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Excellent portability with good performance
on 2 January 2013
I am a software programmer and over the years my view of computers has changed from really getting into the nitty gritty (taking them apart and tweaking them until they broke) to just wanting something that works and lets me mess with my software development. As a traveling consultant I am never in 1 place for long and I missed the past where I would generate programs for the sake of it. This laptop was my way back into this so I needed portability, light weight and reasonable power.
Anyone looking at ultrabooks (and yes, despite Samsung distancing themselves from calling it an Ultrabook it is one) for power and ultra performance needs to think again. However I was wanting something good enough to let me write my programs using Eclipse, play back HD video, play audio and stream HD video content from my home NAS for when i was at home. This laptop does all of that with grace.
Windows 8 is a nice addition. Anyone not scared of change will find it easy to adapt to from Windows 7. Although Windows 8 is clearly a tablet OS and this is not a tablet so scrolling in places tends to get quite enthusiastic. But this is no fault of the laptop.
My only real issue was the amount of RAM installed and size of the SSD. I was able to restore much of the SSD by removing the recovery partition - but dont expect to be storing your HD content on this. However, the RAM I had to order more on day two of purchase. 4Gb RAM just inst enough for Win8 - Samsung should realise this fact and pack at least 6Gb. Although at £15 its not expensive and considering the next laptop up in the price bracket isnt significantly better (not when considering price to performance ratio) its a cheap way to get extra memory.
Other comments around the keyboard are true. Although you do get use to this and learn to accept that you cannot have a keyboard with good key travel in something as thin as this. If you want good key travel - get a thicker laptop.
The magnesium case is a nice touch - and to be fair is one of the reasons why I was willing to pay that bit extra - its nice to have that quality feel on a device you plan to use a lot. Its an Apple thing as it adds nothing to functionality, but is nice anyway.
All in all, a happy purchase so far as its doing everything I want it to very well.