Brief comments on previous version of this computer after 11 months--screen and processor
A food lover, Amazon
5 February 2014
Summary: I have a slightly older model of this same laptop, and there are two issues worth noting: 1. Screen 'bruising.' The build of the machine is sleek, lightweight, and attractive, with aluminum cladding on almost every surface except the bottom and the touchpad. However, because the lid is so thin, the screen tends to 'bruise' against the keys.
Summary: Lets first understand that I'm 60 yrs old. I've been nursing a 10 yr old HP desktop running windows XP and explorer 5 (6?). So jumping into windows 8 was quite an experience. I'd borrowed my daughters new laptop (the same model) and found it very easy to operate, so I bought the same one. In less than a week, I'd gotten quite comfortable with the functionality of the whole thing. The 15.6 inch screen is so easy to read, that I don't even need to use my reading glasses.
Summary: I picked up this laptop as an open box unit at Best Buy for $330 after tax. My experience thus far has been great, with only a couple of minor exceptions. The trackpad tends to freeze up if you accidentally touch two separate areas of it without doing a two finger swipe gesture correctly. This may just be a driver issue. Also, when I am installing any program the keyboard responds very sluggishly to the point that it is unusable.
If the Windows 8.1 upgrade doesn't resolve my issues in this review, this puppy is getting formatted and turned into a Linux-box
4 December 2013
Summary: I don't understand why the trackpad is so huge and positioned to the left of my body center. (left of bellybutton) I'm not left handed and it's not only awkward to use, it's painful. There are no settings to let you set up your trackpad to use your normal hand orientations. the two-finger scroll is almost always unresponsive and has to be done exactly vertical.
Summary: EDIT: I have left a fantastic review below but start having problems with the unit. I called Samsung and they said I will have to exchange the laptop since there is something wrong and it is a manufacture defect. I have issues typing and using the mouse. Bummer! I will give it another chance though since I love it otherwise! Amazon is sending me another one and I'm sure it will be fine! I LOVE this computer otherwise! Version 3 Is awesome!
Summary: I snagged this puppy for a mere $434, which seems to be deal of century. Via Amazon's warehouse deals, and although listed as "used," seems new except for the non-Samsung box. The computer box was shipped to me in a grossly oversized and wasteful larger shipping box, which wasn't even needed. C'mon Amazon, get green! Very little bloatware, and comes with several useful utility programs not part of standard Windows 8.
Summary: Fairly new product and the price is very good compared to prices here in Australia. The problem with this machine is it ships with Windows 8 which is in my view unusable. In many instances you cannot install open source software such as the Gimp and many other reasons that currently make Windows 8 the most unpopular, sales wise, of all Windows operating systems. It is possible to install Windows 7 and the machine would in that circumstance be a very good buy.
Summary: For a general-purpose laptop, this series is probably as good as you'll get for the money. It's fast, quiet, doesn't get too hot, and seems fairly sturdy. It's perfectly serviceable for gaming, although some newer games (e.g. Bioshock Infinite) need to run at lower settings to get smooth performance. The screen is nice and sharp, although it has a fairly narrow viewing angle, the keyboard is responsive and has a nice feel to it, and the number pad is a nice addition.