Samsung R730 - 17.3in Laptop - Samsung R730

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

So the R730 is best described as functional, but for some that's just fine and the R730 is both great to use and well-made. Decent quality plastics are used throughout and the chassis as a whole exudes assiduous workmanship.

Best of all, however, particularly if you find smaller laptops somewhat cramped, the R730 sports a roomy keyboard with a full number pad. Keys feel a little on the light side, but the feedback is crisp and positive and the layout is pretty much spot-on. Odd backlighting aside, the touchpad is very good, too. Its surface is large and smooth, while the two individual buttons (Samsung doesn't use the sometimes unreliable rocker-style buttons) are snappy and receptive.

Another boon for usability is the screen. Its large 17.3in size certainly helps, but so does the 1,600 x 900 native resolution. It might not please the purists who demand a Full HD capable display, but for regular folk it provides a nice balance between readability and desktop real-estate - it's certainly more comfortable to use than similar 1,366 x 768 resolution laptops.

As for the screen's quality, it's about what you'd expect. Colours are quite nice, it's bright and it's sharp, but shallow viewing angles make it hard for more than a couple of people to view the screen at the same time.

One element of the R730 that really struggles is the speakers. It's never been a Samsung speciality really, but the tinny, imprecise output of the R730 is spectacularly disappointing. Anything beyond an online video clip is best avoided.

As ever, we tested battery life using Mobile Mark 2007. It's not a key factor for a large laptop like this, but the R730 lasted over three hours in the Productivity benchmark and just short of two in the more intensive DVD playback test - both good results for this kind of laptop.

Verdict

There's nothing particularly outstanding about the Samsung R730, but it's a solid, well-made machine that offers good value. Were it £30 or so cheaper it would score higher, but nonetheless it's a decent entry-level option.

Gavin Hamer

March 11, 2010, 3:07 pm

Why do Samsung persist with 10/100 LAN interfaces when it's probably only a couple of quid extra for gigabit? Haven't they seen the sizes of files that we have to move around these days? It seems like a pathetic attempt to get people to buy the next model up. Pah!

hankb6d

March 11, 2010, 4:15 pm

@Gavin Hamer





I smell a pirate, I think I will buy one of these thanks TR

Chris Hartwell

July 21, 2013, 9:03 am

I`ve had my R730 for four years now and its the best. Not one thing gone wrong. Thanks SAMSUNG.XXX

bryan b

December 8, 2013, 3:51 pm

where do you insert memory cards at for pictures???

ferry w

January 15, 2014, 6:40 pm

at the front, on the left side you see a SD sign, remove the plastic safety clip and insert the SD card.

Handbagshoes

May 21, 2014, 12:01 pm

Everything about this laptop is great except for the sound quality.
I bought this latop for work and entertainment. Not really portable to be carrying around but a great replacement to a desktop. The screen size spot on, full keyboard which is great.

Negatives are:- I am very disappointed with the sound which is very very tinny and still does not sound good even when plugged into the stereo. I really purchased this laptop as it was billed as good for music. I've had to go back to my old siemens fujitsu. (I've had 2 siemens and both sounds are excellent).
The letter "p" fell out within a month of having this computer, I was unable to send back to get fixed as needed badly for my university work.
I am giving this 3 out of 5 stars because of the music failure and the missing letter "p"."

Chris Hartwell

September 30, 2014, 7:06 pm

And its still going with no issues.

CM. Muddasar

August 11, 2016, 8:13 am

simply the best from samsung, last five years not a single issue. thanks samsung

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