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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|3DMark 2001SE Standard||19098 points|
|3DMark 03 Standard||7294 points|
|3DMark 05 Standard||4005 points|
|3DMark 06||1828 points|
|PCMark 04 Standard||6075 points|
|PCMark 05 Standard||4157 points|
Remarkable was the increase of temperatures of the metal tub at the bottom, while the surface with keyboard and touchpad did hardly heat up.
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.
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.
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
(max. brightness, WLan off, current saving on)
achieved battery runtime: 1h 47min
minimum (all off or at minimum): 22.0 Watts
idle (max. brightness): 31.2 Watts
maximum (full load inkl. WLAN): 59.1 Watts
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.