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I recently purchased the R505 when shopping for a mid range laptop, As soon as I unpacked I was pleasently suprised by the nice finish, although slightly bulkier than others the weight gave me a sense of reliability, and I didnt feel as if I was going to break anything. Opening the lid I found it rather stiff, Keyboard however was lovely to use, I think they could have eased the lid up just a little. Powering up I was impressed with the start up speed from boot to the windows login, everything seemed to run nice and smooth. After having the laptop on for around an hour I noticed it was getting rather hot, although a very quiet laptop I feel this is due to the lack of air circulation If you place your hand over the side of the fan you can really feel the heat kicking out. Personally I would have preffered a little more noise over the overheating, and YES this really did start to effect the laptops performance, the laptop really did start to lack response. Which became rather frustrating, I had to go out and buy a USB fan tray to sit the latop on to keep it cool which did improve the over heat problem however not fully. In a nutshell the performance of this laptop when kept cool was very satisfactory, If your going to purchase be sure to purchase a cooling tray. The battery life was quite poor approx 2 and a half hours. I was also shocked for the size of the laptop only having just 3 Usb Ports. The Hard Drive capacity is very good at 320gb. The AMD turion processor is very slow, however the 4gb of ram slightly made up for this.
Having fully converted to Samsung for all my electrical needs the R505 was the last piece in the Korean jigsaw.
Having had the laptop for approximately 6 months I have had no problems at all to report. It has a slick exterior and not to bulky and from a distance could pass for a much more premier model.
Lift the lid and you are confronted with a rather cheap and flimsy looking keyboard. However don't threat even with my sausage fingers i have had no issues with damage. I have never fully understood why people slate vista i find it as reliable and usable as its predecessor XP.
Most of the drawbacks with the laptop come with the software in particular the 30day only trial to mircosoft office. In terms of hardware it packs a decent punch, i have yet to encounter any real issues with slow down although my gaming days are behind me!
One issue which I can't let slid are the speakers in a word garbage and additional portable ones are a must. Having 3 usb ports, a tv output and built in webcam are all nice touches for under £400.
I guess a laptop review would not be worth its salt without mentioning the battery life and peoples unrealistic expectation that laptops can run on fresh air. The R505 can hold its breath but will need to come up for air after a couple of hours of heavy use age.