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Samsung R540

Samsung R540
alaScore 84

300 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and screen. The performance and design are also appreciated.

value for money, design, performance, screen, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung R540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 300 reviews)

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Review Samsung R540-JS08DE Notebook


Refurbished. Samsung beefs up its low price entry-level R530 with

Quiet & cool (Silent Mode); Very good keyboard; Antireflective TFT; Viable brightness; Good application performance; 3D performance for casual gamers

Narrow viewing angles; Few interfaces; Short battery life; Yielding base plate; Clattery mouse keys

The popular use of the term "fastest graphic performance". The HD 545v definitely doesn't belong to the performance machines.

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Samsung R540 Review


There is no shortage of low-cost laptops available in stores this holiday season, but the $700 Samsung R540 might be worth a closer look. Keep reading to find out what we thought about this 15-inch laptop with Intel Core i3 processor.

Good performance ; Decent keyboard ; Runs cool and quiet

Cheap build quality ; Small touchpad ; Washed out screen ; Limited battery life ; Overpriced

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Samsung R540-11


Samsung's latest 15-inch notebook performs well and plays games smoothly, but its faux wood design isn't for everyone.

The Samsung R540-11 ($999) delivers fast performance, smooth graphics, and a Blu-ray drive for a reasonable price. However, some may be turned off by the faux-wood look. If you can do without Blu-ray, we think the $899 Toshiba Satellite A655 is a...


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Samsung R540


The Samsung R540 seems to target a demanding audience, since its CPU, GPU, and all-around performance can drive powerful applications and games. But a mediocre display, a weak battery, and a stingy allocation of ports keep it from hitting the mark. If...

Blu-ray drive powers high-def movies ; Speedy CPU and GPU can drive any application

Disappointing battery life ; Mediocre screen

The quick processor and graphics chip performance only partly offset the mediocre screen and weak battery.

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Samsung R540-11


A 15.6-inch widescreen has as much viewing space as its rivals. Its price, like everyone else in its class, limits the R540-11 to a 1,366 by 768 resolution, which is good enough for a 720p experience. A desktop replacement laptop like the HP dv7-4083cl...

Lightest in its class. Top of its class in speed. Blu-ray drive included. Powered by a Core i5 processor. Midrange ATI graphics card is more powerful than its predecessor. Very nice design. Adjacent numeric keypad

Poor battery life. Small battery

The Samsung R540-11 is a nice step up in speed from our former Editors' Choice, the R580, but skimping on the battery size is a definite drawback for the lightest 15-inch laptop in the business.

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Samsung R540 review


A decent all-round laptop for performing basic tasks at a bargain price

Decent office performance ; Memory ; 500GB hard drive

Graphics performance

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Samsung R540 review


The R540 is a gorgeous-looking laptop. It may be made of plastic, but the glossy brushed-metal effect on the lid and keyboard panel look really classy, even if they are prone to picking up greasy fingerprints. Its beauty isn't skin-deep either: inside,...

A smart and well-built laptop, the R540 is powerful enough but lacks a dedicated graphics processor, and it's also missing a few expansion ports and features

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Samsung R540 review


For about £589 inc VAT, the Samsung R540 delivers impressive specs, including a 2.2GHz Intel Core i3 350M processor, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of system RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The R540 fared well in real-world performance testing. From productivity...

Though the Samsung R540 laptop has the specs and Blu-ray drive of a multimedia powerhouse, its average-looking screen, indifferent audio, and weak battery life prevent the R540 from achieving greatness.

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Samsung R540E


When we got the R540E in, I was pretty excited. I had to lend my laptop to someone else, so I got the chance to live with this bad boy from Samsung as my primary computer for three weeks.

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Great desktop replacement (not a gamer)


I run this laptop 6 to 8 hours a day non-stop. I am a writer. I have loaded some screen gadgets and music as well as some photos. I do alot of writing in word, and a lot of web surfing and emailing (Skype too). This laptop rocks! I love ... Expand full...

i3-380 dual core processor, 4 GB RAM, 3 MB 3L cache, 2.53 GHz, BIG hard drive, backlit led screen. All of which means it's fast and doesn't suffer from over heating. This laptop doesn't lag when opening multiple windows. Not much "stuff" to have to get ri

Doesn't come with a 7200 rpm HDD

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
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: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:3 in 1 Card Reader / Single Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes


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

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI / Intel
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GMA X4500 / INTEL HD GPU / Mobility Radeon HD 5145


Chipset Brand:Intel / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I3 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:I3-350M / I3-370M / I3-380M / P6100