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Samsung R610-64G 16-inch Thin and Light Laptop

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Samsung R610 16-inch Thin and Light Laptop

Samsung R610

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The Bottom Line

11/19/08 - Samsung's R610 laptop was announced to enter the market with a Blu-ray drive, but their first model R610-64G is a much more affordable model that uses a traditonal DVD burner instead. Overall, it is probably one of the thinnest and lightest of the 16-inch laptop computers. It is much closer to a 15.4-inch laptop in dimensions. Performance is adequate but the system has very limited 3D graphics performance and is missing peripheral connectors found on many competing laptops. A decent general purpose computer with a large display but there are better options.
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Pros

  • Thinner and Light Than Many 16-inch Laptops
  • Bluetooth

Cons

  • Weak 3D Graphics Processor
  • Limited Types of Expansion Ports

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 16-inch WXGA (1366x768) Display with 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS Graphics with 512MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Four USB 2.0, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 3-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.9" x 10.4" x 1.5" @ 6.2 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium, McAfee Anti-Virus

Guide Review - Samsung R610-64G 16-inch Thin and Light Laptop

11/19/08 - Samsung's R610-64G is one of many new 16-inch laptops to reach market. The screen uses a 16:9 aspect ratio similar to that used in HDTV's rather than the 16:10 used by computers. Many laptops that use these screens are bulkier compared to 15.4-inch laptops. Samsung has managed to create the R610-64G with the dimensions and weight just slightly larger than a traditional 15.4-inch laptop.

In terms of performance, the R610-64G is decent but not ground breaking. It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 dual core processor fairly common to laptops in this price range. It is matched up with 3GB of PC2-6400 DDR2 memory. This is slightly less than the 4GB most DDR2 laptops are shipping with but greater than the 2GB found in most DDR3 models.

One disappointing aspect of the R610-64G is that it does not come equipped with a Blu-ray drive like the original announcements from Samsung indicated. It isn't so much of a problem though as this system is much more affordable with similar priced laptops also using a DVD burner. The 250GB hard drive is slightly below average in size but still acceptable.

The biggest problem with the Samsung R610-64G is the peripheral connectors. While it does support four USB 2.0 ports, the company has chosen to not include some connectors common in a laptop of this size. This includes a FireWire port used for digital video camcorders and the new eSATA connector used for high speed external storage. Samsung does make up for this with the inclusion of a Bluetooth adapter built-in for use with wireless peripherals or tethering to a wireless phone for network access.

All-in-all it is a decent laptop system that could use some improvements. It is a noble first thin and light laptop from Samsung that some may find meets their needs.

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