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Samsung R610 review: Samsung R610

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The Good Blu-ray drive; true 16:9 screen; good keyboard.

The Bad Relatively short battery life; tinny speakers.

The Bottom Line The Samsung R610 rather uncomfortably and unsuccessfully straddles the space between a traditional laptop and a model that's aimed at the entertainment market. We think most buyers would be better off with the company's R560 or R710 models instead

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Priced at around £660, the Samsung R610 is one of the cheapest available laptops with a Blu-ray drive. The question is: has Samsung had to compromise on the rest of the spec to fit in that headline-grabbing feature?

Positives
The R610 has a similar design to other models in Samsung's R series, but that's no bad thing. Like its siblings, the R610 is decked out in a glossy black finish with a pleasing red flash across the front lip.

One of the foremost features of this laptop is its Blu-ray drive, which lets you watch movies in high definition. As the laptop's 16-inch screen has a true widescreen aspect ratio, HD films are displayed without any annoying black bars. But the screen only has a 1,366x768-pixel resolution -- some way off the 'Full HD' resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels.

Given the large screen size, there's plenty of room on the chassis for a decent-sized keyboard. The keys are well spaced, so you'll have no problem using the keyboard for touch typing. We also like the trackpad, with its chunky but responsive buttons.

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