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Review Samsung Series 5 510R5E Notebook

Florian Glaser (translated by B Schulisch), 03/31/2013

A versatile performer. Samsung has extended its popular 5 Series with a new well-rounded notebook. The 15-inch 510R5E aims to appeal to customers with a slim case and up-to-date mid-range hardware components. AMD's freshly released Radeon HD 8750M promises a high level of performance, while at the same time using a moderate amount of power. The question is whether the two kilogram lightweight is able to live up to expectations.

Samsung Serie 5 510R5E

For the original German review, see here.

According to Samsung the 5 Series includes well-rounded notebooks that are compact and light, but also have potent processing power. The model for review was the 800 Euro (~$1050) 510R5E S01DE, a Germany special that certainly fulfills these characteristics.

Inside the 15-inch case is a potent dual-core processor from Intel's Ivy Bridge series (Core i5-3210M) and an energy efficient 22 nm iGPU at work. The DirectX 11.1 capable AMD Radeon HD 8750M is striving to find the perfect compromise between speed, heat dissipation and power consumption.

To remove any memory oriented performance bottle-necks, Samsung has included two DDR3 RAM modules with a capacity of 4096 MB each. The hard drive bay meanwhile contains a 1000 GB HDD and the matte display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It is not surprising to find the latest Windows 8 64 bit operating system on the laptop.

Altogether, the specifications indicate a well-rounded system. Our review will determine the strengths and weaknesses of the mobile device.

Case

Metal and plastic combination
Metal and plastic combination

When it comes to the case, the manufacturer hasn't made any glaring mistakes. Samsung has skillfully combined both plastic (display bezel, keyboard surroundings, base) and metal (palm rest, lid).

With the exception of the jet black bottom of the 15-inch notebook, the remaining surfaces are covered with a refreshing silver-grey color. We would also describe the shape and size to be pleasing to the user. The multimedia device makes a classy and at the same time simplistic impression. Thanks to the matte surfaces, the notebook doesn't stand out as a dust-magnet which is usually the case with glossy devices (e.g. Toshiba Satellite L850).

The manufacturing quality of our reviewed device was up to a good standard. For those that are not especially demanding, the level of quality should definitely be sufficient. We weren't quite as content when it came to the stability though. Depending on the amount of pressure exerted, the keyboard and touchpad dent inwards considerably in some cases, and the lid could also be a bit more firm, although these shortcomings shouldn't stand out negatively during normal daily use. The slim case (23 millimeters high) and the light weight (approximately two kilograms) allow the machine with a good level of mobility.

A few more words regarding the opening mechanism: Samsung have set both of the hinges in such a way that opening the display requires both hands. Despite the relatively rigid mechanical components, the display still wobbles when the base is moved even slightly.

Connectivity

The connectivity options certainly won't knock anyone's socks off. Although the 510R5E is able to make some headway with a fast USB 3.0 port, the combined audio socket (3.5 mm mini-jack for headphones/speakers or a microphone) and a total of three USB ports are the norm for this class of device.

Despite the fact that the height of the base unit doesn't exceed two centimeters, Samsung has still included a full-fledged RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port, and a normal VGA port. Other slim notebooks such as the Samsung 770Z7E and the Asus U38DT require adapters (in the case of the VGA port) or moving parts (Ethernet port) to enable their use. An HDMI port, Kensington Lock slot and a card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC) are of course also all on board.

Since Samsung has integrated the interfaces into the rear of the case, there should still be enough space around the sides of the notebook for a mouse even when several cables are attached. The webcam integrated into the top of the display bezel supports 720p according to the manufacturer. It is a shame that there is no optical drive included.

Wireless Communication

The wireless module is a Centrino Advanced-N 6235. The nodule supports the WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5.0 GHz, max. 300 Mbps) and Bluetooth 4.0. The technologies Wireless Display, Smart Connect and VPro should be more interesting for advanced users. The features offered on the Intel chip are expected for such type of hardware.

Left: Power input, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0, audio
Left: Power input, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0, audio
Right: Card reader, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington Lock
Right: Card reader, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington Lock

Maintenance

The maintenance options should suffice for the average user. After removing the maintenance panel on the bottom of the base unit (slides off towards the front), users can reach the 2.5 inch hard drive bay and the two DDR3 RAM slots. The HDD is beneath a metal cover and the RAM is directly accessible.

Changing of the components shouldn't pose a problem for the layman either. The upgrade to a Solid State Drive would be worthwhile. Anyone interested in gaining access to the cooling fan, CPU, or GPU (presumably soldered to the mainboard), will have to take the whole case apart though.

Pre-installed software
Pre-installed software

As shown in the screen shot on the right, the manufacturer has pre-installed quite an array of software. Many buyers would be pleasantly surprised to find "Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and "Cyberlink PowerDVD 10". Thanks to "Adobe Reader X" and the trial version of "Microsoft Office", there shouldn't be problems opening various documents on the laptop on first boot.

We particularly liked the "Settings" software from Samsung. Using this, it is possible to activate the quiet or eco mode, (de-)activating the touchpad and changing other settings for the display and the audio.

Accessories

The delivery package merely includes three information leaflets and the 234 grams AC adapter of 60 W capacity. With a size of 105 x 40 x 30 millimeters, this power supply should fit into almost any pocket. On the subject of power supply, the 43 watt-hour lithium ion battery is unfortunately integrated into the case.

This may be annoying to many, but it has been a long time since an OEM has included a recovery DVD with the laptop. At least the operating system can be backed up with the pre-installed "Recovery" tool. Restoring the operating system is possible directly in Windows 8 or via the hidden recovery partition.

Warranty

The warranty is valid for 24 months. Within the first 90 days from the date of purchase, it is also possible to extend the warranty to three or four years.

Settings Allgemein
Settings Energieverwaltung
Settings Netzwerk
Settings Anzeige
Settings SoundAlive
Settings Eingabegerät
Settings Software

Input Devices

Keyboard

Samsung has included a chiclet keyboard with 15 x 15 millimeter square keys. Despite the aforementioned issues with the stability and the noticeable typing sound, the keyboard is still reasonably good for typing. The key inflection point and drop are also quite decent in our opinion when considering the competition.

When it comes to the layout, we couldn't find much cause for criticism. It was the nine millimeter high arrow keys, and the combined Insert/PrintScr keys that caused us some discomfort. Some buyers will also miss the keyboard backlight and multimedia buttons (play/pause, stop, forward, back). Using the Fn key combinations, it is at least possible to adjust the volume and the display brightness. The dedicated numeric keypad is a nice addition.

Touchpad

The 102 x 55 millimeter touchpad (Elan Smart-Pad) isn't only able to make a good impression with a relatively smooth surface, but is easy to manipulate with its straightforward control software. Short videos describe how to use the gestures (multi-touch support) that can be performed with different combination of fingers. Along with zoom and scroll it is also possible to flip and swipe within programs. In our tests, the gestures almost always worked reliably.

The precision of the touchpad is also quite decent, although we did encounter a few small issues. Compared to the substantially more expensive 770Z7E, the touchpad has its own mouse buttons with a reasonably decent clicking experience.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

As mentioned in the introduction, Samsung have given the 510R5E a matte HD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 (16:9 aspect ratio) pixels. Due to the relatively coarse resolution, the notebook cannot display as much information on the screen as other higher resolution display, hence productivity taking a hit. Even with a single window, users will frequently be required to scroll (depending on the content). Better displays with 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 pixels resolutions are still a rarity in affordable 15-inch notebooks.

186
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
176
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
165
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
175
cd/m²
174
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 199 cd/m²
Average: 181.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 199 cd/m²
Black: 0.39 cd/m²
Contrast: 510:1

According to our measurements, the TN panel made by AU Optronics (B156XW04 V6 AUO46EC) isn't able to compete with the best. A contrast ratio of 500:1 and a black level of about 0.4 cd/m² may not be bad, but also don't stand out as particularly good. Especially during dark movie or games scenes, a grey tint is recognizable.

We were quite disappointed with the brightness: An average of 180 cd/m² is merely enough for use indoors, while good TN panels such as the Samsung 156HT01-201 (Asus N56VZ-S4044V) reach values of around 300 cd/m². A further weakness became apparent with respect to the color representation. Our screenshots show that the 510R5E is not able to cover the sRGB spectrum. Subjectively, the images appear relatively pale and with little contrast.

Samsung Series 5 510R5E vs. sRGB (grid)
Samsung Series 5 510R5E vs. sRGB (grid)
Samsung Series 5 510R5E vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Samsung Series 5 510R5E vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Samsung Series 5 510R5E vs. Samsung Serie 7 770Z7E (grid)
Samsung Series 5 510R5E vs. Samsung Serie 7 770Z7E (grid)
Calman 5.1 Software: Greyscale
Calman 5.1 Software: Grayscale
Calman 5.1 Software: CMS calibration
Calman 5.1 Software: CMS calibration
Calman 5.1 Software: Saturation sweeps
Calman 5.1 Software: Saturation sweeps

Although the brightness remains constant when battery powered, using the notebook outdoors doesn't exactly give a lot of cause for joy. Even on a 'normal' day (see pictures), the display contents appear very dark. Decent outdoor suitability is usually only guaranteed with matte panels that have brightness levels upwards of 250 cd/m².

Außeneinsatz
Außeneinsatz
Outdoor use Samsung 510R5E-S01DE

The viewing angle stability leaves a lot to be desired, particularly when looking at the display from above or below, where small deviations can lead to considerable image changes. Even horizontally, the viewing angles are anything but spectacular, which is why the notebook is certainly not ideal for showing pictures to several people at the same time.

Viewing angles of the Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
Viewing angles Samsung 510R5E-S01DE

Performance

Ivy Bridge
Ivy Bridge

Processor

In order to avoid overexerting the cooling system and keep the price of the notebook attractive, Samsung has 'only' included a 2.5-3.1 GHz dual-core CPU, rather than a quad-core processor.

The Core i5-3210M from the Ivy Bridge generation of CPUs is among the most popular notebook CPUs for a few months, which should come as little surprise considering that the model provides good performance and acceptable power efficiency (35 watts TDP).

Like other Ivy Bridge processors, the dual-core CPU is manufactured using the 22 nm process and the 3 MB of L3 cache are also an indication of good performance. Thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology, the Core i5-3210M can process up to four threads simultaneously.

Since Samsung has adopted AMD's Enduro graphics switching technology, the HD Graphics 4000 integrated into the processor also gets put to use. Altogether, we consider the Core i5-3210M to be a very good choice.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo HDTune
Systeminfo GPUZ (HD 8750M)
Systeminfo GPUZ (HD 4000)
Systeminfo HWiNFO
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo DPC Latenzen
System information Samsung 510R5E-S01DE

Turbo Boost

We weren't able to detect throttling (reduction of clock speed) of the CPU in the 510R5E as a result of temperature issues and power saving profiles. When utilized, the Core i5-3210M usually operates at quite a substantial clock speed of about 2.9 to 3.0 GHz. Only when the Turbo Boost is switched off does the clock speed fall to the standard 2.5 GHz.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
CPU & GPU utilization
CPU & GPU utilization

CPU Performance

The CPU performance is on par with other machines containing the same processor. During single-core rendering in Cinebench R11.5 the dual-core processor scores 1.2 points, which is only just below that scored by the quad-core 2.3-3.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM (1.33 points @ Acer Aspire V3-571G).

When it comes to multi-core rendering (several cores used) the difference expectedly becomes considerably bigger. A mere 2.9 points in comparison to the result achieved by the Core i7-3610QM, since Intel's entry-level quad-core manages to score approximately double this score (6.22 points @ MSI CX70). This doesn't mean that the Core i5-3210M is slow by any means though, and for most applications it should provide sufficient processing power.

Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E
11075 Points ∼31%
Core i7-3610QM
Medion Akoya P6815
21428 Points ∼60% +93%
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E
5376 Points ∼63%
Core i7-3610QM
Medion Akoya P6815
5588 Points ∼66% +4%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5376 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
11075 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6727 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
33 fps
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Graphics Card

Enduro graphics switching
Enduro graphics switching

For demanding graphics processing, a graphics card by AMD has been included. The Radeon HD 8750M is based on the same GCN architecture (Graphics Core Next) as its predecessor the HD 7750M, which is manufactured using the 28 nm process. With 384 unified shaders, the DirectX 11.1 graphics accelerator nestles comfortably in the table of mid-range GPUs.

2048 Megabytes of DDR3 VRAM may look like an ample amount at first, but the memory only has a 128-bit wide interface. Compared to its GDDR5 counterpart which provides faster/larger throughput, the DDR3 version uses a faster clock speed to compensate for the performance losses. 825 MHz (core) and 900 MHz (memory) are clock speeds that are  rather high frequencies for such a middle-tier card.

Thanks to dynamic graphics switching, the Radeon HD 8750M is only active when its performance is really required. For less demanding applications such as office use, video playback or using a web browser, the HD Graphics 4000 inside the processor is used.

Advice: If a 3D application is running suspiciously slow, users should start the Catalyst Control Center (right-click on the desktop) and check which profile is active. In the menu 'Graphics options - User settings', all the installed and recently opened programs are listed. The "High performance" option represents the Radeon HD 8750M, while "Power saver" on the other hand uses the HD Graphics 4000. If necessary it is also possible to change the global settings in the Catalyst Control Center.

We carried out our speed tests with the pre-installed GPU driver 9.1.1.0, which is already a few months old.

5.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.1
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.5
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
6.6
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9

GPU Performance

When it comes to the synthetic GPU benchmarks, the Radeon HD 8750M is only minimally slower than its main competitor from Nvidia, the GeForce GT 640M. Let's take 3DMark 11 as an example: With a GPU score of 1534 points, the AMD GPU may be substantially faster than the GeForce GT 630M (Fermi architecture, 1019 points @ Samsung 550P5C-T02), but lags behind the GT 640M (Kepler architecture, 1709 points @ Gigabyte U2442N). Compared to the in-house competition in the form of the Radeon HD 8730M (also GCN architecture, 1368 points @ Dell Inspiron 15R-5521), the HD 8750M performs about 10% better.

A similar picture emerges when it comes to the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark. At a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels and high details with the normal tessellation setting, the Radeion HD 8750M is about 7% faster than HD 8730M(22.6 vs 21.1 fps). And while the GeForce GT 630M doesn't stand the faintest chance at about 16 fps (16.4 fps @ Dell Vostro 3460), the GeForce GT 640M on the other hand takes the lead (23.5 fps @ Acer TravelMate P653).

3DMark (2013) - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E
1281 Points ∼7%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
706 Points ∼4% -45%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
1225 Points ∼7% -4%
GeForce GT 650M / Core i5-3360M
Schenker XMG A502
1572 Points ∼9% +23%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
1150 Points ∼6% -10%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E
2169 Points ∼12% +69%
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - 1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E
16.9 fps ∼10%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
10 fps ∼6% -41%
GeForce GT 650M / Core i5-3360M
Schenker XMG A502
21.5 fps ∼13% +27%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
15.7 fps ∼9% -7%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E
26.7 fps ∼16% +58%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
9284 points
3DMark Vantage6840 points
3DMark 111689 points
3DMark Ice Storm43281 points
3DMark Cloud Gate5841 points
3DMark Fire Strike1207 points
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Storage Device

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The hard drive is a 9.5 millimeter high HDD with a capacity of 1000 GB. The SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB comes directly from Samsung itself, and provides decent performance. With around 90 MB/s during sequential read and 88 MBytes/s during sequential write (CrystalDiskMark), these are numbers that are not provided by every 5400 rpm hard drive. The access time of 20 ms meanwhile is average for this class of device (HDTune).

Inside the 17-inch 770Z7E, the same HDD provided a comparable performance, while Toshiba's MQ01ABD100 in the HP Pavilion g6-2253sg and other notebooks represents one of the fastest 1 TB HDD competitors to the Samsung Spinpoint.

Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 42 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 107.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 77.7 MB/s
Access Time: 19.9 ms
Burst Rate: 115.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 0.9 %

System Performance

Unfortunately, due to the absence of a lightning fast SSD, the system performance isn't able to improve over other notebooks in this price range. With a PCMark Vantage score of 7283 points, the 510R5E nestles in with other multimedia notebooks like the Dell Vostro 3460 and the older HP Pavilion dv6-6008eg (7253 points @ Core i7-2630QM, Radeon HD 6770M, 8 GBytes of RAM & 500 GByte HDD).

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage7283 points
PCMark 72416 points
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Gaming Performance

Medium or high details with the native resolution
Medium or high details with the native resolution

Our comprehensive gaming test (see table below the Verdict) confirms the impressions we got during the synthetic benchmarks: The Radeon HD 8750M is able to come close to the GeForce GT 640M in terms of performance, but Nvidia's Kepler GPU has a slight lead overall.

While less resource intensive games such as Diablo IIISkyrimFifa 13Dishonored or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 can also be played with high details and active anti-aliasing, users will have to make do with medium settings in some cases (e.g. Far Cry 3Battlefield 3Guild Wars 2 or Need for Speed: Most Wanted).

In most cases, the performance advantage over the Radeon HD 8730M stays within 10%, and occasional gamers that don't have to necessarily play every game with all the bells and whistles are likely to take a liking to the Radeon HD 8750M.

low med.high ultra
Battlefield 3 (2011) 43.432.225.510.3fps
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) 130.379.846.627.4fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 70.746.532.418.1fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 9750.431.414.1fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 44.830.32311.2fps
Diablo III (2012) 81.257.449.330.3fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 71.344.335.115.9fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 42.726.825.616.5fps
Darksiders II (2012) 51.229.5fps
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 59.726.410.4fps
Borderlands 2 (2012) 534131.318.1fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 258.6174.5143.284.5fps
Dishonored (2012) 71.756.449.327.8fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 54.733.825.69.7fps
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 4536.622.514.3fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 74.654.32618.3fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 20.919.47.3fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 574018.56fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 119.854.942.825.5fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 181.271.742.815.3fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 59.834.830.610.6fps

Emissions

System Noise

Considering the potent hardware components, the system noise is completely acceptable. In an idle state, the primary source of audible noise is the HDD, which emits between 32-33 dBs of noise. At load, the system noise only increases marginally. During the first scene of 3DMark 06, our measurement device determined a level of about 36 dB. It is just the stress test (Furmark + Prime) that made us exceed 40 dB in the 510R5E. Although the cooling fan sound may be bearable than some other all-round notebooks, our 15-inch candidate can be used for working and playing games without any qualms.

Noise Level

Idle 31.6 / 32.1 / 33.3 dB(A)
Load 36.3 / 42.3 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test Phase I
Stress test Phase I
Stress test Phase II
Stress test Phase II

The heat dissipation rates are also acceptable. Starting off in an idle state where the case heats up to an average of 28 °C, and ending with maximum utilization where the case heats up to 37 °C (top) and 41 °C (bottom), the hottest points being at the back of the notebook which can reach between 46 and 52 °C.

The components themselves are of course confronted with even higher temperatures as usual. According to the tool Hardware Monitor, the automatic over-clocking switches itself off when the processor reaches a temperature of 95 °C. As already mentioned, the Core i5-3210M then only runs at a speed of 2.5 GHz. The Radeon HD 8750M meanwhile still operates with its maximum speed of 825/900 MHz. A GPU temperature of 82 °C shouldn't be any cause for concern.

Max. Load
 44.1 °C45.4 °C44.9 °C 
 43.5 °C43.6 °C28.7 °C 
 30.9 °C29.1 °C24.4 °C 
Maximum: 45.4 °C
Average: 37.2 °C
50.3 °C51.7 °C49.5 °C
28.8 °C49.9 °C48.2 °C
25.7 °C30.7 °C33.1 °C
Maximum: 51.7 °C
Average: 40.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48.6 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Voltcraft IR-550

Speakers

The stereo speakers (2x 1.5 watts above the keyboard) are deserving of the classification "usable". For anyone who doesn't happen to have a headset or external sound system available, the integrated speakers should be good enough to listen to a few songs or watch some movies.

Compared to other notebooks, the audio quality is at least reasonably well balanced. From time to time it is even possible to hear some decent bass. Also, the maximum volume is louder than usual, even though it still won't be enough for a really convincing performance. Depending on the source of the audio, the sound can be somewhat thin and woolly. Better quality speakers can be found in the Asus N56VZ and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 for example.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

AMD's Enduro technology guarantees relatively frugal power consumption. 7-14 watts in an idle state are typical for a device with graphics switching. Other multimedia competitors that are equipped with a GeForce GT 640M, such as the Acer TravelMate P653 (9-12 watts) and Gigabyte U2442N (10-15 watts) operate using a similar amount of power.

When loaded, the 510R5E requires between 41 watts (average 3DMark 06) and 64 watts (maximum during stress test), where the power consumption is reminiscent of the recently tested HD 7670M notebooks Toshiba Satellite L850-153 (38-60 watts) and Dell Vostro 3560 (42-60 watts).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 6.5 / 9.7 / 14.3 Watt
Load 41.3 / 63.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Readers Test
maximale Akkulaufzeit (Readers Test)
Classic Test
minimale Laufzeit  (Classic Test)

Despite the modest battery capacity (43 Wh) the runtime isn't bad compared to other multimedia notebooks. When using as many power saving features as possible with the lowest display brightness, the 510R5E works for up to seven hours without a power cable. Just about 4.25 hours of mobile web browsing (medium power savings, ~2/3 brightness) isn’t bad.

When the CPU and GPU are both loaded, like in the case of the Battery Eater Classic test, and maximum brightness settings are used, then a single battery charge will last for around 80 minutes. In this case, a higher capacity lithium ion battery could potentially provide for quite a substantial improvement in run times.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 00min
WiFi Surfing
4h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 17min

Verdict

Samsung Series 5 510R5E
Samsung Series 5 510R5E

The Series 5 510R5E-S01DE presents itself as a successful all-round notebook. On the bright side, the intelligent hardware combination and the slim and light case are aspects worthy of mention.

Neither the design nor the manufacturing and material quality leaves much to be desired. The matte finish additionally provides for reduced susceptibility to dust and fingerprints. Even the keyboard and touchpad designs seem to have been thought through.

The connectivity on the other hand could have been better distributed (only one audio socket), and the absence of keyboard backlight or an optical drive also become substantial reasons for a lower rating.

Most of the criticism has to be attributed to the low quality display. Viewing angles, color space coverage and brightness all failed to meet our expectations. Demanding users should probably opt for a notebook that has a much better display (such as the Acer Aspire V3-571G-53238G1TMaii or the Dell Vostro 3560).

In terms of the system noise, temperature, audio quality and mobility, the 15-inch notebook manages to put on a decent to good performance. Anyone who wants to buy a mobile multimedia notebook will be right on the money with the 510R5E.

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Comparison

BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
34.8 fps ∼13%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
31.2 fps ∼11% -10%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
30.6 fps ∼13%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
27.3 fps ∼12% -11%
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
1366x768 Medium (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
71.7 fps ∼45%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
60.4 fps ∼38% -16%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
75 fps ∼47% +5%
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
42.8 fps ∼30%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
34.4 fps ∼24% -20%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
50 fps ∼35% +17%
Dead Space 3
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
54.9 fps ∼13%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
50.6 fps ∼12% -8%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
72 fps ∼18% +31%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
97.3 fps ∼24% +77%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
42.8 fps ∼11%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
36.1 fps ∼9% -16%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
54.8 fps ∼14% +28%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
75.2 fps ∼20% +76%
Far Cry 3
1366x768 DX9 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
40 fps ∼29%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
28.3 fps ∼21% -29%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
35.7 fps ∼26% -11%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
37.2 fps ∼27% -7%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
48.4 fps ∼35% +21%
1366x768 DX11 High Preset (SSAO, Standard Alpha To Coverage) AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
18.5 fps ∼16%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
15.7 fps ∼13% -15%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
28 fps ∼24% +51%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
18 fps ∼15% -3%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
26.8 fps ∼23% +45%
Assassin´s Creed III
1366x768 Normal (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
20.9 fps ∼25%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
33.4 fps ∼40% +60%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
38.7 fps ∼47% +85%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
18.1 fps ∼22% -13%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
22.4 fps ∼27% +7%
1366x768 High (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
19.4 fps ∼24%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
28 fps ∼34% +44%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
36 fps ∼44% +86%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
16.8 fps ∼21% -13%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
21.2 fps ∼26% +9%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
54.3 fps ∼21%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
38.7 fps ∼15% -29%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
69.8 fps ∼27% +29%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
47.8 fps ∼19% -12%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
86.9 fps ∼34% +60%
1366x768 High / On, FXAA AA:2xMS (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
26 fps ∼12%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
23.2 fps ∼11% -11%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
40.2 fps ∼18% +55%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
25 fps ∼11% -4%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
53.9 fps ∼25% +107%
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
36.6 fps ∼61%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
27.7 fps ∼46% -24%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
43.8 fps ∼73% +20%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
34.4 fps ∼57% -6%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
42.1 fps ∼70% +15%
1366x768 High / On (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
22.5 fps ∼38%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
16.6 fps ∼28% -26%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
27.9 fps ∼47% +24%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
21.8 fps ∼36% -3%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
31.9 fps ∼53% +42%
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:4x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
33.8 fps ∼19%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
24.7 fps ∼14% -27%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
37 fps ∼21% +9%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
33 fps ∼18% -2%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
55.4 fps ∼31% +64%
1366x768 High Preset AF:16x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
25.6 fps ∼16%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
19.4 fps ∼12% -24%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
30.2 fps ∼19% +18%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
26 fps ∼16% +2%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
47.4 fps ∼29% +85%
Dishonored
1366x768 Medium / Off, FOV: 75 (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
56.4 fps ∼43%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
54.5 fps ∼42% -3%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
69 fps ∼53% +22%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
55.1 fps ∼42% -2%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
81.1 fps ∼62% +44%
1366x768 High / On, FOV: 75 AA:FX (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
49.3 fps ∼38%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
49.5 fps ∼38% 0%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
63.8 fps ∼49% +29%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
49.6 fps ∼38% +1%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
79.1 fps ∼61% +60%
Fifa 13
1366x768 Medium (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
174.5 fps ∼37%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
135.9 fps ∼29% -22%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
176 fps ∼38% +1%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
154 fps ∼33% -12%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
191.7 fps ∼41% +10%
1366x768 High AA:2xMS (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
143.2 fps ∼34%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
116.9 fps ∼28% -18%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
160 fps ∼38% +12%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
128 fps ∼30% -11%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
169.8 fps ∼40% +19%
Borderlands 2
1366x768 Medium / Off (PhysX low) (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
41 fps ∼29%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
40.3 fps ∼28% -2%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
55 fps ∼39% +34%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
40.4 fps ∼28% -1%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
61.1 fps ∼43% +49%
1366x768 High / On (PhysX low) AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
31.3 fps ∼23%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
27.7 fps ∼21% -12%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
40.6 fps ∼30% +30%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
30.5 fps ∼23% -3%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
48.4 fps ∼36% +55%
Guild Wars 2 - 1366x768 Best Appearance Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
26.4 fps ∼29%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
18.3 fps ∼20% -31%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
22.1 fps ∼24% -16%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
22.3 fps ∼24% -16%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
28.5 fps ∼31% +8%
Darksiders II - 1366x768 2/4 Shadows, No Ambient Occlusion, AA:Low (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
51.2 fps ∼18%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
38.4 fps ∼14% -25%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
58 fps ∼21% +13%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
48.9 fps ∼17% -4%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
92.1 fps ∼33% +80%
Max Payne 3
1366x768 Normal, DX10 (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
26.8 fps ∼30%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
29.3 fps ∼32% +9%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
34 fps ∼38% +27%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
35 fps ∼39% +31%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
31.2 fps ∼35% +16%
1366x768 High, DX11 AA:High FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
25.6 fps ∼30%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
10.1 fps ∼12% -61%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
18 fps ∼21% -30%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
28.5 fps ∼33% +11%
Dirt Showdown
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
44.3 fps ∼44%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
46.7 fps ∼46% +5%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
43 fps ∼42% -3%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
37.5 fps ∼37% -15%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
45.8 fps ∼45% +3%
1366x768 High Preset AA:2xMS (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
35.1 fps ∼39%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
28.6 fps ∼32% -19%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
39 fps ∼43% +11%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
33 fps ∼36% -6%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
39.1 fps ∼43% +11%
Diablo III
1366x768 Medium / low (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
57.4 fps ∼20%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
45.4 fps ∼16% -21%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG (1.0)
74 fps ∼26% +29%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG (1.02)
85 fps ∼30% +48%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
56 fps ∼20% -2%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
96.2 fps ∼34% +68%
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
49.3 fps ∼17%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
28.6 fps ∼10% -42%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG (1.0)
48 fps ∼17% -3%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG (1.02)
76 fps ∼27% +54%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
51 fps ∼18% +3%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
85.4 fps ∼30% +73%
Risen 2: Dark Waters
1366x768 Medium / off (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
30.3 fps ∼27%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
21.7 fps ∼19% -28%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
31.7 fps ∼28% +5%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
38 fps ∼33% +25%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
55.7 fps ∼49% +84%
1366x768 High / on AA:on AF:4x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
23 fps ∼25%
GeForce GT 630M / Core i7-2630QM
Schenker Xesia M501
17.2 fps ∼19% -25%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
25.7 fps ∼28% +12%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
22 fps ∼24% -4%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
40.6 fps ∼44% +77%
Anno 2070
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:on (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
50.4 fps ∼21%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
51 fps ∼21% +1%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
46 fps ∼19% -9%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
67.6 fps ∼28% +34%
1366x768 High Preset AA:on AF:2x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
31.4 fps ∼18%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
31 fps ∼18% -1%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
29 fps ∼17% -8%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
47.5 fps ∼27% +51%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
46.5 fps ∼28%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
42 fps ∼25% -10%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
44 fps ∼27% -5%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
61.2 fps ∼37% +32%
1366x768 High Preset AA:8x AF:8x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
32.4 fps ∼25%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
31 fps ∼24% -4%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
30 fps ∼23% -7%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
49.8 fps ∼39% +54%
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
1366x768 Normal, all on, SSAO: Low (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
79.8 fps ∼42%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
71 fps ∼38% -11%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
74.4 fps ∼40% -7%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
95.7 fps ∼51% +20%
1366x768 High, all on, Image Quality: Native AA:2x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
46.6 fps ∼25%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
51 fps ∼27% +9%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 15R-5521
45.7 fps ∼24% -2%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
78.1 fps ∼42% +68%
Battlefield 3
1366x768 medium AA:- AF:4x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
32.2 fps ∼21%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
34 fps ∼23% +6%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
32 fps ∼21% -1%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
40 fps ∼26% +24%
1366x768 high AA:- AF:16x (sort by value)
Radeon HD 8750M / Core i5-3210M
Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
25.5 fps ∼18%
GeForce GT 640M / Core i7-2637M
Acer Aspire M3-581TG
26 fps ∼18% +2%
Radeon HD 8730M / Core i5-3317U
Dell Inspiron 17R-5721
27 fps ∼19% +6%
Radeon HD 8870M / Core i7-3635QM
Samsung 770Z7E-S01DE
36.2 fps ∼25% +42%
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Specifications

Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8750M - 2048 MB, Core: 825 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 9.1.1.0, Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, 2x 4096 MB SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 2 slots
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AU Optronics B156XW04 V6 (AUO46EC), TN LED, Diagonal: 39.62 cm, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
Harddisk
Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 
5400 rpm
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm mini-jack port (headphones + microphone), Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC,
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 376 x 248 ( = 0.91 x 14.8 x 9.76 in)
Weight
2.03 kg ( = 71.61 oz) Power Supply: 234 g ( = 8.25 oz)
Battery
43 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells
Price
800 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 720p, Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, AC adapter: 60 watts, safety guide, Quick Start guide, Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, CyberLink PowerDVD 10, Microsoft Office Trial, Windows Essentials 2012, and more, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The 510R5E is a potent multimedia notebook...
The 510R5E is a potent multimedia notebook...
The two DDR3 RAM slots each contain $ GB dimms.
The two DDR3 RAM slots each contain 4096 MBytes.
The 5400 rpm 1 TB HDD.
The 1 TByte HDD rotates at 5400 rpm.
Next to the webcam is a microphone.
Next to the webcam is a microphone.
Not every 15-inch notebook provides a dedicated numeric keypad.
Not every 15 inch notebook provides a dedicated numeric keypad.
The Series 5 is known for its good manufacturing quality.
The Series 5 is known for its good manufacturing quality.
Illuminated elements have generally been omitted by Samsung.
Illuminated elements have generally been omitted by Samsung.
A chiclet keyboard with matte black keys.
A chiclet keyboard with matte black keys.
The tiny arrow keys are cause for criticism.
Merely the tiny arrow keys are cause for criticism.
Dual-core CPU + 28 nm GPU.
Dual-core CPU + 28 nm GPU.
The touchpad has ample dimensions.
The touchpad has ample dimensions.
There is hard-wired and wireless Ethernet connectivity.
There is hard-wired and wireless Ethernet connectivity.
In terms of the interfaces, the options are somewhat limited.
In terms of the interfaces the options are somewhat limited.
Altogether, there are three USB ports (1x USB 3.0).
Altogether there are three USB ports (1x USB 3.0).
The hard drive and RAM can easily be changed.
The hard drive and RAM can easily be changed.
The bottom of the case is dark compared to the other surfaces.
The bottom of the case is dark compared to the other surfaces.
There is no optical drive.
There is no optical drive.
...with a nice color scheme...
...with a nice color scheme...
...and generally looks classy.
...and generally looks classy.
Thanks to the matte surfaces, the case hardly gets dirty.
Thanks to the matte surfaces the case hardly gets dirty.
The 15-inch notebook isn't only pleasantly light (2 kilograms)...
The 15 inch notebook isn't only pleasantly light (2 kilograms)...
...but also surprisingly thin (23 millimeters).
...but also surprisingly thin (23 millimeters).
The maximum opening angle is average.
The maximum opening angle is average.
The lid and the palm rest are composed of metal.
The lid and the palm resting area are composed of metal.
The all-rounder makes an impression of luxury.
The all-rounder makes a luxurious impression.
Beneath the exterior, there are mid-range components.
Beneath the exterior there are mid-range components.
When it comes to the input devices, there is little cause for criticism.
When it comes to the input devices there is little cause for criticism.
Even a layman should be able to remove the maintenance panel.
Even a layman should be able to remove the maintenance panel.
The metal panels are textured.
The metal panels are covered with an engraved pattern.
It retails for about 800 Euros.
The retail price currently lies at about 800 Euros.
The small AC adapter only weights 234 grams.
The small AC adapter only weights 234 grams.

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Pro

+Thin and light case
+Excellent input devices
+Decent performance
+Compact AC adapter
+Good manufacturing quality
+Matte surfaces
+Stylish design
 

Cons

-Somewhat limited connectivity
-No keyboard backlight
-No optical drive
-Permanently integrated battery
-08/15 display

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What we liked

The luxurious, matte and very thin case.

What we'd like to see

A bright display with better colors and viewing angles.

What surprises us

That Samsung has not included an optical drive.

The competition

Other 15-inch all-round notebooks with an Ivy Bridge processor and a potent mid-range GPU for under 1000 Euros include; the Acer Aspire V3-571G (GT 730M), the Acer TimelineUltra M5-581TG (GT 640M), the Acer TravelMate P653 (GT 640M), the Dell Vostro 3560 (HD 7670M), the Dell Inspiron 15R-5521 (HD 8730M), the HP Envy m6-1101sg (HD 7670M), the Fujitsu Lifebook AH532 (GT 640M LE), the Medion Akoya P6815 (GT 650M), the MSI GE60 (GT 650M) or the Toshiba Satellite L850-153 (HD 7670M).

Rating

Samsung 510R5E-S01DE
03/25/2013 v3
Florian Glaser

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
70%
Weight
88%
Battery
83%
Display
72%
Games Performance
86%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
83%
Noise
84%
Add Points
84%
Average
83%
83%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review Samsung Series 5 510R5E Notebook
Author: Florian Glaser, 2013-03-31 (Update: 2013-06- 6)