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Open Box N56VZ-DS71 - Intel Core i7-3610QM/ 8 GB RAM / 750 GB HDD (5400 RPM) / Blu-ray Writer / GT 650M (2GB GDDR3) / B&O Speakers - $990 with FS (tax only in NY)
J&R has the Open Box N56VZ-DS71[jr.com] for $990 with free shipping. Tax included for New York residents.
I've been watching this model for a while now. You can get a Lenovo Y580 with a better graphics card, or you can get speakers and brushed aluminum with the Asus. However, be aware this is J&R open box... which in the worst case is used and in the best case is open box, lol. You can always return the laptop within 30 days if you find too many problems.
Intel Core i7-3610QM
8GB DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM
750GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
15.6-inch Full HD Display (1920 x 1080)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR3
Blu-Ray Writer & SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Combo Drive
Bang & Olufsen ICE Power Speakers with external subwoofer
Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, RJ-45 (LAN), Headphone-out, Microphone-in, VGA and HDMI
Dimensions (WxDxH): 15.9 x 10.0 x 1.1 - 1.3 inches
Weight: 6.0 pounds
That ASUS sure looks nice. Unfortunately that graphics card is a real deal breaker.
GT 650M isn't so bad in GDDR5 form, but this one comes with GDDR3 which is very weak.
According to some random guy's tests[gaminglaptopsjunky.com], a 2 GB 650M with DDR3 will perform almost as well as a 1 GB 650M with DDR5. The DDR5 gets noticeably higher FPS at lower resolutions (1366x768), but at the highest resolutions (1920x1080) both types of memory are just as competent. Unless you're playing Mass Effect 3.
Last edited by laptronics; 09-16-2012 at 02:07 PM..
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