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Review Samsung RF511 Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/18/2011

Quad all-rounder. Samsung responds to the high demand on the previous model, RF510, with a revision called RF511. Graphics and processor performance have been upgraded to a quad core and Fermi. The perfect all-rounder?

Samsung RF511 (NP-RF511-S05DE): The quad core all-rounder for demanding customers?
Samsung RF511 (NP-RF511-S05DE): The quad core all-rounder for demanding customers?

Although Samsung has launched nothing new onto the market in terms of looks (see RF510), the RF511 is, however, up to date in terms of technology. Besides the Core i7 2630QM, the Intel quad core with the best performance-price ratio, a gaming capable Nvidia Geforce GT 540M does its job in the case. The matt WXGA screen and the case's everyday suitable and nevertheless elegant look is an attractive point for many buyers.

Will the advantages of the RF511 be enough to justify the comparatively high price of 959 euros (less expensive versions available)? The quad + GT 540M hardware is namely available in the Aspire 5750G, Asus X53SV, Packard Bell TS11-HR-275GE), , Lenovo IdeaPad Y560p and Toshiba P750-100 for starting at 685 – 729 euros. Can workmanship, ergonomics and a matt display make up for all this? We will show you the advantages as well as the (few) disadvantages of the RF511.

Case

View RF510
View RF510

The Samsung RF511's build is identical to the predecessor's, RF510 (Dec. 2010). If both 15.6 inchers were placed next to each other, you wouldn't notice a single difference. The interior still has its matt, respectively slightly glittering surface made of painted and partly brushed aluminum. The cool feel provides you with a pleasant work feel, which is enhanced by the case's very low temperatures.

The base unit is adequately stiff, but not as stiff as we would have liked to see in the premium sector. We can twist the base unit slightly with both hands, dent the plastic base plate marginally in the center and even more so beneath the optical drive.

The hinges have a firm grip on the lid, but have a slight tendency to teeter. The maximum opening angle of about 135 degrees is just enough for use on the lap. The 2.5 inch hard disk and the DDR3 RAM module (two occupied slots) are found underneath the cover on the bottom.

Connectivity

Samsung doesn't install an ExpressCard34/54 (expansion cards), and thus eSATA or FireWire can't be retrofitted (controller cards). This is too bad, because the 15.6 incher definitely has the stuff that mainstream media production platform's are made of. As usual, there are unfortunately no interfaces on the rear. This causes an unsightly cable tree on the left with the according cables.

Front: Card reader SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC (center)
Front: Card reader SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC (center)
Left: AC, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 2 USB 2.0s, microphone, headphone
Left: AC, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 2 USB 2.0s, microphone, headphone
Rear: No interfaces
Rear: No interfaces
Right: BluRay player (DVD/RW), 2 USB 3.0s, Kensington
Right: BluRay player (DVD/RW), 2 USB 3.0s, Kensington

Communication

In addition to WLAN draft N (Broadcom 802.11n), there is also Bluetooth 3.0 inside the RF511 as wireless technologies. The Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Controller can transmit data at the highest speeds in the home network. An internal 3G with SIM card for mobile Internet access would actually be needed to complete the RF511. However, none of the model alternatives offer internal 3G.

Supplies

There are recovery DVDs for Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) included. The manufacturer installs a range of notebook tools, as usual. Among them, AllShare (smartphone, camera without cable data exchange), ChargeableUSB (charge smartphone via USB), Easy File Share (file sharing with another PC) or Easy Network Manager (WLAN locations). Battery Life Extender (limits the battery charge to 80 percent) has become tradition. Easy Speed-Up Manager is loaded via the function key + F8. The registry database can occasionally be cleaned with this.

Warranty

The manufacturer's warranty adds up to 24 months (incl. onsite). Samsung calls its fee-based standard warranty extension Warranty Plus. You get a 3 year onsite pick-up service for about 50 euros (from date of purchase).

Manual and data carriers
Manual and data carriers
Battery Life Extender
Battery Life Extender
Universal Scan Driver
Universal Scan Driver

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys are presented like on a silver tablet. Thus, they are well visible even in poor lighting. The number pad's keys are narrower than the others. But this isn't a problem for use. The arrow keys, squeezed in below the enter key, are more difficult here. This can lead to typos.

We can type quite accurately and fast on the keys. It has a medium key drop and firm stroke. The surface has a tight fit everywhere, even over the optical drive. The keys' pressure point comes a bit short. Consequently, the typing feel isn't on the level of high-end business keyboards.

Touchpad

The Elan Smart Pad with the very large surface is sensitive up to its edges. It has two unmarked scroll bars (vertical & horizontal), which are enabled by default. We can find the scroll bars' position without looking due to the narrow border to the right and left.

The pad can be used quickly because of the mouse keys' medium drop and their smoothness. The fairly loud click is very audible, though. The surface is matt, bids a pleasant scrolling resistance and is made of hard plastic. Multi-touch with two fingers (zoom, scroll) is also supported.

Display

Like in the previous RF510, Samsung installs a low resolution WXGA screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The 16:9 display (Samsung LTN156AT23801) is clearly AR coated, so there are almost no reflections. The contrast of 109:1 is extremely low. The widescreen display is consequently conceivably inept for color reproduction, which is also confirmed by the narrow color spectrum. It is remote from the frequently used Adobe RGB 1998 (t) and the same applies to sRGB (t). A comparison with the Fujitsu multimedian, NH751, proves that this can be different even in mainstream screens.

Samsung RF511 vs. AdobeRGB(t)
Samsung RF511 vs. AdobeRGB(t)
Samsung RF511 vs. sRGB(t)
Samsung RF511 vs. sRGB(t)
Samsung RF511 vs. Fujitsu NH751 FHD(t)
Samsung RF511 vs. Fujitsu NH751 FHD(t)
268
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 293 cd/m²
Average: 283.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 235 cd/m²
Black: 2.63 cd/m²
Contrast: 109:1

The display distributes the brightness evenly over the screen (91%). This means, the LED backlight's deviations are very low (homogeneity). Compared to the RF510, the brightness has increased significantly (283 instead of 208 cd/m2).

This will please sun worshippers because together with the reflection-free screen, the Samsung RF511 is also suitable for outdoor use. We can see the display content well from almost all views. However, the brightness is reduced to 235 cd/m2 in battery mode (instead of 286, center). Consequently, the result worsens in certain viewing angles. The pictures were taken in battery mode in maximum brightness.

Lateral view, sunny
Lateral view, sunny
Lateral view, sunny
Lateral view, sunny
Frontal view, sunny
Frontal view, sunny

The RF511 isn't a big whiz in terms of viewing angles. Like most run of the mill TN screens, the eyes can't sway beyond 45 degrees from the center horizontally without having to accept color and contrast deviations. Please see our viewing angle video.

Viewing angles: Samsung RF511-S05DE
Viewing angles: Samsung RF511-S05DE

Performance

The quad Core i7-2630QM with 4 x 2.0 GHz (default clock) is installed into many notebooks, thanks to its good performance-money ratio (laptop prices start at 700 euros). When required, it can be overclocked up to 2.9 GHz via Turbo Boost (one core). All details can be found on the data page.

The incorporated HD Graphics 3000 ensures a (comparatively) economic use when battery life, but not GPU performance, is needed. The NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (2048 MB) is automatically disabled by Nvidia Optimus.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ SPD
System info GPUZ GT 540M
System info GPUZ Intel HD
DPC Latency Checker Idle no latencies
DPC Latency Checker WLAN off/on no latencies
 
System information: Samsung RF511-S05DE

The CPU test, Cinebench R11.5 (multi, 64 bit), records 4.18 (default mode) up to 4.36 points (speed mode). The "identical" 2630QM in the Fujitsu NH751, however, achieved 4.83 points; even 5.0 points are possible with the Aspire 7750G or Asus G73SW-TZ083V. Considering this, the RF511 has a comparatively weak computing performance with the same CPU. The reason: The other devices (all 17 inches) can apparently exploit the Dynamic Frequency Overhead (Turbo 2.0) for a longer period due to a larger cooling system. This is the time that the CPU clocks higher than 2.9 GHz, so over its turbo reference.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4536 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
15856 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5936 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
24.83 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
4.36 Points
Help
PCMark 7 total score
PCMark 7 total score

PCMark Vantage achieves 6548 points. This is a fairly tight score because the Fujitsu NH751 reaches 7181 points with the same CPU and similar GPU. Gaming machines, such as the Asus VX7-SZ062V (GTX 460M, 8657) or the MSI GT780R (GTX 560M, 8599), even accomplish a lot more.

The new PCMark 7 finishes with 2073 points. New Core i7 quad systems with a similar mid-range GPU, like the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560p (2630QM, HD 6570M) are on the same level (2137). However, as soon as an SSD is used, like in the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G (GT 555M), the overall performance increases significantly: 3430 in the Ethos 8915G.

5.9
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.4
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.6
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
5.9
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.7
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage6548 points
PCMark 72073 points
Help

The GeForce GT 540M (1024 MB DDR3) belongs to the upper mid-range graphics units. The chip supports DirectX 11 and GDDR5 memories. However, a DDR3 video memory is installed as usual, but, a total of 2048 MB. In contrast to many other manufacturers, it doesn't clock with 800 MHz (Aspire 5742G), but with 900 MHz instead.

3DMark 2006 (1280x1024) finishes with 8075 points. A Radeon HD 6850M (~9700) can even top that with the same memory unit. The HD 6550 and 6650 (~7515) lag behind slightly. The 3DMark Vantage score (P4335) can also surpass the HD 6550M (P3700). 3DMark 11 fetches 1011 performance points. The HD 6550M (P1107) and even the older HD 5650 (P1024) are on a similar level.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
8075 points
3DMark Vantage4355 points
3DMark 111011 points
Help
HD Tune
HD Tune
Crystal Disk Mark
Crystal Disk Mark

A partaker of the PCMark Vantage rating is the 750 GB hard disk from Hitachi (HTS547575A9E384). The HDD score is 3557 points (slightly above average for 5200 rpm). The data throughput in read, determined by HDTune, is 77 MB/s (HDTune). Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 also records a good read rate of 101 MB/s (different routine than HDTune). However, really fast transfer rates are first possible with an SSD (e.g. OCZ-Agility-3; 222 MB/s read). A laptop with an SSD and otherwise same CPU/GPU reached 14285 points fired up by the SSD in PCMark Vantage (XMG A701 Advanced).

Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
Transfer Rate Minimum: 24.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 104.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 77.1 MB/s
Access Time: 19.4 ms
Burst Rate: 68.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1 %

Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

Risen (2009)

The clock rate of 900 MHz and the strong quad core helps increase the GT 540M 's frame rates. Where only 24 fps were possible in high details with the i5-450M (Aspire 5742G), it is now 27 fps. The difference also applies to medium (41 instead of 35). The graphically elaborate adventure can be played smoothly in the native WXGA resolution in a mix of high and medium details.

Risen 1366x768 high 27 fps
Risen 1366x768 high 27 fps
Risen 1024x768 medium 41 fps
Risen 1024x768 medium 41 fps
Risen
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1366x768all on/high, 4xAF27.3 fps
 1024x768all on/med, 2xAF41.5 fps

Mafia 2

The built-in benchmark delivers 33 fps in high details with the native resolution. However, this isn't any special advantage because even almost every one of our test devices with a GT 540M reached at least this frame rate. If you'd like to frag with a higher performance in this game, you'll need the bigger sister, the GT 555M (+22%) or even better, the HD 6770 (+25%).

Mafia 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1360x768high, 0xAA, 16xAF33.1 fps
 1024x768medium, 0xAA, 8xAF42.7 fps

Gaming Verdict

The short trip in the World of Games shows the GeForce GT 540M (@900MHz memory) with a mid-range gaming performance. Most current games can be played in the native resolution (1366x768) in high or at least medium details. The GT 540M has been comprehensively tested with many games. See our extensive GPU data page.

low med.high ultra
Risen (2009) 41.527.3fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 45.632.3fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 42.733.1fps

Emissions

System Noise

Samsung sticks to its trusted Silent Mode and leaves it up to the user if the PC should run super quiet (fan temporarily off) and with a limited processor clock rate of 800 MHz (Silent Mode) or not (default mode). This low performance, without Turbo Boost, is enough for office work. The Silent Mode's property: The fan's speed is reduced significantly (during load) or is completely shut off (low load, idle).

But even without this special energy mode, the 15.6 incher is very quiet in undemanding office mode (30-33 dB (A)). The cooling system turns up to 37 dB (A) in 3DMark06 (default or speed mode). The RF511 develops its highest noise in the stress test with 41 dB (A) (Furmark & Prime95).

Noise Level

Idle 30.3 / 32.1 / 33.1 dB(A)
HDD 31.2 dB(A)
DVD 36.3 / dB(A)
Load 37.2 / 41.2 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Thermal Throttling @ Maximum Stress

As in many Intel Core processor, we also have to record CPU clock throttling in the RF511. As soon as the Core i7-2630QM (4 x 2.00GHz) is loaded by Prime95 and the graphics card computes Furmark at the same time (= stress test), the CPU throttles from 2.6 to 2.0 GHz (x 4 cores) after a few minutes. Thus, the clock rate backs out of the turbo overhead here. After a few more minutes, the clock rate sinks to 1.4 GHz, but repeatedly fluctuates to 2.0 again. The RF511 is stable at this point, though. The regular fluctuation between 1.4 and 2.0 GHz also turns up when only Prime95 (CPU 100%) runs.

The gaming and application performance wasn't afflicted because thermal throttling only turned up during constant 100% CPU load. The clock was at a constant 2.0 GHz (default clock without turbo, power: 95 watts) in Battlefield BC2 (high). Throttling to 1.4 GHz first turns up when a Cinebench R11.5 CPU test additionally runs (fluctuates to 2.0 GHz; power 90-98 watts unstable). The figures show our load test settings:

Single core load: 2.9 GHz
Single core load: 2.9 GHz
Multi core load: 2.0 GHz
Multi core load: 2.0 GHz
Stress test start: no throttling, 2.6 GHz
Stress test start: no throttling, 2.6 GHz
Stress test constant: 1.4 to 2.0 GHz
Stress test constant: 1.4 to 2.0 GHz
Battlefield BC2 medium: 2.0 GHz, 90w
Battlefield BC2 medium: 2.0 GHz, 90w
Battlefield BC2 high: 2.0 GHz, 95w
Battlefield BC2 high: 2.0 GHz, 95w
BFBC2 high + CPU load: 1.4-2.0 GHz, 90-98w
BFBC2 high + CPU load: 1.4-2.0 GHz, 90-98w
 

Temperature

The temperatures aren't unusual. The top does not heat up beyond 30 degrees during normal use with a lot of idle. Silent Mode was enabled for one hour for the idle temperature graph (inactive fan). We measured up to 45 degrees Celsius in the stress test. This is however only a selective rate. The average is only 29 degrees.

Max. Load
 34.6 °C33.2 °C25.1 °C 
 33.5 °C34.3 °C23.8 °C 
 28 °C29 °C24.2 °C 
Maximum: 34.6 °C
Average: 29.5 °C
22.1 °C34.2 °C44.5 °C
22.5 °C28.5 °C31.5 °C
22.1 °C25.9 °C25.9 °C
Maximum: 44.5 °C
Average: 28.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  54.5 °C | Room Temperature 20.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The speakers' sound isn't bad at all. The stereo speakers are located underneath the perforated grid above the keyboard. Since there's no subwoofer or due to the small size of the membranes, bass and low pitches fall by the wayside, but the rest is loud and clear. Nevertheless, the speakers are well-suitable for relaxed, background music in medium volume. Volume and mute have been given three hardware buttons beside the power on.

Battery Life

In contrast to the prior RF510, Samsung has taken a big step for more energy efficiency by upgrading to Sandy Bridge. While an i5 460M processor together with a GT 330M consumed 14 to 19 watts in idle (min/max) before, we now are at 8.6 to 15 watts with a quad core and considerably stronger graphics. The idle power consumption is remarkably low, especially since these 15 watts relate to the screen with a brightness of 280 cd/m2 and we are dealing with a 45 watt CPU (predecessor RF510: 35w). Silent Mode was only enabled for the minimum measurement (8.6 watts) in the idle power assessment (CPU throttled to 800 MHz).

The effective power increases to a steep 102.5 watts when CPU and GPU compute with full power (stress test). Now we know why the small 90 watt power adapter reaches a temperature of 54.5 degrees in this test. The adapter appears to be overburdened in this staged situation. This could also be a reason for the described throttling and the resulting power consumption fluctuation between 88 and 102 watts. Such a high power consumption as in our stress test isn't usually achieved in 3D gaming, though. The measurement during 3DMark06 proves this: 80 watts.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.5 Watt
Idle 8.6 / 13.7 / 15.1 Watt
Load 80.1 / 102.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

You can roughly expect three hours of WLAN runtime from a strong multimedia device nowadays. Our test device refutes this standard. It achieves over six hours in low load while surfing at a brightness of 100 cd/m2 (significantly reduced) with its 57 Wh battery (200 mAh). The previous RF510, with an i5 460M, didn't even last for three hours. That is the best WLAN runtime that an i7-2630QM has achieved to date. Second best: Fujitsu NH751 with just under 6 hours.

The 90 watt power adapter needs 2:40 hours for recharging afterwards. The 15.6 incher lasts for over eight hours in the unrealistic, since undemanding, idle test (without GPU/CPU load, lowest brightness, wireless disabled).

Charging: 160 min.
Charging: 160 min.
WLAN: 378 min
WLAN: 378 min
DVD: 309 min.
DVD: 309 min.
Load: 77 min.
Load: 77 min.
Idle: 498 min.
Idle: 498 min.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 18min
WiFi Surfing
6h 18min
DVD
5h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 17min

Verdict

The Samsung RF511 continues the tradition of a sophisticated and everyday suitable all-rounder. Although the mostly matt and high-quality case fails reaching perfect stability, the input devices don't have to hide. Besides the anti-reflective surface and high brightness, the screen doesn't have any other advantages. This is enough for pleasant working in the sun, but WXGA++ would certainly have made the one or other business user waver. Besides that, the built-in BluRay player simply cries for a higher native resolution.

A strong point is the enormously high battery life of over six hours (WLAN test) for a quad core CPU. Fused with a power consumption of only 8 to 15 watts in idle, this results in the perfect performance all-rounder with energy saving features. The 90 watt power adapter is overburdened in the odd situation with stress on CPU and (at the same time) GPU (102 watts). This causes a limited CPU throttling.

Office fans will let themselves be lured by the very good ergonomic key data. The noise is extremely low when required thanks to the tried and tested Silent Mode. Merely the hard disks noise can be heard in idle then. This is remarkable in view of the strong quad core equipment. Especially since the palpable waste heat on the case is low (idle), respectively remains within an acceptable range (load).

The 15.6 incher isn't made for highest performance. An SSD (instead of HDD) would be needed for this. Buyers are very well-equipped for the next few years with the Sandy Bridge quad core. In regard to games, a quad core isn't a must these days. The RF511 alternative with a Core i5 (S04DE) would be an equal (starts at 800 euros). See our comparison test, Games: Quad or Dual Core.

In Review: Samsung RF511-S05DE
In Review: Samsung RF511-S05DE

Specifications

Samsung RF511-S05DE
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M - 2048 MB, Core: 672 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 266.72
Memory
8192 MB 
, 2x4096, PC3-10700
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, SAMSUNG LTN156AT23801, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM65
Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384, 750 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
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11n (a b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth
Optical drive
TSSTcorp DVDWBD TS-LB23A
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 379.6 x 255.5 ( = 1.46 x 14.94 x 10.06 in)
Weight
2.594 kg ( = 91.5 oz) Power Supply: 351 g ( = 12.38 oz)
Battery
57 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5200mAh 11.1V
Price
999 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 1280x720, Cyberlink YouCam, Cyberlink BD Suite (Power Director/DVD)), 24 Months Warranty

 

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The RF511-S05DE belongs to Samsung's premium laptops.
The RF511-S05DE belongs to Samsung's premium laptops.
Samsung RF511: desktop suitable despite high gloss
Samsung RF511: desktop suitable despite high gloss
Samsung RF511: quad core power
Samsung RF511: quad core power
Samsung RF511: matt WXGA screen
Samsung RF511: matt WXGA screen
It has a nominal output of 90 watts.
It has a nominal output of 90 watts.
The adapter can occasionally be overburdened during maximum load (102 watts).
The adapter can occasionally be overburdened during maximum load (102 watts).
and both RAM modules with 4GB each.
and both RAM modules with 4GB each.
The base unit houses an HDD slot
The base unit houses an HDD slot
The ergonomics is remarkably good despite the strong processor.
The ergonomics is remarkably good despite the strong processor.
The user should have a polishing cloth for the glossy surfaces on the lid and on the display bezel.
The user should have a polishing cloth for the glossy surfaces on the lid and on the display bezel.
The case isn't a paragon of stability, but has high-end surfaces.
The case isn't a paragon of stability, but has high-end surfaces.
The predecessor RF510 had an averagely 75 cd/m2 lower brightness, but it's reduced to 235 in battery mode anyway.
The predecessor RF510 had an averagely 75 cd/m2 lower brightness, but it's reduced to 235 in battery mode anyway.
In addition, it has a matt screen that has weak colors but a top-notch brightness.
In addition, it has a matt screen that has weak colors but a top-notch brightness.
Core i7-2630QM quad core, 8 GB RAM, BluRay drive and GeForce GT540M meet.
Core i7-2630QM quad core, 8 GB RAM, BluRay drive and GeForce GT540M meet.
Why premium? The hardware belongs to the upper mainstream category.
Why premium? The hardware belongs to the upper mainstream category.
Samsung RF511: high-end and dignified work surface
Samsung RF511: high-end and dignified work surface

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Pro

+High quality materials
+Matt, bright display
+BluRay & USB 3.0
+BluRay player
+Input devices with good feedback
+Quiet & cool
+High computing performance
+Low idle power consumption
+Strong 5-6 hour battery life
 

Cons

-Contrast weak TFT
-Narrow viewing angles
-Merely WXGA resolution
-No eSATA & ExpressCard
-Adapter overburdened @ full load

Shortcut

What we like

Pleasantly matt work surface that is apt for the office. Awesome battery life of six hours and this with a quad core CPU. The low power consumption also lets energy savers jump for joy.

What we'd like to see

A WXGA++ screen, preferably with sRGB coverage and wide viewing angles. An Intel quad core without throttling - even if most users won't notice the performance loss (during load).

What surprises us

So quiet and energy saving (idle), despite quad core CPU. The best battery life with the i7 2630QM in a notebook up until now.

The competition

Quad core & GT 520/540M, 685 to 850 euros: Acer (Aspire 5750G), Asus (X53SV, N53SV X5MSV-SX319V), Packard Bell (TS11-HR-275GE), Lenovo (IdeaPad Y560p), Toshiba (P750-100), MSI (CX640), Dell (Inspiron Q15R, XPS 15), HP (Pavilion dv6-6001sg)

Rating

Samsung RF511-S05DE
07/13/2011 v2
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
80%
Weight
79%
Battery
86%
Display
67%
Games Performance
85%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
90%
Noise
89%
Add Points
88%
Average
85%
85%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2011-07-18 (Update: 2013-06- 6)