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Samsung 550P7C Laptop Review

Samsung 550P7C Laptop Review

AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 4.2 WITH 24 CONSUMER REVIEWS

The Samsung 550P7C is a big 17-inch laptop that can be looked at as an ideal desktop replacement.  A powerful quad core processor, 17” screen with 1600 x 900 resolution, a dedicated Nvidia GT650M graphics card, and a whopping 1TB hard drive are some of the major highlights of Samsung 550P7C.  At a price of £900 or less, the product appears to be a bang for a buck offering.  The laptop has a plain design with no accentuation. The lid is made of glossy plastic, but the perforated metal finish gives it a subtle effect. Overall, the laptop looks good.

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Specifications

Samsung 550P7C Laptop TopWith 32” thickness and a weight of around 3kg, the Samsung 550P7C is heavier than regular laptops, but lighter and smaller in comparison to any desktop. The laptop features a powerful processor- a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3610QM backed by generous 6GD DDR3 RAM. The Samsung 550P7C is equipped with an Ethernet jack, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It has a wide variety of input/output ports that includes two USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI port and a 3-in-1 card reader.  A discrete graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 2GB of VRAM) is also included in the basic configuration.  The main feature of Samsung 550P7C is its LED backlit, 17.3” screen which is capable of rendering a resolution of up to 1600 x 900 pixels.

The Samsung 550P7C is fitted with JBL speakers and subwoofers and a HD webcam for video chat. The basic configuration of Samsung 550P7C features a 1 TB SATA hard drive. The laptop is fitted with a full size chiclet style keyboard and a large Touch Pad with actual buttons. The up-facing JBL speakers are fitted just above the keyboard with a fine speaker mesh covering them, while the subwoofer sits at the bottom of the case. Samsung has provided space to fit an additional 2.5” drive inside. The connectivity cables for an additional hard drive are included in the package.

Other Specifications

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Quad Core (2.3 GHz) TurboBoost up to 3.3 GHz

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit

Memory: 6GB DDR3

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 2GB Dedicated Memory

Display: 17.3″ (Samsung Anti-Reflective, LED Backlit, 1600 x 900 HD Resolutions,)Samsung 550P7C Laptop Back

WLAN: Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)

DVD: Blu-Ray (Blu-Ray HD Play back + CD-RW & DVD-RW)

Dimensions: 408 x 270 x 29.2-31.9mm

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Performance

Samsung 550P7C Laptop FrontThe quad-core i7 processor and 6GB memory gives the Samsung 550P7C superior performance capabilities. You can easily perform processor intensive tasks such as video editing or indulge in multi-tasking on your Samsung 550P7C.  The processing power of the laptop is more than adequate for regular users. The processor features Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, which increases the clock frequency up to 3.3 GHz for optimal performance.

The Samsung 550P7C is blessed with ample storage space- 1TB SATA hard drive with 5400 rpm. However, the absence of a SSD drive or higher rpm drive increases the booting time and hampers the performance of Samsung 550P7C in some cases. The battery life of bigger laptops is bound to be less. The Samsung 550P7C lasts for 3 hours and a bit longer during average use. The battery life tends to decrease with the use of discrete graphics GPU and Wi-Fi.

The keyboard fitted in Samsung 550P7C is lovely. The keys are moderately sized, with proper spacing which allows the user to type comfortably. The touch pad supports multi-gestures and is extremely responsive. The 1.3 HD webcam is perfect for casual interaction or video conferencing. The Blu-Ray drive gives you freedom to watch latest Hollywood titles in HD. The dedicated graphics card with 2GB video memory ensures that you enjoy crystal clear and excellent video playback.

The 1600 x 900 High Definition resolution of the 17.6” screen allows you to catch every defined detail while watching movies or playing games. The matte finish comes across as a good feature while watching movies in a well-lit room or environment.  The built-in JBL speakers and subwoofer offer incredible sound experience. The speakers over-emphasize on the bass a little more at the cost of mid and high frequencies. The VGA port proves useful to connect to older displays that do not have an HDMI port, while the HDMI port is useful to connect your laptop to high definition television to watch HD movies.

Verdict

The Samsung 550P7C is crammed with a powerful processor, ample memory, and a discrete graphics card that ensures the device is fast and reliable in every computing task. The laptop has some shortcomings, but it also has some of the best performance and usability features. If you are a gaming enthusiast who is dissatisfied with your desktop multimedia or gaming machine, look no further than the Samsung 550P7C.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.