ASUS N55SL i7 Quad Core, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD,dedicated Graphics, 1080p Full HD, mini subwoofer, GAMING LAPTOP 599.97 @ saveonlaptops.co.uk
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ASUS N55SL i7 Quad Core, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD,dedicated Graphics, 1080p Full HD, mini subwoofer, GAMING LAPTOP 599.97 @ saveonlaptops.co.uk

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Found 3rd Mar 2013
good spec back in stock

ASUS N55SL-S1188V Specifications

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Quad Core (2.2 GHz, Intel Sandy Bridge Architecture, 6 MB L3 cache, Features Intel Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
Screen 15.6" (ASUS Color-Shine, 1920x1080 FULL HD)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 6GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)
Hard Drive 750GB
Optical Drive Blu-Ray (Blu-Ray HD Play back + DVD-RW & CD-RW)
Graphics Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 635M with 2GB DDR Dedicated Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 4-in-1 card reader (MS, MS Pro, MMC, SD)
USB Ports 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Bluetooth Bluetooth® 3.0+HS
Speakers Integrated Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Keyboard Type Laptop Keyboard
Warranty ASUS 1 Year Global Hardware Warranty
Battery Life 3-4 Hours (up to 4 hours with power management)
Weight 2-3 Kg (This Model 2.72kg)
Product Type Notebook
Accessories Included Includes Free External SubWoofer

51 Comments

Tempted by it, although dell business seems to have better prices.

Not ivy bridge. Rubbish graphics.

Its about the furthest you can get from a gaming laptop.

Would have been an excellent laptop a year ago, but Ivy Bridge is the only way to go atm.

Sandy Bridge chips were notorious for running hot as hell in MacBooks, which have the best cooling and optimised OS for reducing heat, power, etc. God only knows what they were like in cheap plastic cases.

You may aswell wait for the Intel refresh in June (Haswell CPU's) which is bound to bring the prices down (if you can wait that is)

Orcinus_orca

Not ivy bridge. Rubbish graphics.



There isn't that much difference in the mobile chips you know, and this is a Quad Core i7, so for that and the rest of the spec its not bad for £600. For a real gaming laptop your looking at £1000+

striker33

Sandy Bridge chips were notorious for running hot as hell in MacBooks, … Sandy Bridge chips were notorious for running hot as hell in MacBooks, which have the best cooling and optimised OS for reducing heat, power, etc. God only knows what they were like in cheap plastic cases.



Wrong. The cooling in Sandy MBs/MBPs was rubbish, Ivy Bridge cpus run on average 10C hotter than Sandy Bridge.

Always fun to read the comments when someone posts a 'gaming' laptop . You need to be game to post such a deal.

nublets2k

Wrong. The cooling in Sandy MBs/MBPs was rubbish, Ivy Bridge cpus run on … Wrong. The cooling in Sandy MBs/MBPs was rubbish, Ivy Bridge cpus run on average 10C hotter than Sandy Bridge.



No, the total wattage of IB is lower (desktop quad parts which SB were 90W went down to 77W for IB for instance). So IB is cooler (as in puts out less heat). However, because the IB core is also smaller (SB quad core (i5) was 216mm², while IB quad core (i5) is 160mm²), that heat is 'denser'. But a laptop's heat is mostly about moving heat out (i.e. cooling) so everything else being equal an IB laptop will run cooler.

Think of it like this: a tiny lightbulb which outputs 500W is going to be a lot hotter than a big radiator which output 2000W.

Edited by: "kgrings" 3rd Mar 2013

I've been running a SandyBridge Quad Core i7 "gaming laptop" for nearly a year now - with a 2gb Radeon 6970M (on overdrive) - and sure it can get hot, but has never had any problems (decent fans) & I take a break once an hour or so.

Also, Intel chips have had circuitry to step down the CPU if it gets too hot for a few years now - it works really well... you won't fry it unless you mod it.

kgrings

No, the total wattage of IB is lower (desktop quad parts which SB were … No, the total wattage of IB is lower (desktop quad parts which SB were 90W went down to 77W for IB for instance). So IB is cooler (as in puts out less heat). However, because the IB core is also smaller (SB quad core (i5) was 216mm², while IB quad core (i5) is 160mm²), that heat is 'denser'. But a laptop's heat is mostly about moving heat out (i.e. cooling) so everything else being equal an IB laptop will run cooler.Think of it like this: a tiny lightbulb which outputs 500W is going to be a lot hotter than a big radiator which output 2000W.



Tdp's a nominal value, and even then it's only really an upper margin. The Desktop IB chips have a lower tdp than SB but run hotter mainly due to Intel using low quality tim between the cpu and the heat spreader causing a bottleneck. But even with the hs removed there's still a temp increase with IB.

I know exactly what you mean about thermal density, but there's an actual heat increase between like for like SB and IB chips.

I see that chance to get at least i5 with 1080p screen for under £500 are pretty slim.
Sad to see which way laptop market went. You can get good CPUs but that magic 1080p screen seems to increase value dramatically.

striker33

Sandy Bridge chips were notorious for running hot as hell in MacBooks, … Sandy Bridge chips were notorious for running hot as hell in MacBooks, which have the best cooling and optimised OS for reducing heat, power, etc.


With Apple’s history of focussing on design over function and their previous record on producing a chassis that had to thermally throttle the CPU to keep the temps down I think I’ll point the finger at Apple rather than Intel.

striker33

Would have been an excellent laptop a year ago, but Ivy Bridge is the … Would have been an excellent laptop a year ago, but Ivy Bridge is the only way to go atm.


Yeah, because absolutely nobody wants to buy last year’s tech at a discount do they!

striker33

Its about the furthest you can get from a gaming laptop.


Makes as much sense as saying that the moon is the furthest away from Earth that it is possible to get.

Three strikes, you’re out.

I got an i5 n53 from asus refurbs months back but they can be dodgy for supplying differently spec versions. I was lucky and got blu ray and Bluetooth which weren't mentioned but I was sick that I missed the i7 version at under 400.

Bitch..bitch...........bitch........why the hell does all the slagging have to go on and on and on....why cant people just put their own polite experience of the item on here and leave it to the individual to decide.....

DownHill911

I see that chance to get at least i5 with 1080p screen for under £500 are … I see that chance to get at least i5 with 1080p screen for under £500 are pretty slim.Sad to see which way laptop market went. You can get good CPUs but that magic 1080p screen seems to increase value dramatically.


The annoying thing is 1080P 15.6” screens aren’t even expensive. I bought a replacement for a Dell XPS 15 and that was the high colour gamut version which was premium (still TN but a top end one) and it cost £100 whilst the basic washed out 1366x768 panel was around £45.
Considering you can buy a Dell IPS 24” 1920x1200 TFT for around £180 which includes the casing, electronics and 3 year warranty a 15.6” IPS 1080P panel shouldn’t cost be more than a £60 to £75 premium at most.

The irony is that more laptops are probably finally getting higher resolution and quality screens due to the impact of smart-phones and tablets. I’m sure a lot of people had never seen a decent screen until then so figured that TN panels were as good as it gets.

Cold, not a Macbook.

Agharta

The annoying thing is 1080P 15.6” screens aren’t even expensive. I bought … The annoying thing is 1080P 15.6” screens aren’t even expensive. I bought a replacement for a Dell XPS 15 and that was the high colour gamut version which was premium (still TN but a top end one) and it cost £100 whilst the basic washed out 1366x768 panel was around £45.Considering you can buy a Dell IPS 24” 1920x1200 TFT for around £180 which includes the casing, electronics and 3 year warranty a 15.6” IPS 1080P panel shouldn’t cost be more than a £60 to £75 premium at most.The irony is that more laptops are probably finally getting higher resolution and quality screens due to the impact of smart-phones and tablets. I’m sure a lot of people had never seen a decent screen until then so figured that TN panels were as good as it gets.



...Except your comparing a bulky panel vs a compact one...might as well compare a desktop computer to a laptop in terms of value for performance while you're at it...

635 nvidia graphics..... for that price? Should be 650 at least

I've got this and it doesn't run hot at all.

Orcinus_orca

IVY BRIDGE i5 with 128gb ssd and better graphics … IVY BRIDGE i5 with 128gb ssd and better graphics http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/acer-i5-ultrabook-128gb-ssd-good-dedicated-graphics-469-97-simplyacer-1483945



Good deal; but I don't think that has a 1080p screen (can't check as the Simply Acer site seems to be down at the mo') and the processor is a low power model - equivalent to a SB i3 in performance

robo989

...Except your comparing a bulky panel vs a compact one...might as well … ...Except your comparing a bulky panel vs a compact one...might as well compare a desktop computer to a laptop in terms of value for performance while you're at it...


I know what you mean.
The IPS aspect was tagged on but I don’t know how much a 15.6” IPS panel would cost. The 23” ones are cheap enough and they must be fairly cheap around the 9 to 10” size as the Kindle Fire HD has an 8.9” IPS panel and that costs $300 all in. So is there any reason why something in between in size should be expensive? Doubt it.

The Belfast based company I bought the Dell panel from has a regular 1080P TN panel for an XPS 15 for £59 delivered and that’s eBay pricing. Others are even cheaper and one seller has a 1080P screen for a Dell XPS 17 for £67.
I doubt they are particularly high quality TN panels but as I said before good quality high colour gamut 1080P TN panels were around £100 when I bought one and I’d settle for that if IPS was too expensive which I doubt.
I’ve been using a Dell Ultrasharp on my desktop for about two and a half years and it spoils me for most laptop screens. It’s only a 6 bit panel so not one of the premium colour panels that they have in their £500+ TFTs. Good job really as that would really spoil me even more.

Neobrown

635 nvidia graphics..... for that price? Should be 650 at least



I agree the 635 really lets this down, it's a shame these deals keep popping up (not complaining) but the stuff that's on offer just never seems to tick all the right boxes. There's a few things that are critical to making a gaming laptop a good buy (at any price) and graphics is basically top of the list, they could even have sacrificed the screen a bit and chucked in a 650M and it would be better, and likely a bit cheaper.

just my opinion

I could make a serious killing in gaming laptops if i were allowed to choose the spec. I would pair cheap CPUs with much more kickassian GPU parts and it'll destroy something like this with a nice quad and a cheaped out GPU.

3210M + GTX660M = I win. Lets face it a decent dual core with a good GPU would beat the trolleys off a quad and a pitiful GT635M in games for many years yet.

Most games just aren't that heavily CPU bound unlike days gone by and it isn't gonna change with next gen consoles having pitiful CPU performance. Even the 8 core in PS4 is nothing at all special and barely match up to an Ivy Bridge dual core

Edited by: "vulcanproject" 3rd Mar 2013

Few comments from me guys, I have one. Would I buy now? Probably not, but I paid 700 for it 14 months ago. Its served me well. A few notes:

I find the 635m performs fine for a 15" screen, i like gaming and graphics need to be good enough, not amazing

The speakers on this are good (one of the reasons I got it).

The ram is slow, but will take 1600mhz if you want to upgrade (ive dropped in 16gb as it was cheap at the time)

No issues with heat on mine

No issues with quality, seems a little flimsy on the keyboard but to be fair its been great


Overall, its a good all round multimedia laptop. People will not like the 635m but most will not have used one, its more than sufficient for me but maybe not for others. At the time I bought this was a lot cheaper than the other options with similar graphics power. For info or some kind of bench, i mainly played starcraft, diablo 3 and fallout NV in the past, but now its primarily ARMA 2 and DayZ. Of course it runs the oldies like CS:S and TF2 very well too.

Any questions let me know. (Is it a deal? yes, but only just and only for those wanting a good overall laptop with some gaming thrown in)

robo989

I agree the 635 really lets this down, it's a shame these deals keep … I agree the 635 really lets this down, it's a shame these deals keep popping up (not complaining) but the stuff that's on offer just never seems to tick all the right boxes. There's a few things that are critical to making a gaming laptop a good buy (at any price) and graphics is basically top of the list, they could even have sacrificed the screen a bit and chucked in a 650M and it would be better, and likely a bit cheaper. just my opinion


You can get a Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 with dual GT 650M (yes SLI) and a 1080P screen from $900 in the US – NewEgg.
There just aren’t many laptops with that GPU even at NewEgg - Link.

If you can live with 17” and Dell you can get an Inspiron 7720 with an i5-3230M, 6GB, 750GB, 17.3” 900P, GT 650M for £515 after 6% TopCashback (ends today).
Upgrade to 1080P, 1TB (~£575)
Upgrade to 1080P, 8GB, 1TB, i7 Quad, Blu-ray (~£684)

can build similar for not much more on a site like pcspecialist. not an awful deal at all, but the 635 won't last you as long as something like the 650+.

Laptop for gaming... What?

yeah as someone else said the processor is overkill really, for a gaming laptop you need the best graphics card possible and an average cpu.
i have this cpu and a gt525m in my laptop, cpu is being utilised only about 3% of the time on average, realistically most people just don't need 8 logical cores.
processor gets to 100C when playing games for a while and no higher but i think that's slightly to do with the way the heatsink is designed and i have pre rendering on max
gpu on this is apparently the new name for the gt555m
will be one of these:

144 cores 709MHz, 128Bit GDDR5, e.g. MSI GX780
144 cores 590MHz, 192Bit DDR3, e.g. Dell XPS 17, Alienware M14x
144 cores 590MHz, 128Bit DDR3, e.g. Schenker XMG A501 / A701 (Clevo W150HRM / W170HN)
96 cores 753MHz, 128Bit GDDR5, e.g. Lenovo Y570p / Y560p
looks like a pretty good gpu based on the benchmarks
notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml
personally i wouldn't buy one as i'd guess there'd be more like these in the coming months with the release of the haswell chips around juneish

good choose

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Why do you guys put these pcs on hotukdeals, then we start drool then we start to save, and then before you no it, its on desk and then we say did really need that....this is very very tempting....

they were doing these for £350 on the Asus outlet store a couple of months ago:

shop.asus.co.uk/sho…spx

like ASUS, nice price! HOT

Hardly a gaming laptop. This is classed as a multimedia laptop.

But I must admit - for the given spec, it is an ALRIGHT price.

I'm looking for a good laptop for Photoshop, not really for gaming... how would this handle programs like that? I'm a photographer and often out of the country, I have a laptop I've been using since September but to be honest it was dirt cheap and I got what I paid for... very sluggish when switching between files in Lightroom, and exporting to Photoshop? Sometimes a 20-second wait! The screen is also 768 res and colors never seem the same as on my home computer, which as you can imagine is crucial for photography - I'm torn between uploading photos with crap colors and having to keep people waiting for weeks!

I see everyone complaining about the graphics card but would it be a good piece of kit for me do you reckon?

I don't understand!! The Dell 17R SE is Ivybridge, 17", 8GB RAM and can be had for £630 (including cashback). Why on earth go for this ASUS which is Sandybridge, only 15", 6GB RAMd and only £30 odd quid less?? I know, I bought the Dell (which is often posted here).

What kind of games should this run at what settings?

Skyrim, Battlefield 3 etc

Picked one of these up last week from HMV for £350 (obviously you've got virtually no chance of finding them at that price now though). Absolutely fantastic bit of kit, walks all over my Samsung Series 7 which I paid £750 for. Hot from me.
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