Summary: I only paid $315 so I cannot complain at all. The i7 processor alone made that a steal. I bought the laptop for school. I don't game on my laptop. It's fast. It's light for when I have to take it to class. The downfall is that it does not have a microphone jack but I bought a USB sound card adapter for $5 so I'm back in business. It works so well for me, I bought one for my mother too.
Summary: After several weeks researching the market for what I needed (website management, photography, and publishing), I locked onto this laptop for its quality, durability and design features. I like the 1600x900 res. especially. Speed is good also. For the money ($699.99- you might find it cheaper now), it hasn't let me down yet. I've used it daily for 5 months now and have no problems what-so-ever.
If you're looking for a 17.3" laptop, this is the one...
3 July 2013
Summary: This is a really great laptop, especially for the price. Just over 6 lbs, but it is 17.3". Fast processor, excellent graphics, more than enough memory. I purchased for my teenage son for school use, and the laptop's capacity is a bonus for his gamer side. He likes Windows 8; I'm still on the fence about it. Doesn't come with Office 2010 but the savings from this purchase more than covers the of it. I have slowly become a big Samsung fan...
Summary: I needed a bigger laptop to use for my own purposes and also in my job giving training sessions in basic computer use. I agonized for several weeks trying to decide which one and finally settled on the Samsung because of the large 1TB disc, 8GB ram and the 17.3" screen and also the I7 processor which could handle virtualbox software for Win 7 and XP operating systems to run as virtual machines concurrently with Win 8.
Summary: I tried many other models of laptops but this one works so great. The graphics are very vivid, programs run fast, and very silent! I was really surprised with this laptop since it is not expensive but has so many strength.