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Samsung R530 review

Andy Vandervell



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Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • Samsung R530
  • R530 39.6 cm 15.6" LED Notebook - Celeron T3300 2 GHz - Red Silver (1366 x 768 WXGA Display - 2 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD - DVD-Writer - Intel GMA X4500 - Webcam - Windows 7 Home Premium - HDMI)


Our Score:



  • Good keyboard
  • Decent performance


  • Poor viewing angles
  • Glossy display
  • Same CPU as cheaper model

Key Features

  • 15.6-inch 1366x768 pixel display
  • Core 2 Duo T6600 CPU, 3GB DDR2 RAM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Intel GMA4500M graphics chipset
  • 320GB 5400rpm hard drive
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £391.85

This isn't the first time we've looked at the Samsung R530, but the JA02UK model we have here is a new version of this budget laptop that likely hopes to tempt the lucrative back-to-school and student markets. This much can be garnered by the sub-£500 price, but also from the decent spec that includes a capacious 500GB hard drive.

One rarely expects great visual splendour from budget laptops, but the Samsung R530 is better looking than most. Samsung's restrained approach to design helps, as the inside of the machine is clad entirely in textured, matt silver plastic that looks good and is far more durable than the gloss finishes of many laptops. Samsung has added a little colour to the lid, though, in the form of a graduated black to red finish with an imprinted pattern. It's nothing too alarming, but it does brighten things up a jot.

Thanks to its 15.6-inch screen, the R530 falls comfortably within the desktop replacement bracket. At 2.5kg in weight, however, it's not totally importable so long as you have a decent bag to carry it in (e.g. Pakuma Akara A1). If you take it out on the road, the R530 should survive a few bumps and scrapes. Rugged it isn't, but the basic build quality is sound and the comparative lack of scratch prone surfaces is a rare bonus.

Inside, the R530 employs a relatively low-end Intel Pentium T4400 processor - a minor downgrade on the previous R530 we saw. It uses previous generation Intel processor technology, but it's still a more than able performer. Its two-cores run at 2.2GHz and have a 1MB Cache to share, and Samsung hasn't held back in supplying 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive to go with it.

It's baffling, however, that Samsung ships the R530 with a 32-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. This means only 3.5GB of the provided memory can be addressed, which is a bit of a waste. Don’t expect to enjoy too many games on the R530, either; the Intel integrated graphics can cope with only the most basic games.

At this price it's no surprise to discover there's no Bluetooth, and that the wired networking is of the slower 10/100 Fast Ethernet flavour. You do get 802.11n Wi-Fi, however, and other essentials like a webcam are present. There's nothing to get excited over here, but at least you're not paying for stuff you don't need.


August 16, 2010, 4:06 pm

I think I'd rather go for a Dell 1564 / HP G62, both of which can be had with Core i3 for less than £400.


August 18, 2010, 10:20 pm

@Andy - You've put this review in the 'Digital Cameras'-section. Just thought I'd let you know.

Have a good one!


August 18, 2010, 10:25 pm

@Andy - Correction. I meant the 'Latest Digital Camera Reviews'-section. I should have been more specific the first time. Sorry if I caused any confusion.

Cliff Smith

August 19, 2010, 4:21 pm

Thanks JK, I've moved it to its proper home.


March 2, 2013, 2:39 am

For longer lasting time battery for samsung R530, you can consider the 9 cells battery.


Save time for you.

Ann-Marie James

March 11, 2015, 12:05 am

Is the Samsung R530 a 32bit or 64bit laptop

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