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      17.11.2013 15:55
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      Excellent durable machine for work and play that will last.

      I have owned this laptop now for well over a year and I have had absolutely no problems with it what so ever.
      When I was looking for a laptop to buy I wanted something that would last me a good few years. I didn't want a machine that was of a low build quality. I needed something robust that would last and would be able to handle being shoved about a lot and moved a lot of the time. I mainly use this machine outside of home and it has been dropped or whacked a good few times now. Nothing seems to phase it. It has withstood everything thrown at it and is still in good cosmetic condition and it runs like new.
      I also wanted a machine that was internally capable of delivering what ever I may ask of it. I use the machine to aid with mixing video inputs that go through a professional video mixer at live events. The program needs a good system to run on and this system does well. Never slow or sluggish, clear display, battery life is excellent too easily lasting a good 6 - 8 hour event whilst running on battery before needing external power. I also use an internet browser and have various documents open at the same time as the video mixing software usually and I have no problems at all. It is by far one of the fastest machines I have ever owned.
      I often find that with computers over time they tend to deteriorate and become slow and not very good at functioning most tasks. This machine does not have any such problems.
      The one i got came with Windows 7 pre installed. Windows 7 is a good operating system for this machine. It works well on it and runs smoothly. The laptop has an i5 Core Intel processor and as mentioned above, it can handle multiple tasks at one time and maintain a healthy working speed.
      The graphics the laptop comes with are superb aswell. It comes with an NVIDIA OPTIMUS video card which (I cant speak for gaming as i do not use the machine for this) is brilliant for general use or work use. Also watching the odd DVD on here is a dream. Brilliant picture quality and the onboard speakers are very good to.
      The laptop has the following connector sockets on it -
      Power cable socket
      Ethernet
      x4 USB 2 Ports
      VGA port
      HDMI Port
      Microphone
      Headphone
      SD Card
      The machine also has a good quality webcam built into it and a DVD drive. Sadly, no blu ray!
      The lid and surround around the keyboard have an attractive design but be warned, it does pick up fingerprints very easily. However, these are very easy to wipe off.
      The laptop has WiFi which has excellent connectivity. At the live events we do video for i am usually connected to WiFi and this is in large sports halls and we are often positioned the other end of the hall or building to the WiFi connection and i can still pick up a good signal.
      The laptop comes with various Samsung software items pre installed such as a power management program for battery life etc. These are all not much to speak of to be honest and I think they are a hindrance rather than a help. I uninstalled them all within the first week.
      So, to clarify, An excellent high quality and very well built physical laptop.
      Very well built inside making it capable of handling multiple tasks with ease.
      Good quality operating system as standard which runs exceptionally well on this machine.
      Poor Samsung software that is not really needed pre installed, but easy to get rid of.
      No Blu Ray drive, but not the end of the world as can buy an external one to plug in.
      Thanks for reading, hope i have managed to answer some questions you may have had about the laptop in question.
      Regards,
      John.

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      05.01.2012 22:19

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      Overall the Samsung RC520 is an amazing laptop and well worth the money.

      Brought this laptop for university in September of last year. It was an upgrade from my old laptop which was getting rusty since it was brought 6 years ago. The main aspects I was looking for were good battery life and fast processing. After a lot of browsing on countless websites, this model really stood out by its design and specifications. The laptop has a fast i5 processor which is more than enough for everyday tasks as well as most heavy duty programs such as photo/movie editing and gaming. The screen is amazing, very clear and very bright. It does not have anti-glare but this would make it seem dull which is not what the screen aims to do.

      It also features all other essentials for a standard laptop, including DVD drive, wifi, 1.3mp webcam, Ethernet and 4 usb drives. It also features a dedicated nVidia graphics card sufficient of rendering more graphic heavy programs, as well as an integrated Intel HD graphics interface. The laptop comes with pre-installed software by Samsung which enables special features such as fast start-up and fast resume which are very handy if you move around a lot whilst needing to use a laptop. The Battery lasts a long time and can usually go for around 4 hours of moderate usage. The layout of the keyboard is great for typing, it uses an island type keyboard much like the keyboard on the apple macs and is very easy to type with.

      Some disadvantages of the laptop is that closing the laptop lid will put the system to sleep which may not be useful to someone who wants to leave programs running, but this problem can be solved by changing system settings. The laptop lid is stylish but it gathers fingerprints easily and they are stubborn to remove. The fan is quiet and generally functions normally, but may get quite hot if blocked by objects or used on a soft surface.

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