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Samsung R720 review

Verdict

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)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

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Details
Part Code NP-R720-FS03UK
Review Date 5 Oct 2009
Price ex VAT £492
Price inc VAT £566
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 5 stars out of 6
Performance 5 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1yr collect and return
Physical specifications
Dimensions 413 x 271 x 44mm (WDH)
Weight 2.970kg
Travelling weight 3.4kg
Processor and memory
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T4300
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2
Screen and video
Screen size 17.3in
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
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Drives
Capacity 320GB
Hard disk usable capacity 298GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk Fujitsu MHZ2320BH G2
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical drive TSSTcorp TS-L633B
Battery capacity 4,000mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support no
Other Features
Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 4
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
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
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User comments

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!

By lmc88 on 23 Nov 2011

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