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Samsung RC730

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Samsung RC730. 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 screen. The price and design are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive views about the touchpad and durability.

performance, design, price, screen, keyboard

durability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Samsung RC730 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review Samsung RC730-S05DE Notebook

 

A wolf in sheep's skin Coming from Samsung, we have a potent 17 inch mid-range entertainment notebook with a plain case. Samsung attracts entertainment customers with an Intel quad core CPU and Nvidia's Optimus GPU switching technology. This promises...

Solid enclosure, Pleasantly quiet, Price performance ratio, Excellent keyboard, Simple, thin design, Powerful CPU, Good entry level GPU, Long battery life, Good case temperatures, Low weight (for 17"), Recovery media, Robust, quiet and plain. Pure...

CPU throttling issue, Deficient display, Bad touchpad, Mediocre speakers, Noisy DVD drive, Missing Bluetooth, WIFI with a single antenna, Fingerprint magnet, A better display

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD, SRS 3D / HDA
Audio system direct 3D 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 / 2 / 3 / 4

Battery

Battery Capacity:48 / 5200 / 57.7 / 60
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 57.7 / 60
Battery life (max):3.5 / 4.5 / 5
Battery performance:5200
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:TCO 3.0
Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:N / Y
WiFi certified:No / Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Plastic / Plastic / Polycarbonate
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:250
Display Diagonal:17 / 17.3
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1600 x 900
Display surface:Gloss
Full HD: No
HD type:HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 90

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2 / 2048
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
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 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:101 / 103 / 104
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / Y
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
SIM card support: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Optical Drive

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:10
CD-RW write speed:24
Disc types supported:CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:2.4 / 4
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW

Other Features

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HD, SRS 3D / HDA
Compliance industry standards:802.11b/g/n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
GSM module: No
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Weight:5.78 / 6.39
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Package dimensions (WxDxH):4.21 x 18.9 x 16.1
Package weight:9.7
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
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
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
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:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 90

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
L2 cache:1
L3 cache:6
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM57 Express / Intel HM65 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100

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
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
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: 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 Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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 / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219 / 52224 / 53450 / 53452 / 53470
Processor code:SR02S / SR02Y / SR04W / SR04Z
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:17.1 x 8.27 x 5.43 / 300 mm - ∞ / Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office Starter 2010 / Samsung Update Plus, Easy Display Manager, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Easy Partition Manager, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Samsung Support Center / Samsung Update Plus,Easy Display Manager, Easy Battery Manager, Easy Network Manager, Easy SpeedUp Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office Starter 2010
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:Norton Internet Security / Norton Internet Security (60-day trial) / Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 500 / 640 / 750

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.7 / 10.9 / 11
Depth (imperial):10.8
Height:1.46 / 1.49 / 1.55
Height (front):1 / 1.24 / 1.26 / 1.27 / 1.29
Height (front) (imperial):1.27
Height (rear):1.46 / 1.49 / 1.55 / 2
Height (rear) (imperial):1.49
Weight:6.17 / 6.39 / 7
Width:16 / 16.2 / 16.3 / 16.4
Width (imperial):16.3