Samsung R580 (Core i3) review

Powerful performance and great connectivity make this laptop very impressive

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Our Verdict

This machine is one of the best laptops we have tested recently and has enough features and performance to keep the most demanding buyers happy

Product features

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

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  • Great performance
  • Good 3D power
  • Connectivity
  • Build quality


  • Glossy chassis attracts fingerprints
  • Screen not as bright as some

Samsung is well known for its excellent range of consumer laptops, as it frequently offers the latest technology and stylish designs at truly affordable prices. The R580 is an entrylevel media centre and impresses with its powerful performance and features.

As with the Dell Inspiron 1546, Intel's latest Core i3 technology is used to deliver stunning levels of power at this price. Combined with 4096MB of high-speed DDR3 memory, performance is outstanding and even the most demanding applications run with ease.

Graphics power similarly excels. Powered by a dedicated Nvidia GPU, 3D performance is good enough for some modern games. Mid-level gaming is possible, as is frequent photo and video editing and an HDMI port lets you connect to an HDTV if a larger picture is required.

You're unlikely to need it, however, as the 15.6-inch LED screen provides striking images. Despite its glossy Super-TFT coating, reflections are kept to a minimum. Colour and contrast are strong, with deep black levels on offer, but brightness is a little lower than we would have liked.

While the chassis is slightly too large for frequent travel use, it weighs a surprisingly light 2.5kg. Combined with the great 207-minute battery life, you can comfortably work around the home.

In terms of design, the R580 takes cues from past Samsung laptops, but adds a new layer of style. The glossy plastic chassis uses a graduated black/red colour scheme alongside a patterned finish to good effect, although the shiny surface is easily smudged and scratched.

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An isolated-style keyboard has been used and works flawlessly with all keys well-spaced and with a reassuringly firm action. Thanks to the large chassis, a full numeric keypad is also in place.

Capacious drive

Specifications also impress. The capacious 500GB hard drive offers ample storage and 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet deliver high-speed network connectivity. An eSATA port provides fast connections to compatible external hard drives.

Of particular note is the inclusion of sleep-and-charge technology on one of the R580's four USB ports. It allows you to connect any USB-compatible external device – such as an MP3 player or smartphone – and charge the battery even when the laptop itself is switched off.

Offering impressive power and usability, the R580 is yet another great addition to the Samsung range. Its combination of high-speed network connectivity, powerful graphics and impressive array of ports nudge it ever so slightly ahead of the Dell Inspiron 1546, making it a great choice for a laptop.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyR
Processor Modeli3-330M
ColourRed Lid
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright Gloss
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height36.7 mm
Width379.8 mm
Depth255.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR
Product ModelR580
Product NameR580 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R580-JS02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The R580 Notebook provides a premium lifestyle experience with an ultra-stylish design that stands out from the crowd. The unique New Touch of Colour finish features a distinctive gradation of colours.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • R580 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year