As discussed earlier in the review, the R590 is actually faster than another Samsung laptop, the Q530, despite the two costing more or less the same. Indeed, the R590 even outperforms the Asus N53Jn, which can be had for around £1,000. Admittedly it has more features than the Samsung, but it shows you're getting good performance for the money.
In practice, the R590 is the kind of machine that can genuinely replace a desktop. It won't break sweat with day-to-day computing tasks, and is fast enough to tackle more demanding tasks like photo editing and video encoding. It's an all-round workhorse.
This applies equally to games, where the R590 also performs well. It registered good results in both our tests, though the more demanding Stalker: Call of Pripyat demonstrates you'll need to stick to medium detail settings for the latest games. Less demanding titles, on the other hand, won't pose any meaningful challenges.
Battery life isn't very long, registering around three hours of productivity, but a fair way short of two of DVD playback. Reduce the brightness and you'll get a little more than this, but the reflective screen demands a slightly higher brightness than other laptops.
Mediocre battery life is easily forgiven, however, as in every other respect the R590 is a very good laptop and a great deal to boot. Some may find the colourful finish, and its all-round glossiness, off putting, but if not then it's definitely worth a look.
A powerful, flexible and good-looking laptop, the R590 can service all your computing needs without breaking the bank.