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Samsung R530 review

A great looking laptop which offers substance as well style

Our Verdict

A great laptop that offers performance and style in an affordable package. We don't think you could do much better without spending more

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Nice styling
  • Good performance
  • Connectivity
  • Build quality

Against

  • Quite heavy

Not only is the Samsung R530 a great looking laptop, it also boasts great usability, performance and portability - and all at a very competitive price.

We very rarely see laptops that have exciting designs at this price point, but the Samsung took us by surprise with its moody red and black lid and mock brushed-aluminium palmrest – this is the sort of styling we would expect to see on a laptop costing significantly more.

It might not appeal to everyone, but it certainly helps the laptop stand out in the crowd and we like it a lot.

Build quality is also decent and, although the chassis doesn't feel as substantial as the Acer Aspire 5732Z-443G32Mn, it's quite a bit lighter, making it a better travel companion.

Its battery life is also decent - at 244 minutes - and will keep you productive on the road for quite a while.

The keyboard is excellent, with the typing action proving surprisingly firm and the travel smooth. The touchpad is fast and responsive, and also features Samsung's now trademark lighting effects round the edge, which make it easy to use in low light conditions, such as the cabin on a plane.

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The 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel resolution screen is good, with brightness, detail and colour reproduction all excellent, making this laptop a great choice for watching films and viewing photos.

Using an Intel Pentium processor, performance is fairly standard, but you'll have no problem running office applications, such as email clients and word processing documents, as well as working with more resource-intensive programs for advanced uses.

Decent graphics

The integrated Intel GPU is exactly the same as many others, but has the least available video memory. While this means the Samsung should provide the worst graphics performance, it in fact produces a very solid result with a 3DMark 2003 score of 1771. Photo editing and basic video editing is possible, as will playing older internet games.

802.11n Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet are on board, as are three USB ports for connecting up peripherals such as your smartphone or MP3 player. An HDMI out is also included for hooking the laptop up to a digital external display such, as your high-definition (HD) TV or projector.

The more we used the Samsung R530, the more we liked it. Performance is above average and the design and usability of the machine really endeared it to us.

If that wasn't enough, there's also decent portability chucked in for good measure, making this machine a good choice indeed.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA X4500
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyR
Processor ModelT4400
ColourRed, Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 128 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright Gloss
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height36.2 mm
Width379.8 mm
Depth255.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelR530
Product NameR530 Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R530-JA0KUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationSomething as powerful, fashionable and reliable as the Samsung R530 shouldn't be so affordable. But it is. Designed to enhance your unique sense of style with optional patterns to choose as well as comfortably fit your on-the-go lifestyle with its ergonomic engineering and durable casing, this mobile computer is truly a great all-around value. And the casing, engineered to reduce the risk of scratches and fingerprints, ensures that it keeps its cool, smooth looks. Factor in its outstanding graphic performance and you'll see exactly how valuable an experience owning the R530 can be.
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • R530 Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz