Samsung RC510 review

Nvidia's Optimus boosts this well-priced 15-incher

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3DMark 03: 10026
3DMark 05: 6996
3DMark 06: 3586
Battery Life: 3hrs 30m

We've already stated that Intel's Core i3 is very good, but let us state it once more: it's very good. Very. Coupled with the 6GB RAM on offer, the RC510 is a pretty slick and flawless system in terms of desktop performance, pounding through every test we put in front of it.

That nippiness is particularly notable if you're jumping from a lesser system – there's a level of instant gratification that really stands out.

This is doubled when you consider the Nvidia Optimus tech built in, which includes CUDA technology that looks after things like video encoding. The few weak spots of the 2.53GHz processor – namely its ability to grind through super-heavy calculation tasks at speed – are made up for by the graphics card taking some of the slack. And that's a great thing.

The world won't be lit on fire, but that graphics card means some pretty good gaming performance. It's a league away from its desktop brethren, but we can see the truth in Nvidia's claim that the 315M is ten times faster than Intel's integrated graphics – at least as long as you ignore the new fangled GMA3000 chipset, which marks a big shift.

You'll be able to play just about anything to an adequate level. It's probably not worth buying this to run Crysis 2 at full detail, but most other games should be fine.

The RC510 is missing a few things that might have made it a better machine, though. Its screen lacks resolution, for a start. A step up on the panel would've made this feel a lot more luxurious – 1366 x 768 isn't fine enough for our tastes.

And for all the Optimus' power savings, we'd have liked a slightly bigger battery. Three and a half hours just doesn't cut it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 315M, HD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyRC
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-380M
ColourBlack, Silver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.56 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height35.1 mm
Width381.7 mm
Depth256.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesRC
Product ModelRC510
Product NameRC510 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-RC510-S03UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Imagine a world that is brighter, sharper and filled with naturally vibrant color - and that's what you get with the Samsung RC510 notebook. Its 15.6" HD display boasts an exceptional 300nit brightness, so images just burst into life. And that even includes the videoclips that you can record and play using the integrated 1.3M (HD) webcam! It delivers incredibly clear and natural images that span right across the widescreen, so you can see even more of what going on. You can also enjoy effortless multi-tasking and great family entertainment with a choice of the latest Intel Core i3 Processor, as well as genuine Windows 7 Home and a NVIDIA Optimus graphics card, which dynamically allocate resources where they're needed most. And with its stylish matt metallic casing and Island keyboard the RC510 guaranteed to look good anywhere.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • RC510 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year