Review Samsung X65 Bekumar Notebook

Business by Sam-Sung Even if Samsung advertises the X65 as business notebook, the good equipment with Geforce 8600M GS with GDDR3 memory might also make this notebook interesting for multimedia enthusiasts. Also the beautiful design and the high quality of workmanship of this notebook bear comparison with competitor notebooks.

Samsung X65 Bekumar Logo

Case

The lately reviewed Samsung R70 was so to speak an outlier of the classical Samsung design line. However, the X65 is again a prime example of the well-known design philosophy of Samsung. The case is flat like a fluke and the used forms are without example straight.

The color choice, i.e., black trough, silver palm rest areas, and silver display cover (both made of magnesium alloy) appears very dignified and is a clear contrast to the plastic charm of some other business notebooks by other manufacturers.

The Samsung X65 also proves that a special flat design needs not necessarily cause weaknesses regarding robustness and flexural rigidity. Although the case  can be slightly deformed under pressure, this notebook's flexural rigidity is excellent.

If you scrutinize the base unit, you'll discover that the trough is made of aluminum, which contributes to the good stability of the case. Not only the base unit, also the relatively flat display scores points regarding stability.

Both hinges appear to be a little too small, but, they allow a comfortable and precise adjusting of the opening angle, however, they also allow a slight see-saw. The ramshorn hook works excellent, it fixes the display nearly completely tight, if closed.

The interfaces of the notebook are relatively reasonable distributed around the whole case. Ports, which are likely permanently in use, like LAN, and also 2 USB ports are located at the back side, so, helping to keep the sides free of cable spaghetti. We were very pleased to find a HDMI port among the provided interfaces. It makes the Samsung X65 absolutely fit for the digital future. Also the docking port, an obligatory interface for business notebooks, is provided by the X65.

Front Side: Cardreader
Samsung X65 Bekumar Interfaces
Left Side: VGA-Out, Fan, Modem, Firewire, Audio, PCCard
Samsung X65 Bekumar Interfaces
Back Side: Power Connector, Battery, 2xUSB, LAN, Kensington Lock
Samsung X65 Bekumar Interfaces
Right Side: USB, DVD Drive, HDMI Port
Samsung X65 Bekumar Interfaces

Input Devices

The X65 also fulfills the expectation in business notebooks of high-quality input devices. The geometric keyboard which appears a little edgy soon proves to be very user-friendly after writing some lines.

Typing is characterized by a  clear, but, comfortable point of pressure followed by a somewhat short travel, and a solid, by no means abrupt stop at the end of the typing process. Also the dull typing noise could convince.
The keyboard's layout looks a little dense, but, in practice we could not find any disadvantages. Also the size of the keys is alright.

The touch pad does not only look good, it is also very user-friendly. Especially the rough surface with good sliding properties makes using the X65's touch pad joyful. Both of its buttons can be softly pressed, although their travel is not especially long, and their clicking sound is also alright.

For the benefit of a decent and straight design all hot keys were missed out. All of the function, from WLAN to brightness and volume adjustment can be controlled by a combination of FN with another key of the standard keyboard. Visualized by a felicitous graphic, the user is  all the time kept informed what happens.

Touch pad
Samsung X65 Bekumar Touch pad
Keyboard
Samsung X65 Bekumar Keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
Display Measurement

Getting straight to the point the requirements in business notebook's panels, i.e. matte display surface and, furthermore, suitable and high resolution are fulfilled by the provided panel.
The 15.4 inch WSXGA+ panel with a resolution of 1680x1050 pixels provides a sufficient big area of operation with still good font size.

The name "Superbright LCD" sounds promising, but, this is not proved by our measurements. The rather moderate brightness at the left display area is already obvious without measurement, even, if it is by all means sufficient for indoor usage and does not limit the usability there.

The maximum brightness of 160.8 cd/m² was measured in the center of the display. The moderate illumination of only 68.7% is mainly caused by the diminishing brightness at the left side of the display. Also the average brightness of 133.8 cd/m² is rather below-average.

110.5
cd/m²
136.9
cd/m²
123.9
cd/m²
115.9
cd/m²
132.9
cd/m²
122.6
cd/m²
148.7
cd/m²
160.8
cd/m²
151.9
cd/m²
Information
Maximum: 160.8 cd/m²
Average: 133.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 69 %
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 443:1
Distribution of brightness

The very low black value of the display (minimum representable brightness) of only 0.3 cd/m² contributes to an excellent contrast of 536:1. There are no anomalies regarding speed of reaction.

Samsung X65 Bekumar Outdoors
Samsung X65 Bekumar Outdoor

During outdoor operation on a sunny day, the low brightness proves to be a weakness of the provided display. Despite of maximum brightness and matte display, the display is hardly legible, so, working outdoors is impossible. We recommend to use this notebook indoors in moderately bright environments.

Besides of slight color changes vertically and an increasing darkening when looking from bottom up, the picture stays even at acute angles well legible, if the environment is not too bright. All together, the built-in WSXGA+ panel scores alright regarding viewing angles.

Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles
Samsung X65 Viewing Angles



Video of Display's Viewing Angles

Performance

Positioned as high-performance business notebook the Samsung X65 clearly differs to notebooks of competitors. Despite of being equipped with a slimmed down and CAD optimized video card, the X65 comes with a classical multimedia video card, which might nearly suggest some gaming ambitions.

The multimedia performance of the built-in NVIDIA Geforce 8600M GS is alright. Despite of GDDR3 VRAM, our comparison uncovered that its rating is only at the level of other notebooks with 8600M GS video chip and DDR2 memory.

Combined with Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU with 2.2 GHz the Samsung X65 provides very good multimedia and application performance, so, it's very versatile. Possible applications range from calculation-intensive office tasks up to 3D applications and games.

The provided hardware is completed by a 160GB hard disk with 5.400 revs/min and 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 main memory as base equipment. The access time of the hard disk is sightly above-average. In return it is very quiet and does not crackle in any way.

Further information about the video card can be found  here or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core 2 Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE21027 points
3DMark 037993 points
3DMark 054894 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
2507 points
Help
3DMark 06 in comparison
Asus Eee PC 1101HA (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
68
   ...
Lenovo IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE
 B960, HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
2495
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E335 NZT5YGE 33555YG
 E2-1800, Radeon HD 7340
2502
Samsung X65 Bekumar
 T7500, GeForce 8600M GS
2507
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG
 B950, HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
2509
HP 655 B6M65EA
 E2-1800, Radeon HD 7340
2512
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
29496
PC Mark
PCMark 055051 points
Help
PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
Asus U6S
 T8300, GeForce 9300M G
5037
Toshiba Satellite Pro L670-170
 350M, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
5042
Samsung X65 Bekumar
 T7500, GeForce 8600M GS
5051
HP ProBook 6555b
 N830, Radeon HD 4250
5054
Medion P7615
 330M, GeForce GT 330M
5060
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
160 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 14 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 63.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 51.7 MB/s
Access Time: 21.2 ms
Burst Rate: 85.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.8 %
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024x768highest, 0xAA, 0xAF363.6 fps
Doom 3
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024x768Ultra, 0xAA, 0xAF71.8 fps
 800x600High, 0xAA, 0xAF107 fps
 640x480Medium, 0xAA, 0xAF140.4 fps
 640x480Low, 0xAA, 0xAF140.2 fps
F.E.A.R.
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024x768GPU: max, CPU: max, 0xAA, 0xAF68 fps
 800x600GPU medium, CPU medium, 0xAA, 0xAF80 fps
 640x480GPU min, CPU min, 0xAA, 0xAF368 fps
Command and Conquer III
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1440x900high30 fps
 1280x800high30 fps
 1024x768high30 fps
 800x600high30 fps
Supreme Commander
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1600x900high15 fps
 1600x1024high12 fps
 1680x1050high10 fps
 1280x1024high15 fps
 1152x864high20 fps
 1024x768high20 fps

Emissions

Loudness

Despite brilliant performance and slim case the noise of the Samsung X65 does never disturb. Although the fan mostly also runs in idle mode, its noise level of 35.8 dB is alright.

Under load the Samsung X65 gets clearly louder, but, overall the dull noise is still not annoying, though a maximum of 44.5 dB is reached.

Regarding noise, we were especially pleased by the hard disk, which works nearly utterly quiet.

Noise Level

Idle 34.4 / 34.4 / 35.8 dB(A)
HDD 34.4 dB(A)
DVD 36.1 / dB(A)
Load 44.5 / 44.5 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Also the surface temperature of this notebooks stays at the top side and and the bottom side acceptable. Maxima of 36.2°C on the top side and 38.5°C on the bottom side are alright.
Besides a good fan control and performance management also the aluminum base unit has a positive affect on the emitted heat.

Max. Load
 36.2 °C33.8 °C29.6 °C 
 35.3 °C34.2 °C29.7 °C 
 28.7 °C34.2 °C30.1 °C 
 
29.9 °C33.0 °C35.8 °C
31.8 °C33.8 °C38.5 °C
35.9 °C35.1 °C34.2 °C
Maximum: 36.2 °C
Average: 32.4 °C
 Maximum: 38.5 °C
Average: 34.2 °C
Room Temperature 21.0 °C

Speakers

The speakers are hidden under a finely perforated cover above the keyboard. Their sound is clear and audible. The maximum volume is alright, whereas the sound stays clear.

The audio output of the 3.5mm stereo port is not accompanied by any noticeable ambient noises. Digital sound is with a proper adapter available at the provided HDMI port.

Battery Runtime

The 5200 mAh battery at the X65's back side provides proper battery runtime - at least without load. The maximum battery runtime of Samsung X65  is above 4 hours, which is a good value.

Under load the powerful hardware empties the battery in little more than one hours.

The runtime during DVD playback of somewhat above 2 hours at maximum brightness is alright.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 10min
DVD
2h 08min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 10min

Verdict

In total the Samsung X65 (Pro) with sorbriquet "Bekumar", is a successful multimedia-business notebook.

The case convinces by well worked up and high-quality materials, which appear to be robust. Also regarding design there is nothing left to be desired.

The input devices are very comfortable in use and fit for extensive typing and also for the one or other game. For mobile use the notebook provides a user-friendly touch pad.

Also regarding performance the Samsung X65 rates rather passable. The built-in Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor with 2.2 GHz and Geforce 8600M GS with GDDR3 video memory essentially contribute to the good performance.  Even the one or other game is with some smaller restrictions no problem for the Samsung X65.

The emissions are in total alright. It is very quiet with office applications, and clearly more audible under load, e.g., with games and 3D applications. The surface temperature stays always alright.

Finally the 5200 mAh battery of the notebook provides sufficient runtime for proper mobility. The battery runtime of the X65 ranges from about 1 hour up to 4 hours.

Samsung X65 (Pro) "Bekumar"
Samsung X65 (Pro) "Bekumar"

 

Many thanks to the company Notebook-Shop.de, which kindly provided us with the reviewed notebook. Here you can configure and also buy this notebook.

Reviewed: Samsung X65 "Bekumar", provided by:
Samsung X65

Specifications

Samsung X65 Bekumar

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel PM965
:: Memory
2048 MB, PC5300 DDR2 RAM, 667MHz, 2x1024MB, max 4096MB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS - 256 MB, Core: 500 MHz, Memory: 700 MHz, GDDR3 VRAM
:: Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 1680x1050 pixel, SuperBright LCD, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
160 GB - 5400 rpm, 160 GB 5400 rpm Samsung HM160HI
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC262 HD Audio
:: Connections
1 PC-Card, 3 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 56 Kbps/V.92 Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Card Reader: 6in1 (Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD, XD, MMC, HighSpeed MMC),
:: Networking
10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (a b g n ), v2.0 + EDR Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp DVD-RAM DVD +/-R TS-L632M LightScribe
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 34 x 361 x 265
:: Weight
2.52 kg Power Supply: 0.52 kg
:: Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5200mAh, 11.1V
:: Price
1500 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Samsung Tools, Cyberlink DVD Solution, Play AVStation, McAfee Virus Scan, 24 Months Warranty, Fingerprint Reader, TPM 1.2

 

Of course also the docking port, a requirement for business notebooks, is provided.
Samsung X65 Becumar Image
The input devices, especially the keyboard, are user-friendly.
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The high-resolution WSXGA panel provides good overview, but, its brightness could be better.
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The Samsung X65 Becumar provides a good multimedia equipment...
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...by Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU and Geforce 8600M GS.
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Still, the noise level of the fan is low in idle mode,...
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...and the surfaces also get only slightly warmer.
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The sound of the well hidden speakers is also alright.
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The maximum battery runtime is 4 hours, but, under load it is only about one hour.
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The Samsung X65 with sobriquet "Bekumar"...
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...is a business-multimedia notebook in typical Samsung look.
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The most apparent indication is the straight, linear design,...
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...but, also the especially flat construction of the case.
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Also the color choice pleases.
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High quality materials like aluminum and magnesium...
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...guarantee good stability and robustness,...
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...despite of a very low weight of 2.5 kg.
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The provided interfaces are distributed around the case.
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A special highlight in this aspect is the provided HDMI port.
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Pro

  • User-friendly keyboard
  • Matte display with high resolution
  • Good performance
  • Low to acceptable emissions
  • Adequate battery runtime
  • Decent design
  • Good workmanship
  • High-quality materials (magnesium, aluminum)
  • Flat, elegant case, low weight
  • HDMI and docking port
  • Contra

  • Display's moderate brightness and illumination
  • Not adequate for outdoor usage
  • Rating

    Samsung X65 Bekumar
    10/01/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    90%
    Keyboard
    90%
    Pointing Device
    86%
    Connectivity
    86%
    Weight
    82%
    Battery
    73%
    Display
    80%
    Games Performance
    90%
    Application Performance
    98%
    Temperature
    79%
    Noise
    78%
    Add Points
    94%
    Average
    86%
    86%
    Multimedia *
    Weighted Average

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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-10-16 (Update: 2013-05- 8)