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Samsung R620 review

Great power and features on offer from this competitively priced machine

Our Verdict

A great laptop packed with more features than you can shake a stick at. Go on, we dare you...

Product features

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

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For

  • Blu-ray drive
  • Dedicated graphics card
  • good performance
  • Good connectivity

Against

  • Shiny plastics and Super-TFT coating
  • Minor build quality issues

The Samsung R620 is a large desktop replacement machine combining great value for money with strong performance and a Blu-ray drive.

Despite the 16-inch screen sharing the same 1366 x 768-pixel resolution as the Sony VAIO VGN-NW11Z/S, images aren't as sharp.

Colour reproduction is accurate enough for films and photos, but again fails to match the VAIO. The glossy Super-TFT screen is also distracting in bright light.

The chassis is attractive, if a little uninspiring. Shiny plastics have been used which quickly attract fingerprints and, with slightly bendy panels, build quality isn't as good as we would have liked.

Excellent keyboard

Nevertheless, the keyboard has been firmly mounted on to the chassis meaning that the typing action is suitably firm. The keys are nicely spread out and travel quite far, the result being a very fluid typing experience.

A sizeable numeric keypad has been provided, which is very useful for entering data.

Nice design features include a watertight seal around the keyboard that protects the internal components from moisture, and also an anti-bacterial keyboard coating, ensuring germs find it difficult to breed on your laptop.

The touchpad is comfortable to use and also illuminated for use in the dark. Portability is good and, at 2.8kg, this machine is particularly light for its size. The excellent 207-minute battery will also keep you productive on the go.

Samsung has included a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 3072MB of memory, giving the laptop solid scores when we benchmarked it against some other machines scoring 180 in MobileMark 2007. You'll be able to run office applications with ease, alongside more resource intensive programs.

Although not as powerful as the Sony and Toshiba's graphics cards, the ATi HD 4330 chip here still provides enough 3D power for multimedia editing, although resource intensive games are off the menu.

A further surprise at this price point is the addition of a Blu-ray drive for watching high-definition (HD) films, which is great news for the movie enthusiast.

Connectivity is equally impressive, with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. There's also four USB ports – one capable of charging peripherals even when the laptop is turned off – and an eSATA port for transferring data at high speeds to an external device.

VGA and HDMI ports enable you to hook up digital and analogue displays, including high-definition (HD) TVs.

The Samsung R620's minor build quality issues are eclipsed by its levels of performance, features and value. A worthy medal winner.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4330
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Processor ModelT6500
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size40.6 cm (16")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Silver
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelPM45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-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
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height94 mm
Width965.2 mm
Depth660.4 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelR620-FS02
Product NameR620-FS02 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R620-FS02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

This stunning designed R620-FS02 Notebook is complimented with a range of high performance features, great for on the move or as a desktop replacement. Its ultra sharp 16" LED screen has a pure 16:9 aspect ratio, which is optimised for watching HD movies or playing games, with no black bars in widescreen.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • R620-FS02 Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz