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any tips for Samsung RF551?

by semesh_3 / January 10, 2012 3:56 AM PST

Hi all,does any of you have SAMSUNG RF511? dont know to much about the Samsungs laptops.I found it with: Intel Core i7 2630QM Sandy Bridge, 15.6" LED 1366x768 mat, RAM 6GB DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GT540M 2GB, HDD 750GB 5400 rot, DVD, WiFi, Bluetooth, webkamera, , 6 cell batery, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bitDo you think that mat screen can affect work in photoshop? Im not big fan of glossy screens.Thanks

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I have the other model RC512.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2012 4:07 AM PST
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satisfied with Samsung?
by semesh_3 / January 11, 2012 4:20 AM PST

Hi Bob,

You're right with the LCD, but I still cant decide what to buy this Samsung or LENOVO IDEAPAD G770 Dark Metal
( Intel Core i5 2430M Sandy Bridge, 17.3" 1600x900, RAM
8GB, AMD Radeon HD6650M 2GB, HDD 500GB 7200 rot, DVD, WiFi,
Bluetooth, Webkamera 2Mpx, USB 3.0, HDMI, 6 cell batery, Windows 7
Home Premium 64-bit
At Lenovo I dont like that is glossy and maybe 17'' can be not so comfortable to carry it, therefore Im thinking more about Samsung even has smaller display(as You said I can use an external screen if I'll need)

Are you satisfied with Samsung as laptop? I know they are good in electronics(tv,mobiles,etc) but about laptops haven't heard that much....

Thank you:)

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So far so good. But
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 4:32 AM PST

I did complain to them about their software. It failed to install a newer driver for the wifi and said wifi didn't work with my router until that was installed. Other routers were OK. That's a bug.

One of the best features is the wake from zero power sleep in under 5 seconds. Does the Lenovo have that?

Another great touch is the battery. It allows me to set the battery to 80% charge which is well known to extend the battery LIFE (not to be confused with run time.) Good idea!

I don't consider 17 inch laptops to be laptops but rather desktop replacements. After you lug one around you may decide to go back to 15 inch models.

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Kind of agree that 17'' looks more as desktop
by semesh_3 / January 11, 2012 5:12 PM PST
In reply to: So far so good. But

Did you have any trouble with hinges ? do u know if they are from metal covered in plastic?

At my old Asus the hinges are quite bad, LCD started to move/balance very fast after they were repaired.


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Looking at the hinges.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2012 3:07 AM PST

I think the 800 lb gorilla could have trouble with the ones on the rc512. But I am not going to try the pencil test.

The parts are alum so what makes you think there is a problem here? Did you see the pencil test? All notebooks we tried it on failed. Bad test in my view.

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by semesh_3 / January 12, 2012 2:19 PM PST
In reply to: Looking at the hinges.

Was just a simple curiosity about hinges, as I had very frequently problem with them at my old Asus
Havent seen the pencil test

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The pencil test is not so much a test
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2012 1:23 AM PST
In reply to: hinges

But a way to break almost any laptop. Just put a pencil above the keyboard near the hinge and close the lid. We could only try this on laptops bound for the recyclers but the results were disastrous.

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laptop news..:)
by semesh_3 / February 29, 2012 3:11 AM PST

Hi Bob,
I bought the Samsung like a month ago....happy with the LCD and the laptop itself:)
Haven't found yet how to set the battery at 80%.......
-someone told me that he is taking battery out if has laptop in electricity...but I think is not good idea because if the electricity is down the HW might be gone.

I have a small issue with the webcam, is working but 1st time was everything in dark red, 2nd time, was perfect and after very dark colors , like im somewhere in the basement:)....Im not sure from where to set the colors/contrast.

Will you be so kind and give me some help with the battery and the cam, pls?
Thank you.


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No idea on the camera. Mine is fine more...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 3:20 AM PST
In reply to: laptop news..:)
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by semesh_3 / March 7, 2012 8:09 PM PST

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the info reg. the battery, set it Happy
with the webcam is strange(as on my previous laptop was ok with the room light) but now on Samsung's cam is very dark. I tried to put some lamp next to me for e.g and looked a bit better, but I cant say that great.
I'll try to google it to see if I can find something as I can set the cam quality only through the messenger which Im using (I dont have the cam. in My computer (for e.g as C,D drive)


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