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Please Help - Hot Deal? Samsung R530-JA02UK for £449 delivered???

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Hey, I'm after some advice from the techies on HUKD! I'm looking for a laptop around for £400 mark- possibly pushing the budget up to £450 if it is worth it. I dont need the machine for gaming b… Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm after some advice from the techies on HUKD!

I'm looking for a laptop around for £400 mark- possibly pushing the budget up to £450 if it is worth it. I dont need the machine for gaming but would like something that will last a few years and offer quick performance and handle multi tasking easily. Ifit looks the part too, thats a nice bonus.

I have managed to find the Samsung R530-JA02UK (red/silver) for £449 delivered (4Gb/500Gb HDD, 2.2Ghz). The spec seems very good- although if it has not got one of the i3/i5/i7 processors, the Pentium Dual Core T4400 seems to be a reasonably strong performer.

To me- it looks like a lot of computer for the price, but I'd really appreciate some advice. I really don't want to go over £450 so any suggested alternatives under that price would be welcome too.

The detailed specification is:

System Type
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial
Width 38 cm
Depth 25.6 cm
Height 3.6 cm
Weight 2.5 kg
Colour Silver, red
Localisation United Kingdom
Intel Pentium T4400 / 2.2 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Data Bus Speed 800 MHz
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GL40 Express
Cache Memory
L2 Cache
Installed Size 1 MB
Installed Size
4 GB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
Configuration Features 2 x 2 GB
Storage Controller
Serial ATA
Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Hard Drive
500 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Storage
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)
Card Reader
3 in 1 card reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Memory Card
Display Type
15.6" TFT
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
Audio Output
Sound card
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Audio Input Microphone
Notebook Camera
Camera Type
Sensor Resolution 0.3 Megapixel
Input Device(s)
Keyboard, touchpad
Features Built-in numeric keyboard
Network adapter
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
OS Provided
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)
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support
1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year - pick-up and return
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago

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If your not playing games any laptop bought today will last a few years

Thanks, although I'm not sure that's strictly true- I've made the mistake of buying a cheap-as-possible computer before and within 6 months it crawled along at a snails pace. I want a machine that can handle having numerous windows open at once, quick start-up and will keep up with new application releases for the next few years.

Advice on recommended models at a good price would be really gratefully received

Alternatively I can get the lower spec JA01UK (320Gb HDD/4Gb RAM/2.1 GHz Processor) for £408. Black casing though... doesn't look as flash! :)
Ok, bit of info for you to consider.

I am not sure about this model, but I think the 500 series has the mac style keyboard, but it is not very good, quite awkward to get used to, and I have been typing professionally for 9 years.

Samsung's R580 (model up I think) does not come with any recovery media, neither does it allow you to create it, which is very weird. They will supply you with discs but its about £20

The rest is great, good spec, the 4400 processor will hurry through all the tasks with ease.
Thanks for the advice guys!

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