Conclusion: The Samsung R580 is an impressive addition to an already strong line-up of laptops and notebooks. Ticking plenty of boxes in terms of performance, the R580 is also an attractive-looking beast – and adaptable, too.
Summary: Samsung hits many of the right spots with the R580. This notebook doesn't quite have the graphics muscle of its larger sibling, but it does manage to balance power and portability. The inclusion of a Blu-ray drive kicks the price up to $829 at Best Buy--$30 more than the R780.
Conclusion: The Samsung R580 desktop replacement laptop has two things you won't typically find at this price: a Core i5 processor and a Blu-ray drive.
Pros: Blu-ray included. Powered by a Core i5 processor. Midrange Nvidia graphics card for games. Best price for the amenities. Speedy laptop. Very nice design. Adjacent numeric keypad. 500GB hard drive.
Excerpt: For those who don’t want black here I am looking at a subtle shade of red (dark wine) colour that will pass for black in poor light but still offer that something different in decent light, best of all the fingermarks don’t show as they do with shiny black.
Excerpt: We've long admired Samsung's ability to make attractive laptops, and the R580 is no exception. The glossy black lid has a subtle red glow, and the edges are softened by cut-aways and gentle curves.
Conclusion: So you want a laptop you can show off, that has a classy and attractive look to it? But you don't want to sacrifice power or pay over the odds? Look no further. Samsung's hefty machine may not be feather-light, but it's solid, efficient and worth its asking price.
Pros: Good looks and plentiful features make this a good-value and impressive machine
Cons: The keyboard and sound are decidedly average, with the display not wowing us either