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On recently buying the this laptop and receiving a particularly good deal from an independant retailer I would say that this is a good laptop for a number of reasons;
It has a 17.3" screan which HD LED display which I personally find great when either doing work, as the documents are easier to read, and when watching DVD's or TV programmes on 4oD as the screen is larger than the small TV I have in my bedroom. It boasts a 320GB harddrive which is great for people like myself who have lots of work stored on laptops as well as a lot of music and picture files. I've also found it to be very fast on start up as it as an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor.
Other features that the laptop boasts is a 3-in-1 multi memory card slot which is great for transferring files/pictures quickly and easily, especially if you have misplaced any USB's for digital cameras like myself. As well as this it has 3 USB ports as well as adapters for speakers and headphones. It also has a built in Webcam with a number of special effects installed on the programme that comes with it. The product also comes with a 1 year warranty and currently if you buy this laptop new, (as it is built in with Windows Vista), you can get a free upgrade to Windows 7 so you are not loosing out. It has a good battery life and the only thing I would say is that the speakers are not very loud, sound quality is great when wearing headphones, but if you dont then at times the sound can seem a little quiet, especially if listening to music on it.
In all, I think that it is a very good laptop but die to its size I only use it for home use, I rarely take it to university with me as it is quite large.
The Samsung R719 is £420 on laptops direct. It has a 17" screen and a decent specification as well. First, if you are a gamer, this isn't the right laptop for you.
The laptop looks good appearance wise with its matt casing. I have to say I'm a fan of glossy cases that get fingerprints on them - just because they look nice when they are clean. This however, still looks very nice. It weighs 2.8kg, which to me is still too heavy for a laptop when you consider the other items you usually carry around with you. Specification wise, the laptop is packing an Intel dual core at 2ghz, it's an older processor but it's still good with a 1mb cache. The 3 GB of ram works well with this processor, producing a fast user experience. There's a car reader and a 320GB hard drive which should keep you going for eternity - it's huge, just trust me. You also get a built in webcam. The built in wireless is up to 802.11g standard which is the norm for most laptops and will be suitable for the majority of users. The laptop has 4 USB ports.
The Graphics Card:
Integrated!! Integrated cards are onboard graphics chips that are built onto the motherboard, to produce the most basic graphical outputs. This chip handles Vista well; however any games and you're going to sink - fast. Please note that this is the case with any integrated graphics processor.
Overall & My Experience:
It's a nice laptop to use, that's comfortable for long periods of time, however if you are using it on a desk, I would recommend a mouse. Vista works well; it's fast and good for multi tasking. It comes with loads of rubbish software you don't need - but they all do, just remove it! It has quite a few features and although it's a good laptop for the price, there are definitely better, cheaper laptops around. I'd probably buy this laptop if it was price around the £370 mark.