Excerpt: If we hadn’t just spent time ogling HP’s Envy 17, we might have appreciated the Samsung RF710’s aesthetics more. After all, it too sports a sleek, sophisticated design. It’s just that everything about the RF710 looks low-rent compared to the Envy 17. That’s not so surprising, considering that the RF710 costs more than $1,000 less. The two notebooks have nearly the exact same dimensions, but the RF710 is a pound or so lighter.
Pros: Quad-core CPU; decent at games; lightweight for a 17-inch notebook; good price.
Cons: We’d prefer a 1920x1080 screen; GPU isn’t great for new games; glossy black lid means smudges.