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Review Samsung RF510 Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/17/2010

Matt Multimedian. Multimedia performance with Core i5-460M & GeForce GT 330M, paired with office qualities like a matt display, low emissions and good input devices. The perfect 15.6 incher for the consumer bearing ambitions?

Samsung RF510-S02DE: High-end multimedia with office ambitions?
Samsung RF510-S02DE: High-end multimedia with office ambitions?

The Samsung RF510 in front of us attracts attention with a range of features. There is a Core i5-460M (2x 2.53 GHz) for performance, accompanied by midrange graphics, Nvidia GT 330M, from the past Nvidia generation. The display boasts about an "anti-reflective, SuperBright LED display", which appeals to office users. They will likely also benefit from the installed USB 3.0, which allows high bandwidths when large data packages have to be transferred. Moreover, the Blu-Ray drive (player only) wants to create the bridge to entertainment.

Together with low emissions (heat, noise) and good input devices, Samsung might have just accomplished setting up the perfect all-rounder. In this review, we'll check if the manufacturer has stuck to its strengths (typical: low emissions in Samsung notebooks) and if the mobility and input devices can stand the test in practical use.

Case

View RF510
View RF510
Loudspeakers
Loudspeakers
Hinges
Hinges

The Samsung RF510's construction doesn't give much reason for complaint. The matt, respectively slightly shimmering, surfaces inside leave a workplace suitable, as well as a high-end impression. You can show up at your friends just as well as invite clients to your office with the 15.6 incher.

The reflective surfaces aren't dominant and only stretch over places where fingerprints hardly are left during desktop use. The lid and display bezel are high-gloss and thus also most susceptible for scratches and ugly smudges. Samsung has given the TFT bezel a fine, haptic perforation. Therefore marks aren't seen as easily.

With a live weight of 2538 grams plus 365 for the adapter, the 15.6 incher is only slightly lighter than its big brother RF710 (17.3 inches) by almost 400 grams. Nevertheless, most users won't complain because the base unit's and lid's good torsional stiffness vindicate the scale's measurement. We can hardly twist the base unit with both hands. We can only depress the plastic base plate marginally. Unfortunately, the optical drive is, as so often, a weak point of construction. The base plate can be moved underneath it.

The hinges hold the lid very tight and it hardly tends to rock back and forth. The maximum opening angle of about 135 degrees is sufficient for use on the lap. Both hands are needed for opening.

The wrist-rest and touchpad are very stable. Our hands rest on always cool aluminum surfaces without slipping. The dark surface is hard, scratch resistant and brushed lengthwise. The 2.5 inch hard disk and the DDR3 RAM module (two occupied bays) are underneath the cover on the bottom.

Connectivity

HDMI, VGA & USB 3.0 - but no ExpressCard & eSATA
HDMI, VGA & USB 3.0 - but no ExpressCard & eSATA

On the one hand, Samsung uses the most cutting-edge peripheral port, USB 3.0. On the other side, the manufacturer leaves out an ExpressCard34 (expansion cards), eSATA and FireWire. Thus, multimedia fans with a FireWire camcorder will remain empty-handed since they can't even retrofit an iLink controller card.

If you imagine the Samsung RF510 fully equipped with cables, you'll realize the drawback of the distribution. A cable tree will usually develop on the left and impairs using a mouse (lefties only). Moreover, there is the aesthetic aspect of tangled cables, especially in such a high-end looking laptop. Connections on the rear would have been more practical. The lids mounting wouldn't have even prevented this. However, the battery is removed from the rear.

Recently, Samsung has started to implement "Fast Start" into its notebooks. Booting times are to be reduced to seconds during a warm start. However, a few seconds is exaggerated. We press the power button and whoosh – we can see the desktop again after only one second. The notebook shouldn't be made powerless while its asleep. But that normal for all laptops. The manufacturer installs the battery permanently in the models QX310 and SF510, thus standby can't be interrupted.

While the Blu-Ray player is predestined for rendering high definition, the webcam can't quite keep up with 640x480 pixels (VGA, 0.3MP). This is disappointing for a laptop in this price range. Every Acer Aspire can take pictures with 1280x1024 pixels.

Front: SD/SDHC/SCXC/MMC cardreader (center)
Front: SD/SDHC/SCXC/MMC cardreader (center)
Left: AC, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone, headphone
Left: AC, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, microphone, headphone
Rear: No connections
Rear: No connections
Right: Blu-Ray player (DVDRW), two USB 3.0 ports, Kensington
Right: Blu-Ray player (DVDRW), two USB 3.0 ports, Kensington

Communication

Beside WLAN draft-n (Broadcom 802.11n), there is also Bluetooth 3.0+HDR installed as wireless technology in the RF510. The Marvel Yukon 88E8059 Gigabit Ethernet controller can transfer data with the highest possible speed at home. An internal 3G with SIM card would have been the icing on the cake.

Supplies

As usual, there are no recovery DVDs included for Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit). Thus, the buyer should create his own corresponding DVDs with Samsung's Recovery Solution to be on the safe side in case of a hard disk crash.

Samsung typically installs a range of notebook tool, among others, ChargeableUSB (charge smartphone via USB), Easy File Share (Data sharing with other PCs), Easy Network Manager (WLAN locator) and Samsung Update Plus (driver updates). It also makes sense to keep Battery Life Extender (battery is only charged to 80%). New is also the Easy SpeedUp Manager that can be addressed via function key (FN) + F8. It helps purge the registry data base every now and again.

Warranty

The manufacturer's warranty runs up to 24 months (incl. onsite). Samsung's surcharge liable extension for the standard warranty is called FastGuard. You receive a 3 year onsite pickup service (date of purchase) – an attractive offer in our opinion.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The single, separate keys are enclosed by a matt silver aluminum plate. Pressed keys are even with the silver surface, which makes cleaning easy. Office typists will appreciate the elevated and cool wrist-rest. It's deep enough to keep large hands from slipping off. The front edge is also beveled and lets the hand roll off gently.

Because Samsung didn't want to forgo on a number pad, their keys have been designed somewhat smaller than the others.  This isn't a problem when using the calculator, though. The squeezed in arrow keys are a bit more of a problem. Inputting errors can occur since they aren't spatially separated.

The key layout allows us to type fairly accurately and fast without accommodation. The keystroke length is medium-short and the stroke is firm (but not hard). The surface rests solidly everywhere. The keyboard doesn't even yield over the optical drive. The keys' pressure point could be a bit clearer, but typing is generally pleasant.

Touchpad

The mouse pad, with a very large surface, is touch-sensitive up to its edges. It has two unmarked scroll fields (vertical & horizontal). We can find the scroll bar without looking due to the narrow edge on the right and left, as well as the silver bar.

Use is easy and fast clicking is possible due to the mouse keys' medium stroke length and their smoothness. The noise emitted is clearly audible, though. The Elan SmartPad's surface is matt, has a pleasant gliding resistance and is made of hard plastic. Multi-touch with two fingers (zoom, scroll) is also supported.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Number pad
Number pad
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Samsung installs a WXGA screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The 16:9 display (Samsung LTN154X3-L01) has clearly been AR coated and there are almost no reflections. The contrast of 132:1 is however very low and can't quite meet the multimedia claim. Nevertheless, it's acceptable for the office part. Consequently, the widescreen isn't particularly good in color reproduction. It doesn't show black colors as deep black, but with a gray cast.

Professional users will also be curious about the color spectrum coverage, although the display has already turned into a no-go in view of the low resolution. The color spectrum is far from the often used Adobe RGB 1998 (t). The same applies for sRGB (t). Thus, the comparison with the very good screens in the (no longer available) HP Envy 14-1010eg (t) and the MacBook Pro 13“ 2010-04 (t) turns out substandard.

Samsung RF510 vs. AdobeRGB(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. AdobeRGB(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. sRGB(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. sRGB(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. MBPro13"2010-04(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. MBPro13"2010-04(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. HP Envy14-1010eg(t)
Samsung RF510 vs. HP Envy14-1010eg(t)
204
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 215 cd/m²
Average: 208.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 213 cd/m²
Black: 1.61 cd/m²
Contrast: 132:1

At least the display distributes brightness evenly over the screen (92%). That means the deviations of the LED backlight are very low (homogeneity). The minimum and maximum are only 18 cd/m2 apart. Generally, the luminosity is viable but not especially good with an average of 208 cd/m2.

Nevertheless, the Samsung RF510's unreflective display proves to be suitable for outdoor use – at least in cloudy conditions like now in the winter. We can read the display adequately from all positions. We just can't deviate too far left or right, but this is an issue of poor viewing angles.

Lateral view, cloudy
Lateral view, cloudy
Lateral view, cloudy
Lateral view, cloudy
Frontal view, cloudy
Frontal view, cloudy

The RF510's viewing angles prove to be rather tight, just like in approximately 80 percent of our test models. Ghosting appears when our view strays upwards or down (vertically) starting at 20 degrees. We can deviate up to 45 degrees to the right or left (horizontally) from the center. Colors invert strongly beyond that. Viewing angle stable displays are scarce commodity and the RF510 isn't an exception here.

Viewing angles: Samsung RF510-S02
Viewing angles: Samsung RF510-S02

Performance

Samsung's 15.6 incher is equipped with an Intel Core i5-460M (2x 2.53 GHz). The Core i5 dual core Arrandale CPU is capable of Turbo Boost (up to 2.80 GHz) and Hyperthreading (2 threads per core). Especially Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading provide for an optimum efficiency (multitasking versus single core processing). Further information can be found in application performance.

The processor's maximum power consumption is 35 watts according to TDP. Both computer cores need 25 watts. Intel's HD and the memory controller would be entitled to 10 watts. But wait – the energy saving Intel HD isn't enabled in the RF510. Consequently, there is no Nvidia Optimus – the automatic graphics switching that is standard in many notebooks with Nvidia GPUs. The GeForce GT 330M with a 1024 MB DDR3 memory has to cope on its own.

As common for a notebook of this price range, a 4096 MB DDR3 RAM is onboard. Both available bays are occupied (2x2GB).

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ 330M
DPC Latency Checker: Idle, constant minor latencies
DPC Latency Checker: WLAN off/on, minor latencies continue
System information: Samsung RF510-S02
Intel Core i5-460M (2 x 2.53 GHz)
Intel Core i5-460M (2 x 2.53 GHz)

The RF510 does quite well with its i5-460M. The processor test, Cinebench R11.5 (64bit) awards the test system with a proud 2.29 points. There is even slightly more than 520M CPUs (same standard clock rate, 2.2 points). A 430M only achieves 2.0 points and an i3-330M reaches 1.75 points.

The 460M can usually beat the identically clocked 520M in single core calculations (Cinebench R10 single core 64 bit: 3819 points). The latter settles between 3624 and 3815 points in our data base, depending on the device (Lenovo Thinkpad T410s; Asus G73JH).

5.9
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
6.4
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3091
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7213
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3250
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3819 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
8240 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3569 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
17.47 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.29 Points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark 057409 points
PCMark Vantage5772 points
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The high PCMark Vantage score as a result of the strong calculating performance isn't surprising: 5772 points. The RF510 even comes dangerously close to performance machines like the 16 inch Sony Vaio F11Z1/E (i7-720QM, GT 330M, 5844 points) or the HP EliteBook 8440p-WJ681AW (i5-520M, Intel HD, 5770 points).

Why can the consumer processor, i5-460M, move in on the performance of the quad core, i7-720QM? The 460M naturally can't defeat the 720QM in synthetic multi core computing performance (2.29 versus 2.6 – 3.0 points, Cinebench R11.5). In reference to the system's total performance, both 460M's cores can keep up quite well because the 720QM's standard clock rate of 1.6 GHz is low. Or said differently: PCMark Vantange doesn't give the four cores (eight threads) enough credit. Applications, like video editing with multi core encoding (e.g. CyberLink Power Director), will benefit from the 720QM (See Samsung RF710).

3D Mark
3DMark 0319282 points
3DMark 0513457 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
6511 points
3DMark Vantage2675 points
Help
Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545050B9A300
Transfer Rate Minimum: 41 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 86.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 66.9 MB/s
Access Time: 18.8 ms
Burst Rate: 117.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

The 500 GB hard disk form Hitachi (HTS545050B9A300) has a share in the good PCMark Vantage rating. The HDD score is 3531 points (above average for 5200 rpm). The data throughput for read, determined by HDTune, is 66.9 MB/s. Even the burst rate is above average with 117 MB/s. The latter indicates the throughput with which the HDD cache can read available data. CrystalDiskMark 3.0 also records high read rates of 86 MB/s (different routine than HDTune).

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

StarCraft 2: Well playable in the native resolution with medium details
StarCraft 2: Well playable in the native resolution with medium details

An Nvidia GeForce GT 330M with a 1024 MB DDR3 memory is used as the graphics. The GPU core clocks with 575 MHz and the memory with 790 MHz. The GT 330M belongs to the 3xx range that has now been replaced by the 4xx range. In this regard, Samsung uses an old hat because the GPU only supports DirectX 10.1. At least the manufacturer uses a new GeForce GT 420M (no Optimus since i7 CPU) in the 17.3 inch sister model, RF710-S06DE.

The graphics benchmark, 3DMark2006, finishes with 6511 points, which is normally about 500 points less than an ATI Radeon HD 5650. Gaming fans will know that the HD 5650 is better for gaming.  We have extensively tested the GT 330M in regards to its gaming abilities in our test in 2010. For an overview of games, see the GPU's spec sheet.

StarCraft 2

We want to find out if the strong 460M processor can extract a few additional frames with the real-time strategy game. This doesn't seem to be the case. The game runs smoothly in medium details (1360x768) with 41 fps. However, a Travelmate 8472TG-354G32MNkk with a weaker Core i3 350M (2.3 GHz, no Turbo Boost) even achieves 56 fps. The game is only playable with effort in high details and the same resolution: 28.5 fps.

Gaming Verdict

The GeForce GT 330M is a suitable GPU for displaying current tracks in at least medium details smoothly in the RF510's maximum resolution of 1366x768 pixels. First extremely demanding games, like Metro 2033, will reduce the GT 330M to low detail levels. If you want to play on the future-proof side, you should look around for a midrange ATI HD 5650 or an up-to-date GeForce GT 435 / GT 445. These DirectX 11 GPUs are just settling on the market. The given gaming performance should be sufficient for casual gamers, though.

low med.high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 15841.428.5fps

Emissions

Air outlet
Air outlet

System Noise

Samsung sticks to its principles and provides Silent Mode. This mode limits the processor's clock rate to 1.2 GHz and disables Turbo Boost. The performance is lessened, but is still more than sufficient for office work.

The fan is either only hardly or not at all audible in undemanding office mode (surfing, music, word) with 32 dB(A). It turns off completely with Silent Mode. Then merely the HDD's quiet whirring can be heard. Silent Mode's most important characteristic: The fan reduces its speed evidently (under load) or turns itself off completely (low load, idle).

The cooling system only increases to 34.4 dB(A) in 3DMark06 and this in normal or speed mode. The noise level can be reduced to 32.2 dB(A) by selecting Silent Mode, whereas the performance caves in.

The RF510 reaches its highest noise level of 40.4 dB(A) in the stress test (Furmark & Prime95). As said, this high level could only be provoked in the stress test. It is not a realistic user scenario.

Noise Level

Idle 30.9 / 30.8 / 30.8 dB(A)
HDD 31.2 dB(A)
DVD 35.8 / dB(A)
Load 34.4 / 40.4 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Stress test: CPU max. 89, GPU 78 degrees
Stress test: CPU max. 89, GPU 78 degrees

Temperature

The temperatures also remain inconspicuous. The temperature never exceeds 30 degrees during normal use with a lot of idle. Silent Mode was enabled for the idle temperature graph (disabled fan). This resulted in a low heat accumulation in the case. Consequently, a few fields are cooler under load (active fan) than in idle.

We determined a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius in the stress test of processor and GT 330M on the bottom. This is only a selective rate. The average rate is merely 27 degrees. You might think, we forgot to start Prime95 & Furmark. The CPU temperatures increased to a maximum of 89 degrees during the test; the GPU to 78 degrees.

Max. Load
 40 °C30.9 °C24.1 °C 
 32.8 °C32 °C24 °C 
 24.6 °C27 °C22.6 °C 
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 28.7 °C
21.8 °C27.5 °C42 °C
21.3 °C28 °C31.5 °C
21.5 °C25.3 °C24.1 °C
Maximum: 42 °C
Average: 27 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51 °C | Room Temperature 18.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Strangely enough, Samsung doesn't advertise with an excellent sound on the RF510's product page. In the case of the test device, the speakers' acoustics aren't bad at all. Basses and low pitches come too short because there is no subwoofer, but the rest is fairly balanced, clear and loud.

Nevertheless, potential buyers shouldn't have overly high hi-fi expectations. Samsung's 15.6 incher can't hold a candle to the rendering clarity and differentiation of a MSI FX600 (four loudspeakers) or even an Asus N73JQ (SonicMaster). However, the speakers are good enough for casual background music consumption at low or medium volume.

We only listened externally via the analog 3.5 mm audio jack (headphones). Both our Yamaha speakers (YST-M20SDP) received a static-free, high level (audio test, no measurement).

Battery Life

A laptop isn't of much use when it fails in battery life. You can expect about three hours of WLAN runtime from a fairly strong multimedia device. Our test device doesn't have the lead any longer with its 49 Wh battery (4400 mAh), just like in ergonomics. This could possibly be due to the Nvidia 330M that can't be disabled for the lack of Optimus.

We determined 2:46 hours (166 minutes) for WLAN surfing. The 90 watt adapter needs 2:11 hours for recharging afterwards. If you don't want to live without Blu-Ray on the go, it will only play for 117 minutes, so almost two hours. A DVD only runs insignificantly longer (128 minutes).

If you make the unrealistic and undemanding idle test, you'll determine about the same 247 minutes that we did. Although that is four hours, it is achieved without CPU/GPU load and with the lowest luminosity, as well as disabled WLAN. The opposite would be the load runtime with BatteryEater's Classic test of exactly one hour.

WLAN: 166min.
WLAN: 166min.
Blu-ray: 117min.
Blu-ray: 117min.
DVD: 128min.
DVD: 128min.
Load: 60min
Load: 60min
Idle: 247min.
Idle: 247min.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 07min
WiFi Surfing
2h 46min
DVD
2h 08min
Blu-ray
1h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 00min

The fairly poor battery life isn't underlined by an increased energy requirement. The rates are within the usual field for this hardware. The test device needs a minimum of 14.1 watts (idle, maximum energy saving options). When the energy settings are on high-performance in idle (wireless enabled, maximum brightness), the CPU doesn't throttle and lets the power consumption climb to 19.5 watts. In comparison: Acer's Aspire 5820TG (i5-460M, HD 5650) has a slightly higher power consumption of 16.5 to 20.9 watts. Silent Mode was enabled for the idle power assessment (CPU throttling).

When the Core i5-460M (35 watts) and the GT 330M (about 23 watts) compute with full power (stress test), the effective power skyrockets to a steep 99.7 watts. This explains why the fairly small 90 watt adapter's temperature rose to 51 degrees during this test (still acceptable). The adapter seems to be overburdened, but such high power consumption won't even be achieved in 3D games. 3DMark06 proves this: 70.8 watts.

We measured the impact of Silent Mode on the power consumption during the stress test (Prime95 & Furmark), as well as 3DMark2006. Normal and Speed Mode didn't differ.

Prime95 & Furmark: 66.4 / 70.8 watts (Silent / Normal)
3DMarks2006: 57.6 / 70.8 watts (Silent / Normal)

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 14.1 / 18.5 / 19.5 Watt
Load 70.8 / 99.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Verdict

Samsung sets up a 15.6 inch notebook that can score in the office and work field, just as well as an entertainer and top performer, called RF510-S02. Office users will be attracted by the matt display and perfect ergonomic specs (low waste heat & temperature), as by the high-end aluminum surfaces and the slim yet stable design. The clearly arranged keyboard and the touchpad shouldn't be left out, as they provide good feedback and only small flaws.

In terms of performance, an Intel Intel Core i5-460M (2x 2.53 GHz) and an Nvidia Geforce GT 330M serves entertainment fans and casual gamers. A Blu-Ray player (not burner) has been installed suitable for movies. The stereo sound lacks bass, but it can score with an adequate balance.

In regards to connectivity, the manufacturer has installed blue USB 3.0 ports, but in return omits eSATA, ExpressCard34 and FireWire. You'll consider this to be a flaw if you edit videos. But the RF510 would never have been a full-fledged editing studio due to the contrast low and color poor TFT, anyway. The poor viewing angles are also clearly in the simple office notebook division.

The battery life is viable in view of the Core i5 performance, but not good. Considerably less than three hours of WLAN surfing and only two hours of DVD/Blu-Ray movies – Nvidia's Optimus might have extracted a few more minutes here. Nevertheless, the RF510 can't last longer because of the rather low battery capacity of 4400 mAh, despite its moderate power consumption.

The Samsung RF510-S02 is perfect for users who put a lot of value on good ergonomics and a high-end look. Gamers should thoroughly consider the investment of 883 euro because laptops with a superior ATI HD 5650 and similarly strong processor are available for less.

In Review: Samsung RF510-S02
In Review:  Samsung RF510-S02

Specifications

Samsung RF510-SO2DE

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM55
:: Memory
4096 MB, PC3-8500
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M - 1024 MB, Core: 575 MHz, Memory: 790 MHz, ForceWare 259.26
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LTN154X3-L01, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B HTS545050B9A300, 500 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: line-out, microphone, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC,
:: Networking
Marvell Yukon 88E8059 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11n (a b g n ), 3.0+HDR Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp DVDWBD TS-LB23A
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 379.6 x 255.5
:: Weight
2.538 kg Power Supply: 0.365 kg
:: Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4400mAh
:: Price
999 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.3MP VGA 640x480, Cyberlink YouCam, Cyberlink BD Suite, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The RF510-S02DE wants to belong to Samsung's premium laptops.
The RF510-S02DE wants to belong to Samsung's premium laptops.
The battery can be removed from the bottom. This reveals a maintenance cover.
The battery can be removed from the bottom. This reveals a maintenance cover.
The battery can be permanently removed for desktop use. It doesn't have feet.
The battery can be permanently removed for desktop use. It doesn't have feet.
The battery only allows the strong 15.6 incher a runtime of almost three hours, due to its rather low capacity of 4400 mAh.
The battery only allows the strong 15.6 incher a runtime of almost three hours, due to its rather low capacity of 4400 mAh.
The 2.5 inch hard disk is found behind the maintenance cover,
The 2.5 inch hard disk is found behind the maintenance cover,
just like the RAM (2x4GB DDR3).
just like the RAM (2x4GB DDR3).
The 90 watt adapter is quite compact and not particularly heavy with 365 grams.
The 90 watt adapter is quite compact and not particularly heavy with 365 grams.
The high performance of 100 watts was actually needed in the stress test. Computer games won't likely exceed 70 watts noticeably.
The high performance of 100 watts was actually needed in the stress test. Computer games won't likely exceed 70 watts noticeably.
The RF510 doesn't include DVDs or supplies in its box.
The RF510 doesn't include DVDs or supplies in its box.
Samsung RF510-S02DE: A high-end office worker with matt TFT and good keyboard.
Samsung RF510-S02DE: A high-end office worker with matt TFT and good keyboard.
Nevertheless, you shouldn't try going out into the sun in winter with the RF510. Your hands might freeze to the icy cold wrist-rest.
Nevertheless, you shouldn't try going out into the sun in winter with the RF510. Your hands might freeze to the icy cold wrist-rest.
The anti-reflective and sufficiently bright display pleases the serious workers among the users.
The anti-reflective and sufficiently bright display pleases the serious workers among the users.
The construction's stability has weakness, but is basically well-built.
The construction's stability has weakness, but is basically well-built.
Example base plate: It can only be dented on the optical drives slot, but is otherwise pressure resistant.
Example base plate: It can only be dented on the optical drives slot, but is otherwise pressure resistant.
The aluminum covered work surface particularly airs high-quality. It is metallically cool and scratch resistant.
The aluminum covered work surface particularly airs high-quality. It is metallically cool and scratch resistant.
The manufacturer has cut back on interfaces like eSATA and ExpressCard.
The manufacturer has cut back on interfaces like eSATA and ExpressCard.
In return, two USB 3.0 ports and a Blu-Ray player (not burner) move into the case.
In return, two USB 3.0 ports and a Blu-Ray player (not burner) move into the case.
The plastic hinges are mounted very tight to the base unit. Both hands are needed for opening.
The plastic hinges are mounted very tight to the base unit. Both hands are needed for opening.
All fingers will also feel comfortable on the keyboard with clear feedback. They'll only get lost on the arrow keys.
All fingers will also feel comfortable on the keyboard with clear feedback. They'll only get lost on the arrow keys.
The silver bar has hot keys for volume, mute and WLAN/Bluetooth.
The silver bar has hot keys for volume, mute and WLAN/Bluetooth.
Illuminated effects stay discreetly in the background. Here we see the power button.
Illuminated effects stay discreetly in the background. Here we see the power button.
Samsung RF510-S02DE: The keys fit tight on the entire surface, even over the Blu-Ray drive.
Samsung RF510-S02DE: The keys fit tight on the entire surface, even over the Blu-Ray drive.

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+Generally stable case
+Blu-Ray player & USB 3.0
+Inputs with good feedback
+Quiet & cool
+High computing performance
+Fast hard disk
 

Cons

-Color poor and contrast low TFT
-Narrow viewing angles
-Fairly short battery life
-No eSATA, ExpressCard

Shortcut

What we like

A perfect cooling system with Samsung's typical Silent Mode. When it has to be quiet, it is extremely quiet. When it can be loud, it doesn't overdo it.

What we miss

A display with stable viewing angles and better contrasts would be beneficial for movie fans and office users alike.

What surprises us

The fast hard disk paired with the i5-460M provides an impressive work speed.

The competitors

HP ProBook 6550b WD703EA: Strictly made for serious working (HD+ Panel); Acer Aspire 5820TG-5464G75Mnks: Better for games, but not AR coated; Asus P42JC: 14 incher with quad Core i7 power; Asus P42JC: Good workmanship but short battery life

Full-HD Optionen
Sony Vaio VPC-EB3Z1E/BQ: Vivid colors for less than 1000 euro; Dell XPS 15 FHD: latest Nvidia GT 435 and B+RG LED; Sony Vaio VPC-F13Z1E/B: quad core muscles with wide color spectrum

Rating

Samsung RF510-SO2DE
12/15/2010 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
80%
Weight
80%
Battery
73%
Display
72%
Games Performance
78%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
90%
Noise
94%
Add Points
86%
Average
84%
84%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2010-12-17 (Update: 2013-06- 6)