Sleek and appealing design, Sturdy and well-built chassis
The 15.6-inch Samsung Ativ Book 6 is a mainstream notebook designed to address the needs of a broad user base. The build quality is high and the aluminum and fiber glass design is sturdy, sleek, and visually appealing. Too bad there wasn't enough room for Samsung to include an optical drive.
Unique Casing, Strong Performance
There's a lot to like about the Samsung ATIV Book 6. The device may not offer an incredibly thin form factor, but it's built well and the cobalt blue casing provides a nice unique aesthetic that is all too hard to find in today's market. Best of all the Samsung ATIV Book 6 boasts incredible performance along with its sleek visuals.
Defective but otherwise good
So in quick summary computer initially has lots of wifi issues/drop-outs and is prone to become a bit hot/noisy under heavy loads. Unable to turn off keyboard back-lighting during the night and smudging is pretty common on the casing (but not too bad). Battery life was about 4.5 hours in my case which is alright considering the i7 and graphics card inside this laptop.
Great battery life for its size, Balanced performance
The ATIV Book 6 comes close to being an exceptional mid-range machine. It's classy, beautiful, offers good battery life, and has the potential to serve as a potent content creation machine or even a medium-duty gaming rig. But its exceptionally reflective LCD and the sluggish 5400RPM hard drive detracted from the experience for us. At around $1100, we simply expected a more fluid performance across the board.
Matte display, Low weight, Price-performance ratio
It could have been perfect: low weight, decent enough build quality, long battery life, good looks, a dedicated graphics card, and a good price-performance ratio - we even would have overlooked the lack of stability and rigidity in the design. The multimedia notebook manages to get most things right and could have been a very good solution for watching movies, editing videos, and the occasional gaming.
Big bang for a little buck
This laptop is great. It arrived promptly in perfect condition, and when I booted it up it was easy to see I was going to love it. I agree with the critical reviews--Windows 8 is the most impractical operating system for a laptop/desktop...it's a drastic shift from the old ways and makes everything so much more complicated than it has to be. But I won't dock points on the machine that it came installed on for that fact; samsung is just trying to keep with the times.
Excellent Display, Strong General and 3D Performance
Samsung's entry into the gaming specific world of mobile computing with the Series 7 Gamer certainly offers a premium experience with a corresponding $1900 price tag. Performance is excellent thanks to the core i7 processor, 16GB of memory and GeForce GTX 675M graphics. In addition to this, Samsung packs in lots of storage features with 1.5TB of storage space and a Blu-ray drive. Probably the best feature is the screen that is bright and colorful but not washed out.
Comfortable keyboard & touchpad
Samsung's Series 7 Gamer takes a new third-gen Ivy Bridge processor, updated NVIDIA graphics and a beautiful 17.3-inch full HD display and makes one powerful gaming laptop. While not only for gaming, this laptop is a definite desktop replacement powerhouse that delivers the best performance we've seen from a laptop, earning it a rare perfect score in our books.
Provides solid performance.
The Samsung Series 7 laptop is going to be easily confused as being a MacBook Pro 15 clone. It shares many similarly features and appearances but it will retail for hundreds less at $1299. The base display and graphics are a step above the competition and it offers a few unique items such as the ExressCache function. It certainly makes compelling option for those that would like a compact but full features laptop.
Good rocessing power.
On the whole, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos performed almost as well as the last 15-inch MacBook Pro we tested (2011). Plus, it sells at a lower price. It has a good finish, powerful components (processor and graphics card), a matte screen and a decent battery life for a laptop this size.
I've had this laptop for about 2-3 weeks now, and all is good so far. Only time will tell about the long-term quality and reliability of the internal components. My primary usage pattern for a laptop is internet access, MS Office apps, and playback of iTunes music and video. For this, the unit is plenty sufficient. But note that this unit is not built for high quality audio and video.
But even so, its strong underlying performance makes the laptop worth considering for general-use, midrange buyers.
The Samsung Q430 skimps on the display and ports, but strong performance and battery life do much to offset that problem. The Samsung Q430 skimps on the display and ports, but strong performance and battery life do much to offset that problem. Gateway finally racks up some style points with this mainstream laptop, which also delivers good performance. The Asus N82Jv has good graphics, a nice screen, and a USB 3.0 port. If only it weren't so heavy.
We can't find anything that's really wrong with the Samsung Q430. Some aspects of it are bog-standard, such as the trackpad and the port selection, but otherwise it's an impressive machine, and buying one won't cost you the Earth. Overall, then, it's ace.
If you want a machine that's more portable, check out the smaller but similarly excellent Samsung Q330. Bear in mind, however, that the Q330 doesn't offer great graphical performance.
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