Samsung R519

Samsung R519

The colours are crisp and juicy, and the blacks are a nice, rich black. All in widescreen, too.

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Our Rating: 81%

Our Samsung R519 Review

Samsung R519

Samsung is a name typically associated with great multimedia products, so it should come as a total surprise to... absolutely nobody at all, that even their budget laptops, like the Samsung R519, are totally capable, handy little multimedia rigs.

The first thing youíll notice with a piece like this one is the fifteen point six inch screen. Itís nice and colourful, for starters. Most of us are so used to seeing those grayish tones on our laptops that the rainbow brightness of these colours may throw you off at first. Try popping in a Pixar movie just to see what we mean. Itís like computing on a bowl full of M&Ms. The colours are crisp and juicy, and the blacks are a nice, rich black. All in widescreen, too.

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But, okay, itís not a TV set, itís a laptop, so thatís really only the first impression.

The graphics card is perfect for DVDs, but... you wonít be able to play many recent games without an upgrade. If thatís not an issue, if you have a gaming rig at home or youíre just not a gamer, then the graphics card can do just about anything else, just donít expect Left 4 Dead 2 to run like a beautí and youíll be fine.

The battery life runs about three hours between charges, which really isnít bad. Whatís kind of odd, however, is that you only get 2048 megs of memory. This is strange when you consider that this memory is running on a dual-core chip 2.16GHz Intel Pentium. Youíll get multi-tasking, but you wonít want to leave say, six or seven programs open at a time, or youíll feel the rig start to buckle under the strain.

You get a 250 gig hard drive, which is becoming more and more standard these days, and you get tri format DVD rewriting. You also get a flash memory card, and wireless networking with 802.11g WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet and... well, no Bluetooth. Three USB ports on the left hand side, a VGA cable (though no HDMI), and a nice, clicky keyboard with a solid overall build.

We donít mean to harsh on it, because it really isnít a bad little rig. In fact, for what it is, itís really not bad at all. You get a nice big screen and a fairly powerful system. Itís perfect for multimedia, sans gaming, and it can handle just about everything else okay. However, you may either want to spend a little more for a true premium, or spend a little less for a mini.

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General

Dimensions 37.8 x 25.2 x 3.51 cm

Processor

Processor Pentium Dual Core T3400
Processor Speed 2.16 GHz
Processor FSB 667/800

Memory

RAM 2 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 250 GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400 rpm
Optical Drive DVD SuperMulti Dual Layer

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Intel GMA X4500M DVMT
Screen Type SuperBright© Gloss LCD TFT
Screen Size 15.60 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Ethernet 10/100
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 SD SDHC MMC

Power

Battery Type 6 Cell-Li-Ion
Web Cam 0.3 Mega Pixels
Speakers 4 watts Stereo (2 x 2w)

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad

Software

Operating System Windows XP Home

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 390

Samsung R519 Full Specification

General

Dimensions 37.8 x 25.2 x 3.51 cm

Processor

Processor Pentium Dual Core T3400
Processor Speed 2.16 GHz
Processor FSB 667/800

Memory

RAM 2 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 250 GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400 rpm
Optical Drive DVD SuperMulti Dual Layer

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Intel GMA X4500M DVMT
Screen Type SuperBright© Gloss LCD TFT
Screen Size 15.60 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Ethernet 10/100
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 SD SDHC MMC

Power

Battery Type 6 Cell-Li-Ion
Web Cam 0.3 Mega Pixels
Speakers 4 watts Stereo (2 x 2w)

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad

Software

Operating System Windows XP Home

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 390

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