"REAL WORLD ISSUES, BUT GREAT SPECS MAKE IT JUST AVERAGE"2.5 starson by CNETwhatchdog
Pros: - i5 works great
- Top notch keyboard
- Minimal bloat wear
- Samsung utilities work well
- Speakers / Sound respectable
- It is FAST FAST FAST over all
- Battery life is very good
- DVD drive very fast and low noise
Cons: -The Screen
- Mirror, has worst reflection ever
- Colors are washed out
The Touch pad
- Hard to use
- Too sensitive
- Pointer jumps
- Impossible to highlight and copy
- Gestures just ok
- Poor Clicking on pad
Summary: The Bottom line is that this is very good machine with very good specs, but the two of the three interface devices(screen, keyboard, touch pad) preform at an unacceptable level. I want to love this laptop but the fact is that the screen and touch pad have issues that I am unable to get past.
The screen is a mirror! I can see every thing that is going on behind me all the time, and that is just annoying as H - - L! Watching a movie is or video that is not super bright (like a daylight scene) is like staring in the mirror. Adjusting the angel of the screen does not change the reflective nature of this screen. FULL SCREEN WEB BASED VIDEO FLICKERS! Samsung is supposed to be fixing this? DVD playback was less than average, the picture was grainy and washed out
THE TOUCH PAD
The only thing that I can say about this touch pad is; "NICE TRY". The one piece design makes clicking difficult and inaccurate. The sensitivity of this touch pad is also off the wall, the pointer jumps and scrolling is jumpy. I have no idea why the whole pad clicks but does nothing unless your up at the extrema front outer corners. The pad commonly cannot distinguish between a left and right click, and trust me this one will drive you our of your mind! (For what it is worth the two finger scrolling work OK, not great but OK).
The final thing that kills me is the stupid power cord connection at the laptop, after only a couple of days the plug is loose to the point that the screen would dim because it repeatedly fell out of the laptop.
I am puzzled how this laptop got such excellent reviews around the net. Either they did not use it long enough or they looked at the hardware and the price and went that a great deal. Or they just thought is was a macbook.
My last major complaint is that the palm rest and the keyboard frame are plastic not the nice brushed aluminum that is used on the lid and the first two inches of the keyboard deck.
On paper this is one heck of a laptop but the complete uselessness of the touch pad and the super mirror screen kill its day to day usability. I am sorry but this laptop is not worthy of being called a top pick. It's a shame samsung came so close but close does not cut it for my daily computing needs or yours!