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Samsung or Toshiba Laptop?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by hardXcore, May 12, 2011.

  1. hardXcore

    hardXcore Notebook Enthusiast

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    hi :)

    I'm searching for a good laptop, after a LOT of research i put my eyes on these laptops, they have almost the same specs:

    HP Pavilion DV6T DV6TQE (ATI HD 6770)
    Lenovo IdeaPad Y560P (ATI HD 6570)
    Satellite A665-S5183X (NVIDIA GT 540M)
    SAMSUNG RF711-S02 (NVIDIA GT 540M)

    all with core i7, the last two have a second generation cpu (sandy bridge) and they're faster.

    as for the HP "Pavilions" i've been told that it has some heating issues, the lenovo is good and it has a great sound system (JBL), haven't tried a lenovo laptop so i'm a bit worried.


    now i'm thinking of these two:

    Satellite A665-S5183X
    SAMSUNG RF711-S02

    differences:
    Samsung - Toshiba
    screen: 17.3" - 15.6"
    HDD: 750GB - 500GB
    Resolution: 1600 x 900 - 1366 x 768
    Memory: 4GB - 6GB
    Weight: 2.8KG - 2.3KG
    Bluetooth: Yes - No

    The samsung is a little bit better in some specs -higher resolution and bigger hdd capacity- but toshiba is better in memory and speakers (which is very important to me, since i'm a hard rock fan :D ). i'm not sure that toshiba has the better speakers but i need to make sure that the speakers of samsung is as good as toshiba's in clarity and bass. one thing i don't like about the samsung laptop, the screen size is somewhat big.

    so what do you think?
    thanks in advance ;)
     
  2. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    I would go for the dv6, and never heard of heat issues on the new dv6 line, the gpu is much better than what is being offered
     
  3. edit1754

    edit1754 Notebook Prophet

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    Consider these Sagers:

    Sager NP5160 Custom Laptop (Built on the Clevo W150HN) - GT 540M, 15.6" 1600x900 or 1920x1080
    Sager NP5165 - GT 555M, 15.6" 1920x1080
    Sager NP8130 (Built on Clevo P151HM1) Custom Sager Laptop - GTX 460M, 15.6" 1920x1080

    With these Sagers you get higher resolutions in the same screen size which is a huge plus.
    I'd suggest getting the thermal compound upgrade, and be sure to scroll down to the bottom and add +$90 for Windows 7 Home Premium or else it won't come with an OS.

    Do you need the laptop for gaming? or multimedia? For gaming I'd take the Sager NP5165 or NP8130.

    With the HP you'll be sacrificing screen resolution which benefits almost everything you could possibly do with a laptop, just for a gain in performance that only affects games. The NP5165's graphics card is a bit less powerful than the one in the HP, but you get a FHD screen. The NP8130's graphisc card is more powerful but you'll only get in the ~3 hour range in battery life rather than the ~5 hour range.


    If you're in the market for a great multimedia and moderate gaming notebook, take a look at the Dell XPS 15.
    XPS 15 - Intel Core i7 Laptop for High-Octane Entertainment | Dell
    There is one very important thing to pay attention to on this laptop: You must get the 1920x1080 B+RGLED screen upgrade. Not just because of the resolution, but because while this particular laptop's 1920x1080 B+RG screen is by far one of the best screens you can get on a notebook in this price range, the standard 1366x768 (non-upgraded screen) is awful and devoid of color. I've seen it myself, and many people on this forum who bought the laptop without upgrading the screen reviewed the 720p screen very poorly.

    The XPS 15 has some of the best speakers available and one of the best screens currently available in a consumer-class notebook (be sure to get the 1080p upgrade).
    The Sager NP5160 and NP5165's speakers aren't too great though.
    My suggestion: take the $1099 model on the link above which includes the 1080p screen, an i7 processor, BluRay, and a 2-year warranty,.. add the 540M graphics card if you can budget for it and require the computer for gaming, then apply the coupon code 0QZNX8B2J326BZ at checkout to save $100. That coupon code is set to expire soon though, but this $70-off coupon: 932N$0ZCCHWZB9 is set to last until the end of the month.

    if that ends up being too expensive, base off of the $799 model and add the 1080p screen first thing, then add whatever other upgrades fit into your price range. You can also downgrade to the basic service plan if you need to save an additional $55.
     
  4. hardXcore

    hardXcore Notebook Enthusiast

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    Mr MM thank you bro

    edit1754 thanks a lot man i appreciate your help, but i wanted an answer between the two (samsung & toshiba). dell is great and sound system is awesome (JBL) but it's more expensive despite it has the exact same specs. as for the resolution, i'll be fine with 1600 x 900 or even 1366x768 because i'll rarely plug it into my big samsung screen.
    "my usage: graphic design & video editing e.g. After effects, photoshop.. gaming e.g. black ops, battlefield bad company 2 "
     
  5. Caskey

    Caskey Notebook Geek

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    I would go with a Toshiba as i have 3 in my house and they have all ran very good The oldest one i have is a Satellite 5 years old and i have 2 year old portege and this year i bought a qosmio my little brother has a samsung and its been a pain for him. Overall im telling u hand down you will get more bang for your buck going Toshiba. They are also very very quiet notebooks! My little brother said is that running?

    I do have 2 46in led Samsung tvs but thats about all the more Samsung i will buy.

    Toshiba has good support to sometimes i just ask them question i know the answer to and they are quick to respond.

    OFF TOPIC:
    One time i waited on the phone for 4hrs will dell and alienware to get hung up on!
     
  6. hardXcore

    hardXcore Notebook Enthusiast

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    thanks caskey, maybe i'll go for the Toshiba, the speakers is one of the main reasons.
    samsung is a really good company, i have 3 LCDs & i'm happy with 'em. and i'm currently using a samsung laptop, bought it two years ago and it does the job with no single problem (i'm not advertising lol).

    forgot to mention, i was aiming at the Qomsio X505-Q894 but it's too heavy (nearly 5kg!!)
     
  7. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    there is the e420s which apparently left people baffled even without a subwoofer, its a dolby certified speakers
     
  8. hardXcore

    hardXcore Notebook Enthusiast

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    aha it's a lenovo. thanks for the info ^^
     
  9. pinksick

    pinksick Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'd go with Toshiba, Samsung is too new in the laptop industry and it takes time to build credibility.
     
  10. hardXcore

    hardXcore Notebook Enthusiast

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    hi pinksick,
    Samsung has greatly improved in the last years and it has high credibility & high quality products, i say that by experience.. the only thing that i liked about toshiba is speakers. if samsung has smiliar sound quality i would go for it no doubt. thanks for your reply :)
     
  11. danz207

    danz207 Newbie

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    Yes, the DV6's have a VERY SERIOUS overheating problem, mine has been sent off 3 times because it has gotten so hot that all 3 times it has broken the hinge! You think that i was on the couch where it had no ventilation but no.... i was on the table -.-

    I registered just to say that XD
     
  12. Bill Nye

    Bill Nye Know Nothing

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    I don't think heat is ever threatening enough to the point where it'd "break" a hinge. Sounds like you broke the hinge and tried blaming it on the heat.

    The only time you physically see deformities is "maybe" when something gets shorted, but even then, it's not enough to "break a hinge".

    @previous poster knocking Samsung: Samsung has a history of producing some of the best quality most innovative electronics. Their laptops have probably the lowest fail rate of any manufacturer, a testament to their quality control. And other electronics? TVs, monitors, everything, they're a premium line. And they're producing the best smartphone on the planet with the Galaxy S2, bar NONE.

    Yeah, you don't know what you're talking about at all.
     
  13. danz207

    danz207 Newbie

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    Why would i break my own hinge!? I am super careful with my things and the hinge broke so badly that i couldn't even close it to get sent off. Also the hinge is dislodged now and being sent off because it overheats!
     
  14. Bill Nye

    Bill Nye Know Nothing

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    How did the hinge break? Overheating? Unlikely.
     
  15. edit1754

    edit1754 Notebook Prophet

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    the current-gen pavilions? I haven't heard anything about overheating regarding the current-gens.
     
  16. danz207

    danz207 Newbie

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    Actually very likely! At first it's moved out of it's place by just a bit, then it gets worse and when i tried to close it, it came out all together and the frame case bent open.

    I bought mine in September last year. I dont know if it's 1st or 2nd gen, but if 2nd came out this year than mine's 1st gen.
     
  17. Bill Nye

    Bill Nye Know Nothing

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    How do you know it was from the heat?
     
  18. danz207

    danz207 Newbie

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    Because near the vent it gets super hot, i have a VGA port made of metal and when it overheats you could burn yourself on it! Also the hinge is made of metal, and i don't think its a coincidence that all 3 times it's been sent off for overheating the hinge had been broken.
     
  19. edit1754

    edit1754 Notebook Prophet

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    Then it's previous-gen. The previous-gen's, especially with the clarksfield processors, had serious overheating and fan noise issues. New ones are fine from all I've heard.
     
  20. mikebob

    mikebob Notebook Geek

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    Don't HP laptops run hotter than the usual category average? Im not saying that there is an overheating issue, but warm enough to be uncomfortable to be placed on bare skin under normal browsing conditions
     

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