that would fit my needs and was spec'd properly. The only thing lacking on this laptop was the SSD, 16GB of RAM and I wanted Windows 7 not Windows 8.

I've been building PCs since the mid-90s and always use Asus motherboards. I trust them and they are always cutting edge with their components.
 
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Same for me. The laptop was on the backburner as well and I was patiently searching for a unit that would fit my needs and was spec'd properly. The only thing lacking on this laptop was the SSD, 16GB of RAM and I wanted Windows 7 not Windows 8.

I've been building PCs since the mid-90s and always use Asus motherboards. I trust them and they are always cutting edge with their components.
Thanks again. I'm glad I'm taking my time as I'm learning more of what I want now. I will be pulling the trigger soon and a memory upgrade will be the first and the SSD a maybe, but not yet sure I want one. My son built a nice system with an Asus MB and loves it. He even got one of their high-end displays and that thing is nice. I'm hoping for another hand-me-down PC when he gets the urge to upgrade.:biggrin:
 
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Thanks again. I'm glad I'm taking my time as I'm learning more of what I want now. I will be pulling the trigger soon and a memory upgrade will be the first and the SSD a maybe, but not yet sure I want one. My son built a nice system with an Asus MB and loves it. He even got one of their high-end displays and that thing is nice. I'm hoping for another hand-me-down PC when he gets the urge to upgrade.:biggrin:
The SSD right now, is the most significant upgrade. You will see a drastic increase in performance over conventional hard drives. I will never build a system lacking a SSD ever again.

  • Your system will feel much faster.
  • Boot times will be significantly reduced.
  • Launching applications will occur in a near-instant.
  • Saving & opening documents won't lag.
  • File transfers and duplication speeds will improve.
 
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The SSD right now, is the most significant upgrade. You will see a drastic increase in performance over conventional hard drives. I will never build a system lacking a SSD ever again.

  • Your system will feel much faster.
  • Boot times will be significantly reduced.
  • Launching applications will occur in a near-instant.
  • Saving & opening documents won't lag.
  • File transfers and duplication speeds will improve.
I know deep down inside you are 100% right and resistance is futile. I guess it is inevitable and will try it first with the slow 5,400 RPM HD and use the spare 7,200 I have and cave to the SSD to see the difference first hand.
 

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Dez,

Haven't seen many posts from you, glad your back (Or maybe I've just missed your posts?).

Anyway, the computer sounds great, but at 5 lbs, it doesn't seem very light! If only they could package it about the size and weight of a netbook! LOL!
 
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Congrats on the laptop. We purchased an Asus N50vn back in 2008 and its still going strong. I think we replaced the hard drive due to performance issues at some point, but it wasn't due to fault, just age. We still use it everyday and even game a couple of times a week on it (Skyrim). Even upgraded to Windows 7 without a hitch. Asus makes good stuff. I use their boards all the time as well.
 
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I know deep down inside you are 100% right and resistance is futile. I guess it is inevitable and will try it first with the slow 5,400 RPM HD and use the spare 7,200 I have and cave to the SSD to see the difference first hand.
I could've done the same but I've owned several PCs and laptops and know that over time, systems get slower. I wanted to start fresh this time with a very fast 550MB/sec SSD.

Dez,

Haven't seen many posts from you, glad your back (Or maybe I've just missed your posts?).

Anyway, the computer sounds great, but at 5 lbs, it doesn't seem very light! If only they could package it about the size and weight of a netbook! LOL!
Hi Karen. I sort of stopped visiting the Cafe, but came by recently to help out Rich Gibson on a trip here to NYC.

As for the laptop, 5lbs is doable. I don't need lighter and I didn't want an 11" or 13" screen. 15" was what i wanted.

Congrats on the laptop. We purchased an Asus N50vn back in 2008 and its still going strong. I think we replaced the hard drive due to performance issues at some point, but it wasn't due to fault, just age. We still use it everyday and even game a couple of times a week on it (Skyrim). Even upgraded to Windows 7 without a hitch. Asus makes good stuff. I use their boards all the time as well.
Asus is great. Wasn't sure about their laptops but the specs on this intrigued me.
 
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