Samsung R40 notebook series includes Core i3/i5 CPU options; priced under $1000

Samsung R40 notebook series includes Core i3/i5 CPU options; priced under $1000

Summary: Samsung has announced the forthcoming release of a number of new computers set for a mid-summer release. First up are the pair of Samsung R40 series notebooks with some simple designs but powerful interiors.

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Samsung has announced the forthcoming release of a number of new computers set for a mid-summer release. First up are a pair of new Samsung R40 series notebooks with some simple designs but powerful interiors, plus an upgraded Samsung R530-11.

The R40 series laptops are spec-packed machines for those needing a portable computer for productivity, entertainment and even some gaming. But with sub-$1000 price tags, don't expect the world.

All of the Samsung R40 series computers mentioned here run on Windows 7 Home Premium and have an HD LED-backlit display (1,366 x 768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio), 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 0.3-megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet and a trio of USB 2.0 ports.

The new 14-inch R440-11 and 15.6-inch R540-11 (pictured above) will ship in July for $729 and $999 respectively. Here is where these two laptops differ:

Processor

  • R440-11: Intel Core i3-330M
  • R540-11: Intel Core i5-450M

Hard Drive (both 5400 RPM)

  • R440-11: 320GB (max)
  • R540-11: 500GB (max)

Graphics:

  • R440-11: Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • R540-11: ATI Mobility Radeon HD545v

Optical Drive

  • R440-11: Super multi-layer DVD drive
  • R540-11: Blu-ray drive

Battery life:

  • R440-11: up to 4 hours
  • R540-11: up to 4.5 hours

Weight:

  • R440-11: 4.85 lbs.
  • R540-11: 5.51 lbs.

The flagship R540-11 also sports an HDMI port. Then there's the upgraded 15.6-inch Samsung R530-11, which now has an Intel Core i3 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics. Also released in July, the R530 will cost $799.

Topics: Mobility, Networking, Samsung, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Samsung R40 notebook series includes Core i3/i5 CPU options; priced under $1000

    If these guys provide the value I'm getting from my R-580, they will surely be winners. This i5-based laptop is one of the finest computers I've every used. Outstanding!
    websquad