Samsung P580 review: Samsung P580

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The Good Scores high on usability;. Anti-glare display;. Surprising graphics capability.

The Bad Visually, not very exciting.

The Bottom Line We weren't expecting much from the Samsung P580, but this is a highly usable laptop that offers surprising punch when it comes to performance. The anti-glare screen won't please everybody, however.

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Business people eh? Ruthless, bloodthirsty? Maybe in the 80s. The modern businessman of today is a trendy fellow, teleconferencing his power brunch over a goatee and a grande macchiato. That's why this Samsung P580 -- ostensibly a business machine -- packs a few neat features that separate it from the rest of the boring boardroom crowd. It's yours for around £680.

Down to business

The P580 is as black as the blackest of dark nights. From the matte black coating over the lid to the black brushed-aluminium effect on top of the chassis, this laptop practically swallows light it's so black. There are faint hints of colour, in blue LEDs on the power button for example, but the absence of any kind of tint or hue will be your overwhelming impression.

Its all-black exterior might blend in with the sea of suits, but the P580 packs some stand-out features.

Whether you think this makes the P580 look boring or understated will be a matter of opinion, but despite being pretty unambitious in the design department, the whole laptop feels pretty sturdy, and the velvety finish on the lid feels rather pleasant in the hands.

The trackpad deserves a mention because -- as you'll notice when you use the P580 for yourself -- it's impressively smooth and responsive, despite not being particularly large. The click buttons also feel springy and not at all stiff. With a sensibly laid-out and decently sized keyboard, we'd say this laptop scores high when it comes to usability.

Curing the reflection infection

Like the body design, we can see the P580's display being divisive. This 15.6-inch, 1366x768-pixel panel has a non-gloss coating. Most laptops boast extremely glossy displays, and while they are a trap for annoying light reflections, that gloss does tend to go hand in hand with a brighter, more colourful display. The P580's non-gloss coating makes the whole display look a little muted, but if you plan on using this laptop outdoors it will help stave off reflections.

Elsewhere, it's worth mentioning that the viewing angle on the P580 is pretty terrible, so don't expect to get a clear view of the on-screen action unless your eyes are positioned precisely front and centre.

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