Samsung's 16-inch R610 laptop reviewed: more mediocre than memorizing

Among Samsung's first line of self-branded laptops in America, you'll find the 16-inch R610. Designed to be amongst the thinnest, lightest and least expensive 16-inchers on the market, the unit succeeded at its core missions. Sadly, it didn't fare so well when it came time to get to business. In terms of sheer performance, critics found it to be "acceptable" overall, but the graphics scores and HDD test results left a lot to be desired. Also, the bundled six-cell battery only lasted 2.5 hours before needing a recharge, though you could fork out a bit extra to get nearly six hours with the 9-cell pack. At the end of the day, reviewers just couldn't recommend this over, say, Acer's feature-packed 6930G, though those on a budget may be willing to overlook the shortcomings to have the footprint they're really after.