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Samsung NP-RV720 review

£490 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Samsung NP-RV720 is a big, hulking brute of a laptop.

Powered by a 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M processor, the Samsung NP-RV720 scored a round 100 points in our WorldBench 6 tests. This is a healthy score, and the Samsung is a laptop that will handle most tasks with aplomb.

But there have been several compromises made to keep the Samsung NP-RV720 under the £500 mark. There is no dedicated graphics processor, with the RV720 making use of an integrated Intel chip to handle the visuals. There's 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard disk, both of which are solid additions.

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The 17.3in display has a native resolution of 1600 x 900, so doesn't support full HD video, but nevertheless is very good. It does have a glossy finish, though Samsung's anti-glare technology is better than most at keeping reflections on the Samsung NP-RV720 down to a minimum.

At this size there's no point in pretending that the Samsung NP-RV720 is portable – it might be fine to move from room to room but you wouldn't want to take it on your travels. It'd be too big for a standard aeroplane's table, for a start. However, as a home-based desktop replacement it'll do a fine job. The keyboard is luxuriously big, with no keys touching each other or in any way undersized.

The touchpad is massive, making the Samsung a joy to use no matter which tasks you need to carry out. There's all the connectivity options you'd expect at this price point, though given the size of the Samsung you'd have thought there might have been room found for more than three USB 2.0 ports.

The construction of the Samsung NP-RV720 is also impressive – it's solidly put together and feels like it would withstand a knock or two. You certainly wouldn't want to drop it on your foot. In fact, closing it up feels rather like shutting the bonnet of a car.

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Samsung NP-RV720 Expert Verdict »

Samsung RV720-A02UK Scores 9.2 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
2.1GHz Intel Core i3-2310M dual-core
17.3in glossy LED backlit, 1600x900
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
4GB DDR3-1333MHz
750GB HDD 5400rpm
Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
3x USB 2.0
802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
48Wh, lithium-ion removable
battery life (in use) 282 minutes
WorldBench 6: 100
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Samsung has delivered a cracking desktop replacement for under £500 in the form of the Samsung NP-RV720. It might not be much good for gaming but if it's a workhorse you're after, and you're not concerned about the lack of portability, then it is well worth considering.

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