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?
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.