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Samsung RC520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 87 reviews of Samsung RC520. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the keyboard and usability. The price and screen are also appreciated.

performance, screen, price, usability, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung RC520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung RC520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Samsung RC520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the battery and usability. The price and screen also get good comments.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung RC520 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz, 6Gb, 750Gb, DVD SuperMulti DL, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) - Black/SiSamsung RC520 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3GHz, 6Gb, 750Gb, DVD SuperMulti DL, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) - Black/Si

May, 2018

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-A01UK


Looks great, boots fast, superb keyboard (as good as my macbook pro) and all round love it.

None so far :)

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-A01UK


Great clear screen & design with all the benefits of a good laptop that we needed - a big step up on our old laptop.

None found

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


not as fast on start up as i expected

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


NIce and light, fast start with a very good battery life (compaired to my 5yr old Toshiba) does just about everything you would want from a laptop without costing a fortune.

Nothing to think of.

Feb, 2012

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


First off I would like to comment on the excellent battery life of this laptop; using just Microsoft Word, I can easily get 7 hours, usually just over 5 for general internet browsing and music and 2 hours for playing games such as the Sims 3, etc. The...

Can be loud when reading CD/DVDs and on my particular laptop it makes a rattling sound inside when typing or tapping on the right hand side, near the CD drive, though this is a very minor issue.

Dec, 2011

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


Good overall processor speed for an intel i5. graphic card not the best in the world for gaming but, can handle day to day things like Photoshop and Google sketch up modelling with no lag in performance.

Not good for graphics heavy video gaming or large 3d modelling with lots of polygons.

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


Very fast

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


Everything to be honest, it performs like a dream, battery life is excellent, hours and hours. i5 performs beautifully with massive disk space as well.

The only downside is that the shiny outside shows fingerprints, big deal! oh and the ham-fisted oaf using the keyboard!

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-A01UK


Great laptop

The actual laptop looks nothing like the picture.

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (

Samsung RC520-S02UK


NIce and light, fast start with a very good battery life (compaired to my 5yr old Toshiba) does just about everything you would want from a laptop without costing a fortune

Nothing to think of

Nov, 2011

Product Specifications


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


Battery Capacity:4400 / 48 / 48.84 / 4800
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 48.84
Battery life (max):4.5 / 5 / 8.5
Battery performance:4400 / 4800
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Grey / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:ABS synthetics / Aluminium, Plastic
Product type:Notebook


3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220 / 300
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:150 / 90


Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.5
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / NVIDIA GeForce 315M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024
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:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:100 / 101 / 104
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2


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

Optical Drive

BD-R Dual Layer write speed:2
BD-R read speed:4
BD-R write speed:4
BD-RE read speed:4
BD-RE write speed:4
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:24
CD-RW write speed:10 / 24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HDA / High Definition Audio / SRS 3D
Dimensions (WxDxH):15 x 10.1 x 1.15 / 15 x 10.1 x 1.38
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Package dimensions (WxDxH):19.5 x 11.8 x 3.31
Package weight:7.54
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
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 connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
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:150 / 90


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):21 / 23
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
L2 cache:3
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I3-2310M / I5-2410M
Processor boost frequency:2.9
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.3
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-2310M / I5-2410M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
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: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52220 / 52224
Processor code:SR04S
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


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


Bundled software:Canon 1000D, 1100D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 60D\nPentax istD, istDs, istDs2, istDL, istDL2, K-5, K-7, K10D, K20D, K100D, K110D, K200D\nSamsung GX-1L, GX-1S, GX-10, GX-20\nSigma SD14 / Samsung Recovery Solution, Samsung Support Center, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy Partition Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Samsung Update Plus, Battery Life Extender, Easy File Share, Easy Content Share, Samsung Fast Start, Easy Display Manager / Wifi Manager, Norton Online Backup, Movie Color Enhancer, AnyWeb, Easy Migration, Fast Browsing, PC2Phone, Electonic Manual, WildTangent Game Console, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter / Samsung Update Plus, Easy Display Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Samsung Update Plus, Easy Display Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Samsung Support Center, Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Samsung Update Plus, Easy Display Manger, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Samsung Support Center, Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Samsung Update Plus\nKolay Ekran Yöneticisi\nKolay Hızlanma Yöneticisi\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSamsung Destek Merkezi\nMicrosoft Office Starter 2010
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:Norton Internet Security


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500 / 640 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Height:1.15 / 1.38
Height (front):1.15 / 1.38
Height (rear):1.24 / 1.38
Weight:5.47 / 5.64 / 5.73