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Samsung R60 review: Samsung R60

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The Good Low price; solid performance; sleek good looks.

The Bad Graphics performance could be better; poor port selection.

The Bottom Line If you just want a good machine without having to spend a fortune, then you can't go far wrong with the Samsung R60. It could do better at games, but other than that it's a pretty good all rounder with a bargain price tag

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7.5 Overall

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The Samsung R60 isn't quite a fully fledged desktop replacement, but it's certainly edging in that direction.

While its size, weight and screen size may be pretty average, its application performance is anything but, and its price tag of just £480 from LaptopsDirect.co.uk is verging on the extraordinary.

Strengths
The R60 is hard to classify -- it's neither totally suited to being a desktop replacement or a portable model. It's not particularly big or small and as a result it's rather indistinctive. However, its sub-£500 price certainly grabs your attention, particularly with a name like Samsung on the lid.

Its 2GHz Intel Core Duo T2450, even when teamed up with just 1GB of RAM, managed to bring in a PCMark05 score of 3,871, which is high for any laptop, let alone one in this price category.

It's also pretty good when it comes to battery life, managing to hold out for 1 hour 46 minutes of Battery Eater's intensive tests. However, when running through the supposedly more sedate reader test it only managed to clock up 2 hours 35 minutes, which is less impressive.

It has a fabulous glossy 15.4-inch 1,280x800-pixel resolution display, provided you can put up with the increased reflectivity of such screens. It also looks like it costs twice as much as it does, with piano-black casing and sleek curves. It's fairly susceptible to greasy finger marks, however, so you'll need to keep it polished if you want it looking its best.

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