Samsung N510 review
The Atom and Ion netbook combination is a success, and this is a solid, though dear, first attempt
Review Date: 29 Sep 2009
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £332 (£382 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
That 11.6in display is also impressive. Its matte finish keeps distracting reflections at bay, and the 1,366 x 768 resolution is generous by netbook standards. Quality isn't stunning, with slightly weak contrast leaving colours and skintones looking washed out, and narrow viewing angles occasionally give cause for aggravation, but it's bright by netbook standards and good enough for all but the most colour-critical applications.
There's precious little wrong with the keyboard. The keys have a firm, positive feel, and we quickly found ourselves touch-typing away without a care in the world. We still don't understand why Samsung insists on moving the Windows key over to the right-hand side of the space bar on some of its laptops, but it's something most people should quickly become used to.
The final hurdle is that of battery life, and even here the N510 triumphs, achieving 6hrs 30mins in our light-use test. It might not be up the N110's lofty standards, but even though it dwindles to 3hrs 44mins under intense use, it's more than enough for all but the longest of jaunts away from home.
Intel's Atom processor is never going to power a gaming speed-demon, then, but Nvidia's Ion LE is enough to hoist Samsung's N510 well above the average netbook. It inevitably comes at extra cost, but with a 1,366 x 768 display and decent media abilities, the N510 is a netbook that will entertain you as no other will.
Author: Sasha Muller
Put a 2GHz Atom in it and add another 1GB of RAM and it would be a great netbook. Unfortunately Intel don't allow that do they. Sigh.
By ukdm09 on 29 Sep 2009
2GB is OK
The 1GB can be replaced with a 2GB module.
Not certain but out of the box 2GB may be an option.
By simmotech on 30 Sep 2009
Still no HSDPA?
I know they can do it since there's a HSDPA version of the NC10 available from a few online stored like Dabs.
By simbr on 1 Oct 2009
11 inch display?
10 inch displays should be the standard for netbooks.
Any larger and we have a laptop.
The ASUS 1005HA may be small… really small but do not underestimate the power of 802.11G, 2 logical CPU’s and Windows XP Home in a 1.1Kg package!
I even figured out how to overclock my netbook.
I ran some benchmarks and give more detail in this review: http://bit.ly/44CHFm
By rgathright on 2 Oct 2009
Is this going to be available in the UK with Windows 7 when it's out? I know they're holding off release in the US - I just hope we get it too.
By Mattallyc on 8 Oct 2009
Does this have a silver impregnated keyboard like the NC10 or have they dropped that now?
By simbr on 14 Oct 2009
Any news on Win7 version as per Mattallyc request?
Also does it have any competitors yet ie any other netbook with nvida or other graphics chip ?
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