Our Samsung R519 Review
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.
Samsung R519 back
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.