OK- Am not sure if this is hot or not so after a bit of advice from the techies, and there seem to be plenty around on HUKD!
I am looking for a laptop around the £400 mark. Don't need it for gaming- but ideally something fairly quick, can handle multi-tasking well and will last a while. If the machine looks the part then all the better.
I've noticed a couple of good looking deals for Dell and Compaq machines on here, and wondered how this stacked up. On the face of it, looks pretty good to me but am not sufficiently technical to do proper like for like comparisons.
Blurb from the website:
If you want a laptop that will deliver top-drawer performance without the top-drawer price tag, then take a look at the Samsung R530. Its powerful, and it wont empty your pocket.
If youre into music and movies, or you want to multitask all your favourite applications without your laptop lagging behind then the R530 is for you. Its got a powerful Pentium Dual Core processor alongside a huge 4GB RAM, so itll make light work of your heaviest tasks; its ideal for students and home users who want a machine that covers every base.
Great performance is nothing without great visuals to match and the R530 definitely doesnt disappoint. The stunning 15.6 high-definition LED screen turns this laptop into your own portable cinema. Wherever you go, you can enjoy your favourite films in unprecedented detail; sit back, relax, and enjoy.
When the movies done and you fancy some music, the R530 will continue to impress. The SRS 3D Sound technology will give your songs a whole extra edge, and the massive 320GB hard drive will ensure youre never struggling with space to store them.
Samsung understand that in todays modern digital world, the connectivity of your laptop is key. The R530 comes with a HDMI port, so you can hook it straight up to your big screen TV and use that as your monitor. Its got wireless technology and an integrated webcam too, so youll never be more than a few clicks away from your online social life.
Inject your life with some Samsung style, and enjoy amazing power at an affordable price, with the Samsung R530 laptop.
Processor - Intel Pentium T4300 / 2.1 GHz ( Dual-Core )
RAM - 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz ( 2 x 2 GB )
Hard Drive - 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Screen - 15.6' TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
Optical Drive - DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM
Graphics - Intel GMA X4500 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Bluetooth - No
Notebook Camera - Integrated - 0.3 Megapixel
Warranty - 1 year warranty
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
Width 38 cm
Depth 25.6 cm
Height 3.6 cm
Weight 2.5 kg
Colour Grey, black
Localisation United Kingdom
Intel Pentium T4300 / 2.1 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Data Bus Speed 800 MHz
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GL40 Express
Installed Size 1 MB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
Configuration Features 2 x 2 GB
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 16x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
3 in 1 card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Memory Card
Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display Yes
Features LED-backlit, Super Bright Gloss
Graphics Processor / Vendor
Intel GMA X4500 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Max Allocated RAM Size 128 MB
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Audio Input Microphone
Sensor Resolution 0.3 Megapixel
Features Built-in numeric keyboard
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free)
2 ( 0 ) x memory
Interfaces 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x audio / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A
Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), system password, hard drive password
6-cell Lithium Ion
Installed Qty 1
Capacity 4000 mAh
Operating System / Software
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Software Adobe Acrobat Reader, McAfee VirusScan (Trial), Samsung Update Plus, Samsung Recovery Solution IV, CyberLink DVD Suite, Samsung Easy Battery Manager, Samsung Easy Network Manager, Samsung Easy Display Manager, Samsung Easy Speed Up Manager, Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60 days trial)
Service & Support
1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year - pick-up and