|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 GHz A-Series Quad-Core A10-4600M|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||750 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD A10-4600M|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Samsung Series 3 NP355V5C-S01US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Titan Silver)
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The Series 3 combines power, efficiency and ingeniouslight lightweight mobile design. Featuring exclusive innovations like Fast Start and PowerPlus technology, the Series 3 keeps you powered up, moving, and connected wherever you go—every day.
Stay Moving How’s this for mobility? Featuring a streamlined and ultra-lightweight design, the Series 3 brings the power of a desktop anywhere, no delays. With a single touch of the power button, Fast Start technology brings you right to the internet or into favorite programs almost instantly. And if you’re just getting started, Easy Migration technology can quickly transfer all your files from your old PC, no hassles.
The Series 3 brings supplies the power you need, on your terms. Tweak performance settings through Samsung Control Center to maximize efficiency and workloads, to get the performance to suit your most intensive tasks. And with PowerPlus Battery technology, you can work all day yet still have the power to do more.
With Easy Settings, you have control over the most important setting of the Series 3. Switch networks in a flash for maximum efficiency. Adjust power settings to improve battery life and productivity without sacrificing performance. And modify sound and vision settings to create a truly immersive experience.
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15.6-inch LED-backlit display (1366 x 768 pixels; 220-nit brightness)
2.3 GHz AMD A10-4600M quad core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
750 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
AMD Radeon™ HD 7600M + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (8 GB maximum)
8x multi-format CD/DVD±RW drive
1.3-megapixel HD webcam
3W stereo speakers
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Series 3 laptop with 15.6-inch screen (model NP350V5C-S01US), AC adapter, rechargeable battery, operating instructions
1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
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My personal recommendation, is to go ahead and buy a couple of 4GB sticks of RAM and swap out the 2 sticks that are in there. You need a certain type for this laptop: [8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model]. This is about a $40.00 upgrade. Aside from that you can also upgrade from the HDD to a SSD. But these are things you don't even need to do because this machine doesn't even need the extra speed those upgrades will certainly provide. But who knows, maybe you like the thought of being able to upgrade like me. What to look out for: the new mobile processor release for next year sometime if it still ends up coming out for the same socket.
A gaming machine? Check. A workstation? Check.
WARNING: PURCHASING THIS SAMSUNG LAPTOP does not get you a copy of Windows 8. I am trying to install a new hard drive in the computer, but the Windows 8 copy on the machine is REGISTERED TO SAMSUNG.
This laptop succeeds brilliantly given that criteria. It has hours of unplugged battery life doing anything but gaming. The discrete card doesn't turn on until I run a game. It runs DX11 games at playable frame-rates at medium settings (only after installing the proper AMD video drivers though, which the automatic software updates don't seem to do for some reason). I wonder how many reviewers are reviewing AMD laptops without proper driver setup or without altering the settings for max performance as opposed to max battery life. I notice no substantial performance difference between the A10 and i5 devices I have used. Oddly enough, web browsing and multitasking seem subjectively a bit faster on the A10, though benchmarking programs say that I should experience noticeably less performance out of the A10. I just wonder if the APU architecture operates differently enough from previous processors that the benchmark software isn't reflecting reality. I also think the idea that you MUST have a touchscreen for windows 8 is false. In my experience so far, windows 8 is designed to ALLOW a touch-only device (a phone or tablet) to run windows, not to REQUIRE that every device have a touchscreen.
This laptop is quiet, even with the fan on, and it does not get uncomfortably hot on my lap (like my wife's macbook pro does). It's quite easily portable, and has plenty of external device connections so that there's nothing I need my desktop for. (My old desktop is now a mediaPC).
The touchpad is not as good as Apple's touchpad (but then again, nobody's is). It was way too sensitive with the tapping and edge swipes, so it would switch apps on me while I was moving the cursor around or would take my cursor somewhere else while I was typing due to accidental contact. The two-finger scrolling was also frustratingly inconsistent. I disabled edge-swipes (which I don't need) and tapping (which I dind;t want) and that totally fixed the first two issues. The third issue seems to have worked its way out over a couple weeks. I think the pad just needs some seasoning or something, but I don't have any of the issues with two-finger scrolling right now that I had right out of the box.
The keyboard is not backlit. This is not something I would have expected that I would miss, but sometimes I kinda do. The screen does generally provide enough illumination to find a specialized key though. However, if the Fn symbols were written in yellow rather than blue, the contrast in low-light situations would be better against the black keys (I think).
My wife's laptop has a gloss screen, which picks up a lot of glare, so I was excited to get a matte screen like this one, and the screen looks good, but has less viewing angle than a gloss screen, but no glare. I dislike the diminished viewing angle, but can't make up my mind whether I dislike it more than the glare from a gloss screen. I guess you can't have everything.
Like any plastic exterior, this one smudges easily, so I have taken to carrying a microfiber cloth in my laptop bag for smudges on the casing.
It would be nice if it came with matched memory sticks instead of a 2GB and a 4GB. As cheap as memory is these days, it seems like shipping with 6GB instead of 8GB is a bit nickel-and-dimey. I'll likely end up upgrading to a faster set of memory sticks.
I give 4 stars instead of five because of these minor complaints, but given another chance I would not order a different laptop. I think for less than $900 you're getting at best a 4 star laptop. I regard a five star rating as near perfection. This is a really good machine, but it's not perfect. In my opinion, it is a great value. Given what I wanted it for, I am not overwhelmed by choices from most laptop manufacturers and am very pleased that Samsung makes this laptop at this price-point.
Very little bloatware, and comes with several useful utility programs not part of standard Windows 8. One such program makes it super easy to clone the laptop's drive, to totally simplify drive replacement. I replaced the factory hard drive with a Crucial 256gb SSD (also purchased via warehouse deals).
Computer is fast, quiet, and handsome. It brings me joy!
5 lb 1 oz, according to scale at my local post office.
Main complaint is the bundled Samsung software, which is buggy, crash-prone, can make the computer somewhat unstable if you're doing something computationally intensive like video processing, and has the habit of randomly waking the computer out of sleep mode and not letting it go back at odd hours if it's not turned off completely. It's also pretty deeply integrated, making it an incredible pain in the neck to remove.
If you don't mind a few hours of googling and fiddling to strip out the bloatware -- or can just put up with it -- it's an excellent machine for the price.
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