Im pretty much down to these two, and the series 7 from what i read around the forums doesnt get great reviews but im not really sure why, especially with the difference in price. So i would love to hear any insight if you feel you have any details worth highlighting for either of them.
this is for web/graphic design running dreameaver, photoshop, illustrator, i will be traveling quite a bit with it so size, weight, & build quality are a factor. I appreciate higher resolution screen but i also think id just as easily go with a lower res for the sake of anti-glare.
Well, to my eyes, the Samsung is simply better. You're getting a slightly more powerful cpu and the same GPU, RAM and a matte screen (which really makes a difference) for a significantly lower price. The resolution is just enough for 15.6". One of my desktop lcds is 20" with the same resolution, and I have no problem with it at all. Plus its being 1600X900 means less battery consumption and also means that you can upgrade it to FHD later on. Further, it's lighter and fairly well-designed. I'd go with Samsung.
EDIT: You can spend that extra $500 to replace your already fast HDD with a decent SSD and enjoy your super fast laptop.