LG R590 - Multimedia Powerhouse!

Launch SRP: S$2399

Strength In Numbers

Strength In Numbers

At times, LG can be guilty for spending too much time and effort on form over function. Judging from the kind of hardware the R590 packs under its hood, however, it appears this multimedia notebook might have what it takes to merit a full-length review and a change of heart. Dubbed as the WideBook, the R590 happens to be LG's first quad-core notebook touting Intel's Calpella platform, and they aren't shy to hide this fact. In essence, the particular R590 variant we have on hand is powered by the Core i7 820QM workhorse based on the Intel PM55 chipset. To add, the R590-T.ARR7A3 model sitting in our labs is also 3D-capable, with a non-3D variant available in the market as well.

The LG R590, otherwise known as the WideBook, touts Intel's Calpella platform which supposedly boosts performance levels by up to 112% over the Core 2 Duo Montevina platform.

Dressed in an all-black attire, the 15.6-inch R590 happens to be the biggest model under LG's R-series, as compared to its smaller 14-inch R490 sister. Looks wise, the WideBook generally lacks the wow-factor with its plain and glossy lid supported by two faux metallic hinges. You might want to consider 'skinning' this baby if impressions of a flamboyant gaming machine is what you intend to project to your peers. Yes, the R590 also houses the mid-range GeForce GT 335M graphics processing unit which makes it suitable for light gaming and 3D renders. Thankfully, there is no lack of AV or media slots which makes it a fairly balanced configuration. We will expand on its cosmetics a little more with the pictures below, before checking out what lies beneath its black top.  

It's easy to pass the R590 off as just another notebook with its unassuming looks and conventional design. The 15.6-inch laptop comes with a glossy lid, which translates into inevitable fingerprint smudges as well.

On the right sits a DVD writer, DC inlet, two USB ports, as well as the headphone and microphone jacks.

The main bulk of its connectivity options lies on the left flank. Apart from the VGA and Ethernet ports, expect to find a HDMI slot, memory card readers and a USB combo port which doubles up for eSATA functions too.

Flip the notebook around, and you'll discover a dedicated grille for the WiFi card. Simply unscrew the single holding screw to access the RealTek RTL8191SE module.

The Good
Zippy Performance
Vibrant Screen
Comfortable Keys
3D-ready Notebook
The Bad
Steep Price
Average Battery Life
Chunky and Heavy