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March 13, 2013 2:46:51 PM

Hello all, I have a quick question. I'm currently in the market for a decent (as in, not budget but not desktop replacement grade either) laptop, as the one I currently use is pretty old and not as peppy as she used to be. : P

The two main builds that I am looking at are the Samsung Series 3 NP355V5C
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

^ $599 (My Price)

And the Acer Aspire V3-551G-X419
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

^ $529 (Again, My Price)

By asking your opinions, I would like to mention that I'm not just being intellectually lazy - I've done quite a bit of specking without conclusion so I am simply deferring to you, the people with varying experiences and backgrounds, in an attempt to better educate myself on the matter.

My computing requirements are pretty simple, basic office work with the ability to occasionally enjoy some low to mid level gaming and music production/low level photography work. Battery life is nice, and a system that cools well is also quite important.

So far what I've seen is that the Samsung a better build for cooling, even if you look at the bottom of the cases on both laptops, it seems that the Samsung has an all-around better cooling solution, which is important where I live. However I have seen reviews that criticize the picture quality of the Samsung's screen, which is an area that the Acer doesn't seem to struggle in. Spec wise, the Samsung has one more USB 3.0 port than the Acer does, however the Acer has a 2gb Radeon HD 7670 card while the Samsung only has a 1gb Radeon HD 7670 card (not too much of a problem, I will probably not ever run a dual monitor display or hook the laptop up to a wall-hung tv). Other wise both systems are almost identically specked from what I've seen... In my experience, Samsung seems to have better build quality than Acer in general, but I've been out of the IT game for a while and for all I know things may have changed since then... So tell me, out of these two seemingly competitive rivals, which one would you pick and why? If the answer is neither, what comparable system would you chose?

I appreciate your time, thanks for your help. :]

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March 13, 2013 2:59:10 PM

If you know your hardware pretty well, I recommend going to www.xoticpc.com and configuring a laptop there. You have more options from brand of laptop, to type/amount of memory, brand of HDD/SSD, screen size/type, cooler types, optical drive type, and a wide variety of WiFi options (I personally like the Killer wireless cards).
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March 13, 2013 5:40:23 PM

the samsung looks nice the only thing that sucks is the 5400rpm drive. atleast a decent 7200rpm drive would be nice. ut that is always easily upgradable in the future for pretty cheap
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March 13, 2013 6:19:39 PM

Samsung generally makes better products than Acer, IMHO. Cruise the forums and you'll find mountains of threads regarding Acer issues. I recommend the Samsung in terms of quality, of the 2 choices presented here.
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March 13, 2013 7:03:02 PM

leo2kp said:
If you know your hardware pretty well, I recommend going to www.xoticpc.com and configuring a laptop there. You have more options from brand of laptop, to type/amount of memory, brand of HDD/SSD, screen size/type, cooler types, optical drive type, and a wide variety of WiFi options (I personally like the Killer wireless cards).


Cool site man, I like the idea of being able to spec your own hardware out on a website... :} Unfortunately everything they have there is a little out of my price range, and an A10 4600M is going to have a lot better performance than a 3rd gen i3... Except probably in terms of the laptop's battery life lol.

06yfz450ridr - Yeah I agree, I had been thinking about that drive and I've decided that if I drop a Samsung 840 Pro (256Gb) in the laptop and then put the old drive in an external hard drive case with USB3.0 it will probably treat me better than if I just leave the old and slow drive in it. : P

COLGeek - I see... That makes sense, actually the laptop I have atm is an Compaq and, even for the work I've put in it (replaced DC power jack, 4Gb So-Dimm, upgrade from 1.6 Dual core to 2.2, 7200rpm Seagate drive, blah blah blah) it has held up pretty well for what I've put it through - which is saying quite a bit. : P But I've always felt that it could have been built better...
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