|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Core i5-2450M|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD6750M (PowerXpress) Graphics|
|Wireless Type||802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5A-S09US 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M Processor, 8GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) Silver
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Enjoy powerful, best in class, fast performance with the latest Intel Core processor and innovative ExpressCache technology for ultra fast processing and Internet access. With a SuperBright screen and AMD Radeon graphics to produce sharp clear images, even outdoors, while an elegantly powerful and durable aluminum case looks good anywhere.
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1) Chiclet keyboard. It isn't bad by any means, but I prefer the keyboard on my old Dell Inspiron for typing. On the plus side, the number pad is very handy (note: the photos on Amazon as of the date of this review do not accurately reflect the keyboard layout; but then, the photos at Samsung.com don't either).
2) The track pad is a little annoying; as others have noted, the buttons are hidden under the pad, with the result that you will often accidentally double-click when trying to left-click, or move the cursor when you are trying to right-click. I've never been a big fan of track pads anyway though, so I ordered a new wireless mouse at the same time as I ordered the laptop. The track pad is certainly good enough to be useful, it just takes some getting used to.
3) Video switching between integrated and discrete graphics didn't work well out of the box. Following an update it seems to be better. Though be warned, said driver update is over 700 megabytes; I'm not sure how they manage to make it 4 times the size of the unified driver update (for AMD's desktop discrete graphics), but probably not practical if you don't have high speed internet available (and the update site is rather slow, I was only getting ~300 KB/s on a connection capable of 1.5 MB/s).
4) The screen looks great (and it's matte!), but does have very limited viewing angles, particularly in the vertical direction.
There are also some great features:
1) Sleek, beautiful design. Some reviews I've read mentioned poor fit around the LCD screen; not the case at all on mine, it is beautifully put together. Not quite Macbook Pro build quality, but then it is less than half the price for similar specs.
2) The Express Cache works well so far, startup is very quick (if not so quick as my desktop with an SSD).
3) Samsung hasn't pre-loaded a bunch of crapware. Pretty much just their update tool (a little clunky, but works fine), Norton, WildTangent game pack, and Samsung's own media player (haven't tried it). Not totally clean, but not bogged down too much either (I didn't even feel the need to do a clean Windows install, which is unusual).
Overall a great little computer for the price. A couple of niggles, but it is fast, has loads of storage, and looks great - I'd definitely recommend it to a friend.
The screen is great and no discomfort typing. The trackpad is a pain and I keep accidentally dragging things and can't figure out why. Maybe I'll get used to it because I've only had it a month. The only other annoying thing is that the volume buttons are Function keys. You can keep Function Lock on, but then your number pad doesn't really work. Maybe I can program some shortcut key and get around that? Don't know why Samsung would totally flub it on the volume thing. The rest of it is just a joy to use. The backlit keyboard is good, I like the auto adjustment of screen brightness to light, and it runs flawlessly. The battery lasts nearly 6 hours; and it does start back up in 2 seconds when you close the lid, and super fast from a shutdown. Its also sleek and has a nice look and feel.
Screen has a matte finish and super-bright (I turn mine down a bit in a typical room lighting.) 1TB harddrive is fast, SSD for "near instant" Windows boot is cool. 3D games play perfectly fine on it. Overall the thing looks and feels great. I was going to buy a MacBookPro when my last laptop failed, but this Sammy7 is $1000 cheaper and even more capable.
Nothing wrong with this laptop. If you think you want it - don't hesitate!
What i like:
Fast quad core processor.
ExpressCache, getting into windows is almost SSD fast:)
Slim, light and excellent design all around.
Keyboard is pleasant o use.
Capable graphics, fired up Skyrim, DOW 2, Dirt 3, FIFA 12, Starcraft 2 and played all fluidly well.
Decent battery life.
Screen brightness is awsome and the 1600x900 resolution suits the 15.6 size
High quality build.
Owes nothing to a MBP.
Cooling system is somewhat limited.
Intel 3000 to Radeon HD 6750 switching needs some work but if you know what you're doing it really works fine.
Could have shipped with a 750GB 7200 rpm drive instead of the slower 1TB 5400 rpm.
starts quickly in only a few seconds
lightweight for it's size
Thin but not flimsy
Good screen and backlit keyboard
Long battery life, close to 7 hours
Decent sound quality
So what more could you want?
The spacebar is somewhat unresponsive on each end and appears slightly bowed. Annoying but I'll get used to it.
The touchpad button areas are also a bit difficult to nail down and while sensitive, the tap function is a bit vague. I'm sure that I will get used to it as I use it more but it's definitely not intuitive. If you use a mouse, no issue.
Function controls for buttons that are usually more accessible like volume and brightness. No biggy but I'm used to volume and mute readily accessible. These buttons are also quite small and difficult to find in the dark even backlit.
Overall, I like the laptop and it seems to be missing nothing important and was very cost competitive. Many may not even notice the shortcomings that I've pointed out.
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