Samsung P580 laptop: first look review
Despite Samsung’s 2010 Forum in Vienna primarily highlighting the firm’s push towards 3D in the home, its latest business notebook, the P580, made a quiet debut alongside the flashy range of LED TVs, space-age microwaves and touchscreen-enabled refrigerators.
The P580 doesn’t boast an overwhelming range of bells and whistles, but more than makes up for it with a sleek, understated design and a solid, dependable specification. The models on show partnered Intel’s Core i5-520M processor with an Nvidia GT 330M graphics chipset, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard disk with shock protection. 802.11n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1 and Gigabit Ethernet were present too; the copy of Windows 7 Professional sealing the P580’s business credentials.
The 15.6in, 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution screen was bright and clear – and importantly blessed with a matte, anti-glare finish – and ergonomics seemed good without giving the likes of Lenovo’s ThinkPads anything to worry about. The keyboard squeezes a numeric keypad alongside, and despite a somewhat springy base, the keyboard was perfectly comfortable in use. The two short-travel buttons beneath the trackpad respond with a lovely, crisp click, too.
Cast an eye around the P580s frame and in addition to the four USB ports, Samsung has thrown in eSata and an SD card reader for good measure.
Flip the P580 upside down and a docking station port nestles next to the battery’s charge indicator.
There’s no release date as yet, but rest assured we’ll be pestering our contacts for a full review unit just as soon as they’re available.