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Good: Quality build
Bad: Screen lacks HD and don't ay it doesn't matter
Comment: I bought this computer to stand in for my desktop when I work away from home. It's really good but the display is infuriating despite the "high brightness". I also have an Apple which I can't use because of software issues (compatibility only goes so far - try Trados on a Mac) and the visual difference is enormous between the two. I regret having wasted more than 1000 pounds (GB) on so dim a display (PS I bought it via mail order and did not see before buying - a mistake).
Good: NEARLY EVERYTHING
Bad: BATTERY LIFE COULD BE BETTER..AND A KEYPAD BACKGROUND LIGHTING WOULD HAVE MADE IT 5/5
Comment: This laptop, in a simple word, is fantastic! I have alsways been drawn to laptops that score marginally high in aesthetic (outlook, design, width color scheme, etc), performance/efficiency (fast boot up/shut down, speedy processor, nice sound output, accessory points/extras, etc) and one that has the similitude of an apple/mac laptop...this samsung 7 series lappie definitely fits the bill.
I know it sounds weird that one of the reasons i like it is because it has the appearance of apple/mac. well, for one i still havent managed to come to terms with spending £1,300 on a lap top as yet (which is the price of the exact mac laptop i want) so in the interim, this lappie gives me a close feeling to owning an apple notebook.
Now, here's my honest opinion to anyone who came on to this site to get some opinions before buying the item: Do not fuss too much about reviews - even my review. Whilst reviews are good, they can often be misleading and worse of all, frustrating. for the same item, someone will tell you its the best laptop ever! another person describes it as something that was not even meant to be produced by the manufacturer and you can go on a vicious circle reading reviews. My word of advise is this: do not ignore reviews totally as they can save you wasting hundreds of your hard earned cash; however, dont scour too far and wide for reviews that will ultimately satisfy you before making up your mind. have some set parameters in your mind about the kind of laptop you want and one you fill you will be comfortable with, set them on a scale (high and low). Once your high parameters are met bya lot of positive (or at least more than average positive) reviews, simply go for the laptop in question. there's no point waiting for 100% positive review before making up your mind even though i know some items get exceptional reviews.
A good example is one of the reviewers here totally dismissed the laptop (samsung 7 series) and whilst i respect her views, the problems she highlighted were the least of my worries. Secondly, what she found difficult to cope with (to the extent of returning the laptop), i found it to be no issue at all. i am quite conversant with laptops and being someone who is quite curious about new functions and all the bits and bobs of any new gadget i buy, i tend to work things out quite easily. I actually read her review before purchasing the laptop and had i gone by her offputting though justifiable assessment of the laptop, i probably wouldnt have bought it. Simply put, i appreciate all the reviews i read prior, but i figured out that i needed to go more with my instinct and preference than anything else...so good luck with your decision :-)
Good: Lovely screen, 1600x900 really suits 15.6", light, small casing, powerful, dedicated Page Up, Dn, Home and End keys
Bad: No mouse buttons - awful awful trackpad without dedicated mouse buttons
Comment: Samsung listen, please: - I have returned this laptop for a full refund because of the fact you have not put mouse buttons on it. I tried for three days to get used to it but I am used to scrolling with my right hand on the trackpad and clicking with a finger from my left hand. i then leave my left finger above where the mouse button is. However if you accidently drop your finger down to rest on the "button area" it instantly registers as a "tap" or a click - whereas on a normal laptop you can rest your finger on the button until you need it - with this you have to move your left hand away or risk unwanted clicks - and as I was using it for something critical I couldnt handle the huge number of unwanted clicks. This laptop was perfect in virtual;ly every other way - please release a version like this but WITH mouse buttons and I will buy it instantly! PLEASE!!! Stop copying Apple, PC's work in a different way. If you could turn off the tap function for the button area as an option rather than the whole trackpad that would've helped but i'd definitely prefer dedicated mouse buttons. Also, please keep dedicated Pg Up Down, End and Home keys on laptops as a lot of manufacturers (Sony, Dell) are removing them... like Apple....aaaaagh! This has dedicated buttons.
Good: good looking, well built, powerful, good for games, excellent battery life
Bad: erm? er?
Comment: Excellent machine that basically gives me everything i want from a laptop. I had a real struggle getting it - the top spec model as reviewed here has been really hard to find in the uk - though lower spec models have been ten-a-penny. I was tempted to get lower-spec but glad i waited.
I have to admit i like the build quality of macs but hate just about everything else about them including their ripoff price and "exclusive" image even though half the world owns one. But this laptop really is a superb alternative to the mac book pro at a great price. Two thumbs up! :)
Comment: Saw this in PC world without dedicated graphics, ones with dedicated graphics seem to be discontinued even though its a new product! Anyone know whats going on?
Good: Very sleek design, core i7 processor, aluminium, cheap.
Bad: Runs windows, not unibodied, 30 fps,
Comment: Very nice notebook
Good: om nom nom nom
Bad: pft, erm.... not much, slightly cramped keyboard I guess
Comment: I don't care about blu-ray, so that really doesn't bother me. If I didn't have a 2011 MBP I would definitely be 1st in line for this.
Maybe I can convince work .... I know, what a stupid idea that was.
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