Asus N56VM — the PC Answer to the MacBook Pro

Bottom Line

The PC answer to the MacBook Pro, this gorgeous 15 inch ultrabook, sports a backlit keyboard, 2 USB 3.0, and dedicated Nvidia graphics to match brand new Ivy Bridge core  i7 processor.

Backlit keyboard, Premium Bang & Olufsen ICE audio, 3-in-1 card reader, core i7, plenty of memory ( 8GB )

no SSD, webcam is 2.0 MP, decent battery life @ 4.5 hours

Asus N56VMThe Specs

Graphics: ( Dedicated ) NVidia GeForce GT 630M @ 2GB  

Display: 15.6 in 1080p ( Full HD) LED @ 1366x 768

Memory: 8GB DDR3

Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 3610QM @ @ 2.3 Ghz

Hard Drive :750GB HDD @ 7200 RPM

Optical Drive: DVD+ RW/CD -RW

Backlit Keyboard: Yes

Asus N56VMCard Reader: 3-in-1 reader

USB Ports: 2 USB 2.0 + 2 USB 3.0

Keyboard: Backlit chiclet style with number key pad

Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth 4.0

HDMI: 1 Port ( HDMI 1.4v )

VGA: 1 Port ( HDMI 1.4v )

Webcam: 2.0 mp webcam

Model Number: Asus N56VM-RB71 part of the Asus N Series

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Images courtesy of Asus

Top Spin 4 Comprehensive Game Review

This game review is part of the Xbox 360 Game Reviews

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Overview

Genre: Simulation

Players: 1- 4

HD: Up to 1080p

3D: Yes

File Save: Yes

ESRB Rating:

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Total Score : StarStarStarStar(Amazing)

Official Screenshots

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Details for Xbox Live

Online : 2-4 Players

Game Downloads: Yes

Development

Developer:  Take-Two Interactive ( 2K Sports) / in association with 2K Czech

Graphics: StarStarStarStar

Most player models are spot-on. A few are sometimes less than perfect… but nothing major. The environments, the areas, and courts are fabulous.

Gameplay:StarStarStarStarStar

The gameplay is what sells this game. A delight to play….easy controls allow quick learning for the novice. Extensive career game. Fun exhibition modes. Controls respond quickly. The game as expected. No quirks.

Sound:StarStarStar

Actual gameplay has great voice acting and each match have superb ambience. What is less than inspiring is the absence of a good soundtrack  ( there is one only one cheesy song that replays forever)

Lasting Appeal StarStarStarStar

Top Spin 4 is challenging enough to give you plenty of gameplay to last a long time. Still tennis is not exactly the most profound game… some creativity on part of the developers would have been nice…more game content downloads, and great customization for player models could be improved.

Presentation StarStarStarStarStar

The menus are easy to understand and well designed. It’s easy to jump into your favorite game mode. Top Spin 4 shines with its realistic tennis arenas…they show plenty of thought and design. Pre-game cut scenes do plenty towards the presentation, making Top Spin 4 a very well balanced and well-designed game.

Halo Reach Comprehensive Game Review

Overview

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Genre: Shooter

Players: 1- 4

Co-op: 2-4

HD: Up to 1080p(scaled)

3D: Yes

Rating: Mature

Button Layouts

Default Button Layout

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RT– Fire                                RS– Line of Sight

LT– Grenades                      LS– Move

RB– Melee Attack               D-Pad– Night Vision/ Team Chat

LB– Equipment                   X– Reload, Use (Action)

Y– Swap Weapons              B– Swap Grenades

A– Jump

Details for Xbox Live

Online: 2- 16 players Content Download: Yes

File Sharing: Yes       Voice: Yes

Development

Developer: Bungie Studios       Release Year: 2010

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

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Halo Reach Manual and Resources

Game Manual

Official Game Manual

Graphics: StarStarStarStarStar

Attention to detail. Eye-popping colors and textures. Rich and expansive environments. Rock-solid frame rate.

Gameplay:StarStarStarStar

Immersive single-player campaign. Powerful story that drives the game through and through. Not to mention those crazy fights with friends in the game’s multiplayer mode. Feels a bit too one dimensional. .

Sound:StarStarStarStarStar

The softly dramatic orchestral score give rise to pretty suspenseful music. Not to mention the great sound effects, and stupendous voice acting.

Lasting Appeal StarStarStarStarStar

Plenty of content here. Tons of map packs, a rich multiplayer environment, hearty customization, and a plethora of game modes and types.

Presentation StarStarStarStarStar

Graphics top notch of course. The menu is impressively slick. Beautiful cut scenes. Looks like the game it plays.

Awards:

editor's choice game award

best shooter game award[8]

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MW3 Comprehensive Game Review

This game review is part of the Xbox 360 Game Reviews

Browse General Info,Button Layouts, Screenshots, Reviews, Walkthroughs, Achievement Lists for MW3

Overview

Genre: Shooter

Players: Campaign-Single

Offline Players- 2-4

Offline Co-op- 2-4

System Link- 1-4

Co-op- Two or more

Multiplayer- 2-18 Players

Co-op: 2-4 ( offline)

HD: Up to 1080p(scaled)

3-D: No

Button Layout for MW3

RT– Fire                               RS– Look( Click for Melee)          X– Use/ Reload

LT– Aim Down Sight          LS– Move(Click to Sprint)             B– Crouch/Prone

RB– Flag Grenade             D-Pad- Inventory                            A-Jump

LB– Special Grenade        Y– Switch Weapon

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Total Score : StarStarStarStar(Amazing)

Awards:

editor's choice game award    IGN editor's choice game

gamespot-mw3    metacritic score for mw3

What Critics Say

One startlingly huge, polished, and downright entertaining shooter experience– Official Xbox Mag

We still can’t get enough.—GamesRadar

too damn addicting to pass up. IGN

iterates rather than innovates, so the fun you have is familiar . – Gamespot

Details for Xbox Live

Online: 2- 18 players                         Content Download: Yes

File Sharing: Yes                              Voice: Yes

development

Developer: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games             Release Year: 2011

Publisher:  Activision                                                           Version 1.04 (Xbox 360)

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Mw3 Manual and Resources

MW3 Game Manual

Official Game Manual

Guides and Walkthroughs

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Achievement Lists

IGN Achievement List for MW3

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GraphicsStarStarStarStarStar

This really feels like the expansive, immersive world it’s meant to be. Rich textures, great character models, and fabulous scenery… from the Eiffel Tower to the rusted Somalian outposts, this is truly another world..

Gameplay:StarStarStarStar

The campaign is absolutely fabulous. It is rich, immersive, and completely envelops you into hours of gameplay. Co-op is as fun as the number of players engaged… and multiplayer, well… .for those long-time COD fans, multiplayer is as great as ever…. of course, the campaign shines too bright, while Co-op mode seems to dim… hmm…

Sound:StarStarStarStarStar

The ambiance and sound effects are spot-on. From the shrill of a Black Hawk to the steady rumble of machine gun fire, MW3 lacks nothing in how warfare sounds….the killer sound is probably the buzzing radio as it steadily calls out “Target sighted at 3’o’clock”

Lasting Appeal   StarStarStarStar

The campaign is mind-boggling… but it would have been nice if the folks at Infinity Ward had rolled up their sleeves and tackled the Co-op gameplay…the multiplayer is not too special…. as far as lasting appeal, it seems like the developers poured their heart and soul into the campaign, and left other things untouched.

Presentation StarStarStarStarStar

Menus are clear and sleek. Every mission begins with a dazzling ( but pleasant) briefing. Menus, maps, notes, and videos sprawl all over the screen, as the gamer is given the situation behind the mission he is about to play. The briefings are certainly non-intrusive and give the anxious gamer some eye-candy while he awaits the mission to load. In general, the game menu hierarchy is structured phenomenally well.

Those mission briefings are truly a big piece of the puzzle… they remind you why you did throw 60 bucks at a DVD disc….