Samsung, maker of just about every consumer electronics product under the sun, has chosen to celebrate Christmas with the announcement of yet another notebook addition to its already vast range. The R700 looks intended to be a relatively cheep and cheerful machine and offers a reasonable mix of specs in an attractive chassis for an equally attractive price - you can't say fairer than that.
Specs wise the system offers a 17in panel with a 1,440 x 900 resolution a choice of either nVidia 8400M GS or 8600M GT graphics and thus HDMI output. Oddly, it doesn't specify processor options, although the smart money is on a low-ish end Intel Core 2. Other features include the standard raft of Bluetooth, 802.11g wireless and card readers, but nothing particularly outstanding - hardly surprising giving the target market.
A couple of notable aspects include the apparently near-silent keyboard which has been given a silver ion coating to supposedly kill bacteria on your finger tips, which sounds a bit gimmicky but will doubtless appeal to some prospective buyers. Vista Home Premium is the operating system of choice so you'll want to make sure you get at least 2GB of RAM should you find yourself picking up an R700. Oddly enough the system is showing on the Russian site, so pricing is in Rubles, that most stable of currencies, but the 24,000 asked for in the former USSR translates to about £500 in real money, or realistically about £650 street price when it launches in February.
Samsung Russia (translated).