For only about $500 on Amazon, the Samsung R540 with Windows 7 Home Premium offers an Intel Core i3-370M dual-core processor, 4GB DDR3 dual-channel RAM, and a 500GB-capacity hard drive at 5400rpm. According to the list price, you’ll save $177 on this deal. The reason this this system should be considered is due to its good performance, nice keyboard, decent cooling system, and value.
The R540 was tested by us and excelled when placed against similar systems in terms of processor performance, overall system performance, and did reasonably well in our storage tests. To give you an example, the included Core i3 CPU did better than the Dell Inspiron 15R and the system outranked the Lenovo G560 (budget notebook) in terms of overall performance. This system would be good as a general use notebook and will react quickly for every day tasks but should not be considered for modern gaming.
In our review of the R540 we also liked the full-sized keyboard with a mix between Chiclet-style and traditional keys. We said the keyboard feels solid, did not flex, and works decently well. The touchpad is also good; it features some basic multi-touch features such as pinch-to-zoom.
More specs and features:
- 15.6-inch glossy 720p screen (1366×768)
- Integrated Intel HD graphics
- DVD burner
- 6-cell battery (11.1V, 4000mAh)
- HDMI and VGA
- USB 2.0 (x3)
- SD card reader
- Weight: 5.29 lbs
- Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.1” x 1.17″