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Dell xps 14z vs Samsung series 7 chromus 14

I'm debating between these two laptops.

It will be my main computer, and will be used for personal use such as watching movies and browsing internet with multuple table and windows open.

My computer is usally set connected to another screen, and a keyboard and mouse.

For more professional use, I will use the computer for programming, using software such as photoshop (regular images only- no 3d), netbeans, eclipse etc.

From what I understand, the dell has the faster drive, but samsung has the better screen.

both have 8gb RAM, but i think i might also be able to get the dell with an i7 for a bit more money. i'm just not sure if I need it now, or looking forward a few years.

I also haven't personaly seen the samsung so I dont know how it feels.

Any personal experience with both? What do you think is more important?


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In reply to: Dell xps 14z vs Samsung series 7 chromus 14

Playing a video on the HDTV and continuing to work on other stuff. That's pretty hit or miss and not something I've found the maker of the laptop to be a factor. (think windows and apps?)

I do not suggest buying a machine sight unseen because it could have a terrible keyboard or display and for programming these are critical parts to your productivity.

That said, I am typing on a prior Samsung model rc512 with the rather nice sleep and wake in under 5 seconds. That's a zero power sleep and is a killer feature. Very very nice touch to get one of the Ultrabook features into a laptop.

This model has aluminum on top and gives it a solid feel. My only quibble is the key top lettering wore off faster than prior laptops. No biggy but some will be lost without that.

Go shopping, get a look at the screens and keyboards.

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Went for the samsung

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To whoever is interested,
I went to a microsoft store (never even new they existed) that had both laptops on display, and played around for over 20 minutes with each one of them.

I couldn't really notice the difference in the resolution (samsung better), but the difference between the glossy (dell) and matt (samsung) was very obvious. The glossy does look better, but I hate the reflections on it.

The dell has faster hardrive, but the samsung comes with the express cache (8gb of flash drive) so I think it reduces the differences.

The multitouch on the dell was much smoother, though none of them come close to the macbook pro.

personally I liked the touch of the samsung keyboard better, and the spacing between the keys. I was a bit dissapointed that there wasn't any key for playing and pausing media.

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