by Karthikeyan C on 2013-05-23
After months of research and going back & forth on different models, from laptops to ultrabooks, across different brands, I finally settled on this one. Writing this review after almost a month of consistent usage.
(+) Slim profile, Lightweight - If you have been using regular (bulky) laptops for a while, then you will enjoy carrying this around.
NOTE - The VGA port sticks out on the left side, a bit annoying considering the design otherwise is fine. This is something the designers at Samsung should have paid more attention.
(+) Excellent battery - There have been days when I have used this without a single charge, almost 4 - 5 hrs. The laptop is new, so over the long haul, it should give 2 - 3 hrs. Still, its impressive, thanks to its low voltage processor.
(+) Great sound - I did not have any expectations when buying this model, but the results are truly impressive. You can enjoy watching online videos and movies without a need for headset.
(+) DVD drive - Not many ultrabooks carry a DVD drive, this one does.
(+) Touchpad - It feels great, almost as good as the Mac, and that's paying a big compliment. 2 finger scrolling also works fine.
(-) Performance - This is where this laptop disappoints. Maybe its the low voltage processor or the OS (Win7 HP). But there is a noticeable lag when using this machine. I have tried tweaking the Samsung battery settings for max. performance (lesser battery life), but the perf. is still not up to the mark.
ADVICE TO THE BUYER - Decide whether you want a slim, sleek laptop or a high performance. Its hard to get the best of both worlds without shelling out a lot of cash.
(-) Price - When I purchased this about a month ago, there was an offer going on, the TCO came to Rs. 47,500. Even then, the price tag made me think 10 times because there are a ton of other options out there.
With the current price of little over Rs. 52K, I have no idea what the boys at Samsung are smoking these days. With no change in specs, I'm not sure how the price hike is warranted. If anything, they need to deal out more discounts to make room for the next gen. of ultrabooks.
(-) Build Quality - The display lid doesn't feel sturdy at all.
Assuming the price comes down, this is a good buy for anyone who a slim, sleek laptop with long battery life. If you want performance, look elsewhere, go for the regular Intel i5 / i7 processors.
by Sanjoy Majumder on 2013-04-04
I purchased this ultra book after much research done online & consultations done with gadget geek friends. Using it now for the past 15 days & am proud that I chose this model. It is an robust performer with great features & superb looks. The 1.8kg weight allows easier carriage for a frequent traveler like me.
Have been a regular buyer at Flipkart & trusted them with the price & delivery.
An additional bonus was the Bank offer (used my HDFC Credit Card) which entailed an additional discount of Rs. 2500/- during the final payment.
This has W-7 HP OS & I believe it is more user friendly & security conscious compared to W-8. The corresponding W-8 model was costing some 6-7K more.
High performance in a modest budget
by Aditya Bhuyan on 2013-05-02
I purchased this laptop about couple months back. I was using HP Pavilion series laptop. I had decided to go for an Ultrabook this time around. Among other brands I looked into, I found this laptop particularly competitive with its features and price. Also, I choose this over the Win8 version. Win 8 didn't click for me. Its too flashy and un-productive. My decision to get this from Flipkart was its price. With all offers added, I got this for Rs 47500 while the lowest price in local market was Rs 53000! So far my usage is mostly around getting this ready for my use, movies, music, casual gaming, video chat and other mundane tasks. Its blazingly fast and efficient. No heating problems so far and I have clocked a good battery life of more then 3.5 hrs in a single change. Non-reflective screen is a big plus (HP had a glossy one). The mousepad supports gestures which were non-functional initially, but all it required was a small driver update. Now its functioning well. This feature saves a lot of taps and finger movements. Another problem, I am not able to solve yet is hibernation, which the default firmware doesn't support. The customer care did ask me to update the same from their service centers. One problem that is quite evident are the speakers. They are totally useless compared to the entire package. My HP laptop's speakers were far better. The bundled software are nice. I specially found the recovery solution very useful. It allows you to save state of the laptop so that it can be restored in future. This means that you will not loose on the additional software and settings done on the default system (saves a good lot of time and efforts!) Just to add at last, the Flipkart's specs above is missing one important detail. This laptop has a 24GB SSD drive (not accessible to user) in addition to 1 TB HDD which enables Ultrabook's one of the major features of booting in seconds. It works like a charm (at least in sleep mode). One tip, if you care. The laptop comes with a single partition HDD, which takes all of 1 TB of HDD(!!!). before you start using it, use your favorite partitioning tool to split these into at least 2-3 partitions. It will save you some memory and also in future if you need to restore, your data will not need backup (provided you have your data outside C drive)
SAMSUNG LAPTOP ..... WORST PRODUCT
by Ashwini Singh on 2013-04-22
I purchased a Samsung series 5 ultrabook . Motherboard and hard disk crashed in a month . It was a US purchase(Samsung assumes you should chain your ULTRABOOK in the purchased country) and it took me 1 month to get the parts .The very next day WiFi card failed. And this time the service station guy agreed to replace ...but now they saying they can not . Now they are asking to customer support again start the process again which is going to take another month.The worst service you can expect.
Best you can get for what you pay....
by Sidhesh Naik on 2013-02-06
Me staying in Goa
Ordered the lappy from Flipkart on 1st Feb @around 5pm in the evening & to my surprise it got delivered to me next morning SUPERFAST service from flipkart.
now about the lappy
1. well & premium built quality from Samsung just loved it.
2. Super fast boot up speed
3. Sound i think good & laud enough
4. Size - as it got optical drive it is slightly thicker but for me it just perfect & people plz dont compare it with Mac Air or Mac pro book
5. battery will survive more than 4-5hrs & me happy about that
Overall the lappy is fab & fun to use
If u planning to buy go for it & it comes with windows 7 instead of 8 7 i feel windows 7 is user friendly so no issues.
Thanks Flipkart & Samsung
perfect ultraportable laptop without any compromise...
by prasanna p on 2012-10-05
worth for the budget... its antiglare screen and express cache are gud... with 6gb memory and 1tb space its gonna grab the interest of the customers... with tis specification and thickness it also holds slot for optical drive which is really gud... it stand gud between a ultrabook and high performance model... touch pad is really gud and response is awesome...
Best ultrabook in this price range
by Ravi Dhabhai on 2013-07-29
I m using it for the last 2 months. Got it at a price of 46K with fast and efficient shipping of flipkart. This is a good machine with reasonably good specs. The booting time is very good and the laptop doesnt get heated. The only thing that bothers me is the fragile lid which shakes even under normal fan. Other than this, its perfect for my use.
by Nazmul Islam on 2013-06-21
I placed an order this product when the price slashed down of Rs. 46060 (can be avail 5% off on purchasing credit/debit card).
so the ultimate value Rs.43757
Sleek, Good Specifications - Lightning Fast shipping
by Parth Merchant on 2013-05-27
Overall this is a good laptop within the budget, managed to book on a day with 5% discount.
1. Specifications are as good as any available within the price range
2. Optical Drive on an ultra-book is extremely good
3. Boot is super fast.
4. Keyboard is well spaced-out and typing is comfortable.
5. Battery gives a more than 3.5 hours of back-up on full charge under Optimized setting.
6. Anti-glare is for true and works extremely well.
1. Claimed multi-touch track-pad is as good as non-functional.
2. Samsung offers only a one time extension of Warranty.
Last but not the least, Flipkart deserves a thumps-up for ultra-fast shipping as always,
by Arun Patil on 2013-05-25
I purchased this machine from flipkart as its price was less than local stores.
This machine's performance is awesome. My development IDEs for Mirco-Controller run very smooth on this machine. All other softwares run faster. I installed ubuntu alongwith Windows 7 & that also runs very fast on this machine.
Initially I felt that the system was slow. But after building cache in SSD for frequently used programs, its speed increased significantly.
Samsung has provided all the necessary softwares & drivers to make this machine easy to use. Drivers are available for Win XP too.
Battery backup is great. I can use this machine for more than 4 hours in a single charge. Only 15% battery was consumed when machine was kept in sleep mode for 24 hours.
Only negative thing is that the machine heats considerably at the bottom side. This may be because of its processing power. But it is not expected from an ultrabook.
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