Samsung Notebooks at Best Buy to Feature Intel, Nvidia Chips

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-03-05 Print this article Print

Best Buy will begin selling a new line of Samsung notebooks March 7. Different options for the three models include a variety of screen sizes, Intel iCore 5 processors, Nvidia GeForce graphics cards and Blu-ray drives.

Samsung will launch a new line of consumer notebooks at Best Buy stores March 7.
The R80 series comes in 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch models running Windows 7 Home Premium and a variety of Intel processors and featuring 4GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory and, in the two larger models, Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.
Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Blu-ray disc drives and Samsung's Crystal Wave design are also included, as are Webcams, microphones and an HDMI output port for playing Blu-ray movies or streaming high-definition video to a television.
"Best Buy continues to be an important retail partner for Samsung, and we're excited to offer a range of notebook and netbook options to our customers that deliver exceptional craftsmanship and performance," Todd Bouman, Samsung's director of product marketing, said in a March 4 statement.

"True to Samsung's unique, customer-focused design aesthetic, these mobile PCs are flexible enough to be used as mobile devices or desktop replacements for all-day use."
The Samsung R480 has a 14-inch LED screen with, like its cohorts, a resolution of 1,366 by 768 pixels, and features an Intel Core i3 processor, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, a 0.3-megapixel Webcam (good luck with that) and a weight of 5.07 pounds. Retail price will be $729.99.
The Samsung R580, priced at $829.99, has a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Core i5 processor, an Nvidia GeForce 310 graphics card, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam and a weight of 5.7 pounds.

The largest of three, the R780, with its 17.3-inch display and 6.29-pound weight, includes an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 1.3-megapixel Webcam. Unlike the others, with their Blu-ray drives, the R780 features a Super Multi Dual Layer drive.

Best Buy currently also sells Samsung's N210 netbook, a 2.82-pound device with a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, a potential 7 hours of battery life, Instant On capabilities that let users surf the Web without booting up the Window operating system, an Intel Atom N450 processor and 0.3-megapixel Webcam with microphone.
Best Buy Senior Finance Manager Kelley Noreen called the R80 series a fit for customers "looking for a multimedia PC experience."
Judging by the offerings at CeBIT, held March 2 to 6 in Hannover, Germany, consumers interested in netbooks will soon have additional multimedia-geared devices to choose from.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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