HP DV43029TX or Samsung SF311-S02AU

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  1. josh81

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    Which one should i get, which is better?

    I'm leaning towards the Samsung, the things i'm worried about are the graphics card only being 512mb, also what does "Optimus" mean? I'm not a big games player by any means, but would like that option. Plus i do graphic design, and video editing.
    Plus, i'm note sure if the Samsung has 2 RAM slots. What's BD 2gb+2gb mean?
    I would really like the bluetooth 3.0, plus 13.3" is my preferred size, and the battery life is really good.
    Thanks for any comments.

    Samsung SF311-S02AU - $786

    - 2.3 GHz Core i5-2410M [Cache 3 MB]
    - 4GB (DDR3 / on BD 2GB + 2GB)
    - 512mb DDR3 NVIDIA Geforce GT 520M (Optimus)
    - 13.3" SuperBright 300nit HD (1,366 x 768) LED
    - 320GB (5400 rpm) HDD
    - DVD-RW Super Multi
    - 1x RJ45, 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
    - Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
    - 802.11 b/g/n
    - High-Def Audio (1.5W x 2 speakers) 3D SRS Premium Sound
    - SD card slot
    - HDMI & VGA
    - 1 stereo headphone-out
    - 1 mic in
    - 2 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0 (chargable usb incl. sleep charge)
    - 1.3mp HD webcam with mic
    - 6 cell battery [(65Wh)(5500mAh)], up to 9hrs
    - Win7 HP 64
    - Dimensions 33.1 x 23.6 x 2.69-3.25 cm - 2.06 kg

    http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/...2AU/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&tab=feature

    HP DV43029TX - $699

    - 2.3 GHz Core i5-2410M [Cache 3 MB L3]
    - 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM [Max 8 GB DDR3]
    - 1GB DDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6750M
    - 14.0" HD LED Brightview Display (1366 x 768)
    - 640GB (5400 rpm) HDD
    - LightScribe DVD±R/RW DL
    - 1x RJ45, 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
    - Bluetooth 2.0
    - 802.11 b/g/n
    - Altec Lansing speakers - Dolby Home Theater
    - SD card slot
    - HDMI & VGA
    - 1 stereo headphone-out
    - 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo
    - 2 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0
    - HP TrueVision Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone
    - 6-cell battery
    - Win7 HP 64
    - Dimensions 23.8 x 34 x 2.81 cm - 2.22 kg

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...ry&cc=au&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=5079529

    Samsung has better:
    - smaller, lighter
    - bluetooth 3+HS
    - longer battery life
    - better webcam i think
    - sleep charge
    - 3 second startup

    HP has better:
    - graphics card
    - extra headphone port
    - lightscribe burner
    - larger hard drive (will probably sell HD, and use my 500gb 7200rpm one)
    - cheaper


    Images:
    Samsung: http://e-katalog.ru/jpg_zoom1/134040.jpg
    HP: http://www.msy.com.au/pimages/DV43030TX_LR726PA_.jpg

    Also, if you're going to suggest an alternative laptop, then my requirements are:
    ~$700 budget, Core i5, USB 3.0, independant graphics, bluetooth, LED screen 13.3-14", webcam, optical drive (bluray player would be awesome too, but i think it's out of my budget), HDMI, VGA, SD card slot.
     
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  2. glenpinn

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    im not a big fan of the DV series laptops in general, however in this case it may be a better buy.

    also, why you so bothered about Usb3.0, its a waste, a novelty in my opinion, and i dont bother with it.

    now, i recently sold a samsung RV511 laptop that had "premium SRS Sound) and it was shit, so the DV6 will have way better sound.

    the 640gb hdd in a laptop is also fine, i had 5400rpm drives in all my laptops, changed them to 7200rpm and it was no difference.

    so yeah, the HP one i reckon.
     
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    Hi, thanks for your reply.

    I don't know why you think USB 3.0 is a gimmick. I'm often annoyed about the time it takes for some largish video files to transfer via usb.
    So instead of waiting 10mins, it will be 1-2mins.

    I'm going from an XPSM1210 which has fairly small basic speakers, so i'm ot too fussed.

    Anyway, i bought a laptop today!

    I found this model at Wow Sight & Sound. It's the Samsung QX412-S01AU.

    It's very similar to the above mentioned Samsung, except it has a 1gb graphics card, it's a fair bit thinner, it's a 14" screen yet it has the same footprint, it's got better build quality, with aluminium construction.
    The RRP at the moment is $1099, it used to be $1399 a few months ago.
    Most places i looked online were selling it for $1000-$1100.
    Wow had it for $899, last one. It was the display model (in mint condition), and i haggled them down to $810.
    Very happy. Doing a system restore now.
    It's a really swish looking laptop. :)

    http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/...dex.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&tab=specification
     
  4. glenpinn

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    USB 3.0 is only in its infancy at the moment, and is still too young yet to be of any real use to anybody, so you will find that not many people place any importance what so ever on USB 3.0, not until its fully developed and working the way it was meant to work.

    i had an i7 2600 system until recently, and it had 2x USB 3.0 ports on the mobo, but i had to install drivers in win 7 to get them to work, and when they did work, my speeds using my 1tb west digital essential portable drives were no better than USB 2.0, and even then the ports wouldnt even detect the drives half the time.

    for me, firewire has always been, and always will be a far more reliable form of data transfer between 2 devices, its a proven technology and was around 40 years ago, and it should have always been continued and updated rather than some idiot deciding Usb was going to be the next big thing in technology.

    anyway, im from the old days of computing, so i know all about all this stuff, and i embrace new technology just like others do, but Usb 3.0 at the moment is a joke, not relevant to most people out there just yet.

    glad you sorted your new laptop out.

    cheers
     
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    josh81

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    Hey Glen,

    you were trying to use a usb 3.0 western digital portable drive, right? You weren't trying to use a usb 2.0 WD drive in a usb 3.0 port and expecting usb 3.0 speeds?
    It wouldn't detect the drive at all? Is that a usb 3.0 issue, or a samsung issue you reckon?

    Do you think that usb 3.0 can be improved in the future by means of driver/software updates, or do you think it's a hardware update that needs to happen?

    I don't have any usb 3.0 devices yet, but will probably get one within 6mths.

    cheers.
     
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    http://store.westerndigital.com/sto...=ToMDhgoHAtYAAFOYFCwAAAAz&rests=1317208965526

    no, i was referring to using my devices (all 8 of them) on USB 3.0 ports on my i7 system b4 i sold it.

    i bought these portable drives thinking about future proofing myself, and i got them for around $75 each, so i "grabbed a bargain" as they say.

    anyway, i just bought a wonderful brand new 17" Asus K73TA Amd A6 quad core laptop from another member in the sales section for $550 and it has 1x USB 3.0 port on it (my first ever laptop with usb 3.0) so it will be interesting to see what speeds i get from these WD drives using that laptop.

    this is the laptop

    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=985705

    http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Versatile_Performance/K73TA/

    also, i hate using those WD drives because the USB 3.0 cable is a lot thicker than the older usb cables, and as stiff as an iron bar, so they are a real pain to use, not very flexible, and given i only store my personal files, music, photos and movies on each of them, so given i dont write much data to them now they have all my stuff on them, data write speed isnt important to me any more.

    so yeah, they get used on USB 2.0 ports only, so far that it.
     
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