Samsung ATIV 13.3 Inch 128GB 4GB Laptop - Black £299.99 @ Argos
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Samsung ATIV 13.3 Inch 128GB 4GB Laptop - Black £299.99 @ Argos

£299.99Argos Deals
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Found 1st Sep 2014
This lightweight laptop is perfect for travellers, with 1.4GHz processor speed and up to 8.5 hours of battery life. The Samsung ATIV laptop also has a HD webcam and built-in mic, so you can keep in touch with your loved ones no matter where you are, and Microsoft Windows 8, so that you have the latest software at your fingertips.

CPU, Memory and Operating System:

Quad core processor.
1.4GHz processor speed.
4GB RAM.
128GB hard drive.
Microsoft Windows 8.

Display features:

13.3 inch screen.

Graphics:

AMD.
Dedicated graphics card.

Interfaces and connectivity:

1 USB 2.0 port.
1 USB 3.0 port.
1 Ethernet port.
1 HDMI port.
Bluetooth.
Wi-Fi enabled.

Multimedia features:

HD webcam.
Built-in mic.

General features:

Up to 8.5 hours battery life.
Size H1.69, W32.4, D22.4cm.
Weight 1.44kg.

Seems okay to me on paper, although no model number is specified by Argos so might be longer than ideal to track down the definitive specifications from Samsung themselves. The lack of info on the processor is annoying although the SSD takes it out of the equation and discrete GPU is always nice for this price.

Hope this helps someone.

This is not an Ultrabook, as it's not powered by Intel. Ultrabook is not mentioned on the argos description at all, so the title is misleading.
- tickedon

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Original Poster

samsung.com/uk/…1UK

This is my thought as to what model it could be from Samsung direct. Highlights that this is a 720P screen (kind of predictable at this price range) but usefully anti-reflective.

Also update to Windows 8.1 is free and vastly improves (seriously no words can describe how much of a step up this is) upon the much maligned Windows 8.

Nice

Wish I got this over the dell inspiron even if that was only like 166 quid.

looks interesting, assume it's an ssd at 128gb?

13.3" is a pretty tiny screen, keep that in mind if you're planning to do work. At 720p don't expect to be able to have two windows open side-by-side in a meaningful manner.

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morpheus

looks interesting, assume it's an ssd at 128gb?



You would be correct. Quick and cost effective way to get great performance.

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LetoKynes

13.3" is a pretty tiny screen, keep that in mind if you're planning to do … 13.3" is a pretty tiny screen, keep that in mind if you're planning to do work. At 720p don't expect to be able to have two windows open side-by-side in a meaningful manner.



Whilst that is true I have previously used something this size before and never found work space an issue. The smaller screen name the device more portable and lighter. For me it's worth the trade off, not to mention it's not in Samsung's nature to make bad devices.

I've taken a punt on this, been looking for something like this for the other half; ideal! Cheers OP.

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bluefish2303

I've taken a punt on this, been looking for something like this for the … I've taken a punt on this, been looking for something like this for the other half; ideal! Cheers OP.



Depending on when you get it and if the deal is still on, please let us know how it is. Apparently reviews are good but I prefer to hear what the real users think of the device.

Bradford OOS

Luckily no stock near Salford area. Lucky for my card at least...

This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, so not a great performer... decided not to bother.

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grandwazoo

This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, … This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, so not a great performer... decided not to bother.



Agreed, the performance of the AMD CPU in this model is terrible. The Intel celeron in the cheapo Dell would probably be better.

Ultrabook is an Intel trademark so as this is an AMD system it definitely doesn't classify as one.

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grandwazoo

This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, … This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, so not a great performer... decided not to bother.



Dunno about that although I won't rule out the possibility of you being right as even on the Samsung website they do not specify the chip in this. Although working with what you've said, the SSD takes it out of the equation. I'm not saying the A series isn't distinctly average but the SSD would definitely not make you miss it (assuming you wanted to use machine for something normal, like browsing the web and creating documents, listening to music etc).

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Agharta

Ultrabook is an Intel trademark so as this is an AMD system it definitely … Ultrabook is an Intel trademark so as this is an AMD system it definitely doesn't classify as one.



Right you are, although with such a lightweight system (1.44kg) and an SSD, not to mention a unspecified CPU I figured it would be okay to label it an ultrabook chances are it could also be a UV version of some intel chip.

I've got the touchscreen version of this. Boots up incredibly quickly, not massively fast but I've never had any problems. You only get 100gb of storage after system partitions etc.

CPU performance seemed to improve once I turned off "CPU parking". Battery life is very good.

You won't find the AMD CPU model on the packaging anywhere, the only way you can find out what the CPU is, is to look in device manager at the display driver, this gives the game away, even under processors it doesn't like the cpu name just amd quad core 1.4GHz. It will still work fine for general use, this is too much £$ for this hardware though




Edited by: "fishmaster" 2nd Sep 2014

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fishmaster

You won't find the AMD CPU model on the packaging anywhere, the only way … You won't find the AMD CPU model on the packaging anywhere, the only way you can find out what the CPU is, is to look in device manager at the display driver, this gives the game away, even under processors it doesn't like the cpu name just amd quad core 1.4GHz. It will still work fine for general use, this is too much £$ for this hardware though and a touch screen on a laptop is a novelty, you'lll hardly ever use it.



I don't think this specific model has the touch screen on it although I do agree on that its pretty pointless for the vast majority. I can see why you'd say its too much for this, but its Samsung. They don't make rubbish laptops, and whilst you might be able to pick up a cheaper laptop and mod it (if you so choose for the SSD speed boost), a lot of consumers won't be doing that. This is more £ but the easy, convenient, works-out-of-the-box option.

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Although I know its mainly for travelers, but I prefer with a much bigger HD. 128GB is small to me.

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cwaller11

Although I know its mainly for travelers, but I prefer with a much bigger … Although I know its mainly for travelers, but I prefer with a much bigger HD. 128GB is small to me.



Agreed. Although at this price, you'd need to pick up something really cheap and mod it with possibly one of the many cheap SSDs going round i.e. Crucial MX100.

kwl147

I don't think this specific model has the touch screen on it although I … I don't think this specific model has the touch screen on it although I do agree on that its pretty pointless for the vast majority. I can see why you'd say its too much for this, but its Samsung. They don't make rubbish laptops, and whilst you might be able to pick up a cheaper laptop and mod it (if you so choose for the SSD speed boost), a lot of consumers won't be doing that. This is more £ but the easy, convenient, works-out-of-the-box option.



Yes it's the Ativ lite that I was thinking of that has a touchscreen, I've edited out the comment.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 2nd Sep 2014

They are cheeky with this AMD CPU. Catching out a lot of unsuspecting people. Intel defined the ultrabook spec anyway so this isn't even an ultrabook.

grandwazoo

This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, … This seems to be the cheapo plastic 'ultrabook' with an AMD A-series CPU, so not a great performer... decided not to bother.



This. Bought this laptop in white for a friend who values looks over CPU and it's a bit slow. Good enough for her though

Original Poster

piloteer81

They are cheeky with this AMD CPU. Catching out a lot of unsuspecting … They are cheeky with this AMD CPU. Catching out a lot of unsuspecting people. Intel defined the ultrabook spec anyway so this isn't even an ultrabook.



Actually I just labelled it a budget ultrabook. The wording used on the page by Argos is laptop. They didn't say what specific cpu was inside, so I was a little bemused by the weight and dimensions.

Although you can't call this an ultrabook it does meet most of the key specs:

Lightweight
Thin build
Lasts over 8 hours per charge
Has an SSD for fast boot

Low(ish) end AMD rather than current Intel means the processor will be a little slower, but it is a quad core that boosts to 1.4Ghz so will be fine for most users. The GPU is about the equivalent of an Ivybridge system if you want to play the occasional game. Full details of the processor are here:

notebookcheck.net/AMD…tml

Here is a review of this with an extra 4gb RAM and a touchscreen:

theinquirer.net/inq…e/3

If you want the touchscreen it adds £69 to the price at eBuyer:

ebuyer.com/542…wcB
Edited by: "sibeer" 2nd Sep 2014

From the Samsung specs where it lists "AMD Radeon™ HD 8250 Graphics" you can work out that this is the A6-1450 which is a "cat" core Jaguar processor:
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ors
products.amd.com/pag…t=1
These compete with Intel's Atom processors with generally better graphics. Passmark-wise this scores around the same as the slower Celeron U (Ivy Bridge or Haswell) but remember this is quad core vs dual core so the single threaded performance is a lot worse:
AMD A6-1450 APU = 1576 (Temesh 'Jaguar')
Intel Celeron 1017U @ 1.60GHz = 1597 (Ivy Bridge)
Intel Celeron N2830 @ 2.16GHz = 1083 (Atom Bay Trail-M)

is this easy to upgrade the HDD and/or RAM? with my HP one you can do the RAM in seconds and the HDD isn't far off.
Edited by: "Munkster" 2nd Sep 2014

kwl147

This lightweight laptop is perfect for travellers



I've got to agree that it'd look pretty sweet in here too
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uSt1rBq2ZJg/TwS-l7eECrI/AAAAAAAAAw0/rvkujjwGAug/s400/sh+tty+caravan.jpg

I love how hidden the CPU details are;

Intel laptop ad;

Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel Intel 1.4Ghz

AMD laptop ad;

.................................................................1.4GHz


I guess it's a sign of how laughably behind AMD are!

TacticalTimbo

I guess it's a sign of how laughably behind AMD are!


I don't really think so. Intel are just a far better known brand and also mentioning Intel in your adverts has often allowed companies to claim back cash rebates. Because if it was only about performance, then those Atom Celeron N2xxx deals would not mention the word Intel either.

Actually, that AMD's 'cat' architectures are able to compete with Atom despite Intel being on 22nm vs 32nm/28nm for AMD and despite Intel having $billion for R&D shows how messed-up Intel's low power strategy is. And while a big corporation is never likely to get as good a return on R&D money spent (AMD may behind but considering their tiny R&D budget they do get good value for their R&D spend), there is a reason that Intel are having to dump those Atom processors even if they call their dumping 'contra-revenue'. Wouldn't not be surprised if the contra-revenue things ends up being scrutinised the EC or some other competition authority.

A lot of the problems with Intel's low power strategy is that since Atom came out they have spend more effort crippling Atom so that it doesn't eat into their Core line margins. A very dangerous strategy because it allowed ARM to totally take the phone and tablet market. Can't say I feel sorry for Intel though.

Original Poster

kgrings

I don't really think so. Intel are just a far better known brand and also … I don't really think so. Intel are just a far better known brand and also mentioning Intel in your adverts has often allowed companies to claim back cash rebates. Because if it was only about performance, then those Atom Celeron N2xxx deals would not mention the word Intel either.Actually, that AMD's 'cat' architectures are able to compete with Atom despite Intel being on 22nm vs 32nm/28nm for AMD and despite Intel having $billion for R&D shows how messed-up Intel's low power strategy is. And while a big corporation is never likely to get as good a return on R&D money spent (AMD may behind but considering their tiny R&D budget they do get good value for their R&D spend), there is a reason that Intel are having to dump those Atom processors even if they call their dumping 'contra-revenue'. Wouldn't not be surprised if the contra-revenue things ends up being scrutinised the EC or some other competition authority.A lot of the problems with Intel's low power strategy is that since Atom came out they have spend more effort crippling Atom so that it doesn't eat into their Core line margins. A very dangerous strategy because it allowed ARM to totally take the phone and tablet market. Can't say I feel sorry for Intel though.



Intel Atom's were so pathetically poor it really was a comedy. When it comes to low power look no further than AMD, same goes for value for money. Always been the case and pretty much will be until Intel eventually cracks the lower TDP business. I'm optimistic about AMD now though and I really want them to make a huge comeback. I like the title of underdogs. The AMD APUs are very capable, require low energy and consume less than Intel. Although still can't hold a candle in performance to Intel but they are so much cheaper its a case of you get what you pay for. Intel lose £2 billion a quarter on this side of their business, I'm told by a few people. However it is barely a drop in the ocean as far as Intel are concerned such is their dominance and profit margins.

its nice but i prefer my macbook air.

shame none in stock for me would of bought one

Old model , always worth this price

Have owned this for 6months and two friends have bought it off the back of their liking it.
You won't be able to do anything intensive but have found it stable for web viewing, watching movies etc. if I want to watch a movie I will use HDMI cable (£1 eBay adapter required) as the Matt screen is not the best res. took a week to get used to a Matt screen from gloss but as with all things you get used it over time and am happy not to get glare.
Boot up is 9 sec once you have installed standard softwares and if you are not using terabyte storage and am bothered by 128gb of storage you can put a large capacity SD card at little expense.
Only gripe is the inbuilt samsung software constantly suggesting updates to its own software popping up. Went to uninstall but then my function keys failed.
My mac owning girlfriend is taking the plunge on this as is lightweight, stylish and is now £50 cheaper than I paid!

Nice spec and form factor for the price

Seems to be out of stock everywhere!

for £50 more you can get the touch screen version of this in sainsburys

Link please, our is it in-store only?

i honestly would not recommend buying this computer. straight out of the box it is slow as hell due to the lack of a good processor. go for intel guys. cheap amd cpu's are not worth it
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