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.

Samsung P580 laptop: first look review

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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.

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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.

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Flip the P580 upside down and a docking station port nestles next to the battery’s charge indicator.

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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.

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