Great hardware under 25k but for the occasional screen issue
by Nanda Kishor Velicheti on 2013-03-18
RAM-4GB/500GB/1GB-graphics under Rs. 25K. An excellent machine to start learning seriously using a lot of the open source software. Put 64-bit Ubuntu or Mint or run Knoppix in 64-bit mode with no issues (except for 3D compiz issue in knoppix 7.0.x as it does not recognize the hardware graphics correctly - you can still access all four workspaces using CTRL+ALT+ arrow keys; waiting to test on 7.1.0 when it is released as it might have better hardware detection for this type of hardware - meaning any AMD CPU + 1GB or more graphics RAM as this is the second machine of this type that has issues with knoppix 7.0.x not recognizing the graphics correctly while Ubuntu does better with proprietary driver that is tested by Ubuntu).
Ubuntu gives you a choice to enable a graphics driver tested by them to access full capability of graphics hardware. You can run at least two more Operating Systems on top of the base operating system of your choice using VMware Player or Virtualbox - an Ubuntu server in 512MB RAM and XP or Win7 in 512MB or 1GB RAM respectively. Of course you can also run any GNU/Linux desktop like knoppix 7.x or fedora 18 or test a newer one to see how it looks / works in an empty virtual machine with 1GB RAM.
Only hardware issue with the first piece I got was that the screen gets turned off with few horizontal lines showing before it goes into this state. Sometimes it came back on its own. While the laptop is in this state the VGA adaptor worked fine, i.e. the OS is still running fine you can still use the machine on an external monitor and shutdown safely after saving your work.
Flipkart is nice enough to follow-through on their 30-day replacement gurantee. I will add more if the replacement also has the same issue. Otherwise assume that the first one was a bad apple and a service center visit is needed to fix the issue in case the second one gets into the same trouble.
This piece came with one year international warranty. So if you save the bills and register it with Samsung, you may be able to get any issue addressed wherever you travel as long as they have a Samsung authorized service centre.
by Ashish Kapoor on 2013-08-03
Don't think much just get it !
I don't think there is any competition for this anywhere for the next two months of this review at least. Five stars from me.
Do download its drivers from the products website for best performance.
PS. Just wrote this review from the same.
Nice Lap. But its enourmous heat
by Anandharaj A on 2013-04-17
I was surprised when seeing the configuration of this model. And i am the fan for AMD. So immediately i had chosen this model for my personal use. After buying and start using, it producing very heat. I can not use it on my lap. I can use it on my desk only. So i think that this is a desktop, not a laptop. Anyway other than the heat factor, configuration vice, functionality vice, its amazing.
An excellent value for money laptop
by Sanjoy Chanda on 2013-09-26
The laptop has some amazing specs for the kind of price asked - 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD and 1GB graphics. It does not come with Windows preinstalled, which may be a reason why Samsung has priced it so low. You can easily install Win 7 if you have the CD or a bootable USB drive. All drivers are available from Samsung's laptop site, so installing an OS is pretty easy.
The screen resolution is good and graphics are excellent. Sound is not much, however, and there is a distinct tinny quality to the speakers.
I have not had any overheating problems so far. Checked out the battery one day, it lasts at least 5 hours if you are working on Word and emails. So I would say very good battery backup.
Overall I would say this is a very well built laptop. Im rating it 4 instead of 5 because of the sound quality, which could have been better.
very nice laptop.but gets heated soon
by flipkart customer on 2013-09-15
its a nice laptop.with good hardware.but it gets heated soon.
Good laptop but what about smart duos offer
by Pramod on 2013-07-27
Laptop looks good for 22k (10%cashback).
I have to still install Windows in this. The laptop has good speed.
But a it gets heated up quickly .
But anybody got offer for smart duos ? The phone is not available in samsung e store.
by Hrithik on 2013-07-08
yes this laptop can run game like fifa 3 and cod 4 ..its actually run any harcore game of till 2008 and soft game like fifa 13 as well as fifa 14 :D ..you ccan go for this laptop easyly ..just this laptop use enery too much.. its noy a energy star :P
Samsung NP305E5Z-S01IN Laptop
by abhidip mitra on 2013-06-09
First of all I have to thank for the flipkart for there excellent service.The pricing on flipkart is also lower than dealers shop The Display and Sound is awesome.Performance wise its good with Ubuntu and win 7.Both of them runs fine.But it producing very heat while running games
Query for current users
by Sayantan Ray on 2013-04-23
Does this laptop run games such as fifa 13, age of empires and call of duty-modern warfare??
I am a college student, and want a laptop within 25k, which can run ordinary games.....while also being useful for the normal everyday use.
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