Samsung R780 review - Intro, pg.2
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 07 Feb 2011

This particular model doesn't have a Blu-Ray drive (DVD-RW device), and this might be the only thing that we'd miss in it as it would be just perfect in terms of hardware specification if it had that, too. Other then that, specifications are more to our liking – Core i5 430 has more then enough grunt for pretty much anything you need, NVIDIA's GeForce GT330M is also a card that packs enough power so – all in all, a very solid spec. This thing also has 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, a wireless 802.11n-compatible card and a Gigabit Ethernet card for wired connectivity, too. Strangely enough, it doesn't have a Bluetooth, which might come as a problem to quite a few people as we might imagine. Other things included – 3-in-1 card reader, HDMI port, 1.3MP camera – are what we'd call a standard thing in this class and they come quite handy. Speakers are ok, but they could be better for a 17.3“ laptop.

We also like the fact that it has four USB ports (one of them can be used for charging USB devices), and one of those ports is a eSATA-USB combo port. We definitely commend such a feature as we se no reason not to have it – eSATA is way, way faster for connecting external drives then USB 2.0...

Design-wise, we think that it's quite solid and with this being a pretty decently-priced laptop you shouldn't expect it to have Apple-build quality – it's true. The keyboard, on the other hand, is a bit on the bendy-side but that's compensated with a very, very good screen. In fact, the screen might be the best thing this laptop has to offer – it has a very good viewing angle and very good, bright colors and dark blacks. Built-in touchpad is also very good and easy to work with.

Let's check a few pictures so you can see what we're dealing with here:

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