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ASUS N56VZ Review, not your ordinary multimedia laptop


The N-series laptop of ASUS is geared towards those looking for a superb entertainment experience on a mobile PC. The 15.6-inch ASUS N56VZ belongs to the latest line of notebooks having Intel’s 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processor to go with its premium multimedia features.


I’ve spent a few weeks with this laptop and it was a blast playing with it. Before, I walk you through its awesome features; let’s talk about the awesome design that went into this laptop. Yes, “œawesome” seems to be the apt word.



The lid on the ASUS has a dull black semi-matte finish for a not-so-common look. It’s not really glossy but not matte either since it reflects light and attracts a few smudges but hides them with the hairline-textured finish. Dead center is the ASUS logo which lights up when in use, a copied-touch but looked nice nonetheless.


Opening the lid will reveal a Macbook-like design but with a twist. It has the backlit chiclet keyboard on a spacious anodized aluminum body but what made this unique are the tiny holes in a concentric pattern overlapping the upper area of the keyboard. These are actually speaker holes which are cleverly integrated in the design of this laptop. Color me impressed.


The ASUS N56VZ has a full complement of connectivity ports. You’ll get 4 USB 3.0 ports (two on each side), a Blu-ray disc drive, VGA, HDMI and a LAN port. The multi-card reader is conspicuously situated on the front end of this notebook. Update: The one that will be available here will only have a DVDRW drive to bring down the cost which we don’t have a problem at all.


Keyboard layout seems standard for 15-inch notebooks these days with a number pad on the right with the arrow keys positioned in between letters and numbers. A layout I particularly dislike since it’s easy to mis-click the arrow keys. There are dedicated Page Up, Page Dn, Home, and End keys on the upper right which you’ll find useful. What’s missing are dedicated multimedia keys which I would want on my multimedia laptop. Not even dedicated volume controls are present.


Keys are rubbery with a soft tactile feedback and don’t make any noise. If you’re fond of those soft, rubbery and silent keys then you’ll enjoy typing here. Typing experience is just average, can’t say anything extraordinary about the experience as I type this review.


There’s also a generous-sized touchpad which is responsive to touch including multi-touch gestures like two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom. The click buttons are embedded on the touchpad itself but doesn’t feel stiff to press; I just prefer raised click buttons which I can easily press with the side of my thumb.

A thing of note – since the size of the touchpad is large, it’s easy to activate it with your palm while typing so better use a mouse and just disable the touchpad whenever you can.


There’s this lonely button on the upper-left portion just above the keyboard which serves as a quick-launch button. You can completely customize its function from launching an app to changing a setting on your notebook.


Firing up the laptop, the Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution on its 15.6-inch screen blew me away. The matte screen also prevents glare to make viewing enjoyable even under bright conditions.


I quickly copied a 1080p video of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and was amazed by the clarity and sharpness of the scenes from this laptop. Details are crisp and 150゚viewing angle is wide for a bunch of friends to watch movies with you without crowding your space. It was also my first time to play Diablo III on a Full HD resolution (on a small 15.6-inch screen at that) and I appreciate the sharp details that the ASUS N56VZ gave me.

On top of the display is a high-def 2.0 megapixel webcam which can also use to capture 720p stills and 640 x 480 video using the bundled ASUS LifeFrame software.


Here’s the deal, the unit we received is their top of the line model having Intel Ivy Bridge 3rd Gen Core i7 processor with 6GB RAM. However, the ASUS N56VZ which will be available in the country will only get a 4GB RAM configuration running on Windows 8 so adjust the memory score on this Windows Experience Index accordingly:


This notebook is also powered by a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT650M graphics card with 2GB of RAM. The discrete graphics is slightly similar to the NVIDIA GTX660M of our previously reviewed gaming notebook, the Gigabyte P2542, but with a 100MHz slower clock speed. Nevertheless, it performs smoothly on Diablo III running on medium/high settings. Batman: Arkham City on the other hand is only playable in low settings when running on full HD.

Perhaps the most notable feature you will get out of this notebook is its sound thanks to the ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology which they co-developed with Bang & Olufsen. The ASUS N56VZ is simply made for those who are particular with the sound coming out from their devices.

First time I’ve heard of ASUS SonicMaster-quality sound output is from the ASUS Zenbook but you will truly appreciate its brilliance from bigger chambers such as in the N56VZ. Audio coming from this notebook has a wider range compared to your conventional speakers to go with the rich, crisp and clear quality. It’s like you’re listening from a premium set of speakers from your laptop and not just those mini-speakers.


The N56VZ also comes with a small SonicMaster subwoofer that you plug on to the 3.5mm port on the side of the notebook. The result is just a slight boost on the oomph of our music but is still a nice addition accessory nonetheless.

Battery life

Using the ASUS N56VZ strictly for gaming lasted me for almost an hour before it started warning me to plug to a power source. For usual tasks like surfing, watching YouTube, writing this review while listening to MP3s, you can get a little over 4 hours out of its 6-cell 5200 mAh battery. Not impressive but notebooks at this size are generally not known for their battery performance


The ASUS N56VZ belongs to those types of notebook that can very well be your primary desktop. It’s not necessarily a gamer’s rig but should be serviceable for most high-end titles if you’re not gunning for max settings.


What we love about it is its design which admittedly reminds us of the MacBook when you open the lid but with a personal ASUS touch to give it some more style. We also love the crisp Full HD display and its wide viewing angle and most especially, the superb audio quality. What we particularly don’t care much about are the bundled junkwares ASUS puts into their notebook. Feel free to remove those you don’t need if you’re like me who’s OC about the things other people install on my machine.

Finally, what makes this laptop really attractive is its SRP which is pegged at just Php49,995 when it becomes available this October after Windows 8 becomes available in mid-December. Yes, it will come preloaded with Windows 8 according to our local ASUS contact.


Attractive design, outstanding matte display, and excellent audio to go with really good specs, and a price that’s easy to look at, we’re giving the ASUS N56VZ our Editor’s Pick Award and should be a popular choice for notebook-hunters this coming holiday season.

ASUS N56VZ Specs:
2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM
15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) Wide View Angle LED Backlight
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM
Windows 8 OS
Backlit keyboard
DVD RW Drive Blu-ray Drive
HD Web Camera
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® audio technology
Asus N series external sub-woofer
Bluetooth 4.0
4x USB 3.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet port, multi-card reader
6-cell 5200 mAh 56 Whrs
SRP: Php49,995
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  • With those graphics, I was actually expecting this to retail at Php80-100k until I read that SRP.

    • yup! the price is really surprising. good deal indeed from a reputable brand.

  • aze

    BOOM! i want this one if i have the money, its sad i dont. 🙁

  • Ed

    It has Windows 8 in it but touch screen ba ito?

    • nope… i would definitely won’t miss writing anything about touchscreen if this laptop has one.

      • Ed

        I see. sayang naman.. di mamaximize ang Windows 8… (para lang sa akin) Thanks Calvin…

        • yeah… well not every windows 8 machine can be touchscreen.

  • oliver mia

    i want the n76 variant 🙁

    any recommended online sellers to get the n76?

    • di raw talaga lalabas dito sir eh. amazon lang ma-recommend ko and have it shipped sa relative in US and have it handcarry over here. hehe.

  • Griswold

    nice review sir! and not bad ung price for a quad-core laptop with those specs. now napaisip tuloy ako sa paggagamitan ko ng pera this christmas.

  • Someone

    Upgradable po ba yung specs ? Manual po

    • fixed configuration pagdating dito although you can manually upgrade the RAM.

      • thejorlanb

        too bad hdd pa. sana tinodo na ssd.

        • magmamahal na pagSSD. they had to sacrifice the RAM, BluRay and SSD to bring it to this attractive pricing.

  • I’m a happy Asus customer. My K40IJ is more than 2 years with me with no problems and no reformatting whatsoever. I’ll definitely go for another Asus laptop, probably not as expensive as the N56VZ 🙂

  • Nico

    I prefer the HP pavillion DV4. almost same specs and price but with beats audio speakers. 🙂

    • you have to listen to this laptop to really appreciate the sound output it gives… it will blow you away.

    • Elmer

      Walang kwenta Beats Audio ng HP, kahit yung sa concept store nila sa HP SM North Edsa ang pangit. Wala pang binatbat sa N55SF ko, eh paano pa yung sa N56 series.

      Super saya ng subwoofer, panalo talaga sa specs at price

  • Leo

    I would like to clafify is the P50K SRP for i7 or is it more on i5?
    Is it confirm from Asus Philippines, the Asus n56VZ will be available by October?

    • that’s what my contact from ASUS says… 50k for the i7. no i5 config will be released here. it will be available after Windows 8 becomes available.

  • Leo

    Confirmed from Asus Philippines?

    Wow that’s great news! I’ve been asking Asus and no updates but hey,

    finally an i7 for an N-Series! Is it pre-intalled with Windows 8?

    When is their estimated launch for the N56vz next month?

    I’m excited!

  • Leo

    BTW, how much difference in terms of multi-tasking or gaming for Asus’s GT650(ddr3 VRAM) vs GTX 660? Given its just a 100mhz difference?

    If its possible, any benchmark or comparison? (maybe asus n56vz with Gigabyte P2542 [or better yet Y580] hehehe)

  • Kevin

    wait lang meron ba yung windows 7 home premium yung preloaded ,ayaw ko mag windows 8 ang pangit eh

    • mukhang wala eh. yun din sabi ko eh, pano yung mga ayaw pang magshift to windows 8. pero win 8 talaga kasama pagilalabas nila. unless magbago isip ng asus.

  • Leo

    Just want to clarify…

    15.6″ HD (1366×768)/Full HD (1920×1080)/Wide View Angle LED Backlight

    Is this particular model sporting a Full HD resolution?


    Why is it pangit ang windows 8? Anong flaws nya? tnx

    • Kevin

      hindi ko lang siya type parang pa ng touch screen kasi para sakin parang di naman pang pc eh ,hindi ko lang talaga type ,etong laptop siguro bibilin ko papalitan ko na lang siguro ng 256 gb ssd external ko na lang hdd niya space para sa mga movies

    • hi leo,

      thanks for clarifying. i missed that part. the resolution is full hd 1920 x 1080.

      • Kevin

        may i ask which one is better for you the msi ge60 or this one ,cause i think ge60 has better specs?

        • havent tried the GE60 yet but that’s their gaming series. this one’s more for multimedia/entertainment.

  • Leo

    Hi again Calvin, I would like to clarify about your information for Asus n56vz specifying the i7’s SRP of P50k.

    I just happen to saw this brochure of Asus (Product Guide for August) and its indicating an Asus n56vz i5 variant, with a SRP of P47K.

    I hope Asus can clarify this. We are looking forward to this.

    PS: Sent you an email, with pictures of it of the brochure.


    • that was the original plan… the core i5 version already. actually this review has been sitting with me for a few weeks before i released it pending the official specs that will be available in the market. good thing they decided to go with core i7 but with a later release date.

  • Leo

    Wow you’ve made my day! what a great news! So hooray for i7!

    Thanks so much for the great information, Calvin!

    So they plan to release this after the launch of Windows 8, so probably the release date for Asus n56 is around November?

  • Leo

    Just searched this, saw a vietnam reseller with the updated or latest i7-3630 asus n56vz.

    Is there a chance, this upcoming asus n56vz with W8, will have also the latest processor?


    • this is the specs of the one that will be available here that was given to us. configurations differ per country, it’s up to the asus ph to determine what will fit to our market specs/price wise.

    • ASUS Philippines

      Yup the units will be using the latest Intel Core i7-3630

  • Bo

    Very good review! Hinihintay ko na lumabas ito sa dito sa pinas. Pwede po ba sir Calvin na magreply kayo sa message ko once meron na dito sa pinas? Thanks and God bless!!!

    • sige… or announce ko na lang rin sa Facebook Page natin

  • Kevin

    patanung lang ulit ,tungkol sa ram gano kataas yun pwede iupgrade? 8gb?tska alam niyo ba kelan lalabas yun samsung 840 ssd dito sa pinas?

    • Kevin

      and also ok lang ba yung feel nang touchpad niya? hindi ba matigas left/right click niya? wish na may magoffer nito na windows 7 kasi nakakatamad mag download ng mga drivers pa

  • Nicki

    My sister just bought this model (Asus N56VZ) in Dubai for me. It’s almost 50K.


    Plus, it has a lot of freebies (4GB Touchmate, Toshiba 320GB External HDD, software like Antivirus, Generic Headset, Mouse, etc).

    I’ve read somewhere that it’s upgradeable to 16GB eventhough they claimed that the maximum capacity of RAM can be install is 8GB.

    Though the unit will arrive this December together with my sister so I can’t comment yet about the unit.

  • cha

    where can we get this notebook here locally? any shops?

    • end of october pa release. sa mga big pc stores like villman, complink, etc. magkakaroon neto.

      • cha

        price is P49,995?…found some online sellers who do pre-order pero expensive eh..P60k +

        • yup, it’s the price given to us by Asus PH when it comes out at the end of the month.

          • cha

            ok thanks..can’t wait na 😀

    • Bo

      Bakit kasi windows 8 pa itong lalabas na unit dito sa pinas??? dagdag gastos ito pag gusto papalitan ng OS. napapaisip tuloy ako.

    • Leo

      Hi there…

      Windows 8 has already launched.

      Any news or date of n56vz will be release?


  • ASUS Philippines

    Hi all,

    Thank you to the very welcoming feedback towards the ASUS N56VZ, its just currently holiday in the Philippines but I will get a feedback of the latest status of the N56VZ by Tuesday at the least.

    • Leo

      Thanks asus!

      Hope the n56vz will be using the latest i7-3630qm, to make it really interesting!

      hope to hear from you next week.

    • cha

      c’mon! release it already :DDD

    • Louisse

      It’s tuesday today hope to hear from asus philippines already. It’s been a month of waiting :D.

      • Louisse

        hahaha. ooooops. For the excitement i have with this product i mistakenly thought that it’s tuesday. It’s still monday. Tomorrow’s Tuesday. 😛

    • Arvin

      Any Update about the status of N56VZ?

    • Leo

      Asus…… where are you???

      • hehe kinukulit na raw nila yung foreigner na product manager nila.

        • Louisse

          hala pag nainip buyers. :/. Ang tagal na rin nitong na launch eh. upto now invisible pa rin here in the phil.:(

        • Kevin

          I need this laptop now!! 🙁

    • aldy

      any news as to when will this land in the philippines? deciding to gets this or the macbook pro 15 inches…hope it’s an i7…

      • Louisse Anne

        They say thats its an i7. And that we just have to wait this very november for the availability. But i really hope not in the second half.

    • ASUS Philippines

      Hi Everyone,

      Apologies for the late reply, the ASUS N56VZ’s latest availability will be Mid of December 2012.

      As an added bonus for this anticipated model, we decided to upgrade the DVD-ROM drive into a Blue-Ray Disc Drive. For the same price of SRP Php49,995.

      Updated Specs

      Intel Core i7 / 4GB RAM / NVIDIA GT650M 2GB / 1TB HDD / 15.6″ FULL HD Wide Viewing Angle Matte Screen / Windows 8 / Blue-Ray Drive + Backlit Keyboard and Bang & Olufsen Speakers

      Thank you so much for the overwhelming feedback towards this unit, we hope to see more as the unit arrives right in time this Christmas Season.

  • Jheffrey

    Nice review.

    is there any date given by Asus, for it to be available here in Philippines?

    The fan page of asus in facebook, isn’t very accommodating.

    • Louisse Anne

      They said that anytime this november it will be here but they dont have any exact date to give us. We really have to wait for their annoucements. =)

    • cha

      it’s hard to wait for something uncertain. c’mon Asus Philippines! wake up! move! now!

      • Leo

        I have a hunch, whats delaying them, is…

        they are probably focusing more on newly launched W8 Asus Vivo Tabs and Zenbooks rather than the N Series, which was launched as early this May.

        Still Asus n56vz has a lots of promise, for serious laptop users… I hope they (Asus) wont disappoint us.

        • Mag aannounce na raw si asus ph tungkol dito. Wait lang daw.

          • Anne

            Kelan daw sila mag aannounce ?

          • George

            Sana this week na ung announcement nila!

          • barbara

            Asus is taking its sweet time! Not everbody wants a touchscreen Win 8 laptop off the bat– not for the kind of stuff I need this unit for. (Will leave that for a desktop’s walll-mounted monitor, I th7nk.) Strength in numbers? If ever you organize a group buy for ASUS N56VZ before 1 December 2012, count me in.

          • Jamesh

            Any updates?

    • Richard

      Asa pa! ang bagal bagal maglabas ng ASUS ng produkto, balita ko na nakuha ko sa Octagon, product manager kasi nila ayaw maglabas ng high end products kasi walang tiwala na mabebenta sa pilipinas.

      Ilang buwan na ako nagiintay sa notebook na ito, its a good alternative sa macbook pro kahit mabigat pero mukhang walang balak talaga asus philippines.

  • bogart

    ayaw nila maglabas ng highend pero bakit yug asus taichi nirelease na nila?

    • Bogus

      It’s mid november already!

      When is it gonna be available?

      Don’t tell me, by december or early next year?

      Why can’t they tell us the real time frame or atleast whats keeping them too long.

      Our neighbors like SG, HK, Malaysia, even Vietnam have already this laptop. why cant we?

      Tell me…

      • barbara

        Clearly, Asus doesn’t care very much that we’re on standby for their promised advisory. Would’ve been better PR if they hadn’t commented here. How much effort does it take to say, “Not coming in– sorry” or “January 2013, maybe”?? Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by Sony & Toshiba responsiveness all these years.
        Already looking at Lenovo Y580 or Toshiba with the optional international warranty. Too bad there’s no comparable Vaio model.

    • cha

      i think i’m, gonna go for lenovo y580…Asus just sucks BIG time here..they know a lot of people are already waiting for n56vz to be released & i think we have waited long enough

      • Louisse Anne

        You’re right @cha. Im beginning to think of an alternative and thats lenovo y580 too. So sad. =\

      • Bogus

        I agree. Y480 was originally my first choice but after this review, I knew Asus will be better for me given the brand reputation…

        but now, after uncertainties from Asus, after so much waiting, its getting tiring already.
        Plus, Y580 is already available and with better gtx card 660m, not bad actually!

        So what do you think Asus…

        You choose to stay quiet and indifferent, while slowly but surely, your loyal customers are now looking at your competitors product?

        Start the new week right by telling us which is which, say yes or no if its available. Have the courtesy naman guys!


      • Felix

        Totally agree. Lenovo y580 was my alternative to Asus n56vz. If Asus won’t release any information about this product. I might consider buying the y580.

  • aldy

    its stupid to think pinoys can’t afford their high end product or their market research is poor, so what will it be? macbook pro 15 inches, g55vz, u500…@cha @Louisse Anne @Bogus, seem it’s another waiting period, came across this model from ahem, achoose, same specs as the n56vz but with ssd, zenbook i think, 15 inch screen…

    • Bogus


      yes I totally agree, it’s a very excuse if they’re telling us, they’re tentative because its such a high end product.

      You know what, its bulls**t, why? They are currently selling the much more highend and more expensive ROG Asus G55 which sells P60+.

      Now hows that for an excuse?

      Common Asus, you’re such a reputable brand, a highly respectable one, inface our IT would always recommend you Asus if I look for computer staffs.

      Being at the top in the market, a reputable brand, please act like one. The way you’re treating us is like your very much new in the business.

      You have lots of competitors out there who are now more aggressive, before it was HP or acer, then Samsung, now its lenovo. I think you should be aware of that, Im sure you do.

      We’re not mad, but fustrated at how you’re treating us customers or potential buyers.

      Whats really keeping you delayed?
      Or you’re not really serious selling this model?

      Tell us straight, pls!

      • barbara

        Asus must make really good stuff if some prospective customers are turning the other cheek. Its too bad that they have iffy local reps then. My own kid wanted a Zenbook for grad school, but I’ve decided to get her a Mac Air. After-sales service & good customer relations are important issues and can cause worse trouble than mere frustration.

        I’ve been using computers for too long, I guess. Good luck with Asus.

    • Darwin

      There is no use waiting for this very beautiful product, I’ve tried to get a Zenbook Prime yet fail to see one as an actual unit. I ended up buying a Macbook Air with no regrets, I don’t care if they are better in specs if there are no stocks.

      I was so stupid to be mislead by ASUS of their newspaper ad for their Zenbook Prime, but only ended me up in frustration finding the unit.

      Plus I hear the same issue with their Transformer Infinity, they arrived late and overpriced. So in end point, don’t get your hopes up with ASUS. I’m sure it will be outdated by the time it arrives here.

      • Louisse

        Don’t be frustrated anymore. It’s more worth the wait with its better specs. We just have to believe with the date they said. 😀

  • Mid-December na raw. Same price but slightly better specs including blu-ray.

    • ASUS Philippines

      Hi Everyone,
      Apologies for the late reply, the ASUS N56VZ’s latest availability will be Mid of December 2012.
      As an added bonus for this anticipated model, we decided to upgrade the DVD-ROM drive into a Blue-Ray Disc Drive. For the same price of SRP Php49,995.
      Updated Specs
      Intel Core i7 / 4GB RAM / NVIDIA GT650M 2GB / 1TB HDD / 15.6″ FULL HD Wide Viewing Angle Matte Screen / Windows 8 / Blue-Ray Drive + Backlit Keyboard and Bang & Olufsen Speakers
      Thank you so much for the overwhelming feedback towards this unit, we hope to see more as the unit arrives right in time this Christmas Season.

      • cha

        that’s good news..i just hope it’s for real -_-

      • Louisse

        WOOOOOOOw. It would be really much better if it’d be released before the mid of December. IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!wew. With so much better specs. This device will be so much more worth the wait thanks for the UPDATE. Now we know why the delay. <3

        • ASUS Philippines

          Because we don’t want to provide the Core i7-3610QM if there is already the 3630 so we opted to get the latest specs.

          1TB HDD / BlueRay Disc Drive / Core i7 3630QM is definitely worth the wait.

          All the upgrades for the same price.

      • Jasper

        Can you give an exact date? not like mid early and late?

      • Yeah, could we get an exact release date?

  • Leo

    Wow! Now thats a christmas gift!

    Long time no hear Asus… So is this finally for real?

    How about the specs i7 specs? Still 3610qm or the latest 3630qm?

    Wow, from 750GB to 1TB!!! Thats quite an upgrade!

    Where will it be available?

    • Leo

      Thanks again Calvin for the great news and to you Asus!

      Please keep it up!

      Hope to hear from you soon!!! As in soon hehehe

  • DoJmE

    Will the operating system will still be Windows 8?

    Can the buyers opt for at least Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional or MS-DOS??

  • Jei Jei

    WOW! The spec per price comparison is giving me a nerdgasm. LOL
    Great piece of equipment here, better than the current competition in the same price range. One question though, how heavy is it?

  • aldy

    if this is true count me in, no exact date?

  • Still awaiting a confirmed date for the release.

  • aldy

    mood: restless waiting for this unit…

  • Jheffrey

    I really really hope it will we availble by mid of December.

    • I hope it will be available before December 18. Because i will be flying back to my home, Maldives. And it won’t be available there 🙁

  • Calvin, any update? Ti’s December 5th already. I’m eager to buy it already!

  • aldy

    update please…

  • cha

    wag nyong sabihin nabago release date at next year pa?!? omg

  • aldy


  • Jheffrey

    Wala parin exact date? 🙁

  • Jasper

    Still no updates? I need this laptop before Christmas. please.

  • Louisse Anne

    The response to this laptop is overwhelming. Asus better be good. Lets just wait for december 15, the latest date we expect n56 to arrive. (they say. And we: hoping so bad =)

    • good news! meron na raw sa Electroworld starting next week. sila exclusive distributor for this notebook. cheers!

      • aldy

        that is good news! same specs at price as indicated here? will surely hope so, thanks Calvin.

        • was going to ask the same, is it the same specifications as specified here. Cheers for the update mate! So that would be starting from the 10th December I guess.

          • it should be the same specs. should be in stores by tuesday. dumating na mga stocks. delivery na lang. better call your nearest electroworld first though.

          • Louisse Anne

            OMG. Im gonna check this out to the nearest electroworld and post it here right away if it were with the same spec and same price here

          • aldy

            excited na…

          • Thanks a lot Calvin!

  • cha

    called electroworld & di pa nila alam ang Asus N56VZ -_-

    • Checked the Electroworld in SM Manila, the salesman there was clueless about it. Had no information about the unit or whether they’d have it within the week or not. Never even heard of the model.

      • cha

        what a shame, right shane? :p…..but one of their staff told me that they will inquire about it from Asus Philippines then will inform me na lang if available talaga & price if meron nga…still waiting for that staff’s reply

  • Robert

    So is it ever coming out? parang antagal nang naannounce pero hindi pa lumalabas… baka outdated na specs neto bago pa maging available. Bakit pa innannounce ng maaga?

  • whappack26

    Been planning to buy online but because it’ll be better to get it locally for easy replacements (if ever), I opted not to. Now, I’m regretting my decision. Baka nga outdated na yung unit na ‘to pagkarelease. So much potential, sinira ng “strategy” ng local distributors natin. Tsk tsk.

  • Jheffrey

    disappointed 🙁

  • Gangnam


    here we go again!

    looks like another waiting game for us!

    by the time CES 2013 starts next month, who knows, they will aoon launch the Asus n66 or the next N-Line series for 2013…

    Asus Philippines is sooooooooooo slooooooooowwww


  • The one in Electroworld called their merchandiser and this is what she told me:

    “Based on our merchandising they said that the unit is upcoming to asus then we dont have exact date if Asus will give us a stock.”

  • Darwin

    see I told you all, its worthless to wait for this beautiful product. Until now there is no stocks to be seen, all of your bonuses will be gone before it reaches here.

    From my searching for the Infinity, Zenbook Prime and even that stupid Nexus 7. All delayed.

    Most probably the next generation notebook N57 will come out by CES 2013. So…..good luck indeed folks.

  • Jasper

    Asus Philippines where are you? so sad

  • Gangnam Style

    Asus is sleeping again…

    even electroworld are clueless, so

    they even don’t give updates to their distributors.

    lets give them an ultimatum, when is it really available?

    pag ganyan laging na de-delay, what kind of a service is that?

    its past tuesday, and no updates again as usual from Asus.

    its their 3rd time they made us wait for a specific date and

    poof!!! Drawing lang pala si Asus!


  • cha

    we’ve been fooled again. i think the “Asus Philippines” who has been replying here is NOT the real Asus Philippines

  • Jasper

    Can somebody confirm this on Asus Facebook page. is it really Asus philippines that give out information on this site?

  • I’m beginning to think the same. We have all been duped by some retard.

    Posting on Asus FB page is utterly useless, no response as usual.

    If someone really was posting here pretending to represent ASUS, then Calvin should’ve been responsible to verify it and etc.

  • Robert

    Is Calvin really reliable? is Asus FB page official? we’ve all been duped by these two I guess

    • i’m only the messenger. 🙂 kinukulit ko na rin yung contact ko sa ASUS. he’s asking daw.

      • Calvin is reliable. I’ve seen many of his other good reviews. Asus does have an official Facebook page. And they do comment and reply to many questions about service center, repairs, etc. But I noticed on the page, they’ve never responded to any question about this model.

        It’s the Asus Philippines comment on this review that I’m suspicious of. Anyways, at the moment I’m so desperate I don’t even mind buying the model with the original specs mentioned here first.

        But since the model is not available in the Philippines. I guess I’ll look for another laptop 🙁

  • ASUS Philippines

    Dear All,

    We deeply apologize for the delay of the ASUS N56VZ, its currently in our distributors and they have their internal processing for releasing their products.

    Rest assured that the product will be out and we assure you that this is the entity of ASUS Philippines. Since before Me and Calvin of Pinoytechblog are the ones coordinating to answer your inquiries.

    Best Regards,
    ASUS Philippines

    • So when is it coming out exactly? If you truly want us to be rest assured, give us some credible and definite information on the release date, etc.

      • Gangnam Style

        Hope Asus can answer this…

        why some distributors including Electroworld are clueless about the incoming n56vz?

        are they not told or atleast been aware?

        so will it be on December or January?

        Whats really keeping Asus delayed ba?

        Baka naman kasi may niluluto na kayong bagong N-series? Magmumukha naman kaming tanga, dahil pabili p lng kami at palaos n pala yung n56…

        Parang, by the time I buy this “new” n56 next year, It doesnt feel its new anymore, coz its so last year pa. Weird feeling diba.

      • Gangnam Style

        And btw, I think infairness with Calvin, wala naman sya fault kung hindi nasusunod ng Asus sa mga pino-promise nila.

        atleast cya pa ang nag-fofollow up for us.

        Thanks Calvin, we appreciated it!

        For Asus, can we have your email address so we, the tired waiting customers can ask you or follow up about this laptop?

      • Gangnam Style

        “Since before Me and Calvin of Pinoytechblog are the ones coordinating to answer your inquiries.

        Best Regards,
        ASUS Philippines ”

        -WALA naman kayo (Asus) nasasagot sa mga inquiries namin eh, puro vague nga at generic answers pa nga e. Parang nakikinig lang ako sa answering machine.

        Dami naming tanong, please answer those one by one, at definite answers pls.

  • Shans Jalnaiz

    I have already posted at ASUS Philippines Official FB page numerous times regarding my concerns with this laptop model. Ni isa wala talagang reply ang ASUS.

    Sana naman lumabas na before Christmas. I’m buying this for myself as an Xmas gift pa naman!

    • Same here, posted thrice. No reply.

      • Louisse

        AHmm, i’ve done an inspection on the posts of the people in the asus page, and i’ve noticed that they don’t just answer n56vz related posts.

        Coz’ there’s this post of someone about n56 20 hrs ago(no response), and there’s a post at 18 hrs ago about another laptop called vivo(and this, with response)

        I guess they’re really panicking right now because of the overwhelming reactions, comments, etc. of the people about n56vz. I guess i’ll just wish the God Bless, instead to complain, besides my eyes are on this ASUS N56vz.

        (we just can’t wait :D)

  • Robert

    Sorry I doubted you Calvin… peace! Can’t keep n56 off my mind because of your review ^_^ I’m looking for alternatives but mahirap pag nakita na ang gusto eh

    Well, asa ph.asus.com din naman kasi ung model. I guess we’re all hoping to get this by Christmas!

  • Mr.Bogus

    Good news guys and gals!!!

    Saw this on Tipidpc

    Asus N56VZ-S4233H | 15.6in., i7 3630QM, 4Gb, 1TB, gt650 2Gb, w8 PhP 47,500.00


    Don’t know if stocks are already available or for pre-orders.
    Finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

    Aabot pa sa Xmas wishlist natin mga peeps!

    The excitement is back for N56 fans!

    • aldy

      just saw it, well see…

  • whappack26


    Texted PC Corner, available daw sa Gilmore Branch nila. 1 day order. Php 47,500. Kung nasa Manila lang ako ngayon. Hehehe.

    • Shans Jalnaiz

      Php 47,500? Bakit biglang nag mura? Sabi dati eh PHP49,000 SRP eh with Upgraded Specs.

      Sana pede gawing SSD yung Bluray Drive at gawin external(USB) na lang yung Bluray drive. Then windows 7 instead of windows 8 (win 8 is really useless without touchscreen). Plus 8-16GB of RAM. Kompleto na Christmas ko! 🙂

      • ASUS Philippines

        Dealers have the option if they will offer it on a lower price, but we strongly enforce not to be higher than the SRP.

  • cha

    according to pc corner, P47,500 for 4GB & P49,500 for 8GB

  • I can imagine the phone at pc corner ringing non-stop with questions about n56vz hehe so they have stock???

  • aldy

    when i texted i was told 2 days, weird, parang wala pang stock…

  • whappack26

    posted na sa PCCorner website. gusto kong umuwi ng Mnl. hahaha

  • I called PC Corner in Park Square, Makati, they said no stock and don’t know if they have stock elsewhere either.

    Called PC Corner Gilmore and there’s no one answering the phone.

    I have no choice but I’ll buy another laptop as I’m already leaving on Tuesday. As Filipino’s would say, “sayang”… :/

  • Mr.Bogus

    Did went to SM North Cyberzone as of evening yesterday,

    checked and asked Asus Concept store regadring asus n56,
    they were not advise kelan darating yung unit. But the price is indeed less than P50k dsw.

    Also went to Electroworld, wala din sila idea. Baka daw next year. For me its a safe answer from them, ni walang verification or checking. I told them, a very reliable source from a blog, and from asus philippines itself, says it should be in distributing stage. Wala, naka tonganga lang sila, like na shock hehehe

    Also went to Gigahertz, buti pa sila may update, baka next thursday darating stocks.

    Yun so far updates.

    How about from PC Corner? So by monday, they will have stocks?

  • Went to PC Corner Gilmore all the way from Makati since I couldn’t reach them through their phone. They said they HAD stock this morning; only one. And someone bought it just an hour ago apparently! :/

  • Tenfu

    Is N56vz really available? I really really need this laptop before christmas. 🙁

  • cha

    got a reply from electroworld. they inquired about it sa asus but sadly, wala pa raw stock ang asus. how true is this Asus Philippines? i wonder where pc corner gets their stock???

  • ASUS Philippines

    Hi guys,

    Finally the long wait is over now. The N56VZ is now available, I personally seen one unit displayed in SM Megamall. They say they have 3 pcs on hand. Please do check other octagon branches as of nowfor availability.

    • Mr.Bogus

      Hi Asus!!!

      Thanks for the great news!!!
      Slowly but surely.

      By the way, I have an important question,
      Asus has only 1 year warranty for laptop, specifically asus n56…

      Im interested of you have an additional or extended warranty? Do you have 3 or 2 years warranty I can extend?

      Where can I avail of it? In your main office?
      Where is it located?

      How much will I it cost?

      Hope you can reply, this is important to me.

      Thanks Asus!

      • ASUS Philippines

        Hi Mr.Bogus

        Extended warranty offering depends on the dealer if they have that certain service. But if not, you can inquire to our authorized service centers


        We have no solid price point as each warranty depends on the unit. We suggest to call our service center before going on site.

  • ted

    sa provincial areas kaya like batangas city, kelan kaya magiging available to? just went to SM Cyberzone Batangas, wala pa sila stock -_-

    • Lui

      Me too. inquired at Sm Cyberzone Baguio City and Octagon. The unit is not available.

  • Jay

    meron na sa Octagon (Mega Mall) !!!

    • aldy


      • Jay

        same as SRP… P 49,995.00 but there’s a discount if you will pay in cash. around 2k ang bawas kapag cash.

        • aldy

          salamat! napapaisip tuloy ako, sa pc corner gilmore, tatlo configuration kaso wala pa…
          Asus N56VZ-S4233H | 15.6in., i7 3630QM, 4Gb, 1TB, gt650 2Gb, w8 PhP 47,500.00 (BluRay)

          Asus N56VZ-S4233H | 15.6in., i7 3630QM, 8Gb, 1TB, gt650 2Gb, w8 PhP 49,995.00 (BluRay)

          Asus N56VZ-S4233H | 15.6in., i7 3630QM, 16Gb, 1TB, gt650 2Gb, w8 PhP 50,995.00 (BluRay)

          • todo mo na! plus 1k lang from 8k to 16k o.

          • aldy

            oo nga eh, c”,) kaso nung weekend nakuha na yung nagiisa nila, di alam kelan makakaroon…

  • Robert

    Thanks Calvin!!
    Bought it! To be delivered tonight! I got the 16gb version! Can’t wait, hope its worth the wait.

    • aldy

      san ka nakabili sir?

      • Robert

        Sa PC Corner or laptop king. Meron sila online. I called PC Corner awhile ago and they say meron pa 3 units available. Nagagree naman delivery in MM

        • aldy

          salamat sir, gulo na to, takbuhan na sa stores…

          • Robert

            Tawag muna bago punta! Kaninang mga 10AM ko tnawagan. Buti nalang nga pumayag sa delivery 🙂

            Balak ko una sa January nako bibili kung hindi lang ako tinext na pwede deliver hehe mas maganda siguro araw arawin nyo rin ang pag tawag ^_^

            Goodluck sir!

          • aldy

            salamat sir!

  • Lui

    Any idea where can I get this unit near Baguio city?

  • Karl

    For the people who bought their n56vz in pc corner, d ba talaga backlit yung keyboard? or lahat ba ng units dito sa philippines hindi backlit? thanks

    • aldy

      sir, dapat yata backlit…

      • Karl

        OO nga eh, pero sabi nung pc corner, lahat daw ng units dito sa Philippines, hindi backlit ang keyboard.. guys do you have any info about this? thanks

        • aldy

          labo naman, naka state pa naman above na backlit keyboard tapos hindi…

  • cha

    no wait, im about to order this from pc corner…hindi talaga backlit ang keyboard?

    @ karl…have you double check kung wala talaga backlit keyboard? baka may keys lng na need i-activate?

    ang hirap sa pc corner hindi full specs ang nilalagay sa ads nila, at kung mgtxt ka naman, di nila sinasagot kung ano full specs

    • Karl

      Hindi talaga backlit, walang extra function yung F3 and F4 for the lights of the keyboard. Also asked someone from asus and they said that hindi daw backlit yung units dito sa philippines.. sad.. so gusto ko lang ma-confirm sa mga ibang nakabili na dito.

      • ted

        ano ba naman yan, nawalan tuloy ako ng gana :(..i know maliit lang na bagay ang backlit keyboard but the whole effect/drama ng asus n56vz is not complete without backlit keyboard. napaisip tuloy ako kung bibili pa ako….

      • ted

        did a quick research….the Asus N56VZ released in Asia has NO backlit keyboard. those ones released in the US have backlit..sad 🙁

        • zack_falcon

          What??!? Seriously? We waited this long and they slash a feature away?

          Well. Hopefully that brings down the price to 45k or lower levels.

    • wala raw backlit yung nirelease dito. hayy..

      • Eason

        maglalaslas na ako dito promise T_T

      • Jasper

        Aside from the backlit keyboard. Did they followed the specs listed here?

  • cha

    decided to buy the ‘little more powerful’ Lenovo Y480 almost same specs.only differences are y480 has dvd drive instead of blu-ray (dont really need a bluray),14in monitor, non full hd screen (i have 22 in. full hd external monitor to compensate with that) & nvidia gt650 GDDR5 conpared to GDDR3 of n56vv & of course the backlit keyboard! hehehe

  • whappack26

    Wa, puwedeng maging deal breaker sa iba yung walang backlit keyboard. Ang tagal nang nirelease, hindi pa sinagad.
    Is there any chance to a batch with backlit keyboards?

  • cha

    does the Asus logo lights up when in use?

  • Robert

    While I would agree that disappointing na walang backlit keyboard, I’d disagree that Lenovo Y480 is a little bit more powerful.

    Spec by spec comparison with pricing would tell you that n56 is more powerful that Y480…
    i7 3610 vs i7 3630
    Win 7 vs Win 8
    4GB vs 16GB
    GT640 vs GT650
    DVD vs Blueray
    14 in vs 15.6 in
    non HD screen vs HD
    3×3.0 USB vs 4×3.0 USB
    speakers vs Bang Olufsen

    Anyway, nabili ko na eh and well no regrets! ganda ng screen and sounds!

  • cha

    sir the y480 i’ll buy is i7 3630, 8GB, nvidia gt650 GDDR5 (compared to GDDR3 of asus n56vz), 1TB, 3 USB 3.0, win 7 HP, priced @ 46500…anyway, i dont want to hijack this asus n56vz review…lets focus on n56vz :p

    • aldy

      tagal inintay tapos di complete yung package, nakakapanglumo, alternative sana sa macbook pro, intay kaya uli, asus u500? asus g55 na i7, i5 naman ang available, ano ba yan…

      • Louisse

        i guess ibaba ko na lang ung standards ko and ill just buy the asus K55vd :D.

  • Louisse

    still wondering why they slashed the backlit part of this laptop. :<
    sana noon pa lang nasabi na nila na di na siya backlit. Kase thats the part that made me wait for it this long. Not all laptops at this price range have the backlit keyboard. Now not even this is a part of those that are.

    Convince me that its still worth the wait and price.
    No offense. 🙂

    • Eason

      Its still worth the money, promise

      – Its rare for that price range to have a 15.6″ FULL HD Wide Viewing Angle Display

      – I dare any other notebooks to have the same quality of sound against the N56VZ (Philippines Notebook)

      – Premium Materials, Aluminum Body, Beautiful Design

      – Specs worth for the Price indeed.

  • Shans Jalnaiz

    Is there any way to add the backlit keyword? May mga shop ba na gumagawa nyan for an extra fee?

  • GangnamStyle


    Why? Coz this is suppposedly a PREMIUM ITEM! Its obvious this is a high-end machine tgat they’re selling here, with a high end features, from hi-end IPS display to almost hi-end GT650m to hi-end subwoofer… and guess what they kick out the backlit feature!!!

    Isn’t that frustating? Isn’t that insulting?

    If thats the excuse for cost-cutting, then they should have remove the subwoofer and instead bring back the backlit.

    I dont need the subwoofer, as their built-in sound is very much ok by itself.

    I just cant believed it they remove the backlit, what the hell?!

    Even for Y580m, they HAVE A BACKLIT feature! you can find a FULL-HD and a GTX 660m in tipidpc for a 50k plus range.


    • cha

      even the lenovo y480 has backlit, though no full hd & no blu ray, rest of the specs are the same. plus y480 has gt650 GDDR5 compared to gddr3 of n56vz (already bought the laptop hehe). but i still hope asus can find a solution for this no backlit keyboard..

      • aldy

        you bought already? wow, that was fast, i would like to know how it is, any heat issues?

        • cha

          just got my y480 & my brother tested some games like bf3. he said it game went smoothly. he played for 2 hours & keyboard(despite of the backlit turned on)& palm rest didn’t get hot. but you will notice that the exhaust is blowing out the hot air from the inside.it also has a feature called fan dust extraction spins the cooling fans in the opposite direction to remove the dust that has accumulated on the fans, and inside the chassis

          • aldy

            thanks for the info Cha, been surfing and found the y580 with the same specs as yours, the y480 i found were of lower specs, wonder why, where did you get yours?

  • GangnamStyle

    IS THERE ANY WAY ANY ASUS SERVICE CENTER CAN FIX THIS OR ADD THIS BACKLIT FEATURE, even if we add the cost? (Wag naman sana sobra mahal)


    I SAY THE PRICE SHOULD BE MUCH, MUCH LOWER as its almost the same with K55, with no backlit keyboard.

    Without it, it looks now an ordinary laptop…

  • Jasper

    pwede bang magpainstall ng backlit?

    • GangnamStyle


      Agree! that will be our last resort for a complete asus n56…

      is there a way to be installed by Asus?

  • Shans Jalnaiz

    I’m willing to pay for an added backlit keyboard.

    Is it possible?

  • cha

    bought it & it is on its way here lol. bought it online. naisip ko kasi i already have 22in full hd external monitor & i hav no need for a blu ray drive. all i want is the backlit keyboard, slightly better graphics. as for heat issues, di ko pa alam. lahat naman nagiinit kapag ginagamit for long hours.

    • GangnamStyle


      you bought it on online? is it international warranty?

      How much is it? Does it have backlit?

      Is it same specs with pc_corner?

      • cha

        sir i mean i bought the y480 , not n56vz

  • GangnamStyle

    after misleading information…

    (if you observe closely, at the 6th photo, one with closeup of the touchpad, it clearly shows the backlit feature. So it means, this was originally and supposedly the model before all the delays)



    so what’s next Asus?


    and this would be the best xmas gift you can give to us.

    • zack_falcon

      Actually, I like the 1TB hard drive, and the 3630qm. But screw the BluRay, and the Windows 8 moreso, and give us back the backlit feature.

      Or at least cut down the price to 45k or lower.

    • Roman

      Hmmm…looking forward to the 700 series NVIDIA graphics. Hope CES will unveil those and ASUS will upgrade the graphics.

      or probably it will be a new notebook all the way.

  • Hernando

    Anybody been to Sm North Edsa lately? There is a shop (which I forgot the name) that sells a unit that resembles the N56VZ and almost the same price. But based on the shots I took the model name is A56C

    If you look closely, it has the similar specs, appearance and price of 45k. It even has the sonicmaster logo on the upper right hand of the keyboard.




    Any comments on this info? This was taken Dec 20, 2012

    • that one doesn’t come with the Bang & olufsen audio and has a slightly inferior graphics card. and if HD lang monitor nya then it’s only 1366 x 768.

      • aldy

        hi Calvin, will asus ever sell the old n56vz model? the one with backlight?

    • Eason

      That’s being sold by ACENET,

      Its slimmer and lighter compared to the N56 but there is the main difference

      – Not Bang & Olufsen Speakers
      – GT630M Graphics only
      – Not FULL HD Display
      – Not Standard Voltage Core i7 [3517U vs 3630M]

    • aldy

      i saw that too, its inferior to the n56vz, release a couple of months back, its under superior mobility, comes in 2 variations, ca-without discreet video and cm-one with.

  • aldy

    tipidpc sells those, the ca and the cm, but in 14 inch screens only, have a feeling asus will not push this product that much, now that the ones with touch screens are out.

  • GangnamStyle

    No word from Asus…

    Any idea how we can get or fix the backlit keyboard?

    Can any Asus service center remedy this? Any alternative?

    Anybody here already bought the non-backlit version?

    How is it?

  • Louisse

    Hi @calvin. Can you recommend an affordable laptop that’s good for graphic softwares like autocad that has the looks :D. Hoping for your generous reply. ^^

  • Louisse

    I guess i’ll have to stick with this laptop for its really hard to find a laptop with this discrete graphics, full hd screen, and an upto date 3630qm processor for an architecture student like me.

    am i right calvin? or you can recommend other available products here?


  • Shans Jalnaiz

    I think I was the first person from Mindanao to order this wonderful laptop (dumating na yung akin but sadly close pa mga stores due to holiday break). Then earlier today, I saw one unit at Columbia computers (bagong dating lang),at SM Lanang Premier selling for 49k. It’s simply gorgeous! No Backlit but maganda pa rin and powerful specs.

    Excited to get my hands on my unit on wednesday 🙂

  • Jasper

    I already got this laptop from octagon, without the backlit keyboard.
    The price was at 49k php, it has the same specs listed in this review.
    I’m a bit disappointed about this model not having the backlit keyboard.
    But overall, the laptop have a cool looking and professional build. Until now, I haven’t notice any issues.

    I would like to thank Calvin, Asus philippines and all the users who have been replying in this page. This page serves as my basis for buying this laptop.

    • Glad you like it Jasper… I’m also a bit bummed with the missing backlit keyboard but it’s really not a deal-breaker for me. The audio just sounds gorgeous on this notebook right?

      • Jasper

        Yeah totally agree, The sounds on this notebook is just beautiful. No regrets in buying this notebook. 😀

        • makmonc

          Some time ago, I read the earlier comments by Asus Philippines here. It was my impression that this unit would be Full HD. WHen its marketing took too long, I went over to Lenovo for their Y580– but it wasn’t Full HD in its local incarnation. Last night, I was already paying for this Asus N56VZ when I recounted my Lenovo experience to the sales guys at Gilmore. They then stopped the sale– they said the local N56VZ isn’t Full HD either. They had no demo unit, no detailed specs on the local display, but said they had already looked into that. It was too late to wait for WIN8 to setup on what I was buying (to re-check), so please– somebody tell me that they had confused the N56VZ’s display with another notebook’s!

          • Jasper

            I’m sure that the unit that I’ve got is Full HD (1920 x 1080) it is even written on the box of the notebook. BTW, I ordered this laptop on Octagon, they actually don’t have any stock when I called but they are willing to order it from their main branch.

          • makmonc

            Yes the shop called me today. They had referred the matter to Asus since quite a few had complained. Seems the display driver should be re-installed. Yes, full HD.

  • Shans Jalnaiz

    I already got mine. Bought it for 46,500 with Free 8GB RAM (Corsair Vengeance DDR3 16000) upgrade,Calendar and Umbrella.

    Ganda ng Speaker!

    The only letdowns are:
    1.) NO Backlit Keyboard
    2.) WIN8 Sucks Bad!!

    Planning to install Win 7 Ultimate instead.

    • aldy

      @Shans Jalnaiz
      sir, where did you got the unit? how much was it?

  • Shans Jalnaiz

    Hi, Aldy. Sorry, but I’m from Davao city. Got it from Blinque-tech computers. Price was 46,500 with free upgrade to 8GB RAM (Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600)

    • aldy

      hi Shans Jalnaiz, thanks for replying, thought you were within mmanila. that’s a very good deal.

  • whappack26

    Got mine at PC Corner. 16 GB RAM. Now forced to use Win8. Hehe.

    • Shans Jalnaiz

      The only good side I see in Win8 is super bilis mag startup and mag shutdown. Still, very hustle gamitin for work purposes. And SKYPE sucks in Win8 LOL!

      Planning to install Win7 next week. Mag dual Boot na lang ako.

      ASUS N56VZ:
      – Very impressive 1080p screen
      – Very good sounds
      – Very fast (although nag throttle kapag hindi naka saksak ang charger)
      – Walang Palm-rest tech. Umiinit sa may bandang touchpad

    • Curious

      Saang PC Corner Branch??

  • zack_falcon

    Finally bought one just after Christmas. Went far and wide in search of the lowest price, and I found it. The freebies aren’t much (generic USB mouse and equally generic headset) but they’re still freebies.

    PC Corner (Gillmore, Granada St.) sells the Asus N56VZ at Php 47,995 for the 4GB RAM version, and Php 49,995 for the 8GB RAM version. I don’t know where you guys are getting yours, but that’s a far cry from 47,995 for 8GB RAM plus freebies.

    Found the best deal at PC Options (also at Gillmore, ironically, just across PC Corner). Php 44,000 for the 4GB RAM version. Php 850 for another Kingston 4GB RAM, which they installed themselves, bringing the total price to Php 44,850. Bought it.

    So here’s my opinion:


    Core i7. This is my first Core i7 anything, so I’m pretty impressed with anything it does. That said, going from 1.15 Ghz when doing nothing to 3.5 Ghz when playing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is something to write about.

    The GeForce GT650M isn’t actually a hardcore gaming graphics card, but for games released two or three years ago, it will do just great, with perhaps only a handful of exceptions. For everything else, it does the job well enough that I don’t complain.

    The screen is bright and the speakers are the loudest and clearest I’ve ever heard from an electronic device, including my PC. Great for videos, movies, pictures, and music. And of course, the mini-sub-woofer is an added bonus.

    It just looks great. Hard, brushed, plastic(?) black lid. Aluminum top. Durable plastic bottom. If I had any comments, the lid catches fingerprints and spills easier than the top does, and the dotted design might catch some dust over time, but nothing a good weekly cleaning won’t fix.


    Are there any Windows 8 fans in here? Because Windows 8 is MEGA-CRAP. Batman: Arkham Asylum does not work on Windows 8, and neither does Avast! Anti-Virus (it causes a Blue Screen). The same commands on Windows 7 seem to take two or three more clicks and movements in Windows 8, IN ADDITION to learning how to work the damn thing in the first place. Had there been a Windows 7 version of this laptop, I would’ve bought it even if it would cost more.

    I’m very particular about computers, my policy being “Install only what you need.” As always, laptops always come with some pre-installed bloatware stuff, or in this case, some un-needed ASUS crap. Have to be careful in uninstalling some of them, or I might uninstall a needed driver. Look up on the net on what ASUS software to keep and what to ditch.

    No back-lit. I was sour about this. Still am. Hopefully, there can be a fix for that. It’s hard to type at night, unless you tilt the screen so that some of light shines on the keyboard.

  • Shans Jalnaiz

    At first, I really disliked Windows 8. But upon reading several guides at the internet, I eventually learned how to use it. Windows 8 is actually easy to use for as long as you read the manual thoroughly. The problem with Windows 8 is that there are numerous shortcut keys that are not present in Windows 7. You need to learn them first in order to like the OS. What I like most about windows 8 is that its very fast (especially during sleep mode or during boot up) and is more energy efficient than Windows 7. Sticking to Windows 8 for now although I also use Windows 7 ultimate in my desktop pc.

    You can dual-boot Windows 8 and Windows 7 if you want. You’ll have to change the partition of your harddrive and allocate some to your windows 7 OS.

    • yup same thing happened to me when i first used win 8.. ang daming steps just to shut down the PC hehehe. i would suggest downloading a Start button app. hehehe.

    • zack_falcon

      After giving it all the open-mindedness and re-learning I could muster up, I still hate it.

      Like I said earlier, not only is time and effort needed to learn new tricks *required* to perform efficiently on the system, more time and effort is also needed to re-learn old tricks, some of the same basic functions that used to be a click or two away. Shutting down the computer, for example, has gone from a two step process to a four step one. Want to go into Computer Management? In Windows 7, hit the Start key, and type ‘comp’. Computer Management is bound to pop-up, right under Computer. In Windows 8, doing the same would only show Computer, unless you hit ‘Settings’ or search from settings, yet another step. It’s not that it’s hard. It’s just that Windows 7 is easier.

      Usability issues aside, the UI is also pathetic. The Metro crosses the desktop too often. Whereas connecting to a wireless network on Windows 7 means going through a pop-up that, at most, would occupy a small part of the lower right of the screen, Windows 8 simply brings up a bar-like object along the entire right, obscuring any scroll bars on maximized windows. Don’t even get me started on trying to drag Chrome to the left, and accidentally dragging the entire desktop into Metro.

      I’d like to dual boot, but at that point the 1TB HDD will be shortened to about 500GB usable, at best (there’s a hidden recovery partition). At the end of the day, as much as I’d like to erase it permanently and install Windows 7, doing so might void my warranty.

      You know how it is here.
      “You hard drive is broken because you installed another OS on it.”

      • makmonc

        Aww, Win 8 isn’t so bad. Its just that the Asus N56VZ is not touchscreen-enabled. Can’t imagine Win 7 “swipes” on our touchscreen PC.

        I did buy this N56VZ too & use the Windows button to simplify moving from one screen to another. I also programmed some shortcuts. A similar approach (for shutdown/reboot etc) is found here –> http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/add-a-shutdown-menu-to-the-windows-8-desktop/7031

        • zack_falcon

          I couldn’t imagine a 15.6 inch touchscreen. A 10 inch? Yes. A 14 inch? Pushing it. A 15.6 inch 1920×1080 inch touchscreen? Nonsense. Don’t even get me started on 17 inch desktop replacements with Windows 8.

          No, Windows 8 was just a solid concept on paper. Tablet? Phone? Laptop? PC? One OS to rule them all. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that well, especially for the PC.

          For instance, Batman: Akrham Asylum doesn’t work on it without major headaches, and a lot of luck.

          Avast, for another, causes a Blue Screen every 1 hour, unless the AV Shields are disabled.

          I also found out that the Windows Button can’t be used at all times to switch from desktop to metro, as there are some instances when it does nothing (boot-up) or does somethings else (when an app is open).

          Anyway, I appreciate the link, thanks, but that just shows how broken the OS for desktops really is. If I have to download and hack to get this thing working the way Windows 7 used to, then it’s like buying a car just to install a new transmission and brakes to get it working like a previous model.

          As of now, I’m taking steps to back-up Windows 8 into an image, and then use that image in the event of a “return to store” scenario. I will then install Windows 7.

          If any of you are interested, I can post the steps here, as soon as I finalize.

          • Karl

            please post the steps! haha thanks

          • makmonc

            Depends on what you use your PC for, I guess. My touchscreen is a 27″ AIO. Great for technical image download & viewing purposes.

          • zack_falcon

            To each his own, I guess. I use mine for gaming, programming, and server admin stuff. Still, most of the IT professionals I asked echo my opinion. A touch-based OS would simply waste a large monitor’s real-estate potential. Every pixel counts, you know.

          • makmonc

            Ah yes. Every pixel does count in technical imaging. Those high resolution Dell monitors are pricey, but necessary. Where the job consists of ticking checkbox-type descriptors in custom-enabled databases, WIN 8 will be a winner. Maybe monitors will someday be able to do even more, & the medical physicists will be able to draw targets of interest directly onscreen. In my dreams, I’d tick the voice recorder for note entry and go home before dark.

            Thanks for your interesting notes.


    Good thing I’ve come across this review, muntik na ko bumili sa PC Corner ng N56VZ, pero knowing that it doesn’t have a backlit keyboard. I was very disappointed. So I decided to find other alternatives.

    This is my first attempt to purchase a notebook, and I don’t want any regrets later seeing that technology updates really fast.
    So I found a way online, I bought a N56VZ-RH71 model from Amazon which includes Blu-Ray/SuperMulti DVD Combo, i7 3630QM, 8GB RAM, Windows 8, Full HD, and most of all the “backlit” feature most of us are asking for!

    I bought the laptop for $1,098.95 (roughly PhP45,664)
    and wasted PhP6,264 for the shipping costs to Manila,
    for a total of PhP51,928 which I think is not a bad deal at all considering the specs and features.
    Fortunately, the N56VZ-RH71 is on sale back then.

    For those who are curious, I used a forwarding service called Johnny Air to ship from US to Manila. You can just learn it from blogs and google is your friend.

    Hope you find my experience useful…

    • chaoticboi

      I’m thinking of going the same route.. did you had any issues with customs???


        None at all… Johnny Air handles the customs, but you’ll have to pay certain amount for electronics, i.e. $50 for a laptop.
        You may check their site for more info.

        • cha

          tax for electronics is more than $50 i believe no matter who the courier is

          • MAGNUMHEART

            Just to give an update, on my visit to Johnny Air to claim my package.
            I was charged $6.5 x 12 lbs. + $5 handling fee + 12% VAT = $92.96

            But I was given a special discount that made my rate $5.99/lb.

            The total charges went down to roughly P3,599
            No customs fee at all.
            Some quoted on a forum that laptops are no longer hot items today. But I suspect that my package was not checked by customs at all.

  • I’m planning to buy this laptop but I’m not in a hurry. Anyone knows if the backlit keyboard issue will ever be available in PH?


      IMO you’re not in a hurry, i would suggest to buy online from US and forward it using Johnny Air Cargo (5-8 days) or ForexWorld (4-6 weeks)
      Same as I did above.
      Because N56 models here won’t have backlit keyboard.
      The same goes for UK N56 models, according to forum members from UK.

      Correction: I was discounted by Johnny Air and the shipment costs P3,599, which brings down the total costs for my N56VZ.
      I am really loving this notebook PC. Highly recommended.

      • Thanks for the recommendation! I am seriously considering shipping from the US.

        I’m loving backlit keyboard in general. It’s the kind I use for my desktop (I have cats, so no lamp on the table). 🙂

  • Ces

    Besides US shipping, wala na ba talaga stocks na nbebenta dito. I went, called and searched pero wala daw stocks tapos wala pa daw nag-aadvice na magkakaroon? Last resort ung US shipping kasi medyo skeptic ako especially pag may customs issue pa.

    • jj

      Hi Ces. I bought from amazon tas nagpaship ako dito sa pinas specifically cebu using johnny air cargo. It took only 7 days for it to arrive and i payed 4,707.10 php total for the shipping cost. Plus, they now have an online tracking system. Great service!

    • Louisse

      meron sa pc corner by next week @ces

  • jj

    Mine will arrive this friday! ordered through amazon and had it shipped via johnny air as per Magnumheart’s advice. Thanks! So excited!=)

    • Bo

      JJ, please share the link of that amazon advertisement here. I am considering this option too. Thanks much!

      • JJ

        Hi Bo! Really sorry for the very late reply. Here’s the link from where i bought:

        I bought mine from Computer Upgrade King. Excellent service! The price has gone up to $1,425 from $1,191 though.=( But just search “asus n56vz” in amazon.com and you’ll find the same model i have (n56vz-RH71) for only $1,065. Stocks are limited!=)

        • Bo

          I was trying to checkout the item from amazon (seller is Computer Upgrade King or Beach Audio) but to no avail. It says “they cannot ship to the address i specified” (i used my office address). Any suggestion on how i can do it?

          • MAGNUMHEART

            You will need to use a US address from a forwarding service like Johnny Air (plane cargo) or Forex World (sea cargo) to ship from US to Philippines as I posted before. It is never recommended to ship directly to Philippines because the customs tax will surely rip you off. There are many cases where the customs tax costs more than the item’s retail price.
            From my experience, Johnny Air takes only 1 week to deliver from their NY address to their main branches at Mega Mall or Makati for pick-up. If you want to have it delivered at your office/home you will be charged more.
            Sea cargo from other user’s experience is not reliable compared to Johnny Air but they are far more cheaper than plane cargo rates, but its best to have your laptop be delivered fast and with a reliable shipping company.
            My suggestion is read first, analyze and learn about this process of purchasing online and choose a forwarding service that you think is best for you.

          • Bo

            Thank you very much magnumheart! I’ll try Johnny Air Cargo. God bless you!

    • James

      Nice.. ASk ko lng po if nagkaroon ng problema ung unit n galing US. pde po bang ipaayus un sa ASUS ph?

  • John

    Hi, will there be an N46 model here in the Philippines? I’m more inclined to buy a 14 inch laptop since I’m not fond of numpads, and the slightly lower specs of the N46 would probably fit my budget. I’ve checked everywhere in the internet and mostly N56 lang talaga yung naaadvertise.


      Sorry buddy. It’s more likely that the N46 model will never arrive here in the Philippines. It took N56 so many months before it came here, and most probably the other models of N56 will never make it here. You may try purchasing N46 from online stores in US, it’s far cheaper than buying laptops here. Just use a forwarding service to deliver it to your Philippine address.

      • Rj

        Hi Magnumheart,

        may i ask, do you know where I can contact johnny air, and by your experience how would you rate johnny air by shipping cause i read that you have had experience with them? its because im trying to buy a Asus laptop just like this on amazon. would really appreciate it if you would reply. thanks alot!


          You may contact them directly from the e-mail addresses provided in their site, I suggest you contact Ms. Aura Black, she replies more frequently than the others.

          My shipment with JAC took only 6 days from the date of it’s departure from their NY office and arrived in good condition. So, I can say it’s fast and reliable.
          It’s a better choice for electronic/gadget shipments.

    • James

      Hi John.. uu nga halos puro N56 ang nkikita ko sa net naghanap nrin ako ng N46 na model. kso hirap makakita.. if you find store.. please share it thanks in advance.. 🙂

      • Bo

        Contact PCCorner now. Here’s their mobile number: 09266751902

        Kakatext lang nila sakin ngayon na meron na silang stock ng ASUS N56VZ.

        • James

          Wow! ung N46 b tinutukoy mo or ung n56? anyways tnx Bo 😀

  • can someone state the SUBMODELS available dito sa Pinas ng ASUS N56VZ?

    dami kasi configurations, at iba2 may mga backlight iba naman wala. Please and thanks!

    • san ang may backlight? as far as i know isa lang ang config dito.

    • @Calvin – sir mahirap po dito sa Iloilo. Any way po ba na maka avail ng N56VZ through monthly installment basis? Hirap sa Octagon wala pa din stock 🙁

      • wala na pong stock ito. wait mo na lang yung papalit dito.

      • Bo

        Contact PCCorner now. Here’s their mobile number: 09266751902

        Kakatext lang nila sakin ngayon na meron na silang stock ng ASUS N56VZ.

  • Carlo

    About computer upgrade king, is the asus under an international warranty for how long and does it still apply when they’ve upgraded the ram?

  • Bo

    I got mine from computer upgrade king last March. Thanks to Johnny Air!

    Anyways, PCCorner Gilmore texted me just now that this unit is available in their store. For those who are interested, kindly contact them ASAP. Baka maubusan agad sila ng stock. Here’s their mobile number: 09266751902

    • James

      hi Bo… magkano lahat ng gastos mo sa laptop?

    • Babe

      How much po??

  • Babe

    Still available pa po ba to???

  • whappack26

    bang for the buck. lahat ng workmates ko impressed sa laptop. bought mine last December.

  • James

    Hi there! meron pa b neto? pls tell me if meron pang exact model nito.. tnx in advance!

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