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Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook listed at US retailer for $900, 'coming soon'

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by REMF, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. joeyl

    joeyl Notebook Geek

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    RWUK, good deal on making the noises quieter. I was too excited to get my laptop back together but I do have some artic silver that I will use for the heatsink, maybe this week end

    Anderson, the hinges don't move once they are in position, they just wobble a bit before settling, and it is not a problem but could be a sign that it could get worse because the hinges are not superstiff. I think I may buy a squaretrade warranty on the laptop and call it a day!
     
  2. RWUK

    RWUK Notebook Evangelist

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    Anderson, I'll second joeyl's comments about the screen. It doesn't creep and won't move at all unless you move it (or the whole laptop) first.
     
  3. andersonjacob54

    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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    Ok, that's good news, thanks.
     
  4. badmann

    badmann Notebook Guru

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    All portable computers are in some aspect a compromise on something. The MBA has a lot going for it, but it does not have USB3/HDMI/GBLAN so that computer is also not the perfect one.

    .:tHe.oNe:. - does not exist.

    Samsung Series 5 gets really really close.

    I had mine for 30-days and have now returned it. The plastic around the usb ports was falling apart. I cannot believe that this computer will stay in on piece for a year.

    The money is back in the bank. Im now using my old old Core2Duo Acer 12" witch now is 3 years old and going strong, with GBLAN port :)
     
  5. douya

    douya Newbie

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    does anyone know where the 14" series 5 is compatible with sata 3 ?

    intending to upgrade to SSD but doesnt want it to be underutilized.
     
  6. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    There is a comprehensive review of the Series 5 at Notebookcheck. The hinges get mentioned.

    John
     
  7. andersonjacob54

    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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    Nice find. I love that website, I usually check there first for reviews.
     
  8. joeyl

    joeyl Notebook Geek

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  9. andersonjacob54

    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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    Does anyone know what type of DDR3 RAM this laptop requires? On Newegg, there are about 3-4 different listings for DDR3.
     
  10. Vladimir Sirin

    Vladimir Sirin Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm considering buying the 13" model but I have a few questions:

    1. Can one use Wifi and Bluetooth simultaneously without any issues?
    2. How does the combined microphone in/headphone out work? Can I only use one at the time, or does it come with a converter plug that lets you put in both a microphone and an headphone? I have a Sennheiser headset with 2 plugs that I would like to use.
    3. Does the laptop ever get uncomfortably warm when you use it (maximum performance) on your lap?
     
  11. andersonjacob54

    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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    1. Most people don't have any issues.
    2. I'm pretty sure you can only use one at a time, and the laptop does not include a converter (you need to buy that yourself).
    3. According to badmann, it does get quite a bit warm (not excruciating) underneath after heavy use.
     
  12. joeyl

    joeyl Notebook Geek

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    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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  14. Vladimir Sirin

    Vladimir Sirin Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you!
     
  15. joeyl

    joeyl Notebook Geek

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    the laptop is running perfect and the fan is dead quiet. However since the Samsung repair center touched it, I have a lot of scratches on the edges where they pried it open and this has been bothering me. I called Samsung, and they said they would fix it if I send it back. I have to find a time to do that :)
     
  16. RWUK

    RWUK Notebook Evangelist

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    I'll echo joeyl here, mine is running great too. I spent about a week with Windows before I decided to keep the laptop. Now I have Linux Mint exclusively but I saved the Samsung restore partition. Compared to my Core 2 Duo P8600 with an ATI card & 7200RPM hdd, it's very fast. Other than about 15 seconds from off to usable desktop on the Samsung compared to about 25 on my old Dell, there's no discernable difference I can see in performance. Great heat management (I'm really impressed by that actually) and the only part of the computer you feel heat on is the towards the back center (top above keyboard and bottom) and it's far from what I'd describe as uncomfortable.

    The only thing that doesn't work w/Linux is the wifi & fan control key combos and I had to change a Pulseaudio config file so mute/unmute worked. I'm not worried about wifi buttons since even in Windows, Fn+F12 for wifi just gave you Samsung's control program and you had to then switch the radio on or off. Now it's just middle click on the network icon, enable/disable wireless. done.

    The fan is very quiet. I've not done any video encoding yet which would be an overnight thing, but I feel no lag with anything (/ is on the ssd, /home is on the hdd), the fan isn't constantly ramping up and then back down, and video playback in vlc is great. That does get the fan going but it's easily drowned out in background noise unless the room is dead silent.

    Battery life is about 4 hours on kernel 3.2 but I've not spent time tweaking anything special for power managememnt. I like the touchpad a lot. The button clicking is kinda loud but multi-finger tap and scrolling work perfect so I stick with those. I really like the matte screen. I look at all the Macbook Pros reflecting everything nearby, then I feel good about my Samsung. I'm glad I kept this and though it feels a bit brittle at times (coming from a 7 lb behemoth), no problems so far with anything coming apart or breaking.
     
  17. andersonjacob54

    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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    That's really good news, man. That's exactly what I needed to hear. I'm also planning on putting on using OpenSuse as my main OS with 100 GB for Windows 7.

    I don't think I'll ever really end up using the fan control setting. I bet it's pretty cool, but I don't think I will have a need for it, especially after everyone tells me the machine runs quiet anyways. I mean my old computer was a giant 16" Studio XPS that started to get pretty loud as it overheated over the years, and I also had to use a notebook cooler so that added fan noise too, so this sounds like a big relief.

    This wifi setting is something I can see myself using frequently (when I'm away from home and trying to save battery). But if it doesn't work because it doesn't control the radio setting directly, then it's no big deal since I can just disable wifi through the OS.

    The fan turning up running VLC is pretty funny, but doesn't sound so bad.

    A battery life of 4+ hours sounds very good to me. All my previous computers have been entertainment/gaming notebooks that could barely last 2 hrs. So twice the battery life from that sounds great. The weight is also really nice. I was getting real tired of carrying a 6 lb laptop everyday. With the extra weight, it's still probably going to be stronger than the Samsung (which is natural), but I think I can take good care of a computer and be just fine.

    I've read a lot of flaws about this computer because no computer is perfect, but it's good to know it's not all bad.
     
  18. RWUK

    RWUK Notebook Evangelist

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    Nice, I've been meaning to try Opensuse, just haven't gotten around to it. A quick warning, the ssd isn't bootable according to the BIOS menu, so make sure you install the bootloader on the hdd. My first install didn't boot bc I put grub onto the ssd.
     
  19. andersonjacob54

    andersonjacob54 Notebook Guru

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    Got it, thanks for the tip. I've ordered the laptop. I should receive it by Tuesday.
     
  20. pcgeek86

    pcgeek86 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just got mine off eBay today for $720 :) Pretty happy with the price. Not too happy about the display resolution.

    Also looking for a HDD bay to replace the optical drive in the 14" Series 5. Anyone?
     

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