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Review Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch, 06/15/2010

Office with a heart for Games. We only review over-priced Apple MacBooks? Wrong. Here is a 535 euro all-rounder that everyone can afford. The 15.6 incher doesn't only have office qualities due to an ATI HD 5470 and a fast hard disk.

Samsung R525 Eikee with Athlon II M320 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Samsung R525 Eikee (NP-R525-JS01DE) with Athlon II M320 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

The impression arises that there are only new devices in the high-end division since the colleagues are fetching one Apple MacBook after the other. We will provide counter-evidence with the 15.6 incher, Samsung R525 Eikee. Potential buyers can acquire a notebook which Samsung claims to have a good value for money ratio starting at 535 euro.

We are skeptical about one statement though: the latest 3D games in HD quality. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 has already often been in review and always proved to be a GPU of the lower midrange, hardly suitable for gaming. Has Samsung played around with the clock rates or conjured up something else? We don't expect a performance rocket, especially in combination with the AMD Prozessor Athlon II M320 (2.1 GHz). The Samsung R525 Eikee can convince us with many other features, anyhow. Find out what they are in this comprehensive review.

Case

High-gloss lid
High-gloss lid
Power button
Power button
Tight hinge
Tight hinge

The R525 is a plain notebook in terms of materials and chassis construction. Varnished and unvarnished plastic parts are cleanly placed next to each other. The gray-in-gray looks doesn't try to attract attention with effects or exaggerated high-gloss use. However, there are a few details that give the case an attractive appearance.

The lid's finish has irregular white lines on a dotted black background. The lid's flat edges attempt to make just as a beveled form as the base unit. The coated lid is fairly insensitive to fingerprints, due to the fine, white dots. There is a bar with a blue finish above the keys, below which the loudspeakers have been placed. The bar's lower edge has a weak color gradient (dark to light blue).

The wrist-rest is pleasantly roughened by a haptic texture on the surfaces. Thus, the R525 has grip and fingerprints don't even have a chance. Because the surface doesn't have a finish, unsightly scratches should be ruled out in this area. The wrist-rest is stable and can't be pressed in with a finger. Unfortunately, we can't say the same for the case's bottom. The RAM cover can be depressed evidently, just like the area underneath the optical drive.

We only have to complain about the lid in terms of stability. We can dent its surface evidently with little force. The torsional stiffness could also have been better. In return, the tight hinges are firmly in place and hold the lid without a notable teetering. The lid can be opened to a maximum of 130 degrees. A counterforce in the display hinge makes sure that the lid closes tight. Nevertheless, the force isn't sufficient. It can open a centimeter during an unsecured transportation quickly. In this case, pens or the like can slip in and damage the display.

Connectivity

Samsung's R525 addresses undemanding natures when it comes to ports. Almost all connections have been bundled on the case's left side. That has the advantage that users never have to look around long. Aside from the DC-in, we find a VGA (D-sub), a USB port, an Ethernet port, two audio sockets and a HDMI port here. The cardreader is on the front.

The port placement is praiseworthy. Both USB 2.0 ports placed on the right are in the far back so that the mouse hand doesn't get tangled up with the USB cables. Unwieldy cables, like VGA and HDMI as well as the power socket, are also in the rear area on the left. Lefties can put the mouse here without problems.

Front: Cardreader
Front: Cardreader
Left: AC, VGA, LAN, HDMI, USB, audio
Left: AC, VGA, LAN, HDMI, USB, audio
Rear: no connections
Rear: no connections
Right: DVD drive, 2 USB 2.0
Right: DVD drive, 2 USB 2.0

Fortunately, the WLAN module hasn't become victim of economizing. A draft-n module from Atheros (AR9285) does its work in the Samsung R525. The wired network card doesn't have gigabit Ethernet (Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI-E). Bluetooth isn't onboard, either.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Samsung has built a feedback-strong keyboard into the R525 Eikee. The keys all sit close together, but all are on a small base. The accuracy for touch-typing fingers is very good, even if the touch-typing markers on F and J can hardly be felt. The keys have a clear pressure point and a long key stroke length. The key stroke is comparatively firm. The keyboard's surface doesn't yield anywhere; it even lies firmly over the DVD drive.

In our opinion, the spacial separated arrow keys underneath the large shift and enter key is very positive. At last, a manufacturer makes the effort and lets the arrow keys protrude a centimeter into the wrist-rest. There is then even room for a second FN key. Volume and brightness can thus be set single-handedly. Typing on the keyboard is a piece of cake. This is also due to the non-slip and wide wrist-rest. Large men's' hands have enough place. The number pad is invaluable for entering many numbers. Besides that, it's also useable for games.

Touchpad

The touchpad is almost integrated evenly on the wrist-rest. Samsung lets the pad's bezel light up in blue during activity so that it can't be overlooked by the user in the dark. The pad can be used pleasantly, despite its seemingly small size because the matt surface is sensitive up to its outer areas. Two finger gestures, for example scroll or zoom, are recognized because it's a multi-touch pad. If you never touch a touchpad with two fingers, you can use the vertical and horizontal scroll bar instead. They aren't marked, though. The pad's keys click very easily, but emit a cheap sounding click noise.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Arrow keys
Arrow keys
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Samsung builds its own 15.6 inch HD Ready screen (LTN154X3-L01) into the R525. It has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The 16:9 isn't AR-coated and always provides for more or less intense reflections. The display's contrast or 194:1 is very low. The matt colors are however optically improved by its glare quality. Thus, the subjective impression is better than the assessment.

221
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 221 cd/m²
Average: 209.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 217 cd/m²
Black: 1.12 cd/m²
Contrast: 194:1

The LED backlight distributes the brightness evenly over the screen (88 percent). We established a maximum rate of 221 cd/m2 in the upper left. The brightness decreases to less than 200 cd/m2 in the lower left and right. This difference isn't visible to the eye.

Outdoors in direct sunlight
Outdoors in direct sunlight
Outdoors in indirect sunlight
Outdoors in indirect sunlight

The Samsung R525's display isn't suitable for outdoor use despite the good luminosity. The glare characteristic provides for view obstruction due to reflections. Users who like to read emails on the go will have to look for a shadowy place, in any event.

The viewing angles describe if colors or writing are still clearly seen when looking at the screen from the sides. Users have little elbowroom with the R525's 15.6 inch screen. When the sight deviates upward or downwards (vertical), the colors already bleach noticeably at 20 degrees. We can drift up to 45 degrees from the center towards the left and right (horizontal). Now the colors invert and the display dims.

Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE's viewing angles
Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE's viewing angles

Performance

Samsung equips its all-rounder with an AMD processor, the AMD Athlon II M320 (2x2.1 GHz). The starter dual core processor belongs to the weakest Athlon II CPUs. It only has an L2 cache of 1MB. The CPU with a TDP of 35 watts is on the AMD chip set, RS780, and is supported by a 4096 MB DDR2 RAM. The RAM controller is in the processor - a trait that Intel first discovered for themselves with Arrandale.

The manufacturer states: "Highlight: Strong graphic performance" on the Samsung product site. Samsung builds an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 with a 512 MB GDDR3 video memory into the case. The GPU belongs to the lower midrange and has rarely proved to be suitable for contemporary games in previous test notebooks. We'll determine if this has changed in the R525 in combination with the weak Athlon II M320 in the part about graphic performance.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ
System info HDTune
DPC Latency Checker Idle
System information Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE
AMD Vision Premium with Athlon II M320
AMD Vision Premium with Athlon II M320

The Athlon II M320 (2.1 GHz) has to accept a comparison with Intel's latest Core i3 processors in the processor benchmarks. They design the same price range and are found in laptops up to about 700 euro. Cinebench R10's multi-core render test (3456 points) puts the Athlon on par with the Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83 GHz) or the Pentium T4200 (2.0 GHz). The distance to the Core i3-330M (2.16 GHz) is gigantic: 2000 points. Thus, the i3-330 calculates about 50 percent faster than the Athlon II M320 with the same clock rate. The result is the same in the 64 bit render test.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1795
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3456
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3687
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2037 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
3960 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3675 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
10.92 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.1 Points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage3488 points
Help
5
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
5.1
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9

Does the weak processor leave traces in the system's overall performance? Yes, but not as many as expected. We use PCMark Vantage to make a statement. The test checks all components of the computer, including the DDR2 RAM, the hard disk and the graphic card. 3488 points is the result of the Samsung R525's efforts. A Core i3-330M system with the same graphic card (Acer Aspire 5741G-334G50Mn) achieves 4684 points. The slower DDR2 RAM, the slow computational speed and the lack of hyperthreading (HT) are responsible for the difference. That leads to losses in all subtotals of PCMark Vantage.

Does anything speak for Athlon II? Yes, because the experienced application performance is fast and is on par with a Pentium T6600 system. The Athlon II only stumbles when a lot of applications are running simultaneously.

3D Mark
3DMark 039718 points
3DMark 056407 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
2898 points
3DMark Vantage933 points
Help
Samsung SpinPoint M7 HM321HI
Transfer Rate Minimum: 30.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 90.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 69.3 MB/s
Access Time: 19.1 ms
Burst Rate: 84.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

The Eikee has a 320 GB hard disk from Samsung onboard (HM321HI). The hard disk is very quiet. Its bearings are based on the Fluid Dynamic Bearing Technology. The HDD can only be heard due to a quiet noise. The 320 GBs are read with 69.2 MB/s in sequential read. A slightly above average rate that many 5400 rpm HDDs reach.

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

Left4Dead: high - smooth (44 fps)
Left4Dead: high - smooth (44 fps)
Call of Juarez: high - not smooth (12 fps)
Call of Juarez: high - not smooth (12 fps)

Samsung praises the R525 Eikee with the highlight "strong graphic performance": "Enjoy the latest 3D games in HD quality. The built-in DirectX11 technology accelerates the ultra realistic gaming environment." A look at our notebook graphic comparison shows that the ATI Mobility Radeon HD5470 is in the lower range of performance category 2. The mainstream GPU is often used in notebooks so that they even have a graphic card. The HD5470 is well known from our reviews. It has often enough confirmed its insufficient gaming competence (current games!).

The Radeon HD5470 has a 512 MB GDDR3 video memory. The same clocks with 750 MHz, the core with 800 MHz. Samsung clocks the memory down by 50 MHz and clocks the core up by 50 MHz in comparison to the Aspire 5741G. This is so marginal that it isn't noticeable in the performance. We determined a weak 2898 points in 3DMark06 (Aspire 5741G: 3057 points). Even an Nvidia GeForce GT 325M with a low core rate of 450 MHz achieves 5943 points (Asus N61JV).

The 3DMark Vantage is hardly influenced by the processor and shows what only the HD 5470 is capable of. The established 933 points are the typical level for the HD 5470. The GeForce G 210M or the old HD 3650 reach a similarly low score. If you are really up to games, you should look at a HD 5650 (2786 points) or a HD 5730 (3825 points).

Comprehensive gaming test are superfluous in view of the low 3D rates. Merely older games a la Left4Dead run without restrictions in high details. As soon as it gets more challenging (Call of Juarez benchmark), the frame rate collapses.

low med.high ultra
Call of Juarez Benchmark (2006) 12.8fps
Left 4 Dead (2008) 43.92fps

Emissions

Louver
Louver

System Noise

The Samsung R525 is equipped with an AMD Athlon II M320, which is said to have a high TDP of 35 watts. The TDP is the maximum power consumption of these components. It is usually only reached by pure CPU applications or by our stress test. The base unit is exemplary capable of managing waste heat in every state of load. It appears that Samsung has a hand for ergonomic strong notebooks. The test samples R580, R780 and N220, already proved to be very quiet and cool.

Samsung always treats its notebooks to a silent mode (FN+F8), which we also gladly use in the R525. The fan remains mainly disabled in simple office tasks, like Word, Excel, mail or web browser. Even short periods of processor load don't change that. Only continuous CPU benchmarks produce so much waste heat that the fan is enabled temporarily even in silent mode. Samsung's own 320 GB hard disk (Samsung HM321HI) isn't treacherous, either. It is so super silent that we record the minimum idle level (29.7 dB(A)) for it.

The silence is paid for with a low performance, though. The clock rate of the already slow 2.1 GHz Athlon processor is limited to 800 MHz. This is enough for surfing or typing in Word. Image editing is no longer fun.

Now we turn on the speed mode and demand the maximum from the CPU and GPU (stress test). Strange: The fan soon rotates with it maximum power, but the noise level never exceeds 33.2 dB(A). That isn't only remarkable because of the AMD's high TDP of 35 watts, but also because the HD 5470 now calculates to the full. Read in the next part if the waste heat's temperature surges.

Noise Level

Idle 29.7 / 30.7 / 30.9 dB(A)
HDD 30.7 dB(A)
DVD 33.6 / dB(A)
Load 33.1 / 33.2 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)
Stress Test: CPU max. 60°C, GPU max. 62 degrees Celsius
Stress Test: CPU max. 60°C, GPU max. 62 degrees Celsius

Temperature

R525 owners won't experience any bad surprises during maximum load in terms of waste heat. The case's upper side reaches 40 degrees after a two hour stress test (Furmark and Prime95). That sounds like a lot, but the average is only 33.6 degrees and the wrist-rest doesn't exceed 35 degrees. The base plate is also still useable on the lap, however the vent shouldn't be covered. We measured just under 43 degrees in its immediate vicinity.

The mainboard sensors report a CPU temperature of only 60 degrees after two hour of stress. The GPU was also loaded and reached 62 degrees. These rates are more than safe and speak for an excellent heat dissipation via the heatpipe.

The case stays cool to lukewarm while surfing in the internet (silent mode). We discovered the only warm area in the immediate vicinity of the vent (31.7 degrees). The upper side only heats up marginally in the upper right (29.7 degrees). We measure 25 to 29 degrees on the wrist-rest.

Max. Load
 40 °C34.7 °C28.2 °C 
 35.7 °C35.3 °C28.5 °C 
 34.2 °C34.9 °C30.8 °C 
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 33.6 °C
26.7 °C30.1 °C42.8 °C
27.2 °C35.7 °C31.7 °C
31.3 °C32 °C30.1 °C
Maximum: 42.8 °C
Average: 32 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.2 °C | Room Temperature 22.4 °C

Loudspeakers

The sound quality of the stereo speakers above the keyboard might be able to convince the office friend, but aren't suitable for entertainment. Midranges are too strongly emphasized and there aren't any basses. The R525 doesn't have a subwoofer. The sound is slightly improved by the SRS sound enhancer. They make the sound a bit more balanced and virtual. The volume is adequate for the 15.6 inch design. The little membranes remain stable at maximum level.

An external sound system can be connected on the left via the 3.5 millimeter jacks. We tested with two active Yamaha speakers (YST-M20SDP). The volume tethered to the notebook is comparatively low but static-free (audio test - no measurement).

Battery Life

The R525 is adequately suitable for on the go with its feasible brightness and the good input devices. Unfortunately, the short battery life prevents movie fun in the train or surfing in the café. When the user inserts a DVD, it's already at its end after 1:45 hours (DVD rendering 105 minutes). It's not even possible to surf for two hours on internet (WLAN test). Now if you insert a power hungry UMTS surf stick, you can count yourself as lucky if you are still online after 1.30 hours.

The Samsung R525's maximum idle runtime is around 233 minutes. These 3:53 hours are unrealistic, though. WLAN was disabled, the brightness was at its lowest level and the processor was idle. The real runtime is not quite two hours. Thus, all our measurements are remote form the manufacturers claim of "up to 4.4 hours". At least the buyer can check the current charge state via the LED battery indicator.

Charging: 110 min
Charging: 110 min
Minimum runtime (Classic): 61 min
Minimum runtime (Classic): 61 min
DVD runtime (movie): 105 min
DVD runtime (movie): 105 min
WLAN surfing: 115 min
WLAN surfing: 115 min
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 53min
WiFi Surfing
1h 55min
DVD
1h 45min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 01min

The Samsung R525 has a high level of power consumption for its performance category. The effective power of 52 watts under simple load by 3DMark06 is still close to the dedicated ATI graphic solution. The power consumption without load (idle, maximum energy savings, WLAN off) is very high with 17.1 watts. Even systems with a strong dedicated graphic card, like the Acer Travelmate 5740G (HD5650) or the 17 incher, Samsung R780 (Nvidia GT 330M), are satisfied with 10.8, respectively 14.2 watts in idle conditions. The processors in both devices have an identically high TDP of 35 watts, but their power consumption in idle appears to be much lower.

Energy savers should also watch the R525's standby consumption. The adapter needs 1.4 watts in standby. When we turn the R525 off, it still needs 0.7 watts (both without battery charging).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.7 / 1.4 Watt
Idle 17.1 / 21.9 / 26.9 Watt
Load 52.1 / 63.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

Samsung provides a handy 15.6 incher with the R525 in the basic configuration. If it's an office or multimedia notebook will ultimately have to be decided by the applications intended by the customer. The matt work surface, the well made key layout and the low emissions speak for an office use. Typing is fun on the feedback-strong keyboard and playing around with the silent mode is a pleasure.

Samsungs speaks of multimedia and ties this to the "strong graphics performance". We couldn't experience a good gaming suitability with the built-in ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470, though. Quite contrarily, the gaming performance is even additionally limited by the weak AMD Athlon II processor. We're talking about the latest, fairly hardware demanding games. If you surrender to so-called casual gaming and dig older games, you actually can play smoothly with the R525 Eikee. See our notebook graphic card comparison for further information.

Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE - not a gamer but a feasible laptop anyway.
Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE - not a gamer but a feasible laptop anyway.
In Review: Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE
In Review:  Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE

Specifications

Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE
Processor
Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 - 512 MB, Core: 750 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, GDDR3, 8.713.3.0
Memory
4096 MB 
, PC2-6400
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Samsung LTN154X3-L01, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD M780G
Harddisk
Samsung SpinPoint M7 HM321HI, 320 GB 
5400 rpm
Soundcard
ATI SB600 HD Audio
Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line-out, mic, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/MMC,
Networking
Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI-E (10/100MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n )
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 38.1 x 376 x 255.5 ( = 1.5 x 14.8 x 10.06 in)
Weight
2.427 kg ( = 85.61 oz) Power Supply: 339 g ( = 11.96 oz)
Battery
44 Wh Lithium-Ion, AA-PB9NS6B 11.1V
Price
669 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 1.3MP, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Samsung addresses undemanding multimedia enthusiasts
Samsung addresses undemanding multimedia enthusiasts
It's off in the garden in the summertime. Palaver with friends via video chat (webcam).
It's off in the garden in the summertime. Palaver with friends via video chat (webcam).
But wait. Where is my Skype? I can't see anything!
But wait. Where is my Skype? I can't see anything!
The glare type display provides bold reflections and obstructs the view.
The glare type display provides bold reflections and obstructs the view.
Pull the plug and off to your friends!
Pull the plug and off to your friends!
The adapter shouldn't ever be left at home.
The adapter shouldn't ever be left at home.
The 4400 mAh battery doesn't even keep the 15.6 incher up for two hours.
The 4400 mAh battery doesn't even keep the 15.6 incher up for two hours.
The LED indicator above the charge status is very helpful here.
The LED indicator above the charge status is very helpful here.
The bottom accommodates two mysterious openings.
The bottom accommodates two mysterious openings.
The 320 GB hard disk and the 4 GB RAM (DDR2), as well as
The 320 GB hard disk and the 4 GB RAM (DDR2), as well as
the WLAN module from Atheros hide behind it.
the WLAN module from Atheros hide behind it.
Samsung's SpinPoint hard disk rotates in liquid bearings.
Samsung's SpinPoint hard disk rotates in liquid bearings.
The loudspeakers, with a run-of-the-mill sound, are found below it.
The loudspeakers, with a run-of-the-mill sound, are found below it.
But beware of greasy fingers! The bar above the keys is sticky.
But beware of greasy fingers! The bar above the keys is sticky.
and fans of discreet surfaces with the R525 Eikee.
and fans of discreet surfaces with the R525 Eikee.
The glossy lid is adorned by a line pattern.
The glossy lid is adorned by a line pattern.
The lid isn't as stable as the name Dura-Case promises.
The lid isn't as stable as the name Dura-Case promises.
The base unit is different. It's good to use and only sags a bit on the bottom.
The base unit is different. It's good to use and only sags a bit on the bottom.
The generous layout of the feedback-strong keyboard is just as impressive
The generous layout of the feedback-strong keyboard is just as impressive
as the complete number block.
as the complete number block.
Pleasant to type on with moist hands: The wrist-rest's slight texture.
Pleasant to type on with moist hands: The wrist-rest's slight texture.
The demanding multimedia fan will come off second best with the ports.
The demanding multimedia fan will come off second best with the ports.
The highlights are listed with HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and 3 USB 2.0s.
The highlights are listed with HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and 3 USB 2.0s.
We almost forgot the invisible cardreader on the front.
We almost forgot the invisible cardreader on the front.
Small details like the power button pretty up the work surface.
Small details like the power button pretty up the work surface.
This and the rubber buffer on which it lies makes it almost ultra-quiet.
This and the rubber buffer on which it lies makes it almost ultra-quiet.

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Pro

+Very low system noise
+Good office keyboard with number pad
+Fast & quiet hard disk
+Bright display
 

Cons

-Short battery life
-Low gaming performance
-TFT not AR-coated
-Low contrasts
-Few interfaces

Shortcut

What we like

Nice and quiet due to silent mode. The key layout is almost perfect.

What we miss

A matt display and a clear alignment toward office would have made the Eikee to a premium office all-rounder without much effort.

What surprises us

That Samsung heralds the gaming suitability so boldly. But performance is always relative. The Radeon HD5470 is weak in our opinion, but it's probably already high-end for others.

The competitors

If you aren't satisfied with the Athlon II's low application performance, you can buy Core i3 systems for about 520 euro: The Lenovo IBM G560 (GeForce G310M) or if it doesn't need a GPU, the Acer TravelMate 5740 or MSI's CR620-i3325FD.

Rating

Samsung R525 Eikee NP-R525-JS01DE
12/04/2010 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
65%
Weight
82%
Battery
69%
Display
71%
Games Performance
62%
Application Performance
75%
Temperature
84%
Noise
94%
Add Points
85%
Average
79%
79%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2010-06-15 (Update: 2013-06- 6)