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This is the only computer that i have ever owned in my life that never had a hardwear failure. The computer lasted me years and years and years untill i upgraded to the asus ultra book a month ago. Now the computer is sitting on my dresser as a back up if i ever need it. I would suggest buying it if you didnt want top end performance.
I've had this laptop for some years now so I can write about how it has held up. The hard drive is a good size, I've never wanted for extra storage on it, and I have a number of DVDs and albums burnt to the laptop.
For gaming, with a few tweaks I have managed to get some games working well on it, but it is not a gaming laptop, period, so I wouldn't advise it for that purpose in mind, but it will run casual games with no problem whatsoever.
The laptop has held up with age, I haven't seen any deterioration in performance with the usual maintenance - keeping the hard drive clean, deleting temps etc, which is always nice as I have had laptops before which become completely unusable after a couple of years!
I would have reccommended this laptop at the time of my purchase, however as it is now quite old, there are much better laptops available.
The Samsung R520 Laptop Silver has a 15.6" High Definition widescreen display, with Windows Vista Home Premium features an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor (T4200, 2.0Ghz 800Mhz 1MB L2 cache), 4GB Memory, 320GB HDD and a 6 Cell Lithium-Ion battery. This laptop is highlighted as a good buy because it includes most features that you could find in a 5* star laptop, (but as everyone knows not every laptop is perfect!). The 1.3mp Intergrated Digital Motion webcam and Internal microphone comes in use when having those live video and call conversation via MSN, Yahoo, AIM etc.
It Also includes x4 USB connection plugs, 3in1 card reader, x2 1.5W Speakers which features High Definition Audio which can be used when playing those high-graphic games with excellent sound effects!
The specific measurements/dimensions of the laptop are:
*Width = 376.0 mm
*Depth = 255.8 mm
*Height = 31.3~37.2 mm
*Weight = 2.55kg
As I mentioned earlier, 'every laptop isn't perfect' so each laptop will have a few disadvantages.. The Samsung R520 Laptop has quite a few disvantages such as the wireless internet connection does not function for Windows XP but does perfectly for Vista!
Another is that the battery life does not last for very long, plus this laptop can eventually become very hot and has a risk of overheating which means you will not be able to use for laptop for period of time, until it has become cool (so can the laptop charger!)
Other than that, I think Samsung have created a good laptop - but as 'every company knows' they each have little points to work on!
Great laptop to buy, with a great HD display perfect for Divx videos. This is a high spec laptop that will work with the new Windows 7 operating system, so its upgradable when the new system comes out. Battery power is not great, my Samsung battery has stopped working so it turns off when you remove the power supply and at times the laptop just over heats and turns off. However this is a great buy as it is very easy and quick to set up. It comes with a great 1.3 MPixel Camera which is great for MSN video calling and its amazing to use with Skype.
Huge 320 GB hard drive perfect to store all your msuic and videos. It also comes with a great dual operating system feautre which allows you to install more than one operating system, I have both Microsoft XP and Microsoft Vista running on my laptop. The WiFi is a big hassel as it wont work on Microsft XP but will work fully on Vista. It's also really easy to boot up due to the very quick Core Processor.
Fantastic Laptop Truley Brilliant apart from the fact that the C drive only had 38 Gig on it and the D drive had the rest --Obviously you can change it (Which i did) So it wasnt a big problem.Also When i am connected to the internet the little box thing in the bottem right corner says im not and when i click connect to the internet it says im already connected. My Msn Messenger does not work it just consistantly comes up with errors(Im not sure if thats the laptops fault or not though). Apart from that i must say its a very good laptop and its very fast. the last time i had a widscreen laptop everything i done was distorted but this laptop does not do this at all. The speakers are very load Which is good. The last laptop i had broke because my dogs ran over the keyboard and broke some of the keys off but with this keyboard it seems the key's are lower and would be very hard to break them off. Thats preety much it apart from the C drive, The connection thing and the messanger Problem(Which i dont think has much to do with the laptop anyway)im very happy with this laptop :) P.s if your reading this dont think "im not buying this laptop" because of this review im leaving because its an amazing laptop i just havnt included all the good bits about it .Thanks :)