Samsung R590 review

  • £799

A great all-round laptop that combines usability and performance

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Product features

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

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For

  • Excellent performance
  • Dedicated graphics
  • Good build quality

Against

  • Portability

Samsung has impressed us immensely throughout this past year by producing a range of great laptops at decent price points, and the run of good form continues with the R590.

It may be one of the more expensive machines from Samsung, but it delivers on all fronts, making this a very flexible option.

Samsung has implemented a new paint scheme with this laptop, and the dark blue swirl pattern makes it stand out from the crowd. However, as with all shiny machines, it does quickly pick up smudges and smears, so will need the occasional wipe to keep smart.

The 15.6-inch screen features an edge-to-edge plastic finish which looks great, but does produce distracting reflections. It's a very bright panel, however, and colour reproduction is great as a result, but the contrast isn't quite up to that of the excellent Medion. Nevertheless, holiday snaps and movies look great.

Build quality is excellent and the solid chassis provides a firm base for the keyboard, which is spacious and very comfortable to use. The isolation-style keyboard is put to great use – and the dedicated numeric keypad is one of the more spacious here.

Samsung r590

A nice touch is that the touchpad is framed by four blue LEDs which makes locating and using the device in the dark very easy.

Everyday performance is excellent. The Core i5 450M's ability to Hyper-Thread, whereby each of the two cores can run two separate tasks, means the laptop can run multiple applications and still show no signs of lag. This means those interested in running resource-heavy programs – or simply after as much performance as possible for their money – should look no further.

Powerful graphics

The powerful Nvidia graphics card also means the laptop will play the latest games with ease, and editing photos and watching DVDs is a walk in the park for this machine.

The 500GB hard drive is standard at this price, and you can watch or burn DVDs using the in-built optical drive.

Portability isn't the laptop's strongest suit, and the 201-minute battery life is not a great result. Nevertheless, we expect 180 minutes from the latest machines, so this score from such a powerful laptop isn't actually too bad – although obviously it can't compete with the impressively mobile Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG.

The R590 is further evidence of Samsung creating some truly great laptops lately. The new design is great, as is the power, performance and usability on offer, making this laptop hard to ignore.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 330M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyR
Processor Modeli5-450M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
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 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height36.7 mm
Width379.8 mm
Depth255.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelR590
Product NameR590 Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R590-JS02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationIf you like to stand out from the crowd - for all the right reasons - you really can't go wrong with the Samsung R590 notebook. Built to the highest specifcations, so it's extremely durable and reliable, and sporting an ultra stylish, blue Touch of Colour design, it's the perfect mobile companion for studying, communicating or enjoying your entertainment on the go. With the latest Intel Core i5 Processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, an edge-to-edge 15.6" HD LED flat screen and a powerful NVIDIA graphics card you can enjoy exceptional multi-tasking performance, state-of-the-art 3D gaming and high defnition (HD) movies wherever you choose.
Package Contents
  • R590 Notebook PC
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter