It may be the season of goodwill to all but if your lumpen old laptop is giving up the ghost you’re probably feeling like the Grinch. Thank goodness for Samsung, which has announced a new 17in widescreen notebook – the R700.
It’s the latest addition to the firm’s angelically named Aura range and makes claims to be one of the thinnest 17in laptops on the market at 29.7mm thick. That’s the thin end of the wedge though because it balloons to 37.7mm at the rear.
The entry-level model will come with 512MB of RAM and a 80GB hard drive but you’ll be able spec it up to 4GB of RAM and a capacious 250GB.
With a dedicated NVIDIA GO 8400M GS graphics card and integrated HDMI, the R700’s pitched at gamers and people craving HD movies. It’ll ship with a Super Multi DVD drive, which will play both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs so you can stay neutral in the format war.
It also comes with the delightfully named Protect-o-Edge, a super silent mode for late-night button bashing and an antibacterial keyboard. Just the thing for those flu-ridden winter months.
Price: from £600
On sale: January 2008