The Samsung R440 is a new 14″ notebook from Samsung available from many retailers for around $699. The R440 is a member of the Samsung R series which includes the R540 and shares similarities with the Samsung R480 notebook which we recently reviewed.
The R440 is mid range notebook that is powered by a 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM and comes with a 320GB hard drive. It features integrated HD graphics which rules out modern gaming but the specs look like they will be able to handle many common tasks like editing video and pictures as well as surfing the web and editing office documents.
The mouse and keyboard are both OK in our limited use, though the mousepad is smaller than you will find on many other consumer notebooks and the keyboard is not a chiclet or island style that we are also seeing on many notebooks; especially in this price range.
We will put the Samsung R440 through its paces over the next few weeks as we try to figure out what sets it apart from the similarly priced, but better spec’d Samsung R480. If you have questions about this notebook leave them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them in the final review.