Samsung R519 review

A no-frills machine offering truly impressive value for money

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Our Verdict

A robust machine with a decent amount of power but lacks the style of other competitors

Product features

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

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  • Solid build quality
  • Decent CPU


  • Noisy keyboard
  • Only 2GB of RAM

Samsung's R519 represents an affordable way into laptop ownership. Despite its low price, it has a modern design and sports a widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

The 15.6-inch screen is colourful and offers detailed images with good contrast. The glossy Super-TFT coating results in reflections in direct sunlight and it's not one of the brighter screens we have seen.

It's more than good enough for indoor use, however, where the widescreen aspect ratio makes it ideal for movie playback or viewing a couple of documents side by side.

The graphics card is an integrated Intel solution, offering enough power to carry out office tasks and watch DVDs, but you won't be able to play games.

It's a reasonably power-efficient solution and enables this machine to run for 193 minutes between charges.

Noisy keyboard

The keyboard offers good usability, with large keys that are firmly attached. It's not the quietest board, however, rattling noisily during use.

The plastics lack the high-quality feel of the Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65-AU-010UK and Acer Aspire 5410T-723G25Mn, although it's still a robust machine.

You'll find black plastics used throughout the chassis and it makes for a very conservative design. Even the Samsung logo below the screen is finished in black.

A budget Intel Pentium processor has been used to keep costs down, although, running at 2.16GHz, it is quite powerful. Multi-tasking is a possibility, as it's a dual-core chip, although the 2048MB of memory is limited in this company.

The 250GB hard drive offers ample storage space and should hold all of your files and folders.

There's a tri-format DVD rewriter on the right-hand side, letting you copy files to blank DVDs and CDs, and Samsung also bundles its own Recovery Solution III software, letting you easily create system backups and offering protection should anything happen to your hard drive.

A flash memory card reader lets you access files from digital cameras and other devices.

Wireless networking is provided by 802.11g Wi-Fi, with 10/100 Ethernet in place for fixed connections. Three USB ports are lined up on the left-hand side of the chassis.

You'll be able to connect an external display via an analogue VGA cable but, unlike some of its rivals, high definition displays are not supported.

The R519 may not offer the style or premium feel of some of the other laptops, but it does offer an excellent platform for no-frills computing. If you're after a cheap machine simply to browse the internet or create documents on, then this is well worth a look.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA X4500
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Product FamilyR
Processor ModelT3400
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.16 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright Gloss
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height38 mm
Width376 mm
Depth256 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesR
Product ModelR519
Product NameR519 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R519-FA03UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The All-rounder. Mobile entertainment has never looked better than with the Samsung R Series, delivering all you need for High Definition videos and gaming while at home with friends or family - or wherever you choose to be.

Package Contents
  • R519 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed667 MHz