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SAMSUNG ATIV Book 9 Plus Intel Core i5 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3
  • neweggOwned 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.

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

Pros: 500GB

Cons: -Started failure within 3 months of purchase

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.


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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