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Bad: its samsung
Comment: its first laptop in samsung that i want to buy
Good: Style, weight
Bad: Extremely fragile, not so fast for an SSD, bloatware, hard to find accessories
Comment: I work in a company that bough four of these notes. We were looking for a kind of windows version of macbook air. It started pretty well until...
1) The first start runs some setup software. In ALL four it crashed. You see, it's not a really good sensation to have your shiny new notebook crashing in the very beginning. But it happened only one time.
2) Another deception was the speed. It is not even close to the speed that I got in an macbook air. It's a SSD machine almost as slow as an HDD machine.
3) Connect to an external monitor. It requires an adapter that I had to buy. But was a little annoying to hunt for a micro HDMI to VGA adapter, specially after buying a *MINI* HDMI to VGA.
4) One of them had a problem with the battery in the first month. OK, we replaced it. But a few days ago the problem came back.
5) Another one have a problem with the power connector.
- It's not as great as an air (far from it).
- Fragile: 3 hardware problems in four notebooks is just unacceptable
- Annoying adapters
=> Probably I will never buy a Samsung notebook again.
Bad: screen resolution
Comment: Even the samsung web site won't tell you that this only has 1080 vertical pixels. I had to ring up and ask.
At this price, that is just an insult. I had better than that on a dell in 2004.
Comment: In my earlier review I meant starcraft 2, the integrated graphics card handles things very well. I've watched 1080p movies with no issues what so ever. But for good sound quality I'd still recommend getting headphones.
Good: Just like they said, I fell in love with the design. Its specs make it more than adept at handling what i throw at it (university work and some light gaming- think starcraft) and its on board *samsung* marked features are more than helpful. The screen is amazingly bright and I never had the feeling of inferior screen resolution.
Bad: The mircophone... Its located right next to the fan. You can imagine what the other side hears on skype. Thankfully the samsung controls had an option to turn the fan off, but it doesn't always stay off. Wifi is also an issue- I get markedly less reception than other *cough* normal laptops.
Comment: Never mind the drawbacks, the design alone keeps me hooked to the thing!
Good: Good processor
Bad: Not much of an upgrade in the X360
Comment: I've had the X360 for a couple of years and really like it - solid, reliable, small and quick. Having seen the series 9 a bit underwhelmed: the screen is 16:9 not 16:10 handy for documents, the screen on the X360 goes seriously bright, handy outdoors in the sun, the 128Gb SSD is a bit small nowadays, and the screen res. is still less than the Air (which uses a Samsung panel). So not good VFM. The Asus looks good but seems to be getting poor reviews on Amazon on its trackpad... the quest continues when my trusty X360 wears out. Fortunatly the magnesium chassis seems to really help here.
Good: Nice design, uses latest intel core technology, good performance, good battery life
Bad: Runs windows, very pricie
Comment: Nice laptop indeed but very pricy. Anyone willing to spend this amount on a computer should go for a mac their round about the same price as the Samsung series 9 and much much better by far.
Comment: It's a bit up there with the macbooks /pro's price wise but a good buy probably
Good: Screen, battery life, keyboard, trackpad, looks, usability, 64bit, powerful enough, lightweight, samsung, USB3, lightning fast boot up, Fast SSD
Bad: Micro HDMI only, only 2 USBs, Micro SD rather than standard SD (can't see why), small SSD, No Kensington, a tad expensive but not for what you get.
Comment: The absolute worst thing about this machine is that the SSD is only 120GB of which 20GB is taken by a recovery partition so 100 left for Windows and all your apps. If like me you use some heavy weight apps like SQL Server and Visual Studio plus a couple of games and a small music library then youre pretty much full. You might consider off loading the music etc on to a 32GB micro SD for you cannot leave the card in hte device as it prevents the pointless trap door from closing. Pointless idea it might be but it does close so thats how I like it when not in use.
Another annoying feature or rather lack of feature is the missing Kensington lock. On a laptop as light and stowable as this and at this price you want to take it to lots of places but you also realise its quite a desireable and highly stealable item due to its miniscule footprint. I would like to lock it down so that I dont have to take it to the toilet with me when I am on a customers site.
While that might sound like quite a damning report, the truth is that the bad stuff stops there. In every other respect this machine is fantastic, which is why my last point was so important.
The creen is so bright you can use it in direct sunlight and the performance is amazing for the size. The keyboard is a joy to type on and the trackpad revolutionary on Windows (though macs have had this for a while) with Pinch zoom and one/ two / three finger gestures etc.
I connect wirelessly so not bothered about hte non-standard ethernet connectivity and the bluetooth is great as is the USB 3 functionality. Even the screen resloution is ideal for a 13 incher. I also own a Sony Viao Z with full 1080P and I can tell you its pointless on a 13 inch. In most respects the Sony is a better machine but it is twice the price.
Good: it's light
Comment: the screen is so flimsy you could hire it out to rolf harris as a wobble board and it has these metal edges that are just waiting to get dented / chipped.
exactly like the one i tried in micro anvika. it was a demo machine and looked a right mess.
weird friction on the mousepad/trackpad thing, not smooth like the apple ones.
the sales guy told me loads more similar machines were coming out this year due to the new chips.
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