Samsung R780 Aura Core i5-520M


Samsung R780 Aura Core i5-520MNotebook: Samsung R780 Aura Core i5-520M (R780 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.8kg
Price: 1000 euro
Average Score: 82.88% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 87%, performance: 95%, features: 85%, display: 87% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 74%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Samsung R780 Aura Core i5-520M

70% Samsung R780 review
Source: Techradar English
A budget Blu-ray laptop but it still packs a nicely powerful specification. Samsung was one of the first laptop manufacturers to put a Blu-ray drive in a more competitively priced laptop, and while the R780 isn't what you'd call budget, it is highly affordable and offers fantastic value for money. Despite its shortcomings, the R780 offers great value for money. While the Blu-ray playback is much better quality than DVD, it still falls behind the stiff competition.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Samsung R780
Source: Laptop Mag English
Samsung hits all the right spots with the R780. This 17-inch machine has great graphics muscle for a low price while delivering luxury laptop looks. At the list price of $929 it’s a decent choice, but for the Best Buy price of $799 the R780 is a steal. While the $849 Gateway NV7901u edges out this system in some areas—particularly battery life—it doesn’t match the R780’s superior design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

90% Kampfansage an Intel?
Source: PC Praxis - 09/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80%
83% Die neue Generation
Source: - 6/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 05/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 100% features: 93% display: 93% mobility: 55% ergonomy: 83%
79% Notebook Samsung R780-Hero mit Core i5-520
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 80%
80% Test: Samsung R780 Aura i5-520M Hero
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 86% features: 75% display: 76% mobility: 77% workmanship: 74%
92% Test: Samsung R780 Aura Core i5-520M Hero
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 100% performance: 100% features: 86% display: 92% mobility: 48% ergonomy: 96%
89% Mobile Spielkameraden
Source: SFT - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 89%


NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M: The Nvidia GeForce GT 330M is the successor of the GT 230M and technically just a slightly higher clocked GT 240M (but it should still maintain the power envelope of the GT 230M as the naming suggests).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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


The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

17.3": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.8 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in 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

82.88%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-03-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)