Hands-On Review: ASUS N Series N56VZ-DS71 and N76VZ-DS71 Notebook Computers

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ASUS N Series notebook computers are designed to meet the needs of photographers, videographers, video editors, graphic designers and gamers. Winners of a 2012 Red Dot Design Award, these two N-Series models are the 15.6-inch N56VZ-DS71 and 17.3-inch N76VZ-DS71. The 15.6-inch model features a 750GB hard drive and weighs 6 pounds, while the 17.3-inch model features a 1TB hard drive and weighs 7.94 pounds. But other than size, weight and storage space, the two notebooks contain the same hardware.

Both N Series notebooks feature 8GB of memory and are powered by 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 processors, which can be overclocked to 3.3 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost technology. Both screens have a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, making them ideal for native HD work, and the ASUS 30-Day Zero Bright Dot Guarantee ensures that not a single one of those 2,073,600 pixels will be defective. The display in both notebooks is driven by an nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor with 2GB of dedicated memory and it supports DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0. You should definitely watch this video if you need a notebook computer that can handle the complex demands of video and graphics processing.

  ASUS N56VZ-DS71 ASUS N76VZ-DS71
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM Quad-Core, 6MB L3 cache, 5GT/s system bus 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM Quad-Core, 6MB L3 cache, 5GT/s system bus
Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Card nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 2GB Dedicated Memory nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 2GB Dedicated Memory
Display 15.6" LED-Backlit Widescreen, 1920 x 1080 17.3" LED-Backlit Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
Hard Drive 750GB, 5400 rpm SATA 1TB, 7200 rpm SATA
Optical Drive Blu-ray ROM with DVD Burning Blu-ray ROM with DVD Burning
Connectivity 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2.0MP webcam, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output with shared S/PDIF, 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro) 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2.0MP webcam, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output with shared S/PDIF, 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Battery 6-Cell 5200mAh  6-Cell 5200mAh 
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15 x 1.3 x 10" / 38.10 x 3.30 x 25.40 cm 16.3 x 1.4 x 11" / 41.40 x 3.56 x 27.94 cm
Weight 6 lb / 2.72 kg 7.94 lb / 3.6 kg