Samsung revamps R series with Touch of Color, Arrandale, Blu-ray

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Like most manufacturers, Samsung has prepared some new notebooks powered by Intel's latest mobile platform. While the company has adorned its R series notebooks with a new gradient color scheme, not all of them have a Core i3 or i5 inside. To keep prices down, the R430 ($670) and R530 ($929) still run on Intel's Core 2 Duo.

Just above those are the R480 ($829) and R580 ($949) systems, which have 14 and 15.6-inch 1366x768 displays, Core i3-330M and i5-430M processors, GMA 4500 and GeForce GT 310M graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB HDD, a Blu-ray drive, and 802.11b/g/n wireless. The largest of the bunch is Samsung's R780 ($929), with a 17.3" LED 1600x900 display and GeForce GT 330M graphics.

The R430, R530 and R780 are available now, but Samsung says the R480 and R580 won't ship until March.

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