Samsung R522 Laptop Review


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The Samsung LogoIn the past few days, I’ve had a look at quite a few laptops that were launched recently. The Samsung R522 is one of them. Launched in May 2009, the Samsung R522 was recommended to me by a friend. I decided to visit the Samsung dealer in West Patel Nagar for a demo.

The first thing I noticed about the laptop was its glossy, metallic body. Next, I noticed the funky touch-pad with a backlit border strip and immediately fell in love with it. I was satisfied with the looks and now it was time to use the laptop. The Anti Bacterial Keyboard is nice and the touchpad material made it easy to control the mouse pointer. Many laptops are badly designed in the sense that your fingers tend to touch the touchpad while typing and it causes a lot of irritation. The Samsung R522 has a perfect design to avoid such problems.The Samsung R522The laptop has a 1.3 Mega Pixel Webcam and a 15.6 inch 16:9 widescreen display. The 6 cell battery, gives it a battery life of up to 5 hours which I must say, is very impressive. The keyboard is not only Anti Bacterial, it also happens to be spill resistant. The Laptop is powered by a 2.0 GHz Intel Core2 Duo T6400 processor, has 2 GB DDR2 RAM and a 250 GB hard disk making it a great laptop for home use. The Samsung R522 is basically, a competitor of the Dell Inspiron series of laptops. Priced at around, Rs 37399, the Samsung R522 seems to be a better buy as it has many small but important features that are not present in the Dell Inspiron series.

You can read some more reviews of the Samsung R522 before forming an opinion about it. To get an even better idea of the laptop, you should visit your nearest Samsung dealer for a demo.

This was my opinion about the Samsung R522. But your opinion equally matters. What do you think about it? Will the Samsung R522 laptop be a success? People know Samsung better as an electronics brand and don’t treat it like other Laptop brands. I just don’t understand why someone should be skeptical about buying a Samsung laptop. If it has better features and is better value for your money, why should you bother about the brand? What would you prefer-an incapable Vaio or a fully loaded Samsung R522?

AIEEE 2009 Counseling Ends Tonight


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The choice filling part of the AIEEE 2009 counseling ends tonight, 28th June at 11:55pm. Yes, today is the last day for locking your choices if you wish to be considered for AIEEE central counseling. Here are some last moment tips if you haven’t locked your choices yet-

Be thorough with the AIEEE counseling procedure and go through the AIEEE Counseling Guide and all the comments there. Check that your choices are ordered properly in the order of your preference. Lock your choices as soon as you decide your choices. Don’t wait till 11:00 pm to lock your choices. Think of it like this-” What if my internet connection goes down at 11:00 pm? ” or ” What if there is a power cut? ”

I just want to say that you’ve had enough time to prepare your list of choices. You should’ve been finished with it long ago. So don’t forget to lock your choices and don’t wait for the deadline. After you’ve locked your choices, you just need to sit back and relax and wait for allotment. This year the counseling system is very fair and I’m sure you will be satisfied at the end of it. Best of Luck!

Compare laptop prices at ConsumerMate.com


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In my last post, I mentioned that I placed an order for my laptop. Zeroing in on a particular model was a tough choice to make, indeed. Some manufacturers like Dell have good websites but others make it tough to compare laptops. Thankfully I knew I site where I could Compare Laptops easily.

ConsumerMate.com is a new service launched by the 9.9 Media group. It is currently aimed at helping prospective laptop buyers zero in on a particular model using a comparison tool. They have about 300 laptops in their listing which includes all major brands. Users can select the brands they are interested in and use the slider tool to set the range of price, weight and screen size. At every step, the tools tells you the number of options you have. You can then compare the shortlisted laptops on specifications and price. You may also use the Laptop Guru mode which has a wizard to shortlist laptops based on your needs.

Nobody likes paying more than what a laptop is worth. Most websites just mention the MRPs of different models but ConsumerMate provides up to date street prices for all the models. They even have a service called Ask us where you can ask for the street price of a model and dealer information in your city. You can even get some discounts on laptops through the Hot Deals section.

When you buy a laptop, price is not the only factor to consider. After all, you’ll be using the laptop for quite some time and performance is definitely an important factor. ConsumerMate provides Expert Ratings powered by Digit test center which you can use to check the ratings of different models.

To summarize in short, if you are thinking about buying a laptop, head to ConsumerMate to Compare Laptops.

Ordered a Dell Studio 15


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Regular visitors of my blog would know that I’ve been planning to buy a laptop. I’ve finally placed an order for a Dell Studio 15 series laptop and will be getting it in 10 to 12 days working days. Read on to know the configuration.

I started my quest to find the perfect laptop for myself early this month. I was inclined to get a laptop with an AMD processor but Ankur advised me that Intel was a better option for laptops. Next up, I wanted a good graphics card which would support Crysis at a decent resolution. I decided to go for an ATI graphics card as it would give me better value for money.

Selecting the brand was a pretty easy job. I wasn’t considering Indian brands and I’m not crazy enough to buy a Vaio or a Macbook. I was mainly considering Dell and HP. I was slightly inclined towards Dell as it offers online customization for your laptop. Finally, after going through HP and Dell options, I decided to go for a Dell Studio 15 laptop. I initially decided to buy the one with the P8600 2.4GHz processor, 512MB Graphics card and 320GB hard disk and customized it to include a 9-cell battery, but Ankur provided me a nice alternative that would cost roughly the same. That enlightened me and I realized the importance of little customizations like a backlit keyboard and a 500GB hard disk.

So here’s the configuration I finally settled for-

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6400 (2GHz/ 800 FSB/ 2MB Cache)
4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 SDRAM Memory
Dell(TM) Backlit Keyboard with Touchpad
512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
500GB SATA Hard Drive
Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium SP1 32 bit (An impurity in my hard disk)
Slot Load 8X DVD+/-RW Drive with DVD+R double layer write capability
Integrated Stereo Sound with Subwoofer
1 Year Complete Cover Accidental Damage Protection
Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card
9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
15.6” 720p WLED (1366×768) Display with TrueLife™ and Built-in 2.0MP Web Cam

The next step was ordering the laptop. I could’ve ordered online but if I ordered from a Dell exclusive store, the 4% tax would not be charged. I headed to the Dell Exclusive store Vidur & Co, G-4 Gedore House, 51- 52 Nehru Place to order it, Since I wanted to make customizations, it was next to impossible to find a laptop in stock with some retailer. I went inside the crowded store where all Dell laptops and desktops were displayed. A lot of people were placing their orders. Finally, after waiting for 10 minutes, a representative was free and it was my turn. The guy was using an Inspiron 1525 to place my order. He was using Internet Explorer 6. Later, when he minimized the window, I noticed that he was using a pirated copy of Windows XP which had failed the genuine advantage notification test. Perhaps, the guy tried upgrading his browser to IE7. The order was placed quickly and I paid through my credit card using an IVRS. In case you are wondering how much it cost me, it cost me around Rs 51000 inclusive of all charges.