Samsung R720 review
Samsung's latest desktop replacement has a huge, high-resolution 17.3in display - and a tiny, tiny price tag
Review Date: 5 Oct 2009
Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith
Price when reviewed: £492 (£566 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
|Review Date||5 Oct 2009|
|Price ex VAT||£492|
|Price inc VAT||£566|
|Features & Design|
|Value for Money|
|Warranty||1yr collect and return|
|Dimensions||413 x 271 x 44mm (WDH)|
|Processor and memory|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T4300|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||2|
|Screen and video|
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,600|
|Resolution screen vertical||900|
|Resolution||1600 x 900|
|Graphics chipset||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330|
|Graphics card RAM||512MB|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Hard disk usable capacity||298GB|
|Internal disk interface||SATA/300|
|Hard disk||Fujitsu MHZ2320BH G2|
|Optical disc technology||DVD writer|
|Optical drive||TSSTcorp TS-L633B|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||1,000Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support|
|Wireless hardware on/off switch|
|Wireless key-combination switch|
|PC Card slots||0|
|USB ports (downstream)||4|
|PS/2 mouse port|
|9-pin serial ports||0|
|Optical S/PDIF audio output ports||0|
|Electrical S/PDIF audio ports||0|
|3.5mm audio jacks||2|
|SD card reader|
|Memory Stick reader|
|MMC (multimedia card) reader|
|Smart Media reader|
|Compact Flash reader|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad|
|Audio chipset||Realtek HD Audio|
|Speaker location||Above keyboard|
|Hardware volume control?|
|Camera megapixel rating||1.3mp|
|Operating system and software|
|Operating system||Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit|
|OS family||Windows Vista|
|Recovery method||Recovery Partition|
|Software supplied||CyberLink DVDSuite, CyberLink YouCam|
|Battery and performance tests|
|Battery life, light use||4hr 11min|
|Battery life, heavy use||1hr 23min|
|Overall application benchmark score||1.00|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||40fps|
|3D performance setting||Low|
check the small print
samsung are being a bit naughty here, the model with the T4300 processor is all but unavailable, having apparently been replaced by one with the T4200 cpu, which is obviously slower. Value-wise this is offset by a larger hard drive, but whether the R720 is still great value compared to other 17inch budget laptops I don't know, as the T4200 is a common chip in this bracket.
It would be useful for PC Pro to update this review, or at least compare like with like, there are plenty of sub-£600 17inch laptops out there to compare with.
By kbwilcox on 3 Dec 2009
A pain in the backside
I actually thought the samsung r720 looked great and sounded great when I first saw the reviews on it, however it has caused me no end of grief and money. After a few months of having it, it developed some strange hard disk problem, I put it in for repair and they replaced the hard drive, yes I lost everything on my laptop because the hard drive just died, 3 months later, same error, AGAIN! Runs slow as anything. Has constant errors. Not worth the time or money in my opinion. Take my advise, look elsewhere I wish I had, as I paid over £1000 when it first came out. VERY gutted!
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