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I was about to pull the trigger on a SAGER NP5160 $789 + $28 shipping (total $820) after add-ons. Its a nice powerful multimedia build, but no financing and up to 12 days build time.
Specs:
- 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare
Type Screen ( + 50 )
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M, 2.3-2.9GHz, (32nm, 3MB L3 cache)
- nVidia GT 540M 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX11 with Optimus™
Technology
- 4,096MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS)
- 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 - 16MB Cache) - Default
- 6X Blue-Ray Read/8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive ( + 70 )
- Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card + Bluetooth
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera


Then I found this. SAMSUNG RF Series RF711-S01. Practically identical specs as the Sager. Newegg $749.00 + free UPS 3 day shipping. 12 months no interest via Newegg Preferred Card!
Specs:
- 17.3" 16:9 (1600x900) Backlit LED
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M, 2.3-2.9GHz, (32nm, 3MB L3 cache)
- nVidia GT 540M 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX11 with Optimus™
Technology
- 4,096MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS)
- 500GB 5400RPM
- Blu-Ray Drive
- Built in 802.11 a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 2.1
- Built in 1.3 Megapixel Camera

I've not found any reviews for the Samsung. Anybody here have one or knows of someone who has one? Please give feedback smile.gif
Thanks!
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You're losing out on pixel density, as well as a slower hard drive. Also probably weighs more?
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I just bought that Samsung for my son's graduation/good grade gift.
I'm supposed to get it today. I'll let you know what my first impressions are, tonight.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DarthBaiter;13782635 
I just bought that Samsung for my son's graduation/good grade gift.
I'm supposed to get it today. I'll let you know what my first impressions are, tonight.

i just went back to Newegg's website this morning to pull the trigger on the Samsung, and to my surprise, the price went up from $749 to $949 ?!?!?

blah!mad.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by piranhamoose;13783609 
i just went back to Newegg's website this morning to pull the trigger on the Samsung, and to my surprise, the price went up from $749 to $949 ?!?!?

blah!mad.gif

...and they want $14.83shipping... eek.gif
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I don't know if you are still thinking about the Samsung, here's my first impressions...

Holy cow it's hugemongus!!!
Very good build quality and very fast. Havn't benched it or anything, but it was running Brink no problems, gonna install SCII and CoD BO, MW2 tonight.
The screeen is huge and bright.

Isn't as heavy as it looks. Which is a plus.

If you see it for under $800 again, and portability isn't the biggest factor, grab it.
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Just recieved the RF711-SO1 from Tiger Direct. It had only 1 USB 3.0 port, was advertised all over the net (Tiger Direct, Newegg, Samsung et al) as having 2 USB 3.0 ports. Anyone else have the same problem??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ecosmart;14442267 
Just recieved the RF711-SO1 from Tiger Direct. It had only 1 USB 3.0 port, was advertised all over the net (Tiger Direct, Newegg, Samsung et al) as having 2 USB 3.0 ports. Anyone else have the same problem??

Are you just basing your conclusion on appearance of the usb ports or have you tested every USB port and came to your conclusion or checked your device manager and seen only 1 usb port listed?
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Based on physical appearance. There are 2 usb 2.0 ports on left side and only one usb 3.0 port on right side. My Samsung quick start guide has detailed pictures of the laptop (front, left and right) views. I just discovered that the right side view shows 2 usb 3.0 ports for 14/15.6 inch models and 1 usb 3.0 port for the 17.3 inch model. When I bought it (1 week ago from Tiger Direct) it was advertised as 17.3 inch with 2 3.0 ports. I did alot of research on this model before buying and everywhere( including the Samsung site) it was advertised with 2 3.0 ports. Now according to Tiger Direct they claim Samsung says my serial number is invalid although the serial number on the laptop is the same number that was on the box it was shipped in. I think I am getting the run around.
Tiger said they would RMA it but I smell something fishy. Newegg now says it is currently out of stock. Coincidence???
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Just looked at the pics on newegg and the pics show only 1 USB 3.0 in front of the dvd drive. Looks like everyone gets there info from Samsung and they looks like they lied. I smell a refund with you keeping the laptop

Did you check the back of the laptop on the right side.
Edited by CDub07 - 8/2/11 at 6:37pm
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