Argh I am p!ssed I missed this one... I am needing to replace my Dell Inspiron 1545 (Intel T4400 2.2ghz Dual Core, 4GB DDR2 (2x2GB), 250GB 5400rpm HDD, Intel GM45HD Integrated GPU with 256MB GDDR5 and 1280MB DDR3-shared, and Win7 Home Premium 64bit). My Dell is my web-browsing, school/work computer, and it functions fine, but it is starting to get a bit long-in-the-tooth. I was pleased with the benefits of a 16GB Readyboost Flash Drive as it seemed to "perk it up" a bit (flash drive performs at 19MBs/Write and 28MBs/Read for random 4K and maxes out the USB2.0 Bandwidth practically during sustained large reads/writes; according to my own testing...).
Samsung has been making nicer and nicer laptops IMO, and their screens are top-of-the-line, which I can attest to with my Galaxy Nexus and its >320ppi; yet, for TV's I think LG is best, and Dell Ultrasharp Monitors reign supreme for HD Video/Photo editing (workstation has 3 of them, 27" I-IPS 1440p monitors powered by 4 ATI 6970's in CFX; gaming PC uses a 27" Samsung 1920x1200p 16:10 LED-LCD 120hz 2ms Monitor with a 47" LG LED-LCD 1080p 120hz 4.5ms display wall-mounted for use with the PC for either gaming or video use).
Oops, got off topic again...
Anyway, this Samsung Laptop is a good deal at $699, but would be an absolute STEAL at $500...
Now is not really the best time to be getting a laptop anyway, with Ivy Bridge due from Intel in, what, 2 months or less? On top of that, the Kepler Architecture GPU's from NVidia are going to be hitting the street within a similar time frame, and while I generally prefer ATI(AMD) cards, the new GTX680/670/660/650 will at least make prices more competitive.
All said and done, I will be holding out on a laptop purchase until summer... Which, considering 95% of my laptop use is as a "desktop replacement", means I will be snagging up the following from MSI/ASUS/etc:
- i7-3970QXM 2.6-3.5ghz Quad-Core CPU (8MB L3 Cache and Integrated Intel HD5000 GPU for Hybrid-SLI/-CrossFireX)
- 16GB DDR3-1833 SODIMM RAM
- ATI HD7990M 4GB GDDR5 GPU
NVidia GTX680M 3GB GDDR5 GPU
- 2x (RAID0) Hybrid 1TB(+40GB SSD Cache) HDDs
- 17.3" LED-LCD 1080p Screen
- HT/Creative 7.1ch THX/Dolby/DTS 192khz/32bit Audio Processing Unit
Sit it down on my CoolerMaster aluminum "modular" laptop cooler with 2 180mm moveable fans and 2-/4-port USB2.0/3.0 hub, plug in Cat6E cable from Gigabit Port on router, plug in my trusty (wired) Logitech laser mouse, and have the ultimate in semi-portable computing! HAHAHAA