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Faster than a greased cougar
on 27 June 2012
I've had the Samsung RF711 for about a week and am very impressed with it. It's well made, relatively light for it's size and the screen is lovely. The 8GB RAM and the i7 processor means this thing really flies along - I also purchased the Samsung 830 series 256GB SSD to go in the spare drive bay, swapped the OS across to that and it's now faster than a greased cougar on rails. If you're thinking of doing the same, don't bother with Norton Ghost (that comes with the SSD), use "Paragon Migrate OS to SSD" which is available on download for about £12, well worth it - I spent 7+ HOURS with Ghost and other "solutions", and at the point of about to give up, I found someone else recommending Paragon.... downloaded, installed and OS swapped to SSD in 20 minutes, easy. £749 for the laptop, £149 for the SSD = £900 laptop, 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD / 1TB HDD / 1GB Graphics card / BluRay / HD+ screen... I don't think you'll find a better spec for that money.
So far I cannot find anything that I don't like about the laptop - I run Visual Studio 2010 & 2012 RC, SQL server 2008 R2, Photoshop CS5, it just breezes through everything.
UPDATE: 2 months down the line and I am still loving this laptop - the price inexplicably shot up for a while but is back down to < £750. A note about the screen - it's really very good. I was initially looking for a full HD screen, but the laptops that had these really didn't have the features that this thing has, and to be honest, I'm not missing squinting at the screen! I bought this laptop for development work and occasional entertainment, and it's not been found wanting in any respect. I've just compared this against a £1750 Alienware laptop we had in the office - the Samsung has more of everything and walks all over the Alienware in terms of speed... Happy Days!