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Samsung R20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and screen. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the sound and battery.

design, portability, value for money, screen, performance

battery, sound

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

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Review analysis

(Based on 25 reviews)

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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...

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Samsung R20 NPR20R001SUK


The high-gloss finish looks great, but shows the dust and grease smears of use

Comfortable to use, Smart design

Underpowered, Limited battery life

We used this machine out and about for a couple of days and, while the battery life means you need to take the power brick with you, or invest in a second battery (£105 inc. VAT), it proved reliable. Possibly consider this machine if your needs are...

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Samsung R20 laptop review


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 another great machine that manages to mix...

Cheap, great weight

Average battery, poor graphics

With a good specification and light-weight design, this is a great machine for the mobile user who doesn’t want to compromise on power


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Samsung R20 review


Samsung may not be the first name you think of when it comes tolaptops, but it's recently been making a name for itself as the manufacturer of lightweight machines. Its R20 (£551 inc. VAT) business machine

Quite ortable ; Reasonably owerful

Easily scratched ; Limited battery life


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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.


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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...


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Samsung R20


As brands go, Samsung isn't one that you'd normally expect to find fraternising with the budget laptop market. Samsung sponsors Chelsea Football Club, for instance, a sure sign that a company is looking to associate itself more with Fortnum & Mason...

A veritable gem of a laptop. It isn't without its flaws, but they're easy to live with when you consider the price.

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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

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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...

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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


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Unknown / Yes
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight: No
True Resolution:WXGA / WXGA+

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino / Centrino Duo / Centrino Pro / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino / Centrino Duo / Centrino Pro / No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):k.A. / Radeon HD 2400 / Radeon X1050 / Radeon X1250 / Radeon Xpress 1250


Chipset Brand:ATI / Intel / Unknown
Chipset Type:945G / 945GM / Radeon Xpress 1250 / RS600ME / Unknown
Processor:Celeron M / Core 2 Duo / Core Duo / Pentium Dual Core
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:440 / 540 Celeron M / T2250 / T2330 / T2350 / T5300 / T5450 / T5500 / T5550 / T5750 / T7100