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Samsung NP-R20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Samsung NP-R20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and screen. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the sound and battery, and there are some mixed reviews about the size.

design, performance, usability, screen, portability

battery, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung NP-R20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung NP-R20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Samsung NP-R20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and usability. The performance and price are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the design. Some have doubts about the battery and sound.

screen, price, performance, usability, durability

portability, sound, battery

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung R20 - Core Duo T2350 1.86Ghz 2x512Mb 120Gb Hard Drive DVDSM Wireless LAN 14.1" TFT Vista Home PremiumSamsung R20 - Core Duo T2350 1.86Ghz 2x512Mb 120Gb Hard Drive DVDSM Wireless LAN 14.1" TFT Vista Home Premium

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: John Ratsey (NotebookReview.com)

Samsung R20 Review

 

So why would I buy an R20? At the time this model was released, in February 2007, the combination of a reasonable dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, a generous 160GB HDD and a DVD burner in a medium sized unit was unbeatable at the price. The 14” size is...

Under 2.3kg for the computer and 2.75kg complete with PSU and power cables ; A very bright display ; Effective and fairly quiet cooling system under normal use / keeps cool on the underside ; Very good keyboard (provided you like the Fn key in the...

Small battery and limited battery run time ; Limited audio volume ; No S-Video port, Firewire or Bluetooth ; Limited 3D graphics capability but is the best performing of the integrated graphics solutions

Since the review was prepared, Samsung have released another BIOS update (11SH) for the R20. This update was installed and the computer was checked to see if there was any change to the power management. There is progress since the CPU now enters the...

May, 2007

Expert review by: admin (laptopical.com)

Samsung R20: The New Black

 

Sometimes brown is the new black. Or sometimes it's pastels. But never, ever, does the old black go out of fashion. It always comes back. Enter the Samsung R20. So sleek and sheer black is this laptop when closed, you might mistake it for your marble...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Samsung R20 review

 

The entry-level model in Samsung's new 'Aura' design range

Comfortable to use ; Smart design

Underpowered ; Limited battery life

A comfortable machine but one that's a little short of power

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Stephen Patrick (pocket-lint.com)

Samsung R20 laptop

 

When it comes to notebooks, Samsung may be overshadowed by some of the larger far-east manufacturers but we've been impressed with almost all the machines they've released of late. The Samsung R20 is a great example of what can be achieved in a...

Cheap, great weight

Average battery, poor graphics

The Samsung R20 is a great example of what can be achieved in a notebook when power and portability are required.

Apr, 2007

PC ADVISOR - RECOMMENDED

Expert review by: Zoe Mutter (techadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung R20 laptop

 

Our review of the Samsung R20, Samsung's latest slim and user-friendly laptop PC, shows a stylish and full-featured system.

Stylish, user-friendly and well featured at the price, we really liked the Samsung R20. And gaming was half-decent, too.

May, 2007

Recommended!

Expert review by: Benny Har-Even (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung R20 Aura

 

If you want the looks and the performance but don't have the budget the Samsung R20 could be the answer.

Samsung has managed to offer a budget notebook that doesn't actually look like a budget notebook, at least when the lid is closed. The screen is only adequate but the basics are all there, such as an excellent keyboard. If you're on a budget and want...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: (pcanswers.co.uk)

Samsung R20

 

Samsung has overhauled most of its notebook range in recent months, implementing what it calls its "Aura" design. The R20 is the entry-level machine in the range, yet judging from the look you wouldn't think so.

Quite portable, Reasonably powerful

Easily scratched, Limited battery life

Top performance that's best suited for home use

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: (itreviews.co.uk)

Samsung - R20

 

Samsung could have stuck to the tried and trusted Centrino formula when it developed the R20 but instead it chose to use a rare old mixture of components in this sleek laptop. There's a dual core ...

This is a slender, light, cheap laptop that offers plenty of performance, however the finish is a bit on the cheap side and the battery life isn't especially impressive. We can overlook those points at this price, but the way the screen darkens...

May, 2007

Expert review by: (laptops.co.uk)

Samsung R20 F001

 

This stylish Samsung laptop is ideal for home users looking for a reliable laptop. There's a slight difference between the 2 laptops, even though both are under the R20 umbrella.

Great design

Samsung still playing it safe

Almost identical to the R20 F001 F002.

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Enforcement High Definition / HDA / High Definition
Number of built-in speakers:1

Battery

Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:N

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):350:1
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:14.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display response rise/fall:25
Display Surface:Gloss

Energy Management

Power Management:ACPI 1.0b

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon X1250
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 0.256
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:89
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:1 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory clock speed:533 / 667
Memory layout:2 x 0.5
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 0.5
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Networking features:Fast Ethernet, WLAN

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-RW write speed:16
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW write speed:4
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:Enforcement High Definition / High Definition
Display viewable area (HxV):11.9 x 7.46
Display viewable area HxV:11.9 x 7.46
Expansion Slots:1x Express Card (54mm)
Hard disk average seek time:13
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:Data/Fax V.92 / ITU V.92
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power Management:ACPI 1.0b

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Chipset:ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 12
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291
Processing die size:143
Processor:T5500 / T7200
Processor cache:2 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom
Processor core voltage (AC):1.0375 - 1.30
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.663 / 1.73 / 2
Processor front side bus:533 / 667
Processor lithography:65
Processor model:T5500 / T7200
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T7000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Stepping:B2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):34
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:27253 / 27255
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington

Software

Bundled software:Cyberlink DVD / McAfee VirusScan, Samsung Network Manager, Adobe Reader, Samsung Battery Manager, Samsung Update Plus, Cyberlink DVD Solution, AVStation Now, Magic Doctor, Samsung Recovery Solution
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Ultra-ATA/133
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Ultra-ATA/133
Total Storage Capacity:160

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.2 / 13.4
Height:1.09 / 1.54
Height (front):1.09
Height (rear):1.52
Weight:5.27 / 5.29
Width:10.2 / 13.4