Samsung R780-JS05UK Core i5 Laptop - £742 (incl VAT) @ Laptops Direct - HotUKDeals
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It’s got the latest Intel Core i5 processor alongside a huge 4GB RAM, so it’ll make light work of your heaviest tasks; it’s ideal for people who want a machine to cover every base.

Great performance is nothing without great visuals to match and the R780 definitely doesn’t disappoint. The stunning 17.3” high-definition screen and 1GB nVIDIA graphics turn this laptop into your own portable cinema and console. Wherever you go, you can enjoy your favourite films and games in unprecedented detail; sit back, relax, and enjoy.

When the movie’s done and you fancy some music, the R780 will continue to impress. The SRS 3D Sound technology will give your songs a whole extra edge, and the massive 500GB hard drive will ensure you’re never struggling with space to store them.

In today’s modern digital world it’s more important than ever to keep connected. The R780 comes with a HDMI port, so you can hook it straight up to your big screen TV and use that as your monitor. It’s got wireless technology and an integrated webcam too, so you’ll never be more than a few clicks away from your online social life.

Award: Computer Shopper Best Buy 5 out of 5

Pros - "It's a fantastic desktop-replacement laptop. It's quick in both desktop applications and games, and is a pleasure to use"

* Screen size - 17.3 in - 1600 x 900
* Processor - Intel Core i5 I5-430M - 2.26 GHz
* RAM - 4 GB
* Hard Drive - 500 GB
* Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
* Optical Drive - DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM
* Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
* Webcam - Integrated
* Warranty - 1 year warranty

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#1
Also the same price at Amazon, but this gets you a lower spec graphics card - the 310M rather than the 330M.
#2
£718+£5.80 P&P at pixmania using the PIXUKSALES18 code. Same graphics spec as OP as far as I can tell. Plus 3% Quidco vs 2% for Laptops Direct.

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/5004340/art/samsung/np-r780-js05uk.html?srcid=7226&CodePromo=oui

Tempted, am on the lookout for a decent spec laptop with at least 17 inch screen to do general stuff, video editing and play some games. How good is the graphics card in this thing?

J.
#3
I have the i3 version of this with the 330M card and it's amazing. Got it in April for just £576 and it's a great laptop, have played all games I have thrown at it and is the best looking laptop I have ever seen.
#4
Good link to Pixmania

The graphics performance looks fairly good

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-330M.22437.0.html
#5
Maybe not so hot for the spec, considering Dell will give you a Vostro featuring the same proc, GPU and screen for £630. They'll match TopCashBack's cashback if you speak to them by phone, bringing their system down to a mere £600 or so. The Dell has a smaller harddrive and 3GB RAM (which is largely irrelevant, since both systems come with 32bit Windows which can't use more than that anyway), although with the £140 you save, you can quite comfortably install a second harddrive, bringing you up to 960GB or whatever.

Not voting either way, just saying.
#6
Ahhh I hate this. Just when I think I have found a strong possibility, along comes another one! Thanks for the heads up dxx, anyone else got any suggestions? ;)

J.

PS How do you know the Samsung comes with 32bit Windows, can't see it in the spec?
#7
Just specced up the Vostro - adding Win 7 64bit and upping the RAM to 4GB comes out at £700

Personnaly, I think the looks of the Samsung are worth the £20 extra.
#8
Jaden
Ahhh I hate this. Just when I think I have found a strong possibility, along comes another one! Thanks for the heads up dxx, anyone else got any suggestions? ;)

J.

PS How do you know the Samsung comes with 32bit Windows, can't see it in the spec?


It's just a guess, really. It's usually only the high-end systems with more than 4GB of RAM that come with a 64bit OS by default, so for a consumer oriented system with just 4GB, when it doesn't say which it is, it's a pretty strong bet that it's going to be 32bit Windows.

Regarding other suggestions though, the same system but customised is cheaper still. It's kinda weird this, but if you navigate through the Dell site toward the 17.3" Vostro 3700, there's a Fast Track and a Customise option. The Fast Track was the one I mentioned before, but if you look under the Customised, go for the cheapest model, and add the GT 330 graphics card in the customisation options. This gives you a system with a 320GB HD, the same GPU and same CPU as the Samsung, and a single 2GB DDR3 module of RAM, for £499 before VAT, and £586 after. Deduct the same, "Well Mr. Salesperson, it's up to you - I can buy it via TopCashBack and get 5% knocked off the price right now. I'm sitting looking at the page, credit card in hand. Or, you could sell me the system with the same 5% off, and you can get another sale for your department and a bigger bonus. It's up to you, homie" discount, and you're down to a shade under £550. Looking at Crucial, you can add a 1GB module for £25 or a 2GB module for £45, of you can bring the system up to 3GB with Dell's customiser for £30+VAT. Me, I'd go for the 2GB module from Crucial and investigate getting a 64bit OS instead, which you might need to speak to MS for. Add another £45 to add a 500GB harddisk, and you're at £640 for the same spec as the Samsung, but with 320GB more harddisk space. This is all, incidentally, what I've done with my own Vostro.

To further complicate matters, try looking at the Dell Outlet. It's got refurb and customer reject machines at some occasionally absurd prices.

Macdory
Just specced up the Vostro - adding Win 7 64bit and upping the RAM to 4GB comes out at £700

Personnaly, I think the looks of the Samsung are worth the £20 extra.


Depends where you look, and which model you start with. The Dell system builder thing is getting really convoluted these days.
#9
i bought one of these back in march from dixons for £699 , and its a fantastic machine, and yes its 32 bit windows 7
#10
Also mine (the UK version) came with bluray drive ( play not record) and i know the US version only came with dvdrw drive, FYI
#11
Because I feel it's important when we're talking about laptops. Battery life for this is around 2 hours and 11 minutes according to this review.
#12
Valad
Because I feel it's important when we're talking about laptops. Battery life for this is around 2 hours and 11 minutes according to this review.


Not an issue for me, I will be using whichever one I buy as a desktop replacement and so it will almost never be away from the mains power - I have an Aspire One which lasts for 6+ hours for that :)

J.

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