Samsung R522: 15.6″ Mainstream Notebook


Samsung R522 Specifications

Display: 15″ TFT LCD with LED Backlight (Glossy)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Webcam: 2.0 Megapixel
GPU: Intel GMA X4500M HD
Graphics Port: HDMI, VGA
CPU: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 with Intel Express GM45 Chipset
RAM: 4GB 800MHz DDR2
HDD: 320GB 5400RPM Hard Disk
Connectivity: USB (3), USB/eSATA (1), Ethernet, ExpressCard/54
Battery: 4-Cell 4000mAh Lithium Ion
Dimensions: 376 x 256 x 37mm (14.8 x 10.1 x 1.5″)
Weight: 2.5kg (5.5lbs)

Glossy 16:9 Samsung‘s R522 is a mainstream notebook PC sporting a 15.6″ TFT LCD with a LED backlight. As you can see from the picture above, it is glossy: a good thing and a bad thing depending on what you like. The 15.6″ LCD features a 16:9 aspect ratio with a pixel format of 1366 x 768: great for watching HD video content via Hulu.

It looks great… It also has a decent base spec, very good connectivity and excellent battery life. However, it is let down by truly dreadful speakers and the lack of both Draft-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

That’s a quote from Trusted Reviews‘ final verdict. I’d like to add a couple more observations.

Weak GPU The R522 is not a graphics powerhouse thanks to the integrated GMA X4500M HD from Intel but it should do quite well as long as you’re not playing the latest graphics-intensive games. There are two graphics ports: HDMI and VGA. I would recommend going with an all-digital connection via the HDMI port for crisp text and graphics.

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