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Boring but gr8 laptop
on 16 January 2013
I bought it in the summer when Samsung were offering £100 cashback. Picked it up from J Lewis (sorry Amazon) for £799. So if you buy it here (£619), it's cheaper even without the discount!
Good points: Rock solid reliability, quick startup with its cached drive (about 15s from power on to login, another 10s to desktop), fan is very quiet. Haven't heard it switch to overdrive yet, unlike my old Sony Vaio, which sounded like it was about to take off. Currently watching TV in background and cannot hear anything from laptop apart from clacking of keys. Screen is matte. You'll either love it or loathe it. If you use laptop outdoors it might suit you; not so good if you like viewing pictures or watching DVDs, catch up TV on BBC iplayer, youtube etc. Battery life (currently 4 months old) is very good- can get about 4-5h before needing a recharge. I run Windows 7 and MS Office 2010 and it is absolutely fine- I just want an unobtrusive machine.
Bad points: Advertised as an ultrabook, but it is HEAVY. Wouldn't recommend carrying it about- suggest you buy its smaller brother without DVD drive and touchscreen (Samsung NP540U3C-A01 Ultrabook, Intel Core i5, 1.7GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB, 13.3" Touchscreen; 1.4kg). If I had the chance to swop, I would probably go for the latter, but not with Windows 8. But that is for another review...