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Hardware Samsung X120 Ultraportable Laptop Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Claave, 2 Apr 2010.

  1. Claave

    Claave You Rebel scum

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  2. SchizoFrog

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    Aren't netbooks supposed to be cheap? For £500 you can get a much better laptop.
     
  3. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    Fixed :rolleyes:
     
  4. Dave Lister

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    The whole netbook / ultrathin / ultralight scene seems to me like a big step backwards to me, you seem to get less of everything for a higher price. Laptops were getting to a great price point, i can see these new classes of laptop destroying it all.

    And yes i use a netbook myself, but only because i got it dirt cheap, like off the back of a lorry kind of price, otherwise i'd have gone for a regular 15" laptop.
     
  5. TheLostSwede

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    I'm sorry, but it's impossible that that battery was fully charged before you started the battery test, or something went wrong.
    There's no way an 8,850mAh battery only lasts for 1h 49min in a CULV notebook, since the faster SU7300 processor can last 8-10h on an 8-cell battery in similar notebooks. I think you guys really need to re-test the battery life.
     
  6. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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  7. Goty

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    Less of everything, except battery life (in general, anyhow), which is what people really want nowadays, I think.
     
  8. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Haha April Fools, there's no way the battery life is that awful. You got us. :-|
     
  9. -EVRE-

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    You guys really bash the atom as a gutless processor. You guys have the hardware lying around, try giving one an SSD and 2gb of ram and Windows 7 ultimate.

    I have been using my netbook with a 64gb crucial ssd and 2gb of ram with win7 since the start of college this fall semester and have rarely had issues with horsepower. It plays many of the older games very well, 350mb tv shows play well, no issues playing standard youtube vids, boots reasonably quick., loads all of MS office very quickly.

    the only place I have been let down by my nebook is in the use of virtual pc 2007.

    I think netbooks are gimped right out of the box with only 1gb of ram, and using a laptop without an SSD is suicidal for your data. I figure the cost of the SSD would pay for itself in the prevention of one hard drive crash.

    I think it would be a worthy article to compare the performance difference of a stock 1gb ram, 250mb hd netbook to a 2gb ram, SSD hd netbook.

    side note, I use a 115watt hr 12 cell battery and get 8-12hrs run time. :D

    -Evre-
    p.s. what has the world come to.. an AMD guy defending an Intel processor....
     
  10. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

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    I have to agree I'm afraid. The battery results just seem wrong. My Advent 6555 gaming laptop (which comes complete with a nice power draining Core 2 Quad and dedicated HD4850m) lasts well over 2 hours on its 8/9 cell battery doing general tasks.

    Perhaps there is an issue with the battery itself or Win 7 is telling you its full when it fact its more like 40% full.
     
  11. -EVRE-

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    Oh and a side note on battery life. WATCH OUT for firefox. Its my fav browser but it has some real bad habits of using excess cpu usage. for some reason it will glitch and max out my netbooks CPU. On my desktop I have seen it use a full cpu power of one of my 940's cores.

    The glitch is random, some times its a poorly made advertisement, or a flash video site. It will keep rendering a tab, even if its not active. So unless you keep on eye on CPU usage you may not notice.

    so if Firefox F--messed up while you were browsing that would explain the poor battery life.
     
  12. Odin Eidolon

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    Battery capacity shall not be measured in mAh. It should be measured in Wh, which is mAh x Volt. So a battery with 10V and 1000mAh (=10Wh) will last less than a battery with 14V and 800mAh (=11.2Wh).
     
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    Sounds fairly decent...but if I had that cash it would be spent on a 5970 instantly.
     
  14. Instagib

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    win!
     
  15. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    The Core 2 Duo that you say isn't 64 bit capable - Intel list "Intel (R) 64" as one of its features. Isn't that a contradiction?

    I like the sound of a recessed keyboard, my current laptop (the 12" Q45 which this seems to be a successor of in many respects) has an issue where the keys have actually marked the screen - it's a glossy screen and when the light is reflecting off it you can see the edges of them all.

    The power switch and mouse buttons are weird decisions, they rather put me off. What is wrong with having a power button near the keyboard - you can't accidentally activate it in a bag and it provides a place for a power LED.

    And that keyboard suffers from many of the same faults as the Q45, at least the Fn button hasn't been swapped with the CTRL button.

    Echoing the concerns about the battery life, my laptop (which is nearly 2 years old now) can get at least three hours doing something similar to that with the screen on full brightness. And that is with a 1.8GHz C2D and 3GB RAM, so not that different. The battery is rated at 11.1V, 4800mAh

    edit: oh, and Samsung say it only has 10/100 LAN, not, "gigabite" ;) shame, that.
     
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  16. DXR_13KE

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    A Pentium?
     
  17. ch424

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    I'd like to echo the battery life comments as well! My ASUS UL30A has pretty much identical specs: 1.2GHz Pentium CULV, 3GB DDR3, 320GB hard disk, Intel GS45 chipset, 13" LED LCD and it does ~8-10 hours on a 84WHr battery. I've been using it about five hours with MATLAB, 10 chrome tabs, iTunes and a latex editor open, full brightness and wifi enabled and the battery meter says 40%/3 hours left.

    The X120 looks pretty nice, but as you can get the UL30A for £400 (minus £20 Quidco cashback) from the carphone warehouse, I'm definitely pleased with it :)

    Edit: wow, it's gone down to £350!
     
  18. Farfalho

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    I think there's load of typos that I won't bother mentioning. Still, I have to point out that something is very wrong with the battery life, as many others have suggested, I think a re-test must be done. Leave it charging through the night and re-run the test. I think that "sucker" needs some more points, I can't fail at the most important characteristics of a CULV when it has everything to make it a winner
     
  19. oasked

    oasked Stuck in the Mud

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    Yup, I'm positive the SU7300 has 64-bit report. Might need to edit the bottom of the 1st page of the article. :)
     
  20. cosmic

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    There are loads of systems that ship with an SU7300 and Win 7 64-bit, this article is just full of errors.
     
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