Samsung N510 review

  • £399

Samsung brings the Nvidia Ion to the masses

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Our Verdict

The first ultraportable to include Nvidia's Ion technology doesn't dissapoint. It's fast, highly portable and has a nice interface to work with

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Ion graphics
  • Great keyboard
  • Good battery power
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Intel Atom

The Samsung N510 is the first Nvidia Ion-powered netbook to hit UK shores.

Along with its great design and usability, the machine provides the kind of graphical power normally associated with much larger laptops.

The 11.6-inch screen is excellent. Colour vibrancy and image detail are top-notch, helped by a sharp 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. There's also no Super-TFT coating, so no distracting reflections in bright light conditions.

Build quality is excellent, with robust plastics used to good effect, ensuring durability on the road. The shiny lid quickly attracts fingerprints and grime, however.

Samsung netbook keyboards are generally exceptional – a trend continued here – and it's one of the most comfortable keyboards we've used on a netbook.

Ion power

Nvidia's Ion technology is used and enables the machine to use a powerful Nvidia GeForce 9400M GPU to produce significantly more 3D power than the average netbook. This means you can run multimedia applications such as video editing suites and even basic games.

Processing power remains firmly in the Intel Atom remit, however, so you won't be multi-tasking these applications, although running office programs concurrently won't be an issue.

Portability is good, with the machine weighing 1.4kg. Despite the powerful components, the battery lasts an impressive 318 minutes.

802.11n Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet provide the capability for wireless and wired networking. HDMI and VGA ports let you connect digital and analogue external monitors, and three USB ports provide plenty of space for peripherals.

The Samsung N510 has set a new benchmark in netbook performance and, combined with its excellent build quality and usability, makes a truly compelling choice for those after a powerful and portable netbook.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 9400M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time7.50 Hour
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyN
Processor ModelN280
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.46 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Gold
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 128 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height30 mm
Width289 mm
Depth200 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesN
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelN510
Product NameN510 Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-N510-KA02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • N510 Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed667 MHz