Samsung R519

Samsung R519

The Samsung R519’s keyboard offers improved usability from its predecessors. The large keys are comfortable for both ordinary typing and touch-speed typing.

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Our Rating: 81%

Our Samsung R519 Review

Design and Screen

Upon first look on the Samsung R519, we got an odd flashback from the early 2000’s. If we can be more specific, we had a vivid flashback of the Dell Inspiron series. There’s something about the Samsung R519’s design with its solid, black exterior that conveys durability and reliability. While we would’ve loved a more elegant design, the Samsung R519’s look and feel isn’t shabby or hard to swallow on the long run. Mobility isn’t the strongest feature of the Samsung R519, as it could’ve been lighter.

Samsung R519

We were quite astonished with the screen quality as the Samsung R519 falls in the low-mid range line. The screen is alive with colour and provides sharp contrast. Movie lovers will be glad to know that it comes with a great 16:9 wide view. On the downside, the Samsung R519 does not perform well under direct sunlight as its glossy surface creates reflections thus rendering the text on the screen unclear. While this laptop is more movie-oriented, game lovers won’t be able to play half of the games in the market due to the integrated graphics card.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The Samsung R519’s keyboard offers improved usability from its predecessors. The large keys are comfortable for both ordinary typing and touch-speed typing. With the latter, however; it will be quite a rumble. The Samsung R519’s keyboard isn’t the quietest in terms of noise. Also, the general look and feel of the keyboard does not appeal to users accustomed to plush, soft keys usually present in high-end models. Instead, they will find the keys plain, rigid, and plastic. On the other hand, the trackpad is spacious with room for scrolling and web browsing – one of the best we’ve used so far.

Performance and Battery Life

The Samsung R519’s performance is the core strength of this model. Bringing a powerful Pentium Dual Core Processor along with generous RAM makes multitasking a child’s play on the Samsung R519.

Samsung R519 back

Multimedia buffs will be particularly impressed when watching movies. We tried running different tasks in the background while watching a movie, and to our surprise, the movie ran smoothly without any obvious lag or crashes.

With this in mind, we were delighted to know there’s plenty of storage room for games, movies, and songs. With 250 GB, we’ll never have to worry about sending files to the recycle bin, as there’s always room for more.

In the connectivity department, the Samsung R519 is pretty standard with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB ports, 3-in-1 card reader, VGA out, and webcam. The features included are a definite bonus for us given the reasonable price tag attached to the Samsung R519.

One can’t think of the Samsung R519’s features without wondering if the battery life can stand the heat of the multimedia load. We were glad to find out that the battery life does live up to our expectations. We left the Samsung R519 on our desk for hours running some mundane tasks, playing music, and running on full-power mode.

What We Liked

We liked the Samsung R519’s solid, durable design, processor performance, and connectivity features.

What We Disliked

We disliked the Samsung R519’s noisy keyboard and weight.

Our Final Verdict

While the Samsung R519’s design does not go with its performance, we found the black exterior agreeable. The keyboard can be noisy if you’re typing away an email – not the best choice if you’re the quiet type. Falling in the low-mid range, the Samsung R519 is a great laptop for any user looking for a balance between performance, multimedia features, and price.

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General

Dimensions 37.8 x 25.2 x 3.51 cm

Processor

Processor Pentium Dual Core T3400
Processor Speed 2.16 GHz
Processor FSB 667/800

Memory

RAM 2 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 250 GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400 rpm
Optical Drive DVD SuperMulti Dual Layer

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Intel GMA X4500M DVMT
Screen Type SuperBright© Gloss LCD TFT
Screen Size 15.60 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Ethernet 10/100
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 SD SDHC MMC

Power

Battery Type 6 Cell-Li-Ion
Web Cam 0.3 Mega Pixels
Speakers 4 watts Stereo (2 x 2w)

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad

Software

Operating System Windows XP Home

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 390

Samsung R519 Full Specification

General

Dimensions 37.8 x 25.2 x 3.51 cm

Processor

Processor Pentium Dual Core T3400
Processor Speed 2.16 GHz
Processor FSB 667/800

Memory

RAM 2 GB

Storage

Hard Drive Size 250 GB
Hard Drive Type SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400 rpm
Optical Drive DVD SuperMulti Dual Layer

Graphics

Graphics Adaptor Intel GMA X4500M DVMT
Screen Type SuperBright© Gloss LCD TFT
Screen Size 15.60 in
Screen Max. Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Ethernet 10/100
Multi Card Slot 3-in-1 SD SDHC MMC

Power

Battery Type 6 Cell-Li-Ion
Web Cam 0.3 Mega Pixels
Speakers 4 watts Stereo (2 x 2w)

Input

Pointing Device Touch Pad

Software

Operating System Windows XP Home

Cost

Typical Cost (£) 390

Images of the Samsung R519

Samsung R519
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