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: 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.
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
6 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
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
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. The keyboard panel uses the same red glow motif, but with a wavy red pinstripe pattern on top that breaks up the straight edges around the keyboard and screen. There's no flex in the keyboard, and remarkably little in the lid.