Key Features: Anodised aluminium chassis; 14in 1366 x 768 matt screen; Dual-core Core i5, 4GB RAM; Up to 1TB 7200rpm/16GB SSD hybrid HDD; Optical drive, USB 3.0, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet

Manufacturer: Samsung

specs
Quick Glance
Display 14
Processor Core i3-i7 (This model Core i5-2467M)
Memory (RAM) 4
Solid State Drive (SSD) 16
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 500-1000
Type Ultraportable/Ultrabook
Processor, Memory & Storage
Processor Core i3-i7 (This model Core i5-2467M)
Memory (RAM) 4
Solid State Drive (SSD) 16
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 500-1000
Hard Disk Drive Speed 7200
DVD Optical Drive Yes
Blu-ray Optical Drive No
Graphics & Sound
Graphics Intel integrated HD 3000
Display 14
Display Finish Matt
Communication
Ethernet Gigabit
Wi-Fi N
Mobile Broadband/3G No
Bluetooth 3.0
Webcam HD
Connectivity
HDMI Yes
VGA 1
DisplayPort 0
Software
Operating System Windows 7
Other
Type Ultraportable/Ultrabook

Jon Williamson

March 2, 2012, 9:47 pm

I am sorely tempted by an ultrabook - but is it my imagination, or do none of them have built in 3G connectivity? This is key for me on the move...

prowan743

March 3, 2012, 6:47 am

I think anyone considering this laptop should also consider Sony's S Series, which is virtually identical in size and weight to the Samsung (though not classified as an 'Ultrabook', since the term was not around when it was launched a year ago).

https://secure.trustedreviews....

It features dedicated graphics, keyboard backlighting, a higher resolution screen (1600x900 on the SA series), an optical drive (with Blu-Ray if you want it) and an SSD also available. It can also be configured with wireless WAN, JonWill, which will give you built-in 3G connectivity. There is also an optional battery slice to extend the battery life. It can be customised to your hearts content on the Sony website and is also keenly priced (I believe Sony will probably launch a new version in the coming months). I'm in the market for something along the lines of the Samsung so it's a toss up between this and the Sony for me. Would be interested to hear the thoughts of the TR team on this.

TechVegan

March 3, 2012, 2:43 pm

@JonWill:
Totally with you there, a dongle is not always an ideal solution.
You're right, there are very few 3G options at the moment. However, if you can hold on just a little longer it will be finding its way into many Ultrabooks this year - in fact we should be reviewing the first one soon(ish). :)
If you do want something now, prowan743's suggestion is good, or you could go for the http://www.trustedreviews.com/... which is one of the cheapest and best 3G-enabled laptops we've encountered.

@prowan743:
It's a good alternative - as long as you don't mind the noise. Is an optical drive something you're particularly after?

Williamn

April 1, 2012, 8:24 am

I have a Samsung laptop and they are usually good.

mage

March 4, 2013, 3:06 am

DOES this laptop have a Dedicated Graphic Processor

Ishita N.

August 26, 2013, 6:15 pm

At first the specs and pricing of this laptop looks good and tempting to
buy. But this laptop is made for cheap components and will stop
working soon after its warranty period. In 9 months my HDMI stopped
working. They replaced the entire motherboard. 4 months after that, my
laptop stopped supporting standby and hibernate modes due to faulty
chip on motherbaord. Warranty had expired so I was asked to cough up
1/3rd the cost of the brand new laptop just for the motherboard. My
argument was that the motherboard was replaced 4 months back and should
have lasted atleast another year. My argument fell on deaf years.
Another 15 days and my hard disk has stopped working too. Cheap
components and poor replacements makes this laptop not a long term buy.
Buyer beware.

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