Laptops

Photos: Samsung R410 £499 all-round laptop

While everyone and his dog is releasing tiny laptops, Samsung is still pouring its heart into mid-sized machines such as the 14.1-inch R410

While everyone and his dog is releasing tiny laptops, Samsung is still pouring its heart into mid-sized machines. One such device is the R410, which we first had a look at back in May at Samsung's Korean headquarters.

Back then, we said it was an "absolute steal", thanks to its £499 price tag and generous specification. Today, little's changed apart from a slight design tweak. It still packs a 14.1-inch screen, a 1.83GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, a DVD rewriter, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and Vista Home Premium.

Looks-wise, it has the same glossy black lid, but is now sporting a matte-black interior section instead of the silver we clocked it with in May. The design is pretty generic, but it isn't offensive. One of the few things we'd complain about is it having only three USB ports (even an Eee has three), and the analogue-only D-Sub video output.

That aside, we think it's good value. Have a look at the pics we've taken over the following few pages, and make your own mind up. If you still can't decide, check back for our full review in the coming days. -Rory Reid

Update: Read our full Samsung R410 review

Here's the right side of the laptop, this morning.

And the left side, in case you doubted it was symmetrical.

We mentioned it only had D-Sub video output, and here's the proof. That's not so great if you want to pipe video to a big-screen digital display.

Once you attach a USB mouse to the USB port on the right, you'll need to keep reaching round the back of the machine to access the remaining two ports. Annoying.

The glossy lid in full effect. It's so shiny, moments later, a magpie flew in through the window, snatched the R410 and made off with it. Our graphic designer, Justin -- reflected very nicely in the lid -- was freaked out, to say the least.