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Samsung R530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 563 reviews of Samsung R530. 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. People really like the screen and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the sound. Comments are divided on the battery.

performance, usability, price, design, screen

sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung R530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung R530

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 user reviews of Samsung R530 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and usability also get good reviews, whereas reviews are divided on the durability. Many are critical about the touchpad and sound.

performance, usability, price, portability, screen

sound, touchpad

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung R530 15.6 HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-330M, 3Gb, 320Gb, DVDRW, Win 7 Home Prem (Red/Silver))Samsung R530 15.6 HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-330M, 3Gb, 320Gb, DVDRW, Win 7 Home Prem (Red/Silver))

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Samsung R530 Notebook

 

Office friend. Those who don't need graphics-, Bluetooth- or Core i3-performance for surfing have here an office comrad with excellent ergonomics, fast input devices and a resilient finish starting at 439 Euros.

Hard-wearing surfaces, Stable chassis/ lid, Good keyboard, Quiet and cool, Good brightness, Acceptable battery life, Fast harddrive, Few frills, but still a lot of notebook.  There is an excellent keyboard, a durable case and adequate computing power...

TFT not equipped with anti-glare surface, Small viewing angles, Few connections, Loud mouse keys, An anti-glare display would have turned the R530 Nolan into a perfect office mate

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Tommy Melville (techradar.com)

Samsung R530 review

 

A great looking laptop which offers substance as well style

Nice styling ; Good performance ; Connectivity ; Build quality

Quite heavy

A great laptop that offers performance and style in an affordable package. We don't think you could do much better without spending more

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung R530-JA03UK - 15.6in Laptop

 

An interesting budget laptop offering basic specs and decent ergonomics.

May, 2011

PC ADVISOR - RECOMMENDED

Expert review by: Paul Monckton (techadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung R530-JA03 review

 

The Samsung R530-JA03's bright, eye-catching design makes a refreshing change to the traditional budget laptop design: business-like slabs of black or grey.

If you want small and light, the Samsung R530-JA03 isn't the laptop for you. And if you want to try games, then think again. But, if you want great performance, style, build quality and useful battery life, the R530 is well worth your consideration.

May, 2010

expert REVIEWS - BEST BUY

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung R530 review

 

Although it has a smart-looking black and red lid, the R530 looks a little plainer than some of Samsung's more expensive laptops, with a plain silver screen bezel and keyboard surround. Although it may look rather ordinary, the performance of this...

An excellent screen, fast processor, comfortable keyboard and decent battery life make this a fantastic budget laptop.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Phil Barker (electricpig.co.uk)

Samsung R530 review: Budget rivals

 

With decent performance, quality and usability, there's a lot to like about the Samsung R530. However, at this price point there's also a lot of choice, so we've been taking a look at the rivals. Join us after the break to find out which is the best...

Perfomance for price is great

Battery life can't match rivals

As a desktop replacement, the R530 beats its budget rivals. It's not quite so portable however.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (channelpro.co.uk)

Samsung R530 review

 

Samsung delivers another cracker, with stylish design married to a top-quality display and keyboard.

Solid, dependable and great value, the Samsung R530 is an excellent candidate as a desktop replacement laptop for use around the house. If you're not hung up on battery life, it won't disappoint.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Craig Simms (zdnet.com.au)

Samsung R530

 

Samsung has offered a laptop of phenomenal value. The R530 is pleasant to use, although some small niggles like 32-bit Windows and the lack of dedicated home/end keys gets in the way of total enjoyment. Still, we're quite sure anyone who picks up the...

Fantastic value

Uses 32-bit Windows ; No gigabit Ethernet ; No Bluetooth ; Lid flexes a bit

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Orestis Bastounis (talktalk.co.uk)

Samsung R530

 

A multimedia laptop with a bright widescreen display It used to be that if you wanted to do anything of any value on a computer you needed a desktop PC because laptops were not powerful enough....

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: electricpig.co.uk (electricpig.co.uk)

Samsung R530 review

 

A pretty standard machine but with a great value price tag

Good price, loads of decent specs, vids look great

Average, not the latest Intel inside

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD SRS / HD SRS 3D / HD, SRS 3D / HDA / HDA SRS 3D / Intel HD Audio / SRS / SRS 3D
Audio system direct 3D sound:No / Yes
Audio system direct sound: Yes
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 3

Battery

Battery Capacity:4000 / 4400
Battery life (max):4.4 / 4.5
Battery performance:4000 / 4400
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:RoHS / TCO 3.0
Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 16
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:44.4 / 60

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125 / 0.512 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 5470 / Intel GMA / Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA HD / Intel GMA X4500 / Intel GMA X4500HD / Intel HD / NVIDIA GeForce 310M / NVIDIA GeForce G310M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 0.5
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500 / Intel HD Graphics / No

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:N
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:100 / 101 / 83
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 800
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2 / 4 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2 / 4 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:10 / 100 LAN / 10/100 Ethernet UTP / 10/100 LAN / Ethernet, WLAN / Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / WLAN, Fast Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Networking Type:10 / 100 LAN / 802.11 b/g/n, 10/100 LAN / Fast Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD SRS 3D / HD, SRS 3D / HDA / SRS
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 / Windows XP/Vista/7
Compliance industry standards:802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 bg/n / IEEE 802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.11bg/n / IEEE 802.11bg/n, IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.11bg/n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED
Graphics adapter family:AMD / Intel / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password:No / Yes
HDD user password:N / Y
Indication light: No
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Internal video mode, resolution:1366 x 768 / 2048 x 1536
L2 cache:1000
Light sensor: No
Plug and Play: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240V / 100 - 240V/50 - 60 Hz / 100-240V
Power supply type:AC / AC - DC / AC/DC
Speakers:2
TV in port: No
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Warranty:2
Weight:5.51
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / 802.11b/g/n / 802.11bg / n / 802.11bg/n / IEEE 802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 bg/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: No
Electronic compass: No
TV tuner integrated:No / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type III
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
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
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:44.4 / 60

Processor

Bus type:DMI / FSB
Chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel HM55 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10.5 / 11 / 16 / 17 / 18
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:3
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel HM55 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 410
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:107 / 81
Processor:i3-330M / I3-350M / i3-370M / M320 / T3100 / T3300 / T4300 / T4400 / T4500 / T6600
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / AMD Athlon / Intel Celeron / Intel Celeron Mobile / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Pentium Dual-Core / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1.9 / 2 / 2.1 / 2.13 / 2.2 / 2.26 / 2.3 / 2.4
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:i3-330M / I3-350M / i3-370M / M320 / T3100 / T3300 / T4300 / T4400 / T4500 / T6600
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Pentium T4000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1288 / Socket 478 / Socket 479 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C2 / K0 / R0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Tcase:105
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
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 / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:37253 / 37255 / 37258 / 40739 / 43529 / 47511 / 47663 / 49020
Processor code:SLBNF / SLBPL / SLBUK / SLGF5 / SLGJL / SLGJM / SLGVS
Processor package size:34 / 35 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:- Adobe Acrobat Reader\n- Easy Battery Manager\n- Easy Display Manger\n- Easy Network Manager\n- Easy SpeedUp Manager\n- Samsung Magic Doctor\n- Samsung Update Plus / Adobe Acrobat Reader \nEasy Battery Manager \nEasy Display Manager \nEasy Network Manager \nEasy SpeedUp Manager \nSamsung Support Center \nSamsung Update Plus / Adobe Acrobat Reader,\nEasy Battery Manager,\nEasy Display Manager,\nEasy Network Manager,\nEasy SpeedUp Manager,\nSamsung Update Plus / Adobe Acrobat Reader\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Display Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nSAMSUNG Support Center\nSAMSUNG Update Plus / McAfee Internet Security / Samsung Recovery Solution / Samsung Recovery Solution IV\nSamsung MagicDoctor\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Display Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader / SAMSUNG Recovery Solution\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Display Manger\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nSAMSUNG Support Center\nSAMSUNG Update Plus / Samsung Update Plus\nEasy Display Manger\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSamsung Support Center
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:- Microsoft Office Ready 2007\n- McAfee Internet Security / McAfee - Virus Scan / McAfee Internet Security / McAfee Internet Security (60) / McAfee Security Center\nMicrosoft Office 2007 / McAfee Virus Scan / McAfee Virus Scan\nMicrosoft Office Professional 2007 / McAfee VirusScan / Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007, McAfee Virus Scan / Microsoft Office Professional 2007 / Microsoft Office Ready 2007, McAfee Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:4200 / 5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Ultra-ATA/133
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA / Ultra-ATA/133
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 500

Technical Details

USB connector type:USB A

Video

External video modes max. refresh rate:85
External video modes refresh rate (max):85

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.1 / 10.5
Height:1.18 / 1.43
Height (front):1 / 1.17 / 1.18 / 1.43
Height (rear):1.18 / 1.42 / 1.43 / 2
Weight:4 / 5.51 / 6.06
Width:14.9 / 15