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Samsung 900X3D 13.3-inch Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Core i5 2537M 1.4GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
Samsung 900X3D 13.3-inch Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Core i5 2537M 1.4GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

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1.0 out of 5 stars stay away from this!!!, 4 July 2013
I thought it's only fair having benefited from many people's reviews over the years to give something back today.

I bought this laptop having been attracted by its gorgeous looks and competitive price for a samsung flagship model.

All I can say is, it's cheap for a reason. The reviewer below has got it absolutely spot on in terms of the ram. 4gb of ram for this laptop is an absolute joke. what the reviewer didn't know was that the ram for this particular laptop is soldiered onto the motherboard and there are no available ram slots so if you want to upgrade the ram, forget it.

The real problem is in order to sell a series 9 at this price, samsung has to find the cut from somewhere, and that axe fell into the ssd. the ssd that comes with this laptop is the sandisk U100 128gb ssd, which frankly, is hopeless. If you think i am exaggerrating things here, don't take my words for it, google it.

what happens is when you ram is exceeded, which is easily achieved with a few tabs on the lowest consumption browser, windows starts dumping virtual memory into the ssd. the fact that this is the slowest ssd in the market right now means it can't handle reading and writing at the same time and it starts choking. no joke, literally choking. You will know exactly what I mean as soon as you experienced it. like the computer freezes for 10 seconds every couple of minutes, rendering this laptop unusable. this is a common issue with this model and the only remedy is to replace the ssd. that itself is a problem with windows 8. I do not want to go into details on this topic as I spent the best part of the last 3 days trying to figure out how to do it. There are plenty of discussions in the web if you are really interested in going down this route.

the reviews below regarding the trackpad is also true, it freezes without notice and there's nothing you can do about it apart from force rebooting the laptop. After a week I have had enough of it and returned it to the retailer.

to their credit, money right back to my account and it really is no fault of the retailers. I am really disappointed by this laptop as it really is genuinely beautiful. the case itself is almost art at its finest. It is also ironic that samsung itself make some of the best ssd in the market only to sell them onto macbooks and put a sandisk in this model. From what i gather, the previous model 900x3c also has this rubbish ssd so don't bother with that either.

Having been a long term samsung fan I trust that this is only a major slip up so I put my faith in another samsung 7 series ultra 740u3e, which works like a treat, if you are wondering, free tip of the day, john lewis is doing it for £699 at the moment, almost £300 cheaper than anywhere else in the market.


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