"The Samsung Series 6 range meets almost all the requirements of a good business laptop range"
The Samsung Series 6 is a range of high-end business laptops geared for intense daily use. We looked at the Samsung 600B5B model to see whether it was worth investing in.
What we like best
Even at a lower configuration, this Samsung range offers competent performance that will be more than adequate for the office and boardroom.
The dual-core Intel i5-2520M processor is the middle point option available, and it’s a very good option too. Coupled with 6Gb RAM, it will be able to handle everything you can throw at it in the course of a working day: fluid multi-tab browsing, intensive use of office applications, and number crunching.
The main parts of this device – the lid, the palm rest and the display hinges – don’t easily yield to pressure, possibly thanks to the magnesium build. The keyboard is full-size, spill-resistant and has a separate number pad on the right-hand side.
It might take some getting used to, but once you’ve registered that you’re not using a chiclet keyboard you’ll be able to touch-type very quickly. The trackpad supports two-finger scrolling, zoom and pinch both of which work well.
Business users will be pleased to notice the inclusion of a fingerprint reader and a freefall sensor that locks your hard drive if the laptop is dropped by accident. There are also two USB 3.0 ports plus two more USB 2.0 equivalents.
The 15.6 inch screen’s contrast and resolution isn’t great, but it offers the user the option to take it into more light-intensive surroundings and use it without having to accept annoying reflections and glare.
What we like least
If you aim to use the Samsung Series 6 for a presentation, you might want to ensure it’s hidden from view by a podium or something.
It’s not the most slick-looking laptop you’ll ever see: it is bulky, thick-set and heavy, looking every bit the reliable worker, but also nothing like more pristine laptops such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X220.
Its weight might be excusable, if it were due to a large and strong battery, but in fact the 600B5B has to be re-connected to an external power supply after about three and a half hours of medium-intense use.
Both pairs of USB ports sit awkwardly close to each other, meaning you’ll have trouble inserting two slightly larger dongles at the same time.
The Samsung Series 6 range meets almost all the requirements of a good business laptop range: it is built to last, it has strong if not spectacular performance capability, a decent keyboard and extensive security features. However, it is not as slick-looking as some users might have hoped for, and its battery life lets it down. It would make a great option for a laptop that is used mainly for in-house office tasks.
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Intel Core i5-2520M
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Hard Drive Storage
1.3 MP Webcam
High Definition Audio
DVD Super Multi
1 x ExpressCard
7-in-1 Multi-media card reader
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Weight & Size
(W) 370 mm x (H) 35 mm x (D) 248 mm
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Genuine Windows 7 Professional
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