Samsung RC710 review

  • £811

A great home option for getting online as well as enjoying your media

TODO alt text

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

View full specification

For

  • Good office performance
  • Sharp and vibrant screen
  • Decent graphics performance
  • Good usability

Against

  • Not very portable
  • Webcam not good with motion

The Samsung RC710 is a large family laptop and an excellent option for staying connected online.

802.11n Wi-Fi is supported for connecting to wireless networks, which is currently the fastest wireless networking standard available. If you have Wi-Fi at home, you can enjoy superfast networking speeds on your favourite social networking sites. If you don't have Wi-Fi, you can use Gigabit Ethernet to connect to the internet via a cable instead.

Although this laptop opts for a previous generation Intel Core i5 480M processor instead of the latest Sandy Bridge technology, there's still enough power for all the family to run their applications. You can comfortably multi-task with creative applications, media players and other software, with no noticeable slowdown. The 6144MB of memory helps considerably.

Dedicated graphics

Multimedia performance is also good, thanks to the dedicated Nvidia GeForce 315M graphics card, which provides similar power to the Packard Bell EasyNote TS13-HR-035 and Sony VAIO VPC-CA1S1E/G. If you want to edit video or photos for posting online or sending to friends, the Samsung can manage it with gusto. However, if anyone in your family is a gamer, they'll be better served by the Dell Inspiron 15R.

The Nvidia GPU features Optimus technology, which automatically shuts the graphics card off when not in use. This conserves battery power, although you'll only get 237 minutes of life on the move, less than the Dell Inspiron 15R and Packard Bell.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 237 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 257
3DMark 2003: 10,228

It's also one of the heavier machines here, weighing in at 3.1kg, so is best suited to home use.

The integrated high-definition (HD) webcam is as sharp, and is great for chatting online or capturing any exciting monologues for uploading to YouTube. Be warned that there's a fair bit of motion blur, which restricts your movements while recording.

As well as shooting HD movies, you can also watch them using the built-in Blu-ray drive. The 17.3-inch display is a superb way of consuming your media, with a sharp 1600 X 900-pixel resolution and vibrant Super-TFT coating.

Whether you're instant messaging or bashing out a novel, frequent typists will like the full-sized isolation-style keyboard featuring a separate numeric keypad. It's comfortable to use over extended periods, while the sensitive touchpad is also good.

Samsung rc710

If you need a laptop for getting online, enjoying your media and staying in touch with friends and family, the RC710 is a great option, though best kept at home, thanks to the bulky build and limited battery life.

Follow TechRadar Reviews on Twitter: http://twitter.com/techradarreview

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity640 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 330M, HD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyRC
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-480M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.66 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.94 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuperBright Gloss
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height35.6 mm
Width419.8 mm
Depth276.1 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesRC
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelRC710
Product NameRC710 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-RC710-S02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung RC710 transforms your world with its outstanding visual performance. An ultra bright 17.3" HD+ LED display produces the sharpest images and boldest, true to life colors, with an outstanding 280nit brightness. And a built-in 1.3M (HD) webcam means that you can record and play high resolution, widescreen video clips. Its sleek and rugged metallic matt chassis is accentuated by a stylish Island keyboard that not only looks great, but also makes typing much more comfortable and error-free. Plus you can choose to have the latest high performance Intel CoreTM i5/i3 Processor, as well as genuine Windows 7 Home and a NVIDIA Optimus graphics card, which dynamically allocate power where it's needed most for outstanding family entertainment. So with the RC710 it's easy to get things done fast.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Package Contents
  • RC710 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year