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Good: Very Light, super bright screen, All day wires free use, SSD drive
Bad: Intel graphics slow and sometimes unstable (win 7), otherwise none
Comment: I've owned a few different laptops over the years, I was lucky enough to get a refurb one cheap and have to say that is one of the best I've had. It's a fantastic little workhorse.
The LED screen has a great brightness (only have mine on half way and still plenty bright enough!)
The SSD 128GB drive gives the whole laptop a lift in performance.
Keyboard has nicely spaced keys (I think), making typing a breeze. Though that said it does take a while to get used to some keys being in slightly different places compared to bigger laptops.
Battery life (with the Bluetooth disabled) is again great. It's nice not to have to go looking for your charger every few hours!
Dropped Vista like a hot rock and installed Win 7. :)
The only things I found a little lacking is the fingerprint part a little unnecessary and unreliable.
The CPU (s) are a little slow and coupled with it's poor graphics ability it kind of rules out any major game playing.
I have had many problems with getting the Win 7 drivers to be 100% happy, with problems ranging from complete 'lock ups' and failure to output fully though HDMI (video but no sound)
So apart from the complaints of the graphics and processor there is still something about this laptops ability to perform well above other models in it's class.
I have tried to think about changing it for a new i3 or even a i5 but I have tested a couple i3 laptops with standard HDD's recently and have still noticed the speed difference's on data transfer, start times and general all round performance.
So until this can be replicated (reasonably priced!) by a 15.6" laptop. I'll hang onto this old girl ;)
Good: Lightweight; Vista business works well; Bright screen; clear screen; battery life; silent; connectivity; much more.
Bad: Nothing yet
I was looking around for a new laptop as I was disgruntled at having to carry around the company’s heavy Lenovo laptop. When I had all my gear in my rucksack, it was so heavy I was getting backache by the end of the week. Time for a change, time for me to buy my own.
Knowing I would not be able to get a blindingly powerful laptop which is light weight and sensible cost I set up my own buying criteria as follows:
My criteria: Lightweight; long battery life; reasonable performance for office work, software engineering work, running virtual machines and so on; reasonable screen clarity and resolution; connectivity-rich.
I researched for quite a while and stumbled across the Samsung X360 which looked a really good fit for my criteria. I read a lot of reviews most of which confirmed that the CPU power was very good for non-CPU intensive work but perhaps not so good for activities such as video editing. For me this was fine as I have powerful desktops for that sort of thing. All other features of the device looked fine for my requirements. I decided to buy one and www.oyyy.co.uk duly delivered the product on time.
I have owned the laptop for around 2 weeks and have used it almost every day.
Dislikes: Hmmm, tricky one. I cannot think of a single thing I dislike about this laptop. Really, I can’t.
Likes: Lightweight; Vista business works well; Bright screen; clear screen; battery life; silent; connectivity; much more.
It just works; Vista Business seems to work well - I have not had a single lock-up and all the applications run as fast as I need. I installed Open Office which runs perfectly (expected) which saves me a few(!!) pounds for other software which can be expensive.
The screen is extremely bright; I have to turn it down every time I boot. The reviews explained that it is so bright you cannot work at that output level of light. I took that comment “with a pinch of salt” but have since discovered they are right – you can’t. The screen is extremely clear the resolution of 1280x800 works well with the LED type display – the delightful clarity quite surprised me.
The battery life is extraordinary. If I set the battery scheme to power-save and reduce the screen brightness a little the battery really does last over 8 hours – quite extraordinary. I can also choose the high performance profile and also a kind of hybrid profile too. I have discovered that if I leave the power setting on high performance and work constantly with the laptop I still get 4 hours work before the battery complains.
The laptop is eerily silent – I think there is a fan inside which sometimes kicks-in but it is really quiet. Clearly, this has a lot to do with having a solid-state disk drive but I didn’t really comprehend how nice it is with no noise from the laptop.
Connectivity offered by the laptop is excellent – once the appropriate wireless keys have been entered once, all my wireless LANs connect straight away with no fuss whatsoever. I use a Bluetooth mouse which connects instantly and has never failed. I use the Vodafone mobile internet modem stick (E172?) and again this works brilliantly with the laptop giving me Internet wherever I go, basically.
The disk drive is fast. Given the CPU speed is 1.2GHz the laptop feels quick and light. Windows open fast and I haven’t experienced any finger-drumming-on-the-table delays.
As you can probably tell, I really like this laptop. It performs well against my criteria and looks extremely good too. I have had no problems with this laptop nor have I found anything irritating about it either. I am delighted I chose to spend my money on this laptop and would recommend it to anyone as long as their criteria are similar to the ones outlined at the top of this review.
Background: I am a Software Engineer / Business Analyst in England, have been working in IT for 27 years and using laptops for over 15 years.
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