Conclusion: This is a very decently-priced laptop for its size and should you come around one and need something that could do a good job replacing a desktop computer, this is a good pick. It's not too heavy, battery is very good and it packs more then enough power for its price. We also like the fact that it doesn't really get too hot (we could barely notice the heat so it's safe to assume that it doesn't really go over 40 degrees Celsius), and with some laptop cooling pad, it will...
Conclusion: The Samsung R780-Hero is a 17.3 incher that tries to unite the strengths of an Office notebook with those of a multimedia laptop. The R780 bids a very good cooling system with Silent Mode for noise sensitive users on the ergonomic side. A fast Intel Core i5-520M (2.40 GHz) beside an Nvidia Geforce GT 330M (midrange) and a 500 GB hard disk speaks for the multimedia affinity. However, there are very obvious weak points in both categories.
Pros: High performance in applications, Quiet in Silent Mode, Cool surfaces, Good battery life for a 17.3 incher, The powerful Core i5 in a very quiet and cool case. The Silent Mode, once again, is awesome.
Cons: Contrast poor TFT, Acute viewing angles, Yielding keys, As already in the R580 - a contrast richer display with stable viewing angles. Apart from that, a firmly fitted keyboard for frequent typists would be worth its weight in gold.
Samsung R780 17.3" HD+ LED (Intel Core i5-430) Notebook Review
4 June 2010
Conclusion: The Samsung R780 is something that I wouldn’t mind owning. I wouldn’t mind using it as my main system as well. It’s surprised me at how capable it really is and has allowed me to do just about everything I was used to previous. After three months of extensive testing it has proved to be a reliable system exhibiting very little if any major issues.
Summary: Samsung hits all the right spots with the R780. This 17-inch machine has great graphics muscle for a low price while delivering luxury laptop looks. At the list price of $929 it's a decent choice, but for the Best Buy price of $799 the R780 is a steal. While the $849 Gateway NV7901u edges out this system in some areas--particularly battery life--it doesn't match the R780's superior design.
Excerpt: This laptop is the bigger brother to the Samsung R580 that we reviewed a couple of weeks back. Its snazzy semi-transparent deep red casing caught the eye, and that's duplicated here. Samsung has also neatly mirrored the default wallpaper on the display with a similarly swirly design, though with a black background.
Pros: Neat styling and good value
Cons: Screen resolution doesn't match Blu-ray playback, tinny sound