Samsung R522

Specifications

Samsung R522Notebook: Samsung R522 (R522 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.5kg
Price: 600 euro
Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 72%, features: 67%, display: 62% mobility: 67%, workmanship: 76%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Samsung R522

Samsung - R522 review
Source: IT Reviews English
We can't fathom why Samsung neglected to include 802.11n wireless support, but with its decent battery life, reasonable performance and overall good looks, the R522 is good value at this price. Its use of integrated graphics means 3D performance is poor, so gamers will need to look elsewhere, while some users may find the keyboard a little too slippery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 60% mobility: 80%
75% Samsung R522
Source: Reg Hardware English
When conjuring up budget laptops for the mass market, manufacturers will usually do their level best to make them look more expensive than they actually are, and the R522 from Samsung is no different. The keyboard won't suit all tastes and we were hoping for slightly better battery life, but on the whole this is a decent budget laptop from Samsung. That said, the bizarre decision to go with 802.11g wireless and the total lack of Bluetooth may be enough to dissuade some potential buyers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Samsung R522 review
Source: Techradar English
  The Samsung R522 is a comfortable and stylish laptop, but is limited when it comes to media use. Samsung's R-series offers good quality and features at affordable prices. The R522 is a mid-range system that features impressive quality, good usability and a true widescreen display. The Samsung R522 is a good laptop in most areas, but it's not a great one, with costs cut when it comes to features and multimedia power. That said, if you're after a semi-portable choice for the commute, the decent battery life still makes it well worth a look.
70
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Samsung R522
Source: Pocket Lint English
Samsung’s R-series targets those on a budget, offering impressive features and quality at decent prices. The R522 is a 15.6-inch laptop that offers comfort, style and decent office performance. The Samsung R522 is a capable laptop, but it’s difficult to get enthusiastic about it. Styling is neat, performance is capable, features are average - in no way is it a bad laptop. Unlike some of Samsung’s smaller offerings, however, it’s also not a great one.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Samsung R522 - 15.6in Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Samsung's latest mainstream notebook does lots of things well. It looks great, adding a little class and refinement to a sector better known for well featured but prosaic machines. It also has a decent base spec, very good connectivity and excellent battery life. However, it is let down by truly dreadful speakers and the lack of both Draft-N Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. These aren't deal breakers, so if you can live without them the R522 is worth serious consideration, but they do preclude the R522 from an award.
80, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 70
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 70%

Foreign Reviews

85% Test Samsung R522-Aura T6400 Satin Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 88% display: 73% mobility: 79% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 79%
70% Samsung R522 Aura T6400 Edira
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 90% performance: 50% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 30% workmanship: 60% ergonomy: 70%
Samsung R522
Source: Hardware.info Dutch NL→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 08/12/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


T6400: Entry level dual core processor based on the Penryn core with only 2 MB level 2 cache and a low clock speed.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.5 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

Samsung reviews


75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-05-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)