I have almost this exact computer (U56E BBL5), purchased at Best Buy (which I think accounts for the "BB" product number). Mine has only a 640 GB HD and 6 GB of RAM, but balance of specs are identical.
The good: it's fairly light, very quiet, runs cool. The battery life is amazing. Last week I brought this to a meeting and was on it all day (8:30-4:30) running Excel, with some internet in the background, and when I shut it down I still had over an hour of battery left on the indicator. My colleagues, using work-issued Lenovo laptops, were scrounging for power cords after hour 2. Boots fairly fast, having a number pad is nice, and I like the keyboard. Runs Photoshop CS5 and some educational development software that requires rendering video (Articulate Storyline) with ease. Wireless card locks into available networks easily and quickly. The cover is kind of a brushed steel blue/gray and is quite attractive, IMO - it's different. The rubbery hand rests turn out to be finger-print magnets, but they wipe clean very easily.
The bad: This computer is about a year old and it has developed an annoying feedback squeal in the speakers under certain conditions. If I have the volume turned up to a moderate level, and put my hands on the keyboard, it will shriek. (I wonder if it is scared of me?) Not always, but sometimes. It also makes that feedback noise when I close the lid. Again, not always, but frequently enough that I have gotten in the habit of leaving the speakers turned all the way down. EDIT: A tip from a fellow Wooter helped me track down a problem with the internal mic settings. Once tweaked - no more feedback. Yay!
I don't generally use the speakers, and I have never experienced this when headphones are connected. Through headphones, sound is fine and rich.
Except for the speaker issue, it's a great laptop and I love it. The bump-out for the battery isn't that noticeable in real life, and it makes a great handle for pulling it out of a case or backpack. It also, of course, raises the back end a bit and maybe that helps keep things cool.
Oh - confirming, there IS NO Bluetooth on this computer.