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I mainly bought this computer for recreational use. I use it for watching movies, listening to music, surfing the web, and for a general house computer for everyone in my family. Its not too bad for the use i intended it for. I like the screen quality alot (MUCH BETTER THAN MY OLD COMPUTER'S LACKING, HUGE CRT MONITOR). Also, it seems like it has a pretty decent sound card because my external speakers sound pretty cool on it. The highs are pretty clear and the bass is not fuzzy. The 4 giga bytes of Ram memory make it pretty fast. The i5 processor also helps alot with the speed. It starts up pretty fast. The Hard Drive is pretty accurately sized for my needs as well. Havent encountered any problems with it so far. Overall, this laptop is a pretty good laptop if you just want it to do some basic stuff on it.
Buying a laptop, in my opnion, is down to balancing performance with stylishness. This certainly does a good job of combining the two. The very sleek and 'wavy' design is very attractive and the white colour gives it a really fresh and modern taste.
For a laptop, the performance excels most others in its price range. The Intel Core i5 processor is more than sufficient for any needs, except maybe hardcore gaming, and proves very useful when running multiple programs at once. This laptop has 4GB of RAM, which again, is certainly enough and you will never have a moment when you need more RAM. 320GB hardrive storage is quite standard and should cover enough for songs, movies, photos etc. However, if you, like me, have lots of photos and an ever-growing music collection along with a habbit for installing lots of games, you may possible require more memory. This shouldn't cause much of a problem and can easily be overcome by buying an external hardrive.
The screen is standard quality, but probably not good enough if you want to watch high quality movies. The sound, by laptop standards, is good but you may want to buy external speakers to improve quality when listening to music. The frame is well built and doesn't feel flimsy, along with the keyboard.
[-Introduction On The Laptop-]
After braking my screen on my previously laptop, i needed a new laptop for work. I wanted one which was durable firstly so the screen wouldn't brake like the previous. I wanted a white coloured stylish laptop because they are basically the type of laptop i like. I wanted a fairly cheap one between the prices of £500-£700 which was my budget. I instantly started looking a google shopping which not alot of people use but i would definately recommend, they provide the lastest prices, and where you can purchase the laptop from. It definately saves you going around every single site trying to find whether they sell the laptop and then what the price is and what is comes with.
After searching through google shopping i found the cheapest price. The cheapest price was at PCWorld which was convient for me because i trust the store, and there is one nearside my home. The price at PCWorld was £650 at the time, it then came with a case, the laptop and security software to be downloaded onto the laptop. For all of that i thought the price was amazing. The laptop was in stock as most things at PCWorld so i went to collect it. The staff at PCWorld couldn't have been any better they were so nice and thoughtful and made sure i knew what i was doing. The laptop was well packaged with everything it came with in one box which was convient because i didn't have to go around carry bits and bots.
[-Getting The Laptop Home & First Use-]
I got the laptop home and started it immediately. It was packaged really well which i loved, because i do tend to drop and brake things quite a bit, and as you can guess that is how my previous laptop broke! All of the seperate bits in the box were packaged very well, even the instructions which were packaged in their own plastic wallets to avoid folding which i thought was really good. In the box was the laptop itself, the laptop charger, the case (only in this package), instructions, the warranty, step by step guides, security software (only in this package again). I charged up the laptop straight the way connecting the laptop charger into the laptop which i must say was really easy. One thing i did notice straight the way whilst carry the laptop is the fact that it is so light. The laptop and charger which is all you need to carry around weighs literally one to two kg, which makes it really portable.
[- Battery Life & Start-up-]
Start-up on this laptop is very fast which is amazing especially if you want to go on the laptop fast and efficiently. If you put the laptop in advanced sleep mode which is more or less the same as turning off the laptop, all you have to do is lift the lid and the laptop starts up within three seconds which is great. If the battery dies or you have to go quick another great feature on this laptop is the fact the laptop automatically saves your work. The work which you had open is automatically saved to the hard drive which is really good and means that you never lose the work. Battery life on this laptop is also amazing which is another great feature of this laptop. All of the laptop's performance works of battery save which is good and no change is made to the performance. There is no need to worry how much battery life is left because the laptop generally lasts around ten hours which is amazing. Battery life obviously depends on what you are doing on the laptop, the battery runs down more if you are playing videos or games.
[-Stylish, Light-Weight, & Modern-]
This laptop is so stylish which is one feature which i absolutely love. I have never saw a laptop like it, it curves and is a weird shape which is great because i wanted a laptop which is different because most laptop look the same rectangualar shape, despite this being a little rectangular, it is desfinately different. It as sold as being ultra light which is definately right. The laptop is very light and makes it portable and easy to carry around if you are going to be using it for work. This laptop is shiny, and a great colour which makes it look really modern which is a good thing about a laptop if you are taking it into work, or if you are buying it for someone else. The laptop is skinny which is good and helps to make it light weight, it also helps if you are carrying it around with you.
[-Picture Quality & Sound Quality-]
The picture quality on this laptop is amazing. It has a very very bright LED screen which is good and i suppose this helps the picture quality. This laptop can also provide over 16,000 colours which is amazing, and allows you to view pictures clearly. The screen size is 13" which is also a good size which is not too big and not too small. On your home screen backgrounds which come with the laptop make good use of the 16,000 colours available, and makes your laptop look really good. Game and video quality is also amazing through picture graphics and sound. The sound quality on the laptop is also amazing, whether you are playing the sounds out loud or through headphones which can be easily plugged into the laptop. Music and game effects play great on this laptop and sound really good. There are multiple volume levels which is great if you want your music on low or high. iTunes also works great on this laptop and the music plays out is good quality.
Wifi connectivity on this laptop is great. It scans for wifi available networks fast and efficiently. This is great if you are out and about and want to connect to wifi immediately. Another great feature of this laptop is it has amazing bluetooth technology, which is Bluetooth 3.0 high speed, this allows you to send files to other laptops and devices easily! This laptop has a share file solution which makes sharing files easy, and efficient another great feature of this laptop. A great feature of this laptop is the fact that you can charge devices via USB without the laptop even being on. Via the connection of the USB it charges your device up easily, and i have never known a laptop which does this.
[-Customer Service & Help-]
Samung is a great company which has so much help on offer for its users. Samsung has a great call centre with people that are willing to help. The call centre is more or less 24 hours, well it has always been open when i have rang up. Samsung also offer a great email service where you email with the problems which you are having and they will help you sort them out with a email back within a couple of days, which is a quick response for a large company. Other options include, online video tutorials, and online forums where people can come online and help you with the problems you are having. The user manuals, and step by step guides are also helpful. They come in a large range of languages which is great if you want to read them in a different language than english, they also come in simple language, with diagrams to help you.
This laptop has 4GB RAM which is fab for a laptop. It also has 320GB in hard drive capacity which is also really good. All of this memory is great and allows you to store lots of documents and presentations if you are using it for work. Me personally i have hundreds of documents, pictures and quite a few videos from music concerts and i still have loads of memory left. This means you can also download programmes easily, fast and efficiently. All this memory allows the laptop to be super fast which is great because i hate a laptop which is slow!
[-Where To Buy The Laptop-]
If you want to purchase this laptop it is available at quite a few places, which i will list below, and the prices they sell it for. If you are planning on buying this laptop and the package doesn't come with a case i would definately recommend buying one, it makes carrying it around easy, and prevents it from collecting dust or dirt. Prices are as follows;
The BT Shop; £684.99
Insight UK; £663.94
Memory Express; £686.16
Ebay; Range Of Prices
Overall i would definately recommend buying this laptop, it is a great price for what you get. It is a good laptop, and for all the points i have raised above. The laptop is great for people of all ages. Thanks for reading and rating!
After letting my HP pavilion laptop go to family use now, I decided to use my rainy day money to get a new laptop. I wanted something with style and a modern design but also no dropping performance for style. This is when i came across one of Samsung's new laptops; the Samsung SF311. I was instantly attracted and drawn to its sleek curved design and glossy white finish. After purchasing it for £485 I was eager to get home and set it up.
After removing the seal tags on around the box i opened it up. Inside the first thing you can see is all the manuals and guides included with the box. These include, installation and set up manual, help guide, accessory brochures, manufacturer recommend system configuration and warranty information. After removing these booklets you can see the white foam casing, which is held together by 4 seals which can easily be broken off. After removing this foam lid, you can see the laptop is in a plastic bag, to protect it from dust, scratches and contamination. The power adaptor also being securely wrapped in a plastic bag and secured in the foam mould. Finally after taking the laptop its self and placing it on the desk, i opened the lid and there is a Samsung screen protector laid on top of the keyboard to protect the screen from dust and scratches.
The laptop its self is fairly standard size, measuring at 33.1cm x 23.6cm x 3.3cm. It's also very lightweight to touch and to carry, weighing in at only 2.1KG its extremely lightweight and shouldn't be a strain to carry around. The main colour scheme of the laptop is white/grey/black. With curved edges on the sides of the laptop and lid, making this a very modern and stylish model.
-First Start up-
The laptop came pre installed with Microsoft, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition. It sped up very quickly and windows was up and running with in around 20 seconds making this a very quick boot. The laptops speed is very powerful. Packing a whopping 4GB RAM made up a duel DDR3 SDRAM 2GB soldered together. Combined with the amazing 320GB SATA-300 Hard drive which has a 5400 rpm speed; it's no wonder this laptop is very quick off its feet, right out of the box. Finally it comes with a Intel Core i5 2410M / 2.3GHz (Dual-Core) processer to give it the even bigger push to being a leading competitor in speed and endurance.
The laptop uses built in Stereo speakers to emit sound from the laptop along with 2 3.55mm headphone jacks for headphone or external speaker output. These are then powered by an internal soundcard. The speakers emit a very loud sound without the reduced sound quality so you won't find yourself struggling to hear any music or sounds played on the laptop like with other stereo speakers you might have come across.
Samsung have always taken exceptional care when it comes to their displays. Mainly on their TV's however i sense that this care has been used on the SF31. It has a crystal clear image display, perfect for high detailed graphics when gaming or video and image viewing. The laptop boasts a 13.3" LED Backlight TFT 1366 x 768 resolution display. This impressive display is powered by a NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 graphics controller, and as with all NVIDIA graphics products they cannot be flawed for their impressive graphics output.
I've used this laptop on the internet using a Ethernet, Fast Ethernet connection however this laptop can use up to a Gigabit Ethernet connection for faster speeds. I've also used it using a wireless connection with the built in Wireless LAN aerial and still had top speeds coming from that. The laptop comes set up to use the following wireless configurations IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11b and IEE 802.11n. It also has a built in Bluetooth aerial with a Bluetooth 3.0 HS adapter. The laptop also comes pre set up with Bluetooth file transfer wizard to enable fast, easy and simple Bluetooth transfers between your Bluetooth device and the laptop.
The laptop has a built in QWERTY keyboard, which also uses the "FN" feature to allow for more features to be used on the laptop. It also has an amazing soft to touch touchpad to use to operate the on screen mouse. In my opinion this has to be the softest touch pad i have ever used, your finger can literally glide across it without the mouse speeding around the screen, however the touch pad settings can easily be changed in the Windows control panel. It also has a right and left click buttons which don't stick down in their sockets and aren't over sensitive. The input features on this laptop have been really well looked at and tested to ensure that it's exceptionally user friendly. Finally the laptop has an integrated 1.3 Megapixel web cam installed. The camera is located in the above the screen in around the centre of the lid for use with instant messaging and other web cam uses.
-Software, pre installed-
The laptop comes pre installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition. But also comes with a variety of different other pieces of software packaged along with it. Please note I'm not sure if this is a standard add on package or just offered with selected vendors.
This laptop comes with a Samsung media suite offering some simple music media playing software and video playing software. It also comes with a 60 - day trial of Microsoft Office 2007 and a Norton internet security 4.0 30 day trial.
This laptop in my opinion is amazing and exceeds the £485 price tag that it has and is worth so much more. I can't believe how user friendly and comfortable the laptop is to use. Its elegant and stylish design and colour is just amazing and breathe taking in my opinion. The powerful internal hardware of 4GB RAM and the massive 320GB hard drive is more than enough for any of your computing needs and with its NVIDIA graphics controller this laptop can handle anything you through at it in terms of visuals and performance.