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SAMSUNG ATIV Book 6 NP680Z5E-X01US Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 3635QM (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8770M 1GB 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The laptop is fairly lightweight and has a pretty sleek design to it. Samsung has been gearing towards a more "Mac-like" aesthetic professional look lately and this one doesn't disappoint. The display is quite pretty with its 1080p resolution and the touchscreen is more practical for general web browsing than I originally thought it would be. The touchscreen also works quite well with Windows 8's interface. USB 3.0 transfers are fast and there is more than enough space for the average user. Generally, it functions as a good laptop for web browsing, media, and school/business purposes.

Cons: While there are some good features about this laptop, they aren't good enough given the price. 1080p resolutions are more or less industry standard as well as USB 3.0, the speakers, although decent sounding, tend to be on the quiet side and are prone to crackling, the touchscreen, although neat, is still a bit of a novelty, the battery life is a little on the disappointing side even with maximum battery life saving features enabled, coming in around 4 to 5 hours, no physical media drives, no SSD, upsettingly slow 5400 RPM HDD, and overall slow response time.

Given all of this, I'm left wondering what I paid for at the current price. The things that make this laptop good can be found at much cheaper prices and the things that make it bad come as a result of it falling short where it should have excelled. The most frustrating thing was easily the slow response times which, although heavily affected by the sub-par hard drive, was still ranging in the realm of unacceptable. A laptop at this price and with these specs should not make its user wait several minutes before it can manage to launch a web browser or use the function keys to adjust the brightness. Speaking of brightness, it was usually messed up as a result of "power saving mode" which not only barely benefited battery life but also slaughtered the laptop's performance. Ultimately, this lead me to believe it was a problem with the Windows 8 on this particular machine. I have other Windows 8 machines and they run flawlessly, but it was not the case on this laptop. In the end, I purged Windows 8 from the laptop and installed the latest version of Ubuntu which lead to a phenomenal increase in general performance and usability. However, I would not buy this laptop again.

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Logitech M325 910-003120 Vivid Violet Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Optical Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This exactly what it's advertised as: a mouse with good battery life. It's comfortable, durable, and will easily serve its purposes as a general computer mouse.

Cons: None

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TOSHIBA Qosmio X775-Q7170B Notebook Intel Core i5 2450M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 17.3
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This laptop is a genuine powerhouse. I orginally bought this model as a refurb a few months ago as a complete gaming desktop replacement, and it didn't disappoint. At the time, my main game of choice was Skyrim, which the i5 and GTX 560m can handle flawlessly at reasonable settings (I value FPS over
unnecessary settings). Although the overall performance is basically a given with specs like these, the sound was a real standout in this Qosmio. The internal speakers can crank out virtually any genre at maximum volume with high fidelity except the most extreme drum and bass and dubstep. For the latter genres, I use professional grade headphones. It should be noted that, when it comes to headphone jacks not all laptops are the same: the Qosmio consistently gave me better sound quality through the same headphones than on my friend's 2011 Macbook Pro. The display I would mark as fair (not a Retina Display, by any means, but still good) and the overall general use speed as fast.

Cons: Finding cons with such an overall solid laptop like this is being very picky, but alas no computer is perfect. I suppose my main gripe is the general look of the laptop: it has a look to it that kind of screams "this is a gaming laptop!" At LAN parties, I'm okay with this, but I also use this laptop for school and it looks kind of ridiculous when in a classroom with people who have small netbooks and Macbooks. Also, the shell is REALLY glossy so even if you take great pains in ensuring this laptop is well taken care of, it will accumulate scratches on the gloss over time that make it look worn.

Other Thoughts: The Qosmio x775 is really meant to be a desktop replacement and not a casual use laptop. This being said, one has to be prepared to handle the weight of a powerful 17.3" laptop. However, if gaming is one of your primary uses the weight should be the least of your concerns. I have a friend who has a $1700 juggernaut of a desktop that he rarely uses because it's too heavy to move for LAN parties. Instead he uses a terrible Gateway laptop from two or three years ago. It should also be mentioned that the battery life of this laptop is respectable (around 2.5 to 3 hours) when not using the GTX 560m.

On a different note, I have been running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on this laptop for about two months now. With a little bit of work, the Qosmio can still be a powerhouse on Linux despite being built specifically for Windows. Unfortunately, I have yet to get the subwoofer or backlit keyboard to work with Ubuntu. However, it is possible to get the nvidia optimus card to reasonable functionability.

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Display Name: Nathan A.

Date Joined: 05/03/12

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 05/09/12
  • Last Review: 10/19/13
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