If anything, then, the R410 isn’t the most feature rich notebook, while the speakers and the lack of smaller touches such as a hardware wireless switch and media keys do prove a little disappointing.
But it’s performance, specifically battery performance, that’s the really disappointing aspect of the R410 – even compared to Samsung’s own R60 Plus, whose battery life was by no means spectacular. In the MobileMark 2007 Productivity test it managed two hours and 20 minutes, while in the lower intensity Reader test it just edged past two and half hours. In DVD playback, meanwhile, it powered down just a minute short of one hour and 40 minutes.
These results are put into stark relief by the likes of the HP Pavilion dv6750ea that managed three hours in the Productivity test and nearly two in DVD playback. This is far more like what we expect from a notebook these days and given the more portable credentials of the R410, its lack of longevity is disappointing.
Its raw performance is a little more promising. Despite failing to produce results in some tests, its marginally faster CPU meant it bested both the R60 Plus and HP dv6750ea. In practice, however, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference, though the ATI integrated graphics might mean you can play undemanding games at slightly higher settings than on Intel’s current integrated graphics.
In some ways, though, the R410 feels like a missed opportunity. It’s not a bad machine by any stretch of the imagination. It’s smart, classy and comparatively portable but it’s crippled by poor battery life, a fact that negates the advantage of being smaller in the first place. Consequently, you could easily opt for a 15.4in model, like the Dell Inspiron 1525 or HP Pavilion dv6750ea that has more features, better battery life and costs more or less the same.
An attractive, good value and well put together notebook with a large hard drive. However, the R410 is let down by battery life that doesn’t match its more portable ambitions. It’s a good option for those trading up from very basic older notebooks, but it could have been a lot more.