Samsung R590 review: Samsung R590

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The Good Decent expandability and good performance.

The Bad The usual weedy speakersCheap feeling constructionSeemingly attracts more fingerprints than usualNo Optimus technology.

The Bottom Line The Samsung R590 is a decent performer in the mid-level space. We'd have preferred a more attractive screen, a less cheap-looking exterior and Optimus-enabled technology, but ultimately it does well for the price.

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Samsung's R590 arrived at our labs in a deep sea blue, with faint ripples embedded in the design. It's highly glossy, loves fingerprints, and has four blue LEDs at each edge of the trackpad to show when you've touched it, in addition to its textured surface.

The keyboard is island style and there's a numpad included, as befits its 15.6-inch size. The 1366x768 LED backlit screen seems oddly distant and deeply set, and unlike Samsung's specs sheet online, which claims it's non-gloss, it is most definitely glossy.

The speakers and power button both have silver trims, but these look cheap compared to the rest of the laptop, and make it appear more budget than it is. The sound is, incidentally, run of the mill and bassless — you'll need dedicated speakers or headphones to get the most out of it. It is otherwise suited to system sounds alone.

Lining the outside are a VGA and HDMI out, a generous four USB ports (one of which has an integrated eSATA port), headphone and microphone jacks, ExpressCard 34 slot, SD card reader, gigabit Ethernet port and a DVD+-RW drive.

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