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3.0 out of 5 stars Great laptop let down by miserly storage capacity, 27 July 2012
This review is from: Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C 15-inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i5 3317UM 1.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) (Personal Computers)
I just wanted to echo the two reviews here that if you're after a full-size (15") laptop with an ultrabook weight then this is a great purchase.

However, my one caveat would be the size of the storage supplied. I bought one of these thinking I could just about cope with 128GB storage but returned it when I realised how big a bite out of this the Samsung recovery partition actually takes. I think useable space was somewhere down at 60-70GB which was too little given I hadn't yet installed any of the software I would need.

I know people may argue that you can carry an external drive, but that rather defeats the object of buying such a slim, lightweight machine in the first place.

Summary for me: beautiful machine but insufficient storage. I'll be waiting for a model which adds a larger SSD.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2012 11:14:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2012 08:50:29 BDT
Hifly says:
You're right. The current Hong Kong version of the same model provides a 256gb SSD as well as the faster i7 1.9Ghz processor (according to the Samsung HK website).

Posted on 12 Aug 2012 05:42:06 BDT
JD says:
If you have a spare copy of windows you could delete the recovery partition.

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 16:28:16 BDT
AngryBadger says:
Hi J. Da Cruz, you're right - I could do this but that's just another layer of faffing around to get more storage out of a drive which is small to begin with. Were this a budget model I might understand it, but this is Samsung's top of the range number. There are mSata drives out there now at 256GB for only £160 retail so the cost price of one of those for Samsung to bung in wouldn't be excessive (for goodness sake, they make decent SSDs themselves!).

HiFly: Interesting post, I had seen that in the US there are various SKUs available with different configs and one of these was i7/256GB so hopefully the same model will make it to the UK in the near future.

Posted on 21 Aug 2012 02:58:54 BDT
CAS says:
I think the SSD "price war" only started some months ago; when these were produced they probably bought the 128GB for the price you pay now for a 256GB SSD. It's unlikely they will reduce prices to match component BOM, just increase their profits.

It may be cheaper to just change the mSATA SSD with bigger/faster one purchased elsewhere than to get the higher model up. All manufacturers charge an arm and leg for upgrades (memory, disk, etc.).

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 09:42:31 BDT
AngryBadger says:
I agree with your comments - you could do your own SSD upgrade (and I'd considered it myself before deciding to return the unit). The problem is you may well void your Samsung warranty by doing it yourself, and you've got to be pretty technically savvy (both hardware and software) to attempt it. I'm not sure this route is for the 'average' buyer.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2012 10:32:56 BDT
jbx says:
In most unboxing reviews it seems that Samsung also supply a recovery disc. So if you have an optical drive you can connect to the device I guess it should be pretty safe to delete the recovery partition right?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 23:52:19 GMT
the recovery disc doesnt actually recreate the recovery partition if you delete it, if you delete the recov partition the only way to get it back is if you have created a system image with somthing such as acronis and backed it up to an external hard drive, this is what i plan to do when i get the laptop in a couple weeks time, im just hoping that i can handle the small drive, or i may just buy an upgrade and upgrade the drive myself (though that voids the warranty...:/ sucks

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 00:45:59 GMT
jbx says:
Yeah it doesn't recreate the recovery partition. However, I guess the disk can be used instead of the recovery partition (i.e. to recover the system not the partition). I removed it and recovered more than 20Gb.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 00:51:08 GMT
thats good to hear that the disc can be used to recover system haha im going to delete recov partition when i get it as i need to fit my music library on there XD currently my music library stands at around 35gigs (im cutting it down now in advance of getting the samsung one lol...) im trying to find a nice leather sleeve that compliments the businessy look of the laptop lol i saw this vid on youtube from samsung showcasing the laptop and it had this really nice leather sleeve that amazon only stocks in the 13" version...dang

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 00:53:21 GMT
jbx says:
Yeah accessories are a bit of a problem honestly. I haven't found the original 15" sleeve either, and the VGA dongle was out of stock for a long time, its only recently that it became available.
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