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Great laptop with a lovely keyboard.
on 27 November 2012
This laptop replaces my aging Samsung R730. Indeed, it can even use the same charger, which is a bonus. Thanks for that common sense approach Samsung, and other manufacturers (I'm looking at you here, Toshiba) please take note...
First things first, it has the best keyboard I have ever used on a laptop. It also has a nice big touchpad which works well. The only confusion for me was that the DELETE key had moved a few keys to the left, which caused a bit of a puzzle until I got used to it.
The laptop itself is fast, yet remains quiet and doesn't get hot. Photoshop loads large images (40x30 inches @ 300dpi) nearly three times more quickly than it did on the 730, which is why I had to upgrade in the first place, so I am happy about that. Also, USB 3 is a major plus. I bought a 320GB USB3 HDD on Amazon and I can copy files onto the laptop at speeds approaching 100mb/s (slower for smaller files). This wasn't 10X the speed of USB2, but it was fast enough to justify a PC upgrade on that strength alone.
Now, onto the elephant in the room. This laptop comes installed with Windows 8...
What do I think of Windows 8?
Its not as bad a I first thought, and I will eventually get used to it, but when the first thing you install is a utility to give you a START button again, then it shows that something is not quite right. Also, Windows 8 and Chrome don't seem to behave very well together. IE10 flies, but chrome has sever connectivity issues (pages not loading properly etc). There is a thread on the Chrome forums about this issue, so it seems I am not alone. One person has had a similar experience with Firefox on Windows 8. If I was being cynical I would say that this was a deliberate ploy by Microsoft, in the same way that Apple deliberately nobbled iTunes on the PC to encourage people to switch to the Mac. However, I am not cynical, so I won't suggest that.
In truth, the OS doesn't get in the way much, once you get down to actually using the PC in anger. There is a lot of undeserved negative press surrounding Windows 8, but for all its supposed faults, I actually find it fast and stable. If you truly hate Windows 8, there's nothing to stop you downgrading to Windows 7.
Incidently, if you are in to virtual machines, I can confirm that you can run OSX Mountain Lion on this laptop as a VMWare image and it works fine. Do a google and you will find all you need to know. The process is MUCH easier than it was even a year ago.
Wrapping up, a lovely laptop, and you shouldn't be put off by Windows 8. Its nothing to be afraid of!