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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than previous reviewers indicate
Very sturdy and attractive design with an extremely well-built feel.

Inbuilt functionality is good.

Low on bloatware.

For the price it's a great performer if you want a WORK laptop, where it seems previous reviewers miss the point. If you want a general multimedia laptop then this isn't for you. If you want a lightweight,portable, highly...
Published on 11 May 2012 by Redcloud

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was in the market for a small portable laptop, and was initially considering one of the new AMD fusion powered netbooks. However, when I stumbled on this Samsung laptop, its high spec in such a small package persuaded me to part with the extra cash.

First impressions were great, this thing looks really smart and professional. Nice matte finish all over,...
Published on 2 Jun. 2011 by Cactusweasel


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 2 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Samsung 400B2B 12.5 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 2310M, RAM 3GB, HDD 320GB, Windows 7 Professional 64 bit) (Personal Computers)
I was in the market for a small portable laptop, and was initially considering one of the new AMD fusion powered netbooks. However, when I stumbled on this Samsung laptop, its high spec in such a small package persuaded me to part with the extra cash.

First impressions were great, this thing looks really smart and professional. Nice matte finish all over, nothing shiny and glossy on this thing apart from the Samsung logo on the lid. Very nice indeed.

However, thats where things started to go downhill. The screen on this thing is very mediocre. Sure its matte and Samsung talk about it like its hugely impressive, but its not. It's just a typical cheap laptop screen with poor viewing angles (particularly up and down), average brightness and the default colour settings in windows are horribly washed out, although fiddle with the settings and it does produce some nice colours.

Next up are all the noises it makes. It's just... annoying. The cooling fan comes on after a few mins and stays on which isn't that unusual for any laptop, but its a particularly annoying sound, as it has a quiet hiss to it. The hard drive is fairly audible, and when you actually want it to make noise (ie, from the speakers) the sound is absolutely dreadful and tinny, I know this is a business orientated laptop but they could have spent more than 10p on the speakers.

Couple of points to note - some other websites state that this laptop comes with 3G broadband, the model number NP400B2B-A01UK as sold here on Amazon does NOT come with 3G broadband, and it doesn't come with a DVDRW drive either as the title specifies. By the way, Samsung provide recovery software on a CD for this thing. Handy! Luckily its also installed on the drive too.

Having come from a Macbook, perhaps i've been spoiled when it comes to quality and had my expectations set a bit high, but with the above flaws, I really couldn't live with this thing. The hard drive on my unit was also faulty, perhaps just a bit of bad luck but still annoying all the same.
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1.0 out of 5 stars this is the worst purchase i have made in my life, 21 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Samsung 400B2B 12.5 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 2310M, RAM 3GB, HDD 320GB, Windows 7 Professional 64 bit) (Personal Computers)
absolute rubbish!

this "tough and durable laptop" has a cheap highly flexible plastic hood for the screen, so even when carried in a laptop case the screen is being bent and pressed against the keys. i needed mine for a rugged outdoor career and this laptop was advertised to be exactly what i was looking for - but in 1 year the screen has broken 3 times int he use it was advertised for, and becasue they used an unusual screen size it costs £120 to repair each time.

despite many many complaiint emails to Samsung i'm yet to receive anything other than a copy/pasted reply about screens npot being covered by warranty.

this is the worst purchase i have made in my life, do not make the same mistake!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor display, 27 July 2011
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This review is from: Samsung 400B2B 12.5 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 2310M, RAM 3GB, HDD 320GB, Windows 7 Professional 64 bit) (Personal Computers)
I hoped this would be a good value alternative to a Lenovo x220. Everything was fine except the display which had very poor vertical viewing angles and mediocre contrast. Returned it
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than previous reviewers indicate, 11 May 2012
This review is from: Samsung 400B2B 12.5 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 2310M, RAM 3GB, HDD 320GB, Windows 7 Professional 64 bit) (Personal Computers)
Very sturdy and attractive design with an extremely well-built feel.

Inbuilt functionality is good.

Low on bloatware.

For the price it's a great performer if you want a WORK laptop, where it seems previous reviewers miss the point. If you want a general multimedia laptop then this isn't for you. If you want a lightweight,portable, highly functional, intuitive laptop for work purposes then it is a good choice due to the cost being £200 less than its nearest competitors.

Some simple tinckering with the brightness may help if you're one of those people who likes to be blinded by your laptop screen, I personally think the screen is quite good as it allows me to work longer than would be the case with previous laptops I have owned.

I might be a bit biased as I got this laptop for half RRP, but even at around £500 it would be a good long-term investment.
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