44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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I was a bit hesitant to order this computer when I saw that there were currently no reviews for this version of the laptop. However, upon using this computer for two weeks I must say that this laptop has met and exceeded all of my expectations. I am very happy with my purchase
Previously, I used a Dell Inspiron laptop, which I purchased four years ago for school. That computer was getting old and running slower. I wanted a new computer that would be very functional as both a work station, gaming laptop, and media player.
First off, the laptop is beautiful. It is very sleek and shiny, with a large, 16-inch wide-screen display. There are blue/white lights on the side that light up depending on which graphics card you are using (more on that later). The display is very bright and seems to "pop," I love the look. The only downside is that the case attracts fingerprints. Use the cloth that comes with the computer in order to clean it!
More important than the outside is what is inside. Here, the Asus N61JV-X4 has blown me away thus far. The i5 processor is blazing fast: It takes a fraction of the time to load documents and web pages. The start-up time is virtually non-existent. As a part time gamer, I also wanted a computer that could handle modern PC games. The combination of the i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 1 GB NVIDIA graphics card certainly meets the bill. For example, Starcraft 2 was released in 2010 and it runs great even on high settings. The N61JV-X4 is capable of running every game I could think to research. What is neat about the computer is that it can switch from internal graphics to the high-powered NVIDIA card. So, when I am browsing the web or working on a word file, the computer uses less power (and battery life) by using the internal card. When I am destroying alien civilizations, the NVIDIA card kicks in and delivers the goods. The lights on the side of the case change from blue to white when the NVIDIA card is being used, which is a neat touch.
Audio on the computer is good, but not great. However, you expect that from a laptop. The speakers are located above the keyboard. I haven't been able to use the webcam on a regular basis quite yet, but it appeared to deliver an adequate picture. The computer also has a USB 3.0 port which is "10x" faster than the standard USB ports that I am used to. I really noticed a big difference when I was transferring my picture files from my old computer.
Despite my enthusiasm for this product, there are a few downsides. Switching from Windows XP to Windows 7 is not too difficult, but it has taken me some time to adjust to the new OS. It is difficult to find some parts of the computer. Obviously, this is not a criticism of the actual hardware, but just something to keep in mind if you too are switching from XP.
I do have two main complaints:
1. For some reason, nearly 30 GB of the hard drive is partitioned when you first start up the computer. Apparently there is a way to undo this partition, but from my limited research it seemed like I would have to do a fair amount of retooling. I am not very good with computers, so I decided to leave it be. I wish I knew why there is this partition.
2. Along the same lines, the computer has a fair amount of "bloatware" loaded on to start with. It took me about the first two hours of my ownership to remove unnecessary programs. It is also hard to tell which programs are vital and which can be safely deleted. I used this guide: [...]-asus-utility-bloatware-guide.html to help remove some of these files. Clearing unneeded programs will not only save space on the hard drive but also make the computer load faster upon start up. I hate having all of these files clogging up my brand new computer.
One other adjustment has been the keyboard. This is a minor complaint, but the four arrow keys are much smaller than normal. I often find myself pressing the wrong key. It seems as though they had to squeeze the number pad to fit on the keyboard. If I did a lot of number crunching, this would be useful, but as it is I almost never used the number pad. I'd rather have some of the other function keys be a bit larger. Besides those small keys, the rest of the keyboard works great and hopefully won't fall apart like my Dell's.
ASUS products seem to be very sturdy and well made. No problems thus far with the charger, which was a big problem with my last laptop. Hopefully it remains this way.
Overall, I highly recommend this product for anyone that is looking for a computer for both work and play.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This laptop had everything I was looking for: i5 processor, 500gb HD at 7200, 4gb RAM, 16"+, numpad, enough USBs (USB 3.0 a bonus for future proofing but not something I needed), etc. I found many other laptops in the i5 range usually skimped on a slower speed HD at 5400. I wanted a 17"+ desktop replacement but that would have meant a lot more money or dropping down to the i3 AND 5400 HD. For the price with free shipping, its the best in its class.
We currently have a Lenovo Y530. I was hesitant regarding the chicklet style keyboard but its okay. Unlike the Y530, the function key is inside the control key instead of on the outside which I much prefer. The Lenovo's IdeaPad keyboard is better but not enough to make me really care. And no numpads or 16" for IdeaPads. The ASUS N61JV TouchPad is somewhat more sensitive than I would care for and substantially more false moves and fat finger brushes than the Lenovo Y530 we have. Its enough to be annoying even after adjusting the settings. I bumped the setting up one more level of sensitivity and had the opposite problems. This is perhaps the biggest issue I have with the laptop. But since this is a desktop replacement first and foremost, I always fly with a mouse so moot point except when I need to go remote from time to time.
Performance is outstanding. So fast I honestly couldn't want for anything faster as it would be wasted. I had debated going with the next model up for the I7 for an extra $100. Definitely not needed for my purposes. I am an extreme multi-tasker and its typical for me to have a dozen applications going at the same time. No performance decrease at all. Not really a gamer. I play C&C3 at highest level and its perfect. Which isn't saying much compared to modern games, but there it is. When playing games, the Nvidia Optimus switches graphics modes to use more energy for performance and switches back down to conserve power for other apps which is nice (lights on the side of the laptop indicate the change).
My only other concern is no independent volume control on the laptop. You have to use function keys which generally require two hands though my XXL hands can reach thumb to picky if needed for one hand. Would be nice to have volume buttons though.
Noise is minimal, weight is what is expected for a 16"er, battery power is fine, etc. Its what you should get when you buy a laptop... everything works to spec and you get what you pay for. Some might take issue with the bloatware. This install is really clean, IMO, and free of the worst offenses. ASUS has a lot of their own applications that would be beneficial to someone not familiar with better free applications that are available. A limited number of games, easily cleaned up. A virus scan and trial Office. Really minimal bloatware and admirable restraint given what many other companies do.
The value and performance of this laptop is excellent. I think its the best buy in its class and you get things that other slightly more expensive laptops might not have such as numpad and 7200 rpm HD. Minor issues with the interface aside, I have no complaints. And this may be the first PC I have had in my house hold since Win 3.1 that has enough processing power that I don't feel like it is out of date before I even powered it up.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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ASUS N61JV-X4 16-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop - Dark Brown
For weeks i been searching and trying decide for which laptop to buy. So many factors i took into Consideration. i was looking for a reputable brand,fast processor & fast hard drive, other features like Usb 3.0 etc. After reading a few product reviews and looking at the features this laptop had. I finally decided to purchase this one.
Note : Amazon Specs say this is a:
"Intel Core i5-430M Processor 2.26 GHz"
This is incorrect by in fact its Actually a
"Intel Core i5-450M Processor 2.40 GHz" even better
when it first arrived I am amazed to see beautiful this laptop really is. At the beginning i had a few step backs i had issues connecting to wireless, I Called Asus Tech support and that issue was quickly resolved by simply pressing a few Keys
later on i was a bit disappointed on the speakers they wasn't as loud as i wanted them to be. At first i was like wanted to return the laptop but after reviewing all the positive features on this laptop i decided to keep it.
I found a way to make the speakers sound a bit better by simply going to:
Start-> Control panel-> open Realtek HD Audio Manager-> Then Enable SRS Premium Sound, you will notice a difference
Also i seen a few concerns of people not being happy with the idea of having multiple Partitions on this laptop.
well i have some Great news. This laptop give you a option to merge them into one whole partition i will explain how to do it, it is part of the recovery process. I was surprise to see it took less then 15 minutes to have windows up running again.
When you first get your PC make sure you make the Recovery Discs (4-DVD) in total. The discs is just a backup precaution measure for the future, in case your system becomes corruptive then you will definitely need them.
Simply by pressing the F-9 key when booting up(restarting Computer) it will automatically start the recover process.
This will recover the original partitions or merge the partitions into one if you choose just by simply following these short steps
1. Reboot the laptop, as the laptop reboots press and tap the F-9 key this will start the recovery process.
2.You will now see a Asus Pre-load Wizard with 3 options
(A) Recover the Windows to First Parting only
(B) Recover Windows to Entire HD
(C)Recover Windows to Entire HD with two partitions
I wanted to merge the Partitions into One so I picked the Middle option (Recover Windows to Entire HD).
The whole process will take like 15 minutes & in a matter of minutes it will tell you to restart your laptop. When the laptop restarts you are good to go.
**I will post a picture (look in product photos)it will show only one partition.
in the picture i am about to post(look in product photos) you will not see the
"Asus Web storage" i had uninstalled that after in add/remove. if you are not going to use this feature it is safe to uninstall
I hope these tips were very helpful if any questions please feel free to ask
Bottom line i am pleased with my New laptop, it's fast,it runs cool since i don't do much gaming. battery life for this laptop i found to be at acceptable level
Cons : didn't come with a lighted keyboard but i already knew that. Speakers are Ok, just wished they were "Harman kardon speakers"
despite this i still give it 5 stars
it did come with some bloatware by i found a easy fix. For those not too familiar with the programs that came pre installed just google
"Asus Utility and Bloatware Guide" it will tell you what programs are safe to uninstall.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This laptop is perfect, it runs quickly and after a little clean up (all laptops come with stupid software you don't really need on your computer that bogs it down in the beginning) it's perfect. I did seriously consider returning it if I couldn't figure one major issue out. It's really more of a Window's 7 issue based on what I found when researching it. The problem was that after sleep mode or shut down the WiFi disabled itself and I had to press the Fn+F2 key every time I wanted to connect to my internet. After adjusting the settings in power management (I changed the "log on" settings so it doesn't require a password or a logon button for the users) and now it is connects the instant it wakes up or starts up. I am so relieved...now all it's missing is the light up keyboard that Asus typically puts on their laptops. Oh well, I guess since they marketed this as an entertainment computer and not a gaming computer they didn't think people would like being able to type in the dark. I do sometimes have issues getting used to the different keyboard...it's like the keys require a different amount of pressure than my old HP keyboard (DV2220US) that this replaced. I would purchase this computer again, after making sure that I couldn't somehow get an equivalent one with a light up keyboard. It's got FABULOUS battery life, it's pretty light weight, especially for the size, and it's quick even with an i5 processor and not an i7. My mother-in-law just got a Sony from Bestbuy for $1200 with an i7 and it's not near as fast as this and doesn't have as good of battery life and it's almost twice as thick and heavy, plus it doesn't have the graphics processor this one has. There is a lot of value in this laptop.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Like the previous reviewers, I really like this laptop. The processor is super quick, and the USB3 port will come in handy, as I also purchased an Iomega eGo external hard drive that will connect via USB3. I also am able to watch TV by connecting an Hauppage USB TV tuner, and Blu-Ray discs (using the Asus slim-line external Blu-Ray player).
The only negative comment is that the laptop came with a defective WiFi driver. I spoke with 3 different Asus service techs (they seem to be located in the US, not overseas), and they had me try different things to turn on the WiFi. The successful solution was first to connect to the Internet (via ethernet cable), then download and install the WiFi driver from the Asus web site. This worked, and now WiFi works great.
One of the main reasons why I went with Asus is that the service after sale is supposed to be excellent, and from my own personal experience this is true.
UPDATE (4-20-11): My hard drive failed last week! I've heard of this happening before but have never personally experienced it with any of my many desktop and notebook computers. I was very disappointed (this notebook has been used infrequently since purchased early December 2010), since I purchased Asus because it has a sterling reputation for quality and fewest problems. On the other hand, their support staff is available on the telephone 24X7, and for warranty repairs, will send a pre-paid FedEx shipping label. They repaired the notebook in one day and shipped it promptly back to me. So, at least their support and service was outstanding.
UPDATE (4-21-11): Well, the hard drive was replaced. Unfortunately, Asus replaced the defective HD with one that is 250 GB, instead of 500 GB. Definitely not OK! So, I am going to have to send it back to Asus service again.