Samsung R720 Blu-ray review

Blu-ray support and a great price make this a fantastic home media centre

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Our Verdict

A powerful machine that uses good components and still manages to hit a good price point

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Performance
  • Blu-ray
  • Screen
  • Build quality


  • Not Full HD
  • Only SD card support

Samsung was the first manufacturer to release a truly affordable Blu-ray laptop and has continued this trend with such machines as the R720.

Combining power and usability, this excellent laptop is a great choice for people looking for a laptop with the latest tech but want to save a few quid.

With Blu-ray support still a luxury at this price, its inclusion here is impressive and allows you to watch the latest high definition (HD) movie releases. Although you cannot write data to recordable, high capacity Blu-ray discs, you can create your own CDs and DVDs with ease.

The use of a large 17.3-inch panel ensures ample screen space for enjoying widescreen movies and viewing photos in comfort. While the screen does not feature a Full HD resolution, image quality is fantastic nevertheless and ideal for regular entertainment use.

Gaming abilities

Multimedia usability is enhanced by impressive graphics performance. The dedicated ATi Radeon HD 4650 graphics provides ample power for frequent photo and video editing. As an added bonus, there is even enough power for basic gaming.

Home and office performance is no less capable, with the high-powered, dual-core Intel P7450 processor making light work of everything we threw at it. Smooth multitasking is also possible.

Due to its spacious screen, this laptop is a bit on the weighty side. Weighing 3kg, you won't want to carry it very far. Its 180-minute battery life drives this point home, offering limited mobility.

Samsung laptops often feature functional yet plain designs and this model is no exception. Using a combination of satisfyingly resilient glossy and matt-black plastics, the only element of design flair is seen in the blue highlighted touchpad, with lighting activating upon touch.

R720 touchpad

Usability is excellent, with the touchpad's wide profile matching the widescreen panel. The keyboard is firmly fixed and provides a flawlessly smooth, responsive and quiet typing action. A full pad of number keys is also included.

Rounding out the specification is a capacious 500GB hard drive, providing ample storage for large multimedia collections. Flash card compatibility is limited, however, with only SD Card support on offer, so bear this in mind if your digital camera uses another format.

Offering Blu-ray support at this price is an achievement in itself, so when combined with such impressive performance and usability, the R720 barely puts a foot wrong.

Only its limited mobility may deter some buyers, but as an affordable multimedia centre, this is one of the best.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 4650
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyR
Processor ModelT7350
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGM45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
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
Height39.6 mm
Width411.4 mm
Depth272.8 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesR
Product ModelR720
Product NameR720 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R720-PS02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The stunning designed R720 Notebook is complimented with a range of high performance features, great for on the move or as a desktop replacement. Its ultra sharp 17.3" 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
  • R720 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed1066 MHz