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Samsung 355V5C Series 3 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) (AMD A6 4400M 2.7GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integretaed Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)
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- Powerful performance - even the most demanding applications won't slow you down with the latest 2nd generation AMD processor and expandable memory
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- Outstanding design - be a real style leader and the envy of your friends and neighbours with a fashionable, modern design
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|Computer Memory Size||6 GB||8 GB||4,096 MB||4 GB||8 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||WiFi Data Exchange||VGA, USB, eSATA, Ethernet, Display Port||Bluetooth||1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB3.1 Type C (gen 1), 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x VGA Port (D-Sub), 1x HDMI, 1x USB3.1-Type C(Gen1)||HDMI 1.4a, USB 3.0 (2), USB 2.0 (1), Nobel lock slot, SD card (SD, SDHC, SDXC)|
|Processor (CPU) Model||A Series||Core i5||Pentium D||Celeron||Core i7|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||AMD||Intel||Intel®||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||2.7 GHz||0 GHz||1,600 MHz||1.6 GHz||2,700 MHz|
|Display Size||15.6 inches||14 cm||15.6 inches||14 cm||39.6 cm|
|Hard disk Description||HDD||HDD||hdd||HDD||HDD|
|Hard Disk Size||500 GB||320 GB||1,000 GB||1,000 GB||1 TB|
|Item Weight||2.5 kg||2.25 kg||2.2 kg||1.7 kg||2.32 kg|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Edition Home Premium||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home|
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|System RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||Unknown||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM|
Now there's a notebook all the family can enjoy - the Samsung 355V. With the blistering power of the latest AMD processor with expandable memory you can get things done - fast. While a flexible range of ports, an ergonomic keyboard with a numeric keypad and anti-reflective screen ensure effortless usability, so life is much easier for everyone.
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Built and look
The laptop feels very solid and extremely stylish thanks to a very well made construction and an impeccable metal cladding finish. I am not particularly keen on many such laptops but this is very nice looking. There is very minimal or no flexing for neither the chassis nor screen. It is quite thin for a DVD equipped laptop and it is fairly light for a non ultra-portable machine.
It has all the right features for a modern work and media laptop, except I would have preferred a higher resolution webcam. However it include HDMI and VGA video ports, 4 USB ports (two of which are very fast) Ethernet and WiFi, the latest bluetooth which is fast and supports all recent services, a card reader slot and the analog audio IN/OUT plugs. I used it with my iMac bluetooth mouse running both Windows and Linux with identical results in operation to the iMac.
It is excellent especially for a budget/mid-market machine. It is anti-reflective (a very good thing), bright and with good resolution. Colours are vibrant and with a good fidelity (I am a keen photographer). However the angle of view does affect greatly the contrast (which in turns affects the perceived colours) especially for vertical angles.
The keyboard feels solid and not cheap (although not top quality either). I found it easy and responsive to use. The touchpad looks and feels nice, although the buttons do feel a touch loose. I operation though it is not a real limitation.
Sound is a little bright and thin but basically it is on par or better than Beats Audio machines which is not a bad thing.
CPU and graphics processors
It is based on the latest AMD 64 bit APU architecture. A single chip includes a dual integer-core (with a single floating point core) and a Radeon HD 7520G Graphics Processor. Basically the latter is on par to the Intel HD 4000 graphics, whilst the CPU matches the best i3 and some of the i5 Intel processors. Extensive benchmarking exists for comparison on the web. Samsung fitted 6 GB of RAM in this unit which is very professional, as modern laptop with embedded graphics chips do share RAM between GPU and CPU and 4 GB is not that much these days.
Windows benchmarks (range from 1 to 7.9)
CPU 5.5, RAM 7.2, Graphics 6.6 Gaming 6.6 HD transfer 5.9 - Overall 5.5
Linux (in bracket the relative performance compared to an AMD E-450 based machine)
Blowfish 8.64 (160%), Cryptoash 198.46 (257%) Fibonacci 3.15 (142%) QUEENS 7.88 (315%) FFT 3.8 (178%) Raytracing 5.10 (329%)
Performance experience is excellent especially in Linux for day to day work.
I ran Mathcad 2000 in Linux using Wine virtual machine and it runs extremely fast. Big spreadsheets or large presentations load and perform very quikly.
However the graphics driver used by Ubuntu are not the latest (as often the case with AMD chips) and the graphics performance is impacted in some applications. VLC runs less smoothly than in Windows, whilst BBC HD iPlayer ran in Chromium (or Chrome in Windows) is equally fluid on both OSs.
Overall this feels as a very balanced machine, especially in Windows.
Battery and power
The chipset is energy efficient and the battery life is very good. I used it for more than 4 hours on heavy duty work in Windows and it showed still some 20% of battery charge. I believe that the 8 h claim is only doable on a extremely light use, although 5-6 hours will be typical. This is not bad.
Finally the sleep mode in Windows is worth noticing. The unit takes about three seconds to turn OFF and ON from sleep. I haven't tested how long the machine can stay in sleep mode running on battery.
All in all I am extremely pleased with this laptop.
Build quality- For a <£300 laptop it's on par with stuff costing far more. Feels reasonably solid with little flex or wobble. Although made entirely of plastic it doesn't look or feel 'cheap'. I would call it an understated design, but in a good way.
Connections- With USB3, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, webcam/mic, DVD burner, audio in/out, bluetooth and a multi-card reader it has all the options one could expect from a modern laptop.
In use- Plenty fast enough for everyday use, surfing, watching movies, writing stuff etc. It can even play older/less taxing games quite nicely. Battery life is probably close to 5 hours when not doing intensive stuff. Keyboard and trackpad are average, but it's an average priced laptop so that's expected. Nothing 'wrong' with them as such, but the trackpad buttons do feel a bit flimsy, work well enough though.
Overall- For the price it's a steal. I haven't seen anybody other than Amazon offering them for £279 so I'm guessing they must have some sort of deal going on ? Whatever the reason, if you want a sub £300 laptop for 'general use' you should give it serious consideration.
(As true as all that ^ is, it's not why I bought it. I bought it because I suspected the A6-4400m and A10-4600m APU's were interchangable. They both use the same M-PGA zif socket and have 35 watt TDP. So I took a chance and fitted one. Along with a 128GB SSD and 8GB of low latency DDR3 1600. The end result is a machine that can hold it's own against almost any laptop you care to mention. It plays WoW, Skyrim, Dirt3 and Sleeping Dogs very nicely. And the total cost if I sell the parts I removed should be about £430. If you fancy doing your own 'DIY Ultra' laptop it is a great place to start. However, DOING THIS *WILL* INVALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY, so don't even think about it unless you are willing to take the risk. I also can't guarantee that later models won't have soldered-in APU's to stop people doing this. So please be aware of that. Anyway, that said, if you want to see how the A10 upgraded version works just search for my name on youtube, ie- Haawser. Peace )
It was well packaged, the computer box was within an outer box, when I opened the computer box I was amazed, it had a dust sleeve over the screen, The computer was also in a dust bag, the leads have small velcro straps attached.
The whole look and feel of it is quality.I use this as my home computer, I have down loaded and played music, you can finetune the sound quality, to get a better pitch, it comes with Windows 7> 2 months free security Norton360. I downloaded Windows Security Essentials, It also has 3 versions of Internet Explorer 9. (32bit,64bit, IE no addons).
After using Windows XP for many years,on my old notebook. To see and use windows 7 on such a stunning computer is a whole new experience,
One quirky thing, the delete button works by holding down the shift key and then pressing delete.
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