I bought a Samsung Laptop in Nov 2012, the one they had on sale in Staples. It had power problems. Had to ship it to Texas for repair. 45 days gone by and my Laptop is still not repaired yet. They won't give a replacement because the laptop qualifies for replacement if it comes for service more than 2 times. They can't repair because they have not yet received the part.
Currently using my 6 year old trusted Toshiba. I have used 3 toshiba's and one HP so far no complaints on both these companies.
It is your call if you want to buy a Samsung Laptop and suffer.
I bought this same laptop for $350 in Nov 2011. Its pretty decent for general browsing and watching movies. One of the few downsides is that it can get very warm if you're watching HD videos or light gaming.
Wow, this laptop is that old?
Does this laptop have gigabit ethernet? It doesn't say on Best Buy's page and this must be an exclusive Best Buy model as I see no info on it anywhere else.
Going over the spec's, it's an updated model of the one I have (they look very very similar), so I'm not sure when it came out. It's not on Samsung's website. Mine has Gigabit ethernet, so I could only imagine that this would would too.
VISION Technology by AMD
Makes your digital photos and Web sites look amazing and gives a boost to digital music playback.
AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics
For optimal performance.
4GB DDR3 dual-channel memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display
With CineCrystal technology, 1366 x 768 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics
With up to 512MB shared video memory support Unified Video Decoder 3.2 (UVD3.2), OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL 3.2, OpenEXR High-Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 5.0 and Microsoft DirectX 11; HDMI output.
Media control function keys
Offer quick and easy access to commonly used functions.
1.3MP HD webcam with built-in microphone
Captures video in 1280 x 1024 resolution and makes it easy to chat with and send video mail to family and friends.
Multiformat digital media card reader
Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Bluetooth 4.0 + HS interface
Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs only 5.7 lbs. and measures just 1.3" thin
For easy portability. Numeric keypad enables you to quickly type numbers.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Adobe Reader 10 and more. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 also included (product key card required for activation; sold separately).
ENERGY STAR qualified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
AMD, AMD Arrow logo, AMD Athlon, AMD PowerNow!, HyperTransport and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
aren't these the same specs for the same price, just different manufacturer?
The case is pretty cheaply made. Already I've noticed that the headphone jack on the right hand side is warped and catching on fabric and my couch. If I run my hand along the side I can feel the sharp plastic sticking out. Not sure how to fix that as I imagine it will crack if I try to file the warped piece.
I booted it up today and have been doing some google and bing searches. The keyboard takes getting use to because the keys are so spaced out. I actually had to turn a light on so I could see the keys due to so many errors in the dark. It just takes getting use to, it's no major deal breaker. I also have to get use to the touchpad because my wrists keep hitting it and sending me all over the page. What I do find annoying is the placement of the home key right next to the alt key. I do keep hitting that while typing and it send me to the home page... ugh.
It takes a bit to boot up, but it looks like I will need to tweak some things in order to speed that up.
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