I don't normally write reviews, but I spent quite a bit of time trying to pick the perfect laptop for my needs/price range so I am hoping this helps someone else that is in the market.
I've owned this laptop for about 2 weeks now, so I can't speak for reliability, but so far, overall it seems like a well-built laptop with all the essentials at a great price. I am an IT professional and know what's important (to me) in a laptop. I had never purchased a samsung system before, but I took a chance with this (especially since ordering online I was unable to see/touch it). I looked at other similar (price and specs) systems in the same price range (HP, Lenovo, Acer) and most of them felt cheaply made. Some had a few other bells and whistles, but I took a chance with this and so far have no regrets. I use the system for some development work, along with some typical home usage and a bit of graphics work.
The system seems very solid and durable. One aspect that seems somewhat cheap are the touchpad buttons, although the touchpad itself works great with some really cool features (two-finger scroll, zoom, and page-swipe), thanks to some packaged software/drivers that come with it. The display is super bright (compared to my thinkpad w500, this one is WAAY bright) which is great for working in sunlight, etc. Keyboard takes a little getting used to since it is kinda stretched out, but nice for typing altogether. Numeric keypad also a plus. . I am not a gamer, so super-fancy graphics cards are not a requirement for me. Plenty of processing power, and plenty of memory (6GB expandable to 8GB).
The 640GB HDD is nice, 7200rpm would have been nice (has 5400). USB 3.0 would have been nice to have also. I haven't used the video cam yet, but plan to. I Can do without the bells and whistles like fingerprint readers and such. HDMI out is really nice for watching your online movies/tv shows on your tv with great picture quality.
This is really a great deal and I would highly recommend it for anyone in the market for a quality system in the $500 price range. For that price, its a steal.
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