When you eventually open up the lid, expect to be greeted by plenty of black; it isn’t a bad thing, it's just not terribly exciting. And because the interior is entirely black, sometimes you’d just find yourself staring at the two silver hinges that seems to stare right back at you. That's the small price to pay for extremely robust metal hinges.
The palmrest also seems to be made of the same magnesium alloy material covering the lid, with a slight texture to it. The area which you actually rest the balls of your palms are slightly rounded, so you can be sure that working on the R830 will be comfortable, even for a few hours.
And if you were to stare at the screen for a couple of hours, we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t mind either. The 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel screen doesn't go too bright, no matter how hard you press on the “increase brightness” button. On the plus side, this probably helps to save on battery life.