Samsung RV720 review

  • £499

Stunning performance for a budget price

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Product features

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

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For

  • Good performance
  • Usability
  • Features

Against

  • Basic integrated graphics
  • Audio can distort at high volume
  • Battery life

With its 17.3-inch screen, the Samsung RV720 is a large laptop. It isn't quite the chunkiest, with a surprisingly slim body considering the girth, but at 2.8kg it is pretty heavy.

While it can feasibly be carried around if needed, it works much better as a desktop replacement machine, especially given the mediocre battery life. For a family machine that will sit on your desk at home, this is a great option.

We loved the half-metallic, half-gloss design. The brushed aluminium palmrests are resistant to fingerprints and smudges and also reassuringly solid. We pushed and prodded the laptop as much as we dared and found no weak points.

Like most of the new laptops around, one of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors provides excellent performance. It's the same model as found in the Acer Aspire 5750G, but while the Acer has a mammoth 6GB of memory, this Samsung opts for a more modest 4GB.

The difference in our benchmark tests was minimal, however. Only the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 and Medion Akoya E6221 were significantly more powerful with their beefy Core i5 processors.

We found we could run all kinds of applications at once with no significant impact on performance. Whether you enjoy catching up with friends on social networking sites, watching the latest films in high definition (HD), or touching up your holiday snaps, this laptop can handle it.

However, the basic integrated graphics means that you're limited when it comes to complex multimedia tasks. For instance, while you can play older games with high detail levels and get a smooth frame-rate, the latest titles will stutter and crawl. Gamers are better off with the Acer 5750G or Lenovo ThinkPad E520.

TechRadar Labs

Tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 158 minutes
Cinebench: 7262
3DMark 2006: 3267

Movie lovers will rejoice, however, at the large and crisp 17.3-inch widescreen display. Photos and films look fantastic on the glossy panel, with rich colours and pleasing brightness levels.

Audio is also acceptable, although music and sound does distort occasionally on top volume. As with most laptops, you're better off with an external pair of speakers or a set of headphones.

Excellent keyboard

Samsung rv720

If you spend large amounts of time emailing friends, you'll need a comfortable keyboard. Thankfully, the Samsung's board has a lot of space to work with, thanks to the wide chassis. Keys are well spaced, using the popular isolation style. This means that each key protrudes through its own individual hole in the frame, with the resulting gaps between them meaning you're less likely to miss-hit keys. This is also one of the firmest boards in this group.

Like the Acer and Medion, a generous 640GB of storage gives you plenty of space to hold your files, software and media such as songs and photos.

VGA and HDMI ports can be used to connect external monitors and televisions, if the screen isn't quite big enough to satisfy you, while an SD card reader is a quick and easy way of accessing your photos and other data from your mobile devices.

You also get built-in Bluetooth, which can be used to connect compatible headsets or transfer data with other devices.

If you've been hunting for a desktop replacement machine to entertain you and your family at home, the Samsung RV720 is well worth considering. The excellent performance and crisp, colourful 17.3-inch screen are highlights, although the lack of dedicated graphics is a shame.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyRV
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-2310M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.68 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
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 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height35.2 mm
Width420 mm
Depth275.1 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesRV
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelRV720
Product NameRV720 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-RV720-A02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationLife doesn't need to be complicated - especially with the Samsung RV720 notebook. As well as being the lightest 17.3" notebook, it's specifically designed to provide exceptional usability, performance and reliability at an affordable price. Samsung's unique Fast Start technology lets you wake it from sleep mode in just three seconds. And with an ergonomic Island keyboard and genuine Windows 7 Home Premium it's also easy to do all of the things that you need to do in your day, like e-mailing, socializing, browsing or enjoying outstanding family entertainment. The RV720's 17.3" HD+ LED display ensure movies and games come to life in brilliant high definition, with the sharpest images and boldest colors. So why not declutter your life and get things done - simply and quickly.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • RV720 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year