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Portable Samsung 9 series

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bladesingerz, 13 Dec 2012.

  1. Bladesingerz

    Bladesingerz Member

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    Hey everyone so I'm leaving soon on a internship in then USA soon and will be buying an ultrabook there for my sister. Her main use will be browsing, writing and some amature photoshop use.

    Will She have a good value with the Samsung 9 series?

    Also on a side note will I be able to use PSU's and laptop chargers when I get back to europe, if I just switch the power cord?

    Thanks
     
  2. aLtikal

    aLtikal 1338-One step infront of the pro's

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    I bash apple an awful lot and i am far from being a fanboy - but my brother just bought a retina macbook pro 15" and i absolutely ripped into him for buying it - untill after doing my research i had to swallow my pride because currently its the best ultrabook lappy on the market - and its not a rip off either. If you cant stand OSX, just install windows on it :)
     
  3. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    While I agree with you, partially. The MacBook Pro cost a fortune (the one with retina display), near 3000$. Beside that, When you install Windows, you have to use Apple special Windows drivers. Normal drivers from the manufacture don't work on Apple products. These Apple drivers are terrible. I think FINALLY Windows 7 drivers are fine. Windows 8 BSOD non stop. Apple does it on purpose. They don't want Windows to outshine MacOS. So basically, if you want the best Windows experience on a mac, you have to be almost 1 version behind on what is out.
     
  4. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Yes. All power supplies have active power factor correction nowadays, and that implies automatic input voltage selection. You should double check it before buying though -- the small text on a sticker on the power supply states the input voltage range.
     
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  5. Bladesingerz

    Bladesingerz Member

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    I'm not a big fan of the Mac OS but it was my sisters first choise. One of the problems I have with it that if she ever has a problem with it me or my father will not be able to help her out, since I know nothing about the OS.

    But are you guys suggesting I buy a Mac Book Pro? That isn't really an ultrabook, its more a laptop. One of the requirements is that it has to be very portable and light.
     
  6. Sheiken

    Sheiken Wat?

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    I am a huge pc nerd, always have been, always will be.

    but NOTHING (in my experience, mind you) compares to a mbp. The feel and the guality outshines everything. While I enjoy my computers, I never get attached to them the same ways as I do to my mbp. I enjoy it everytime I use it. That is a rare feeling nowadays.
     
  7. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Macs have mirror-like screens, which will annoy you unless you use the computer in a dark environment, which is rarely the case with a laptop.

    You cannot upgrade or replace any of the hardware on Apple products either. The newest Macbooks have the battery and RAM soldered in. The SSD cannot be swapped to a non-Apple supplied one because TRIM only works on Apple SSDs for some reason.
     
  8. Sheiken

    Sheiken Wat?

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    This only applies to the retina models. The "regular" 13 and 15" mbps are as upgradeable as other laptops.
     
  9. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Fair enough. But the issues with the reflective screens, the SSDs, and Windows drivers still stand.
     
  10. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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  11. Sheiken

    Sheiken Wat?

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    Trim is even enabled on my hackintosh.
     
  12. Bladesingerz

    Bladesingerz Member

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    Guys the mac book pro looks good, but it costs 1800 USD, wich is way to much. Won't the Samsung 9 series be enough for my specifications?
     
  13. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    How much are you dropping on a Samsung 9-Series? Is it equivalent to £1,000?
     
  14. Bufo802

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    From the amazon link it's around $1000 which is a slightly different range to any macbook pro, the samsung 9 series looks good but might want to check if any new ultrabooks have come out with windows 8.
     
  15. rollo

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    The Samsung 9 series and MacBook Air are similar prices in uk at least just shows how much we get ripped off.

    In the $1000 budget range the 9 series is a nice laptop the only worry in reviews is battery life, they only got 7hrs on the tests that anandtech ran, if that's enough for you it's a decent buy. For me personally that would not be the case.

    As for eu USA thing depends entirely if its a power brick that powers it on mains or its just a charger that chargers the battery

    Power brick would need an eu specification brick
    A charger would require a eu lead

    The later one is alot cheaper than a new power brick.
     
  16. Bladesingerz

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    I rather have Windows 7 than 8 to be honest, I really dislike the features of 8.

    I'll put the prices of the Samsung and Mac side my side:
    Samsung 9 - 15" - 1140 USD = 871 EUR = 706 GBP
    Mac Book Pro - 13" - 1199 USD - 916 EUR - 743 GBP
    Mac Book pro - 15" - 1799 USD - 1375 EUR - 1115 GBP

    Its quite a big price gab, atleast if you compare the 15" models
     
  17. rollo

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    15 is retina display is the big difference.

    And in the uk its £1500 give or take a few pence for a retin equipped MacBook
     
  18. Bladesingerz

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    doesn't look like it, you can chose a 13" or 15" with retina display, and they are pricy!

    13" - 1700 USD - 1300EUR - 1053 GBP
    15" - 2200 USD - 1682EUR - 1365 GBP

    I must say I got an iPad and iPhone and the display is really fine and nice, but paying 400EUR extra for it seems a bit much.
     
  19. MSHunter

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    If you go for a Laptop I would suggest a Lenovo Thinkpad. Best portable laptops and yeah the ultras too I think it is the T and X series that are the true thinkpads but check first to be sure. They have options like mat high res screens and titanium frames ect.
     
  20. Bladesingerz

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    I'll take the mac book pro into consideration, I rememberd that you can use an educational discount on it, you think I could apply for it in the usa? My collage isn't in the usa. I have no idea how they check these things..

    Also what about gaming and other windows based progams, how would they work? Parrallels is one option right? Does it work well?
     

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