Samsung 550P5C-S02AU i7-3610QM Review
The Samsung Series 5 550 P5C’s T02 plastic case makes a beautiful impression in terms of looking as well as workmanship. The components exhibit a nice transition without protruding edges or large gaps between the parts. Samsung does not use glossy piano lacquer surfaces on the display lid. Instead it relies on a smooth, dotted, charcoal gray surface for a metallic look. The company logo is present on the lid. This combination bestows Samsung’s 550 P5C a restrained but not dull look.
Regarding its connectivity fortunately there is no cutbacks observed. This type of laptop provides all common ports that are needed for everyday use and does not leave anything to be desired. The interface distribution shows reason for complaint because they are found mainly towards the front on the sides. Normally, ports that need a thick unwieldy cable are concentrated on the left. Interfering cables are inevitable. A 1.3 megapixel web/video camera is installed at the top of the display bezel. The microphone is towards the left of the keyboard. Video conferences via Skype or similar programs are not a problem for Samsung’s Series 5 550PC-T02. A built-in 2.1 sound system is responsible for an above-average sound.
Samsung also sticks to a standard keyboard layout and apart from the top row of keys it does not swap or elongate any keys. This facilitates fast typing and reduces the time needed for familiarization with the layout. A full-scale number pad is also great and is not inferior to an external keyboard in anyway. The pressure point is very clear and the key stroke is implemented homogeneously. The keyboard’s manufacturing as well as its fit in the chassis makes a very good impression as the keyboard is extremely resistant to flex. Even vigorous typing does not generate any noticeable yielding or clattery noise.
Samsung’s Series 5 scores with an above-average sound due to its built-in speakers. Samsung calls on the audio system manufacturer JBL, whose integrated 2.1 sound system is definitely worth listening to and stands out from the vast majority of notebooks in this category. The playback of the tested audio files is clear and tones distinct. Its maximum playback volume is more than sufficient and does not override the speakers. The installed hardware might not be the strongest in terms of performance but the test device was not designed for that since it is a state-of-the-art in any case.
In addition to the workmanship and connectivity, the installed hardware is quite important. Many users will first give the installed hardware a once-over before looking at the rest. After all, mostly want to buy as much performance as possible for their money. Lots of users said that they are very much satisfied with JBL’s sound system. It lets the device stand-out a bit from other notebooks. Most users are satisfied with the touchpad’s functionality. Many others said that its performance is sufficient for everyday use. There is not much to complain regarding connectivity as other users disclosed it very clearly.
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