Product Type: Samsung laptops
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Member Name: Mummy_to_2
Date: 30/07/10, updated on 05/11/10 (490 review reads)
Advantages: Price,features,ease of use
Disadvantages: webcam setup
I recently received this laptop as a type of free gift when i took out a mobile phone contract and as i needed a new laptop i thought i would give this one a go as it is meant to be a top spec model.
Although im not computer minded i wanted to write a review about this laptop as i believe it's one of the best out there, and wanted to give you an idea of what they are like.
They do retail at around £500 although it varies on place to place.
- Runs on Windows 7
- Intel Pentium T4300
- 4 GB system memory
- 17.3 inches LED HD+ screen
- Samsung recovery system
- Mini numeric keyboard attached to main one
- Built in webcam
- HDMI port
- LED backlighting
- It comes with a national and international warranty.
Also it is TCO certified meaning that it has been made and tested in line with the strictest environmental criteria. It had been given an A rating for electrical consumption, therefore being quite cheap to run.
***When it cam home***
The first thing I noticed when I got it out of the box (apart from excess packaging) was that the top cover of the laptop was a very nice red swirls pattern, which I think makes it stand out from others.Ive even been asked where i bough the 'laptop skin' from!! The actual bottom part is made from a scratch resistant material and looks slightly like chrome.
Setting up the laptop is quick and easy and takes about 15 mins in total as it keeps having to restart and then you have to sort out your recovery system but once that's all done it takes less than 3 minutes to turn on and actually go on the web.
This laptop comes with free McAfee web security although ive also added AVG to this as i didn't really think it was enough.
The layout of the options on the desktop is good and easy to navigate although the start menu is slightly small and could be hard to read for some. I like the fact that the pages you have open are denoted as little pictures of the website in the bottom bar on the screen.
I have also uploaded itunes onto my laptop and the sound quality is very good it is very crisp.
Picture quality is also amazing good for a laptop and as its HD its also a lot clearer than other laptops, and having a 17 inch screen is great for watching films on!!
The sensor pad is also really good it is a bit sensitive though and if changes you zoom if you drag your finger in the wrong direction-which can be very annoying. It does have a blue light that shines all around it to show when its in use or about to go into standby/sleep mode.
When its not plugged in it has about a 3 hour battery which I find is more than enough, although when I received it I was told that the batteries in these might not last as long as other ones. I good thing about this battery is that when not plugged into the mains if you turn it upside down there is a little gauge telling you how much battery life is left.
Memory wise it's GREAT I have uploaded so many songs a few films and documents amongst other things-using half the memory and its still just as quick as before!
Now one bad point I have found is that although it has a built in webcam, trying to find out how to configure it etc is impossible and im still looking for it a month into having it, but apart from that i think the webcam is a good idea it is built into the laptop just above the centre of the screen.
It is a very easy laptop to use and my son is often on it playing on cbeebies and even he can navigate his way around! I also found that is already has parent guards on it so I didn't have to set that up although I went through it and made sure!
There are 3 USB ports one on the left side of the laptop and 2 on the right side one above the other so you can connect many things at once which is always useful,and when you connect things to them the drivers are quick to install and your things are ready to use in mere minutes.
I have not used the HDMI port yet but am planning to now just to see what its like.
There are also ports for speakers and microphones on the left side and also a port for Ethernet connections although i have only used the wireless facility.
As it has such a big screen you have to make sure that if you want to use a photo as your background you have to enlarge it to fit the screen properly so it does'nt become pixelated.
Overall I believe that this is a great laptop which is easy to use and cheaper than many other notebooks available out there.
Thank you for reading :)
Also on Ciao under same name
Summary: A great laptop that looks like it cost more than it does
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