Samsung RV510 review

A slightly underwhelming start to the year for Samsung with this offering

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Bright screen
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Ample storage


  • Basic performance
  • Flawed keyboard
  • Touchpad easy to brush

We have always been huge fans of Samsung's entry-level laptops, but unfortunately the RV510 failed to impress us quite as much as previous models have. This is largely due to its poor usability.

The large keyboard is spongy and slightly unresponsive, making it a little frustrating to type on. This is compounded by the fact that, like the HP Compaq Presario CQ56-111SA, the touchpad is easy to brush when typing, so make sure you try before you buy.

Nevertheless, the screen is very bright and produces vivid images which make the laptop great for viewing photos and films. The standard glossy Super-TFT screen coating is in place, but manages to suppress reflections in bright light well.

An attractive silver paint finish has been implemented and this contrasts nicely with the black screen bezel and mock-chrome mouse buttons to make this an aesthetically pleasing laptop.

Build quality is surprisingly good and at 2.4kg this is quite light. The 247 minutes of battery life is also useful for those who travel a lot and require a decent battery life.

The Intel Celeron T3500 processor isn't the most powerful and only beats the MSI CR630. Nevertheless, those with basic performance requirements and who are content with simply running office applications, checking their email and browsing the internet will find their needs catered for.

Those after more power for multi-tasking resource-intensive applications should consider the HP Compaq Presario CQ56-111SA.


Battery life: 247 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 158
3DMark 2003: 1555

Basic multimedia

The entry-level graphics card will allow you to run basic multimedia tasks only – but watching DVDs on the integrated drive and videos via the internet won't be a problem.

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Ample storage is provided courtesy of a 320GB hard drive and, unless you have huge music, photo and movie libraries, you are unlikely to fill it in a rush.

802.11n Wi-Fi provides the fastest wireless networking technology currently available, so you'll get impressive networking speeds when connecting to a router, and there are three USB ports for attaching peripherals, such as an external mouse or even an MP3 player for charging.

We always have high hopes for Samsung laptops, but the RV510 unfortunately just doesn't quite deliver, thanks to its irritating keyboard and mouse and performance that is a little underwhelming.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA X4500
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyRV
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelT3500
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.10 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height36.2 mm
Width379.8 mm
Depth255.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesRV
Product ModelRV510
Product NameRV510 Notebook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-RV510-A09UK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

If you like things that do what they're supposed to then you'll love the Samsung RV510 notebook. It's dependable working relentlessly and reliably, day in, day out and has all the essential features you need, without excess. So you can enjoy the latest mobile technology, like Geniune Windows 7 Home Premium and a practical 17-key numeric keypad plus a selection of useful tools to simplify everyday tasks and make your life easier like sharing information effortlessly and enjoying movies and games in brilliant high definition.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • RV510 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed800 MHz