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Review Samsung X60

After long time we had the opportunity to test a notebook made by the manufacturer Samsung, the Samsung X60 with T2500 Core Duo processor and ATI X1600 video card. Whether this allround talent is good, you can learn on www.notebookcheck.com.

Case

A clear alignment and a sharp-edged design shape the appearance of the Samsung X60. An interrelation between silver and black, pleasant for the eye, is realized with a working surface of plastic and a chassis tub made of metal.

The case is very cleanly finished, the gap dimensions are inconspicuous and the surfaces seem to be of high-quality. Although the notebook is particularly thin, hardly a flexing can be recognized, and we could not determine crunching or a possible bending through of the case.
Even within sensitive areas like the DVD drive and the PCMCIA slot the X60 demonstrates an outstanding rigidity.

A nice design detail is the loading condition control by five small LEDs directly at the battery, which is activated by pressing of a key.

The hinges function precisely and hardly any wobbling can be observed. In contrast to the rest of the laptop the display is weak against torsions. Also the gap dimensions are not even.

The double hook catch seems to be ramshackle and does not close the display completely properly matching - a woobling of the display in closed condition is possible.

Concerning the connections it can be stated, that these are well distributed. LAN, VGA, s-video and 2x USB are concentrated around the left rear corner. Audio of haven, Firewire and modem are positioned at the left side where also the fan is implemented. At the right side is the DVD drive assembly and a further USB port. In addition the X60 offers a docking port at the bottom of the laptop.

connections at the front side
Schnittstellen
connections at the right side
connections at the left side
connections at the back

Input Devices

About the keyboard: This is very well suitable for intensive writing. A clear pressure point and a pleasant sound are caracteristic. Also the layout is very well: All keys have a very good size, especially the space bar and the enter key are sufficiently large designed.

Pressing the "Esc" and "F1" keys unpleasant pressure noises occurred.

Three auxiliary keys are offered for the operation of the AVStation Viewer (multimedia administrative software) and a Vol+ and a vol key. A WLAN-switch is positioned at the right side of the case.
The moreover a graphic feedback is diplayed at the screen when the volume is changed.

The touchpad responds and feels very well. Point of criticism: The frame of the touchpad has sharp edges. The touchpad keys can be used pleasantly. Only their clicking noise is too loud.

touchpad
keyboard

Display

colour diagram of the Samsung X60

The display seems particularly during the representation of images roughly. With more exact viewing a kind fine structure of strips becomes recognizable. Otherwise the colors of the 15.4"WSXGA display with 1680x1050 pixel resolution seems ok. Also the brightness with maximally 151.6 cd/m² is ok. The illumination of 77.2% is slightly below average.

The diagram of the color representation shows a perfect green and red curve, and unfortunately the already usual deviation of the blue curve with resulting warm image representation.

Concerning the susceptibility for the creation of streaks we could determine a value slightly below average with reached level 5 with the Pixperan readability test.

On the one hand the point of view stability is moderate. There can be observed clarifications and a darkening of colors in the vertical range and massive mirroring with horizontal viewing angles.

117.0
cd/m²
130.6
cd/m²
119.3
cd/m²
129.8
cd/m²
139.8
cd/m²
132.1
cd/m²
141.5
cd/m²
143.7
cd/m²
151.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 151.6 cd/m²
Average: 133.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %

The stability of viewing angles of the display is to be called mediocre. On the one hand the colours become brighter or darker with changes of vertical angles and on the other hand a considerable mirroring can be observerd with changes of horizontal angles.

stability of the viewing angle

Performance

The T2500 processor shows good values in office applications. In addition, the combination of ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 512 hyper-memory (256 MB VRam + 256 MB RAM) is not to be despised in 3D applications.

benchmark comparison 3DMark06
benchmark comparison
benchmark comparison PCMark05
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE19098 points
3DMark 037294 points
3DMark 054005 points
3DMark 06
 
1828 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Sony Vaio VGN-FS485B (min)
 740, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900
54
   ...
Acer Iconia
 480M, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
1813
Dell Studio 15
 T8300, Mobility Radeon HD 3450
1823
Samsung X60 NP-X60TV01
 T2500, Mobility Radeon X1600
1828
Samsung X60 Pro Boxxer
 T7400, Mobility Radeon X1700
1829
Asus A6Ja-Q001H
 T2300, Mobility Radeon X1600
1830
   ...
Clevo Clevo P157SM (max)
 4930MX, GeForce GTX 880M
29955
PC Mark
PCMark 046075 points
PCMark 054157 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Sony Vaio VGN-BZ26M
 T7250, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
4123
Toshiba Qosmio G30
 T2600, GeForce Go 7600
4145
Samsung X60 NP-X60TV01
 T2500, Mobility Radeon X1600
4157
Dell Inspiron 1750
 T4200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
4164
Asus Pro31S
 T7250, GeForce 8400M G
4201
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
100 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 20.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 38.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 31.1 MB/s
Access Time: 17.7 ms
Burst Rate: 78.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.8 %

Emissions

Warmth

Remarkable was the increase of temperatures of the metal tub at the bottom, while the surface with keyboard and touchpad did hardly heat up.

temperatures at the top side
temperatures at the bottom
diagram noise ambience

Volume

Despite the constant running of the fan also without any load with a noise of 35.3 dB, the notebook is not unpleasantly loud. With load the maximum of  41.2 dB is quite moderate. The DVD drive assembly is quite acceptable with a playback volume of 35.8 dB. Remarkably however a substantially higher noise was during the rendition of music CD's.

Loudspeaker

A quite good sound and sufficient basses are to be attributed to the boxes of the Samsung X60. Also the maximum volume is more than sufficient. Amazing was the much louder noise while a playback of music CDs.

Battery Runtime

Those determined runtimes of the X60 with 5200 mAh battery are quite acceptable. Particularly the maximum runtime of more than three hours is remarkable, whereby it must be considered, that the then necessary minimum display brightness is only sufficient for reading during moderate environment lighting.

Battery Eater Readers test - corresponds about the maximum runtime
(min. brightness, WLAN off, current savings functions)
achieved battery runtime: 3h 5min

Battery Eater Classic test - corresponds about the minimum runtime
(all max., WLAN etc.)
achieved battery runtime: 1h 15min

DVD playback

(max. brightness, WLan off, current saving on)
achieved battery runtime: 1h 47min

current consumption

minimum (all off or at minimum): 22.0 Watts
idle (max. brightness): 31.2 Watts
maximum (full load inkl. WLAN): 59.1 Watts

Verdict

Samsung X60

Excellent performance data in office applications and, in addition, very good values with 3D benchmark tests distinguish the Samsung X60 with its Core Duo T2500 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 video card.

Furthermore are the good quality of workmanship and the durable compact construction of the notebook to be mentioned.

Also the input devices, in particular the keyboard could convince completely.

The display is easy to survey owing to the high resolution, but however is weak with the point of view stability and also with the refinement and sharpness.

Altogether the Samsung X60 results throughout positively. The laptop is especially suitable for office applications with high requirements at the input devices and arithmetic performance, but also for some computer games.

tested: the Samsung X60

Specifications

Specifications

Samsung X60 NP-X60TV01
Processor
Intel Core Duo T2500 2 GHz (Intel Core Duo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
, DDR2, PC4300, 533Mhz, max. 4096MB, 2x512MB
Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1680x1050 pixel, WSXGA Glare TFT Display, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel 945PM
Harddisk
100 GB - 5400 rpm, 100 GB 
5400 rpm Fujitsu MHV2100BH: 100GB, 5400rpm
Connections
3x USB 2.0 Port, 1 x RJ-45 Buchse für LAN, 1 x RJ-11 Buchse für Modem, VGA out, S-Video, 1x PCMCIA Adapter, Kensington Lock, MicIn, Headphones/LineOut, Firewire, Docking Port
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33 x 361 x 265 ( = 1.3 x 14.21 x 10.43 in)
Weight
2.55 kg ( = 89.95 oz) ( = 0 oz)
Battery
, 5200mAh Lithium-Ionen
Additional features
HDD: 100GB, 5400rpm, Fujitsu MHV2100BH, Soundmax HD Audio, DVD+/-RW (Double Layer) Laufwerk Teak DV-W28EA,

 

[+] compare
The Samsung X60...
Core Duo T2500 processor and ATI X1600 video card grant good performance.
An exact examination reveals stripes on the display.
In addition to the very good keyboard the X60 offers some additional keys, which are more or less useful.
The most important connections are combined well.
Nice gadget: LED for battery charge condition directly at the battery.
The notebook does not only look well, but is processed excellently.
...and a straight design.
...because of its slim case...
...pleases principally...
The 5200 mAh battery suministrates sufficient power for mobile usage.

Pro

  • good workmanship
  • the case is stiff against torsions
  • valuable materials
  • very good keyboard
  • light weight
  • good performance data
  • good loudspeakers
  • Contra

  • mediocre stability of viewing angles of the display
  • rough display image
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    Rating

    Samsung X60 NP-X60TV01
    08/31/2007
    Josef Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    92%
    Keyboard
    90%
    Pointing Device
    90%
    Connectivity
    84%
    Weight
    82%
    Battery
    74%
    Display
    72%
    Games Performance
    94%
    Application Performance
    95%
    Temperature
    82%
    Noise
    70%
    Add Points
    96%
    Average
    85%
    85%
    Multimedia *
    Weighted Average
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    Author: Josef Simon Leitner, 2006-08- 5 (Update: 2013-05- 8)