This 15.6in all-rounder Samsung 300E5A (S08AU) is an amazing deal for $694 at The Good Guys, featuring a 2nd gen Intel Core i5-2450m with 4GB memory to ensure a smooth computing experience with productivity applications, everyday web surfing and even some more intense software applications. The dedicated Nvidia GT520MX is not exactly powerful, but unlike simple onboard graphics, will let you play some PC games at low settings. The laptop also comes with a large 1 TB hard drive, a size typically found in laptops around the $1,000 mark. As a whole, the Samsung 300E5A (S08AU) has a solid core system spec for an all-rounder laptop that you would normally find around the $900 price range.
We have been covering many Samsung all-rounder laptops lately, not because the other manufacturers are holding back with specials – the low budget laptop market is as fiercely competitive as ever right now - but because Samsung has been providing laptops with an edge in specs, such as an extra 250GB of storage or maybe 2GBs more of memory, or which are generally cheaper than the competition's. It’s the little things that are setting Samsung apart from competitors who are equally aggressive with specials.
See a summary of the specs below:
PROCESSOR - The laptop's engine
The Samsung 300E5A-S08AU features a 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2,450M (2.5GHz), quite a powerful processor for a budget all-rounder.
GRAPHICS - Control what you see displayed on the screen
It comes with a dedicated graphics card called the NVIDIA GeForce GT520M with 1GB memory. It's an entry-range component, that won’t be particularly useful for modern games but is still better than most integrated graphics solutions.
RAM - The memory used for computation
4GB of memory is enough for reasonable system performance with Windows 7 Premium and for running several programs at once smoothly.
STORAGE - The long term store for data and programs
A 1TB hard disk drive is exceptionally large and will hold an extensive amount of media content along with documents.
The Samsung 300E5A-S08AU sports a 15.6in (1,366 x 768 resolution) anti-reflective screen. The resolution is average for the screen size.
The Samsung 300E5A-S08AU is a full-sized laptop. Weighing 2.30kg, it is less portable than average, but it's to be expected for an all-rounder that doesn't make claims (and attract a price premium) for above average portability. Although it can be moved around, a decent notebook backpack should be considered.
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