2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15,6" - 16,4" would be the optimal size for me.
3. What screen resolution do you want?
haven't really thought about it
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
somewhat of a mix
5. How much battery life do you need?
2-3hrs while idle would be enough for me
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
yes I would play occasionally, not high settings. Medium would be good enough.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Browsing the net, watching videos/DVDs, programming. Good linux compatibility would be a big plus.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Up to 5years.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Multilayer DVD- Burner.
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
The problem is all of them have nvidia optimus and I read a lot comments saying how bad it works, it doesn't switch to the dedicated card on many applications/games and setting the affinity to the dedicated card via the control panel does nothing.
Are there no good laptops/notebooks in 15.6"/16.4" with an ATI card or does someone of you have good experience with the optimus feature?
I feel that the optimus problems will sort themselves out in due time with driver updates (and there are a lot more positives than negatives right now). The only persistent problems I have heard of have been on linux.
Regarding the machines, the Samsung does have a second-gen processor, but the older i5 on the acer is fast enough, and at $300 cheaper makes a better bargain, I would say. The resolution on both is 1336*768, so while the Samsung may have a brighter screen, they are both going to suck (imo).
For $999, I would look at a Sager 5160 with a 1080P screen.
Otherwise, I would spring for the Acer.
The nvidia 540 will play most games on high at native (736) resolution on both laptops.
I can't comment myself on that model, however Clevo models in general have superb cooling (separate CPU/GPU fans at opposite ends of the chassis) and that forum (notebookreviews) has a dedicated thread for owners of the 5160, maybe check out what they are saying.