Need a sleek 15.6 inch laptop that offers good reliability for daily use but did not want to spend much money? This is look an impossible to find that kind of laptop, but if you are not too concern about multimedia performance, the Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US is one a good choice. Yeah, based on the entry level of Intel i3 Ivy Bridge platform as the heart and measures just 1.2 inches thick, the Samsung NP270E5E-K02US laptop is one of the best option for budget conscious user that can they get for price under $400.
Yeah, Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US is a budget friendly laptop, but it’s not looks cheaply. Similar to the ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K04U laptop, this Samsung ATIV Book 2 also comes with a high quality plastic for material and a Mineral Ash Black color for interior and exterior made this machine looks come from high quality aluminum for material. Measures 14.8 x 9.7 x 1.2 inches (37.6 x 24.6 x 3.0 cm) and weighs around at 4.85 lb (2.20 kg), this laptop is not the thinnest laptop on its class, but still gives a good portability for travel companion or uses in Office.
Powered by Intel Core i3-3120M dual core processor with features a 3MB L3 cache and clocked around at 2.4GHZ, the ATIV Book 2 15.6 inch laptop is not a high end machine, but still provides smooth and seamless performance for almost all office and light multimedia applications. Similar to the $350 X501A-SI30403X from Asus, the Samsung Ativ laptop’s also incorporated with 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM and running on the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 as the operating system, provides fast and reliable performance for multithread applications.
The ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US laptop is not a high end machine, but it comes with a good display. The 15.6 inch High Definition display that supports a native 1366 x 768 resolution also uses LED backlit and anti reflective technology, delivers very bright, crisp and vivid color for multimedia tasks and games, even in very bright condition. The Intel HD graphics 4000 as graphics accelerator also ensures user can play most casual modern games, watch 720p HD video playback or streaming movies from internet and run most light multimedia and home editing video.
Like common 15.6 inch laptop from other brand on its class, the Samsung’s also equipped with a 500GB of Serial ATA disk drive with spinning speed of 5400 rpm and has a DVD +/-RW Super Multi Dual Layer drive that located on the right side. It allows user to load more applications from DVD’s cassette or burn their document or video into CD’s format. Around the edges, there are also a wide range of port interface, such as Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack, multimedia card reader slot that supports SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, few USB 2.0 port, VGA, HDMI port and Kensington Lock Slot.
On the center of top bezel, the 720p High Definition web camera that integrated with digital microphone allows user to keep in touch or make face to face video conference when they on the go. The black keyboard also has full numeric keypad and Touch Pad with multi gesture support, Like the previous model, this model also brings fairly crisp and loud audio reproduction for both music and video, thanks to dual stereo speakers that optimized by SoundAlive technology. Other hardware specifications are Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet LAN for wired connection, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN and 6-cell Lithium Ion battery. Samsung claims if the battery can produces around 4 hours of battery life on normal usage or up to 6 hours for light office usage.
Of course, the laptop’s also preloaded with few useful software, such as Norton Internet security, Trial version of Microsoft Office, Adobe reader and few Samsung’s app, such as S player, S Camera and for recovery backup. Yeah, this model is lacks USB 3.0 port and only comes with entry level of Intel Ivy Bridge processor. But the laptop still boasts a very good display and also has many strengths that make it a good option for daily use, especially if you are not want to breaking the bank. So, what do you think? If you are interested, Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US laptop is ready now for order in US market with a starting price around at $399 with 1 year limited warranty.