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SAMSUNG ATIV Book 9 Plus Intel Core i5 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Lightweight, battery life good

Cons: Plagued by a number of issues, the Samsung Ativ book 9 series looks great and has potential, but is not ready for prime time:

-First experience out of the box: Samsung Touchpad has a bug in the driver software and you cannot use the top half of the touchpad.

I returned the unit to the factory and they claimed that they replaced the hardware and motherboard. However, when it came back the samsung ATIV book 9 touchpad bug is still present. Touchpad won't allow use of the top half of the touchpad in Win 8.1.

-Samsung support: When unit was returned for repair, it came back with a dent on the bottom of the unit. Samsung service didn't offer any compensation for the damage they caused on my new laptop.

-Doesn't ship with windows 8.1 so you need to spend the first hour upgrading it to 8.1.

-Hard drive storage: when you remove the bloatware on the PC, you end up with about 78GB of storage. Samsung stores backup of windows, etc in a protected area, making only around half of the 128GB available for your use.

Other Thoughts: If you can, wait to buy the next version of this unit. They are still working out the bugs with Windows 8.1 drivers.

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Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 500GB

Cons: -Started failure within 3 months of purchase
-Unreliable

Other Thoughts: Drive started to make 'crunching' sounds within 3 months, and started making faint 'beep' sound in my laptop recently.

I bought a Western Digital drive from NewEgg about a week ago and it is not only significantly faster on boot-up in my laptop, (about 20% it seems), but it is also very quiet. It cost a bit more, but I would go with the WD drive if you can.

I have always bought Seagate on desktop and laptops and been impressed with their quality. However, Seagate's 500GB momentus drives, although cheap, seem to have more problems than usual for Seagate.

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Zack S.'s Profile

Display Name: Zack S.

Date Joined: 01/28/08

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/10/10
  • Last Review: 01/19/14
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