Samsung RV Laptop review, guide and deals

RV Series Overview

Samsung RV SeriesThe Samsung RV series is a line of budget laptops from Samsung with a range of specifications and screen sizes. They feature either 15.6-inch displays with a resolution of 1,366x768 pixels or 17.3-inch displays with a resolution of 1,600x900 pixels. The RV series comes in several CPU options from AMD E-series to Intel Dual-Core and Intel Core i3 processors. The hard disk options include 320GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB options and the RAM options include 3GB, 4GB, 6GB and 8GB options. There are no dedicated GPU options available for the RV series. The Samsung RV series features an island-style keyboard with a separate numeric pad and a standard touch pad with a VGA webcam.

Full review of the RV Series and key features below...

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RV Series review

Although priced like an ordinary mainstream laptop, the RV series has a much better design than most of its competitors. Its styling is quite simple and very clean, giving it an attractive appearance. The displays on both the 15.6 and 17.3-inch models were good, but did not offer any better performance than the competition. The built-in speakers were disappointing with low volume and non-existent bass. The keyboards of both the models were quite good and helped in accurate typing with good spacing between keys. The track pad, also, was very good with a smooth feel. The choice of external ports was adequate and no different from the average mainstream laptop with VGA and HDMI output, 3 USB 2.0 ports and a DVD drive. Although some laptops do offer 4 USB ports, 3 is sufficient for most purposes. The performance of the RV series chiefly depends on which configuration you choose. Models with the Intel Dual-Core or the AMD E-series CPUs are lower-performance for a low price tag but we believe that the extra cash for the Core i3 model is well worth it due to its much better performance for a relatively small increment in price. Unfortunately, no matter what configuration you choose, playing newer games on the RV series is almost impossible given the lack of dedicated GPU options. The Samsung RV series is a mainstream series of laptops and although competing laptops such as the Acer Aspire 5733 may be a tiny bit cheaper, the Samsung RV series’ upscale design compensates for this. Although there are plenty of midrange laptops to choose from, the RV series stands up well. Unless you are a gamer, or looking for the very cheapest possible laptop, you should give the Samsung RV series serious consideration with our advice being to get the silver option ideally with a Core i3 processor.

The Good
The Bad
  • Great upscale design
  • Nice keyboard and track pad
  • Competitively priced
  • Nice performance of Core i3 models
  • Subpar speakers
  • Average display
  • No dedicated GPU options
  • Intel Dual-Core and AMD E-Series models performed poorly

RV Series Main features:

  • 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available
  • AMD E-Series, Intel Dual-Core and Core i3 processors
  • Resolution: 1366x768 pixels (15.6-inch) and 1600x900 pixels (17.3-inch)
  • Shared on-board graphics 
  • 3-8GB of on-board RAM
  • 320GB-1TB Hard disks  available
  • DVD drive with 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • VGA webcam with inbuilt microphone
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds (15.6-inch) and 5.9 pounds (17.3-inch)


Other Laptops to consider

  • Acer Aspire 5733
  • Lenovo G570
  • HP Pavilion G6

If you are considering buying an RV Series then these laptops are worth looking at as possible alternatives to the RV Series.