Samsung R730 review

A stylish and powerful big-screen media laptop centre that is hard to beat at this price

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Product features

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

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  • Good power
  • Good screen
  • Build quality and finish


  • Battery life
  • Portability

Over the past two years Samsung has impressed us time and again, releasing a range of high-quality laptops at staggeringly low prices. The R730 is an entry-level, big-screen model and proves to be a fantastic home media centre for those on a tight budget.

Built around a huge 17.3-inch screen, this is a great choice for movie lovers. The widescreen panel is both bright and vibrant, showing videos and photos to great effect, while the 1600 x 900-pixel resolution shows images in sharp detail.

With such a large screen, the 2.9kg chassis is quite heavy and does not suit travel use. This is compounded by the comparatively poor 188-minute battery life – the least we expect from a modern laptop.

Where this laptop excels is in the level of style it provides. The combination of a glossy red lid and faux brushed-aluminium palmrest creates a high-end look that belies its low price. If you're seeking the best looking laptop you can find for less than £400, this could be the one for you.

This level of quality continues across the user interface. The large keyboard is very well made, with smoothly responsive keys that move with a near silent action. The blue lighting effect that highlights the touchpad is another nice touch and adds to this machine's high-end styling.

Samsung r730

The R730 is also a capable performer. The dual-core Intel Pentium T4300 processor and 4096MB of memory allow software to run with pleasing speed and the laptop runs smoothly and quickly, even when multitasking with as many as four applications.

Graphics performance is similarly capable and betters all but the Acer Aspire 5551-P32G32Mn. The integrated Intel GPU allows smooth photo editing and even basic video editing, but at this price gaming is restricted to the most basic 3D titles.

Capacious storage

Ample storage is provided by the capacious 320GB hard drive. While it is slightly bettered by the 500GB HP 620 drive, it will easily store thousands of songs, photos and videos. A DVD rewriter is also in place for creating your own discs.

Unfortunately, where this laptop falls far short of the Acer is its poor software package. A range of proprietary Samsung applications allows such things as easy network and battery management, but it lacks the third-party tools of the Acer.

Offering bags of style, great usability and stunning big-screen entertainment, the R730 is a fantastic laptop for the first-time buyer. While it is slightly beaten by the extra power and features of the Acer, this is still one of the best entry-level laptops you can buy at this price and comes highly recommended.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyR
Processor ModelT4300
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.84 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height39.8 mm
Width411.4 mm
Depth272.8 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesR
Product ModelR730
Product NameR730 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-R730-JA02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe Samsung R730 Notebook is a true value of the mobile computing world. Something as powerful, fashionable and reliable as the Samsung R730 Notebook shouldn't be so affordable. this mobile computer is truly a great all-around value. And the casing, engineered to reduce the risk of scratches and fingerprints, ensures that it keeps its cool, smooth looks.
Package Contents
  • R730 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed800 MHz