Samsung SF310 review

Samsung's new thin and light is curvier than most, but can it marry performance and stamina with those seductive looks?

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The Samsung SF310 is a 13.3-inch 'thin and light' laptop, although at over 2kg the 'light' part may be pushing things a little. You do get a healthy chunk of components for your cash, though, not least of which is the Core i5 processor beating at its heart – specifically, the 460M running at 2.53GHz.

In turbo, you can expect this to hit 2.8GHz when the dual-core processor is put under pressure.

The Core i5-460M is a powerful processor, although the recent introduction of the next generation Core i5 chips under the Sandy Bridge codename conspire to make this feel dated already.

Samsung has equipped this chip with the right tools to do its job, though, with 4GB of DDR3 system memory (complete with a 64-bit OS to make the most of it) and a healthy 320GB providing plenty of storage space. You're even given the option of backing up to DVD if needed.

Wireless 802.11b/g/n networking comes as standard, and Samsung claims that the six-cell battery is good for nearly eight hours of use. Bluetooth 3.0 support makes an appearance in the SF310, along with a rather natty USB 2.0 port that can power your devices even when the machine is off (as long as you have power, of course).

The big star of the specification list has to be the discrete Nvidia GeForce 310M GPU, which packs 16 CUDA cores (DirectX 10.1 compatible) and 512MB of RAM to call its own.

This GPU supports Optimus too, which means the graphics engine is only used when needed – gaming and any 3D work – which in turn means means you get more out of the SF310's battery.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 310M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilySF
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-460M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.06 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height32.5 mm
Width331 mm
Depth235.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesSF
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelSF310
Product NameSF310 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-SF310-S02UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung SF310 notebook series delivers one-of-a-kind style and performance for those always on-the-go. And not only does its unique, slim and fluidic design set it apart, but its unrivalled performance - the state-of-the-art Intel Core i5 Processor , combined with a longer lasting battery, gives you the freedom to get out with the power to perform without the worry of where to recharge. So, if you want more than just an eye catching design, other features include the 14.0" high resolution, wide-screen, LED backlit display that will certainly satisfy your needs, delivering a visually stunning video-watching experience. Also, with its Fast Start feature, faster connectivity options, and lightweight casing, you'll quickly appreciate the perfect combination of portability and performance. So stay fashionable and trendy, without compromising on performance, with your SF series notebook.

Package Contents
  • SF310 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year