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Battery life, 4 USB ports, and lightweight--all a plus
on November 5, 2012
Indeed, I bought a Windows 7 PC about two weeks before Windows 8 came out. I was replacing a broken laptop and had lost enough productivity without adding the learning curve to the issue!
1. 4 USB ports. I don't know what happened to the original idea of being able to multi-chain USB devices together, but it never really happened. I use my laptop both mobile and as a desktop replacement, and at the desk there's an external HD, a printer, a keyboard, and a mouse. That's without needing to sync an iPod, phone, Livescribe pen or anything else--the 4 ports come in handy. The external HD is USB 3.0, and the speed is there.
2. Battery life. In use, on wi-fi, multiple programs open, I have run this laptop 6 hours without exhausting the battery. It still reported about 30%, but I was back at a plug, so I plugged it in. This compares to the prior laptop that gave me 2 hours.
3. Weight: not "ultra-light" but the first portable computer I used was the weight of a sewing machine. Size and shape of it too, with a 5 inch orange monochrome monitor built in. This goes in my Targus backpack nicely. It doesn't disappear, but then again, I don't forget it's in my bag and just fling it about.
4. Speed: practically speaking, I don't wait for the computer to boot up anymore. I push the button, I'm ready to go quickly. Even my resource hog programs run well. No longer do they think so long that Windows counts them as "Not responding."
5. Sound quality/video quality: if you're hyper-picky, you may not think it's good. But for everyday computing, it's just fine.
1. The individual keys for the keyboard. This is clear in the product pictures and it's not a deal-breaker, but I find the individual keys for the keyboard a little annoying. Somehow it does not feel like what I'm used to. Most of the time, I'm on a desk with an external keyboard anyway, and when I'm typing on the go, it's not normal. However, those keys are just a little odd.
2. The optical drive sounds, at times, like the Enterprise spinning up on the original Star Trek. I think that, along the way, optical drives started being measured on speed alone, even if the read speeds were so high that they were irrelevant. This one goes fast, reads fast, and sounds like it's headed for orbit. Not much on CD/DVD these days, I think I just noticed it from lots of installation media.
It's sleek. the Samsung 5 looks good, runs well, and was well within the budget. The specs show the technical details, and there were not many in the price range that had 8GB of RAM. The description does claim 3 USB, but there are 4. Also, the description shows Windows 7 Professional, but mine came Home Premium, which is enough.
I like it, and if you're looking PC, you'll probably like it too.