The dinky but decent Samsung X120 is one of our favourites of a new slew of 11-inch lappies. So how does its bigger bro, the Samsung X520, fare? Is it a colossus without any standout skills? Or a big screen warhorse, ideal for multitasking? Read our definitive Samsung X520 review and we’ll tell you.
There’s no escaping the fact that the Samsung X520 is a monster. Tipping the scales at 2.2kg and rocking a 15.6-inch screen, this isn’t a machine for those after lightweight portability . But that’s not to say it doesn’t have its plus points.
With 4GB of memory and a more than hearty 500GB hard drive, it’s fair to say the Samsung X520 has enough cajones to replace your desktop. As long as you’re not planning on doing too many intensive tasks, like video editing or extreme Photoshopping, that is. The Intel Core 2 Duo is a low-powered version, which is fine for web browsing and doc editing, but not so nippy at dealing with the aforementioned hardcore stuff.
The Samsung X520’s biggest selling point is its HD Ready screen, which lets you watch hi-def flicks the way they’re meant to be seen. Unlike the Samsung R620 though, this doesn’t come packing a Blu-ray drive, so you’re going to be left disappointed if you want Full HD video playing via the HDMI out.
It’s a shame because the screen is pretty good. But all’s not lost. the keyboard is great to the touch, despite the odd wobble and the inclusion of a numeric number pad is always welcome for those of us who love totting stuff up without having to skitter along the keys up top.
But it’s battery life where the Samsung X520 truly stands out. We squeezed a more than decent six hours from it before it gave up the ghost. Not bad for a complete machine.
In terms of connectivity, the Samsung X520 rocks VGA, 3 USB ports and HDMI, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. All standard issue and nothing to write home about. At under £600, it’s not a bad deal for a basic, but doughty machine. But if you want more from Sammy, the Samsung R620 is where it’s at.