Samsung's R480-i5-430M laptop is the latest in a line of general purpose notebooks that blend features and pricing in an attempt to be all things to all people. For the most part, this metallic red notebook succeeds while still keeping its price affordable. At first glance the Samsung R480 is just what any student would want - a good sized 14" display, a good collection of hardware for work and a bit of play, and all the connectivity features a modern notebook needs.
Like most notebooks nowadays, the Samsung R480 features a 16:9 aspect ratio glossy 14" display that used LED backlights for enhanced power efficiency. It weighs 5 lbs (2.3 kg) and offers a good mix of portability and features, but is best sized for everyday work rather than sheer travel portability.