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Samsung R540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 reviews of Samsung R540. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and design are generally positive. The usability and price also get good feedback. Many are negative about the touchpad. Reviews about the durability and battery are mixed.

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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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung R540

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Samsung R540 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the touchpad and size.

price, usability, performance, design, reliability

size, touchpad

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung R540 15.6" Laptop (Intel Pentium P6100 Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD-RW, 802.11 b/g/n, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit) - SilverSamsung R540 15.6" Laptop (Intel Pentium P6100 Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVD-RW, 802.11 b/g/n, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit) - Silver

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung R540

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Samsung R540 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the keyboard and usability. The screen and price are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the reliability.

performance, price, screen, usability, keyboard

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

This summary is based on the products: Samsung R540-JA06 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i3 i3-380M 2.53 GHz - SilverSamsung R540-JA06 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i3 i3-380M 2.53 GHz - Silver

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Samsung R540-JS08DE Notebook

 

Refurbished. Samsung beefs up its low price entry-level R530 with an Intel Core CPU and Radeon graphics. The TFT isn't reflective anymore, but the lid and wrist-rest are even more so. Will the office-multimedia-all-rounder's concept be successful?

Quiet & cool (Silent Mode), Very good keyboard, Antireflective TFT, Viable brightness, Good application performance, 3D performance for casual gamers, Matt display in a small multimedia all rounder. This should be the case more often

Narrow viewing angles, Few interfaces, Short battery life, Yielding base plate, Clattery mouse keys, The greasy finger wrist-rest deters the office worker. It would have been a comprehensive office notebook without this compromise on the style factor

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

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

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Samsung R540-11 Review

 

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...

Fast performance, Strong graphics, Comfortable keyboard, Cool operation, Good speakers

Polarizing faux-wood desgin, Short battery life, Small touchpad and buttons

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Zack Stern (pcworld.com)

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.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Samsung R540-11

 

The Samsung R540-11 is the lightest and fastest 15-inch laptop you can get, but you'll find better battery life elsewhere.

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.

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Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Ian Hardy (mobilesyrup.com)

TELUS Samsung R540 Video Review

 

The Telus Samsung R540 is an affordable device that has a couple nice features that puts this just above an entry level flip phone.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: James Stables (techradar.com)

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

May, 2011

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung R540 review

 

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

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Zack Stern, PCWorld.com (techadvisor.co.uk)

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.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Siobhan Keogh (pcworld.co.nz)

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.

Jan, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD SRS 3D / HDA / SRS / SRS 3D / SRS Premium Sound
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 3

Battery

Battery Capacity:4000 / 4400 / 48.8 / 66.67
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48.8 / 66.67
Battery life (max):4 / 4.3 / 4.5 / 5
Battery performance:4000 / 4400 / 5900
Battery recharge time:3 / 60
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:TCO3.0
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Brown / Black, Brushed steel / Black, Silver / Black, Wood / Brown / Chocolate / Grey / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:ABS synthetics
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 16
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display response rise/fall:8
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 90

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512 / 1 / 512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4570 / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 545v / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 / AMD Radeon HD 5145 / AMD Radeon HD 545v / Intel GMA / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA 950 / Intel GMA HD / Intel GMA X4500HD / Intel HD / Intel HD Graphics / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.5 / 1.024
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):667 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / No

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:100 / 101 / 103
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

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

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Cabling technology: / 10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:10/100 Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Networking topology:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Networking Type:Fast Ethernet
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
DVD interface type:SATA
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM / DVD-RW / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD SRS 3D / HDA / SRS / SRS 3D / SRS Premium Sound
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11 b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 bg/n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.9 x 10.1 x 1.28 / 14.9 x 10.1 x 1.51
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Ethernet interface type:Fast
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / ATI / Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Hot keys:2
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100 - 240V AC / 110 - 240 V
Power supply type:AC / AC - DC / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.11 b/g/n / Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Data

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

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:No / Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video port: No
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 input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 90

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel HM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
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 HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:i3-330M / I3-350M / i3-370M / I3-380M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / I5-520M / P6000 / P6100 / P6200
Processor boost frequency:2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93 / 2.933
Processor cache:0.512, 3 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Pentium / Intel Pentium Dual-Core / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.86 / 2 / 2.13 / 2.26 / 2.4 / 2.53 / 2.66
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:i3-330M / I3-350M / i3-370M / I3-380M / i5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / I5-520M / P6000 / P6100 / P6200
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Pentium P6000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1288 / BGA956 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 4.8
System bus rate:2.5 / 4.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
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 Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
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):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43529 / 47341 / 47663 / 49020 / 49022 / 49058 / 50175 / 50176 / 50178 / 50179 / 52952
Processor code:SLBNF / SLBPL / SLBTZ / SLBUK / SLBUR / SLBWB / SLC22 / SLC26
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Acrobat Reader / Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter / Adobe Acrobat Reader,\nEasy Battery Manager,\nEasy Display Manger,\nEasy Network Manager,\nEasy SpeedUp Manager,\nSamsung Support Center,\nSamsung Update Plus / McAfee Virus Scan\nSamsung Recovery Solution / McAfee Virus Scan\nSamsung Update Plus\nEasy Display Manager\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSamsung Support Center / McAfee\nSamsung 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, Easy Display Manger, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Samsung Support Center / Samsung Update Plus,\nEasy Display Manage,\nEasy Battery Manager,\nEasy Network Manager,\nEasy SpeedUp Manager,\nAdobe Acrobat Reader,\nSamsung Support Center / Samsung Update Plus,\nEasy Display Manager,\nEasy Battery Manager,\nEasy Network Manager,\nEasy SpeedUp Manager,\nAdobe Acrobat Reader,\nSamsung Support Center / Samsung Update Plus,\nEasy Display Manger,\nEasy Battery Manager,\nEasy Network Manager,\nEasy SpeedUp Manager,\nAdobe Acrobat Reader,\nSamsung Support Center / Samsung Update Plus;\nEasy Display Manger;\nEasy Battery Manager;\nEasy Network Manager;\nEasy SpeedUp Manager;\nAdobe Acrobat Reader;\nSamsung Support Center. / Samsung Update Plus\nEasy Display Manager\nEasy Battery Manager\nEasy Network Manager\nEasy SpeedUp Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSamsung Support Center / 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 / Windows 7 Professional / Windows Vista Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security / McAfee Virus Scan / McAfee VirusScan / Microsoft Office Professional 2007 / Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.1
Depth (imperial):10
Height:1.26 / 1.28 / 1.51
Height (front):1 / 1.1 / 1.18 / 1.26 / 1.27 / 1.28 / 1.51
Height (front) (imperial):1.27
Height (imperial):1.27
Height (rear):1.28 / 1.4 / 1.43 / 1.5 / 1.51 / 2
Height (rear) (imperial):1.5
Weight:4 / 5.29 / 5.51
Width:14.9 / 15 / 22.8
Width (imperial):14.9