I am going to describe a typical day of mine:

Wake up, wash, eat.

Open my laptop… … stare at the screen … … curse… wait some more …. insert my password… stare some more…wait… get frustrated and walk away.

Come back after a few minutes to see stat things are slowwly loading.

First thing I look at is Chrome… Why the heck do I need all those 30 open tabs? *sigh* things couldn’t be any slower.

Few minutes later… Ok lets quickly look over the email and see if anything critical is going on. Few minor things need to be taken care of, no problemo.

Open up a few new tabs to “quickly” take care of them… loading…

Ok while they are loading, let me look at some other things that I have open…

10 minutes later

Oh yea, what was I supposed to do? Oh, those quick problems. Let me see if they are loaded. Great! What the hell did I have to do with them?

Better check my email again.

REPEAT the whole process.

 

I might be a little over exaggerating here, but you can get the picture. When it took a while for some processes to load I checked out some other things in the meanwhile and lost focus on the task at hand.

I wasn’t being productive at all.

The worst were the cases when I had many things going on at once and I had to have a million things opened. To say things were moving along slowly is an understatement.

Enter girlfriend:

Why don’t you just buy a new computer?

I had thought about it, but there were so many other things I could spend my money on.

But you are so frustrated when your laptop is so low and nothing works.

– I know, but I can manage. I don’t need to spend money on some fancy toy.

It’s not a fancy toy, it’s THE thing you actually work on. If you can do more work in the same amount of time you’ll be that much more productive.

– Good point.

 

To think about it, when you are a builder and you use a broken hammer all day it just doesn’t make sense NOT to buy a new proper tool that you use all the time.

You are truly productive only a few hours a day. I’m not talking about the time you “work”, but the time period you actually get something done. I’d say it’s about 4-5 hours per day. Rest of the day you are doing busy work: checking email, messing around on twitter, answering messages etc. For about 4 hours you are actually productive where you create something new.

I was convinced.

In theory I knew that I needed a new laptop and it would make working that much enjoyable and productive, but I somehow felt like I was just spending  on myself.

That’s not the case at all! I have had this new laptop for a few days and it is AWESOME! Everything is so fast and smooth that it’s so unusual for me. When I open something it opens right away. I don’t have to wait at all. For most of you, this feeling seems strange, but those who have a crappy slow computer know exactly what I’m talking about.

So I did my research and found the perfect tool for the job.

Take a look at this beauty:

Samsung NP700Z5C

This is the new Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5C. And it’s pure awesomeness.

Why not a Mac? All the cool kids are doing it.

Since I program (sometimes) I am used to all the tools in PC and I’m most comfortable here.

But most of all – you get more bang for you buck.

For nearly HALF the price you get a much better machine. Should I say more?

Let’s compare the two:

    
Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5C
       
Apple Macbook Pro MD103LL/A
CPU:  Inter Core i7-3635QM @ 2.4GHz
(Turbo 3.4 GHz)
 Inter Core i7-3615QM @ 2.3GHz
(Turbo 3.3 GHz)
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
Storage: 1 TB Hard Drive (1000GB) 500 GB Hard Drive
Display: 15.6 Inch Screen @ 1600 x 900 pixels 15.4 Inch Screen @ 1440 x 900 pixels
Graphics: GeForce GT 640M 1GB GeForce GT 650M 512MB
Size:  14.20 x 9.30 x 0.94 inch @ 5.29 lb.  14.35 x 9.82 x 0.95 inch @ 5.6 lb.
OS: Windows 8 (64-bit) Mac OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
Price: See Amazon See Amazon

 

For nearly half the price Samsung beats Apple by a landslide. What surprised me the most is that the Samsung laptop is actually thinner and lighter than the Mac!

No wonder they call this Samsung the Mac killer.

NB: I, in no way, apply that the Macbook Pro is a bad computer. Just, when comparing the two, the Samsung seems like a much better choice to me.

First Look

Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5C

When you first pick it up you can’t believe how light it is. It is very light and small – amazingly powerful for its size.

It has 3 USB ports (1 x USB2.0 + 2 x USB3.0), Mini VGA, HDMI, Lan port, audio in/out and a multi card slot. Plus a DVD +/-RW Super Multi Dual Layer slot (for saving space).

I like the fact that i’s well built and doesn’t feel plastic-y at all. Very sturdy. Built like a tank.

Screen

Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5C Screen

 

Only critique I could find about this laptop was about the screen, but I think it is great. Super bright, high quality, wide sharp screen.

One thing that I noticed is that the viewing angles are really good. It’s one of the benefits of having a matt screen. It looks good in almost any angle. You don’t have to shift the screen all day to find a good angle to view it.

Keyboard

Samsung NP700Z5C Keyboard

I was a bit hesitant at first because it has a full keyboard. Meaning it has a numpad on the right side so the letters are pushed together a little more.

Actually it’s great. All the buttons are much closer and it’s much easier to press the enter button with my pinky now. I got used to the layout very quickly.

The keyboard backlight is really nice as well.

np700z5c keyboard backlight

uuu look at the purty lights!

Touchpad

It took me a while to get used to the multitouch touchpad, but now I am pretty pleased with it after I found out you can control the sensitivity among other things. The surface is nice and smooth. It also doesn’t go crazy when I accidentally rest my palm on it. It recognizes that it’s a palm and not a finger. Nice.

I can navigate really fast with the two-,three-, and four-finger shortcuts. I feel like Tom Cruise in Minority Report.

Windows 8

Windows 8 Start Screen

At first Windows 8 was very unfamiliar, but I got used to it very quickly. The most unusual thing for me to see was the absence of the start menu. Instead they had a start screen. Something very different.

Luckily I wasn’t the only one who thought this was odd and people have already made several start menu replacements.

I chose Pokki (free) and it does the job pretty well.

Battery

I tested the battery today and it lasted well over 7 hours. Which, to me, is pretty incredible. I was using it to work all day (some video watching as well) and it lasted like a soldier.

I really didn’t expect that at all. Now I know I don’t have to worry if I forgot my cable when I go somewhere to work.

Performance

What can I say. It’s like day and night. Everything is lightning fast. I haven’t had any compatibility issues whatsoever, which I was afraid of in the beginning, because of the new 64-bit operating system.

Let me test how fast it goes to sleep and comes back again… 23.78 seconds! It included me closing the lid, waiting for the laptop to go so sleep, opening the lid again, entering the password and seeing this post again. Most of the time was spent on me trying to remember the password.

One thing I noticed immediately was the silence. You can hardly hear it when it’s on.

Conclusion

It took me a few days to get everything set up like I needed, but in the end it was soooo worth it. If you haven’t gotten yourself a new computer yet – do it now! I’m telling you, it boosts your productivity like crazy (unless you start playing games on your new superfast computer and showing off to all your friends).

Now I don’t get distracted when I’m waiting for something to load. No more: until this thing loads I might as well check out Google Reader *BAM* 20 minutes gone by. Damn.

Getting a new computer is the easiest (although no the cheapest) way to increase your productivity. Totally worth the investment.

PS: The new laptop smell is amazing. It’s like the new book smell, but better. *sniffidy-sniff*

Few more glamour shots for the tech geeks:

Samsung NP700Z5C Top

Samsung NP700Z5C Right Side

Samsung Np700Z5C Left Side

Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5C backlight

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