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. An excellent product for its price bracket, the Samsung R580 is going to be around for quite a while, I think….
Summary: If youâ€™re on tighter budget than the circa-Â£600 retail price of the Samsung R580, and donâ€™t plan to play many computer games, look for something like the Â£499 Samsung R530. But if you do need better graphics potential, or just appreciate the classier build quality and slick finish, the Samsung R580 is an easy choice for performance notebook computing at a reasonable price.
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. Given its quality and the fact that the R580’s screen is less than full HD, we’d prefer a traditional DVD drive and a lower price instead.
Excerpt: Samsung has not traditionally played a huge role in the evolution of notebooks. Companies such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and Asus have all done noteworthy things to push the envelope, with the Adamo XPS, ThinkPad , IdeaPad and Eee PC all coming from this group. Even those who don't follow technology on a daily basis would probably associate those names with notebooks, but we wonder just how big a following Samsung has in the mobile computing sector.
Pros: Nice Value at Sub-$850, Unique Design, Great Trackpad, Solid Multimedia Playback, Decent Gaming Abilities
Cons: Glossy Display, Battery Life, Strange Keyboard Layout, Low Panel Resolution, No USB 3.0
Summary: 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.
A large, powerful Samsung notebook that's deceptively light
Good Gear Guide.au
7 June 2010
Summary: Samsung's R580 is a great desktop replacement notebook. It's fast, looks good, is well built and has a good array of ports. You can use it to perform mundane office tasks or taxing file encoding tasks alike. We wish it wasn't such a glossy machine though, as it tends to collect fingerprints. It could use a backlit keyboard, which would help those of us who like to type in the dark.
Pros: Fast performance, well built, USB sleep-and-charge, stylish, dedicated number pad
Cons: Too glossy, collects fingerprints, no keyboard backlight, relatively low screen resolution