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The very dark silver case is classy-looking and is metallic in appearance, although mainly plastic. There is a brighter silver surround around the touch-pad. The inbuilt speakers are loud enough for the average living-room to listen in, but unsurprisingly lack bass depth, as do nearly all laptop speakers. I would not like to listen to music on them, but buying extra separate speakers is a must for most laptop users anyway. On the noise front, although I have not pushed it yet, the fan seems quiet, although the hard-drive makes a perceptible slight grinding sound at times, but I am sitting in a very quiet room late at night at the moment. There is no OS DVD that I could find in the box, although there are instructions for recovery in the detailed manual, which is a pdf. file stored on the computer, not a paper book. The Microsoft Office Starter is not listed as a separate program as it was with a computer I bought last year, and all the Full Microsoft Office screen says is that you have a 60-day trial period of Office, and there is no mention of the Starter, although conceivably you would be left with just Word and Excel and adverts (= Starter) if you did not sign up for the full Office after 2 months, but this is not stated specifically anywhere. I have in any case downloaded Libre Office (free of charge) from the internet as an alternative office suite. I am still coming to terms with Windows 8 so that makes it difficult for me to assess things, since I am not sure what to expect sometimes, and the new way of doing things is going to seem complex and confusing initially. There is quite a lot of stuff loaded including the Cyberlink Media Suite. The easy availability of Apps is also daunting: there is so much out there, and so many ways of doing the same thing slightly differently now. It was so much easier when you had very limited choices. I deleted the Norton anti-virus in favour of AVG, which I already use elsewhere.
So far, more or less, so good. Not an outstanding machine, but a very good one for the money. I will try to update this as the laptop gets some use, in case that throws up problems
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|Product Description:||Samsung Series 3 350V5C - 15.6" - Core i3 3110M - Windows 8 64-bit - 6 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD|
|Operating System:||Windows 8 64-bit|
|Processor:||Intel Core i3 (3rd Gen) 3110M / 2.4 GHz / 3 MB Cache|
|Memory:||6 GB DDR3|
|Storage:||500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti|
|Display:||15.6" LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD|
|Graphics:||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|Networking:||802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||37.25 cm x 24.3 cm x 3.3 cm|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded:||Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.|