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Unique for its form factor, lacks a couple of things which would have made it 5 stars.
on 9 October 2012
First of all you should only go for this device if you're after a highly portable device which does not compromise on computing power and screen size. Its screen is quite good and the fact that it carries an SSD makes it quite fast. Here are some quick pros and cons you should consider. Some of the cons I am quite surprised Samsung didn't take care of in the first place.
- Highly portable. Its really thin (14mm) and light (1.6kg) for a 15" screen notebook.
- 15" screen, which is quite unique for ultrabook form factors (there might be a couple of others).
- Screen quality, mainly brightness and matt finish making it more usable in different lighting conditions.
- Latest Ivy Bridge Intel i5 processor.
- 8Gb RAM.
- Great Battery life (6 or 7hrs, depending on what you do).
- 3 full size USB ports.
- Cheaper (now) compared to Asus Zenbook Prime and also the Samsung 13" version.
- Very good build quality.
- AC adapter port. This is really at the top of my list. Its so badly designed, it does not lock in and slides out if I move the laptop briskly while connected. Its also badly positioned too close to the only USB port on the left in a way that you can't use both concurrently without risking damaging one of them. I wonder how this passed Samsung's QA.
- SSD is too small. Its only 128GB and a huge chunk of it is blocked for the recovery partition. I will probably remove the partition in the future (since they also provide a recovery CD) and I also read somewhere that the SSD is a standard mSata, so maybe in the future when the warranty expires I'll consider upgrading it if at all possible. Maybe the price of SSDs will go down by that time and larger 512Gb SSDs would be available. Having said that you can also slide in an SDXC SDCard and use it as a second drive. Some reviewers also mentioned an issue that it is a Sandisk SSD that has slower performance than other SSDs.
- I didn't manage to find an appropriate sleeve for it. Samsung seem to have a sleeve for 15" ultrabook form notebooks but it doesn't seem to be for sale in stock anywhere in the UK.
- Screen is not full HD, which some of the latest ultrabooks (like the Asus Zenbook) started to offer, although on smaller screen sizes like 13" its arguable whether you would actually want that.
- Screen is not IPS (or the Samsung equivalent) so you have to adjust its vertical viewing angle to be perpendicular to your eyes. Side viewing angles seem to be quite good though, so watching a DVD.
- Trackpad behaves a bit funny sometimes, other reviewers have rated this low but it doesn't bother me that much because I carry a small mouse anyway because I prefer that even if the trackpad was best.
- The minor variations available in other countries are not available in the UK yet. There seems to be a 256Gb SSD and Core i7 version available in other countries. I would have loved that instead of this, but it would probably been much more expensive anyway.
I think the thing that bothers me both is the adapter port and maybe the SSD size, but the latter is solvable with an SDXC SD card, which you also have the advantage to swap more easily and maybe carry more than one with you for backups etc.