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4.0 out of 5 stars First impressions, March 1, 2013
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This review is from: Samsung Series 5 NP500P4C-S02US 14-Inch Laptop (Personal Computers)
Just a few first impressions after spending a couple hours setting up this laptop.

1. The laptop that arrived was white, not gray as shown in the pictures. Not a big deal but some people might be put off by it.

2. **Uninstall 'Intellimemory'** - While I was removing all the typical bloatware I noticed that RAM utilization was around 95%. Almost the entire 4GB was being used but barely 1GB of programs were using memory. Odd. Uninstalling 'Intellimemory' freed up all of the RAM and the computer runs much, much faster. I can't stress how important this is. This laptop is almost unusable with 'Intellimemory' installed....why would they do this??

3. The processor (Ivy Bridge i5) and RAM (DDR3 1600mhz) is above average for a $500 laptop but everything else is what you would expect at this price level. The display has nice colors but suffers from the 768p resolution and poor viewing angles that most laptops share today.

4. It is a very nice looking laptop. Not too heavy, not too thick, attractive looking.

5. Installing an SSD should be a priority. The only real bottleneck in the whole system is the 5400RPM hard drive. With an SSD installed, you end up with a very nice laptop for an investment around $620 total.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2013 7:06:12 PM PST
Mine showed up as a brick. Unusable with the memory maxed out like yours. Hard drive activity >90% all the time for no reason. Immediately swapped out the hard drive for a SSD, and loaded Windows 7 on it. Makes such a world of difference, it's 100% now.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2013 9:43:01 AM PST
JP says:
Same here re: SSD. I have a 240GB Sandisk Extreme SSD that I'll be installing tomorrow. I'm going to leave Windows 8 on this machine and see if it grows on me.

Installing ClassicShell helped a lot with restoring familiar functionality to Windows 8.

Posted on May 25, 2014 4:36:51 PM PDT
COHikerGirl says:
In answer to the question about why Samsung loads IntelliMemory -- Samsung pre-loads IntelliMemory on most of their Windows computers, and it's the first thing to remove from a machine with an SSD drive. It can speed up slower conventional spinning hard disks by caching lots of stuff to RAM (memory), but when you have an SSD this isn't helpful and it tends to hog all the RAM. It can be safely uninstalled from systems that use an SSD drive.
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