Personally, I refuse to even venture into the realm of 15.4″ laptops, let alone 17″ ones. The 14.1″ inch standard is also pushing it but given some smokin’ specs, I could be convinced. Samsung recently announced the Desknote Sens G25, a behemoth of a laptop with a screen measuring in at a ridiculous 19-inches. I must be mistaken but isn’t the point of having a laptop in the first place portability? With 17″ laptops weighing in excess of ten pounds, this thing must weigh at least 14-15. I’m not a weakling but lugging that around campus all day would just hurt. The laptop looks bigger than the model posing with it!
Some people are going to scream this is a “desktop replacement” notebook but since when did desktops need replacing? I don’t see the point of a laptop that requires a forklift. If a mid-tower is too big for you, go buy a Shuttle or some other mini-ATX toaster. At least that makes a little sense. “Oh but those mini-notebooks are too slow!” Most are but the last time I checked, Toshiba, Dell and I think HP all make adequately powerful 12.1″ and 13″ notebooks with real video cards.
The good thing about this massive Samsung laptop is the price. While some of the larger laptops such as the Toshiba Qosmio series will usually cost you at least $2,500, the Samsung apparently only retails for $1,090! That’s very cheap for something with a 19″ screen and a 320GB HD but at press time, there weren’t any other details. To me, that probably means it’s…well, slow. I can’t think of any laptop even in the 15.4″ range that has a real video card, a fast Core 2 Duo and still clocks in near a grand. It also has a built-in AC power supply which means you don’t have to carry around that bulky transformer brick.
I’m actually quite disappointed in Samsung for this laptop. To me, they’re one of the few companies in the world that value style and design. Their mobile phones, for example, are usually thin and gorgeous compared to their fat Finnish competitors from Nokia. If mobile phones have taught us anything about market trends, it’s that devices need to get smaller and more powerful, not bigger and slower. They need to be working on cramming an ultra fast system with insane battery life into a 11.1″ package…not making cheapie laptops the size of elephants.