Product Type: Samsung laptops
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Member Name: alexandjef
Advantages: Does the basics well, decent price.
Disadvantages: Feels cheap
My previous laptop had just had its fifth birthday. In human terms, not that long - but a lifetime for a laptop. I was looking for a replacement with two quite polarized requirements; it needed to be cheap but also decent. Multiply these requirements by the fact I'm not that tech savvy and I was facing quite a tough purchasing decision. I've become quite attached to Samsung of late, with a Samsung TV and Samsung phone - I decided I take a look at Samsung for laptops firstly. I like the build and quality of the Samsung products I already have - so figured their laptop range would not only be of similar semi-decent quality, but it was a brand I'm starting to trust.
First I looked at Amazon.co.uk, searching 'Samsung laptop' after a brief run through the results - totting up average reviews versus price I quickly found a 5* right at the lower end of my price range
At £319 for the 15" model I made a quick decision. Now, I looked at the spec, and you can too - and if makes sense to you, great - but if you're like me, you'll want to know how it actually performs hands on. (the only bit I understand is the harddrive at 500gb, a decent size and more than enough for me)
Out of the box and with minimal set up its running Windows 7. I'll admit, it didn't at first feel as lightening quick as I hoped - fairly responsive but a little sluggish. A bit of a let down. Conversely to this, despite taking a little while to do things it looked great doing them. The screen is super vibrant - the colours are bright, smooth and watching a movie on it in bed feels like a premium experience. Another boon is the keyboard, its full sized and crammed with little bits if innovation making for an nicer, more intuitive experience. A function key sits on the bottom left row of keys, and when pressed with other keys on the right hand can control brightness, volume, screen lock etc. It feels like a lot is to hand with minimal fuss. The same can be said for trackpad and mouse keys. Just the right size in just the right place, very little getting used to - it felt as if I'd been using this set up for years after only just a few hours. Battery wise, it's solid but not revolutionary. 3-4 hours on the lowest settings away from the charge.
I'll finish on a big negative; its feels cheap. The screen almost bends when you open it, not that firmly attached and the casing feels sub-par.I wanted basic functions done well. Fast browsing, decent for watching movies and a bit of word processing. It's safe to say it can do all these great - but its hardly a lot to shout about. Good for the basics - but next time I think I'll splash out.
Summary: A decent priced laptop that feels a little cheap.
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