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I purchased a brand new Samsung R70 laptop insteas of a Sony Vaio due to a lower price on the Samsung although it out specced the Sony model. The laptop is very smart looking and has a glossy piano black lid which I found to become easily scratched and smothered with fingerprints. The base of the lapton contains silver which acts as an anti bacterial protective layer, a great bonus for a laptop & keyboard as they can get filthy. Overall a very smart looking laptop. Performance wise I was not too happy although it adequately performed heavy tasks I put it through. The laptop was not as fast as some lower processor models I tried such as from HP and the TFT screen can look a little dull at times, something I noticed on othe Samsung laptops I have come across. The R70 has all the ports you would expect from USB to network, vga & PCMIA slots as well as a HDMI output. The processor is suppoesed to be one of the first Santa Rosa chipsets released which included support for Windows Turbo Boost although the technology did not return any noticeable performance gains. The battery life was not great even though the new CPU was supposed to extend battery life. Also the unit only had WiFi b/g when it should of also included Wireless N. I have to point out that this laptop stopped working after 18 months when the graphics card stopped working. A quick look on the Internet found this is a common problem with no avenue to get it fixed so I had to bin my R70 laptop in the end.
I've owned my Samsung R70 Laptop for almost a year now, and found it to be a fantastic investment for home and work use.
The system is very quick to boot up, and still seems to run just as smoothly as when I first purchased it. When the battery is fully charged, it can usually run for about two to two and a half hours before I have to plug it in at the mains. I would recommend using the laptop on a flat, firm surface as much as possible, as it does tend to get very hot if access to the vents on the bottom is restricted.
I use it daily at home, for browsing the internet, and downloading music, which is not too taxing, but it runs smoothly and doesn't eat up too much battery life. I also regularly run Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash, which it copes with admirably for a laptop of this spec. Most of the time I'm able to run Dreamweaver and Photoshop comfortably at the same time, although there is some sluggishness when I'm working on more complicated projects.
The Samsung R70 comes with a wide array of ports, including 4 USBs, a card reader, HDMI, firewire, and more, which makes connecting to mp3 players, cameras, video cameras, and other devices quick and simple. I've been able to connect it straight to my Samsung TV too - the novelty of browsing the Internet on a 32" screen takes a long time to wear off!
The R70's 15.4" screen is great - large, clear, and bright, and the DVD drive is a DVD Super Multi Dual Layer Writer Lightscribe - which can read and create CDs, MP3 Discs and good quality DVDs relatively quickly.
There's also a built-in webcam and microphone, which I use regularly for skype calls to America. The webcam is good quality and simple to use, although the microphone is not the best - I can't be heard clearly unless I'm very close to the keyboard, so I've invested in a headset for making calls.
In terms of looks, it's what you'd expect from Samsung - stylish, and smart. Unfortunately for me, the glossy black finish has been tarnished a little by scratches, but this minor superficial damage is just the inevitable wear and tear of daily use!
Overall, I've found the R70 to be ideal for browsing, managing my music and podcasts, and very capable of running the more complex programs I require at work (Dreamweaver, Photoshop etc.) This is a stylish, slim and light machine, which performs as well today as it did when ifirst purchased it.