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Samsung R520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of Samsung R520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the keyboard and screen. The price and usability also get good reviews, but many are less positive about the energy efficiency.

performance, usability, price, screen, keyboard


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung R520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung R520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Samsung R520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the portability and reliability are overall positive. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably.

price, performance, usability, reliability, portability

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung R520 15.6 Inch Notebook PC (C2D T6400, 2.0GHz, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, HD, Vista Home Premium) -Black/SilverSamsung R520 15.6 Inch Notebook PC (C2D T6400, 2.0GHz, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, HD, Vista Home Premium) -Black/Silver

Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung R520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Samsung R520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Stereo Headset for Samsung SGH-A737, SGH-T639, SGH-T729, and SCH-R520Samsung Stereo Headset for Samsung SGH-A737, SGH-T639, SGH-T729, and SCH-R520

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Alex Bentley (

Samsung R520 review


Samsung offers yet another strong entry-level laptop

Powerful processor ; Very portable ; Great features

Screen not that great ; 3D power is lacking

Great performance, usability and features at a price that's hard to beat

Sep, 2009


Expert review by (

Samsung R520 review


If Samsung's intention for its R520 was to create a budget laptop that looks and feels like a much more expensive model, it's succeeded.

A stunning laptop for the price, Samsung's R520 has everything you need. If you're on a tight budget, this is the model to buy.

Oct, 2009

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Preview: R520 and Others


It's no secret that there appeared a lot of preliminary data (for example, on and on future ATI products based on the new R520 chip and its crippled low-end modifications (RV5XX). Let's try to sum up the available...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA01UK


Fast, with a clear screen and feel good keys

Loaded with 2007 applications that I couldn't use

Jul, 2010

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA04UK


No bad points, just excellent.

May, 2010

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA01UK


The laptop is stylish and performs very well. The processor is fast and Windows 7 is better than XP and that's saying something.

None so far.

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA01UK


Very pleased with this laptop having bought it to replace a desktop. It was easy to set up. The memory, speed, screen size and picture definition are excellent and fully meets my requirements.

none so far

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA01UK


Up and running within minutes of getting it out of the box. All my existing software has transfrred onto this new computer without any problems.

A set-up option to partition the disk with no guidance on the most appropriate options.

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA01UK


Bags of memory, fast intel duo core processor. Very fast. Looks great, nice wide screen. 1.3mp webcam and microphone built in. Soft touch keyboard and clever mousepad allow you to scroll and zoom in without having to select from the screen. Has a...

Glossy screen can be a bit reflective at times eg. Bright sunshine. Some of the application software is trial only and can clash with existing subscriptions eg. I already had a McAfee subscription but the trial version keeps over-riding it and telling...

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (

Samsung R520-JA01UK


First experience of Windows 7 and it has been a happy one.

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio drivers:Realtek ALC272
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA / SRS 3D
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 3


Battery Capacity:4000 / 4400 / 6
Battery life (max):5
Battery performance:4000 / 4400 / 6
Battery recharge time:3
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:15.4 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4330 / AMD Mobilty Radeon HD 4330 / AMD Radeon HD 4650 / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA X4500HD / No


Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:87 / 88 / 89
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Pointing Stick / Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Networking Type:802.11 b/g/n, 10 / 100 / 1000 / GigabitEthernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-RW read speed:16
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:4
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:2.4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:4
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:HD Audio / HDA
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.8 x 10.1 x 1.23
Display:LCD / LED
Graphics adapter family:AMD / Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
TV in port: No
Warranty:1 / 2
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g / 802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 10.5 / 13 / 7.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Motherboard southbridge:Intel ICH9M
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:P7450 / T3400 / T4200 / T4300 / T6400 / T6500
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.050
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:2 / 2.1 / 2.13 / 2.16
Processor front side bus:1066 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:P7450 / T3400 / T4200 / T4300 / T6400 / T6500
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Pentium T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium T4000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket P
Processor threads:2
Stepping:M0 / R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 90

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 / Yes
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):Y
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® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35583 / 36734 / 37251 / 37253 / 39311 / 40479
Processor code:SLB3P / SLGF4 / SLGJ4 / SLGJM / SLGJN
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, HDD
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No


Bundled software:SAMSUNG Magic Doctor / SAMSUNG Update Plus / Easy Display Manger / Easy Battery Manager / Easy Network Manager / Easy SpeedUp Manager / Adobe Acrobat Reader / SAMSUNG Recovery Solution III\nAdobe Acrobat Reader / SAMSUNG Recovery Solution III\nSAMSUNG Magic Doctor\nSAMSUNG Update Plus\nEasy Display Manger\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nCyberlink DVD
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows Vista Home Basic / Windows Vista Home Premium
Trial software:Genuine Microsoft Office Professional 2007 / McAfee Virus Scan / McAfee Virus Scan\nGenuine Microsoft Office Professional 2007 / McAfee Virus Scan\nMicrosoft Office 2007 / Microsoft Office Professional 2007


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:160 / 250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Height:1.23 / 1.46
Height (front):1.23
Height (rear):1.46