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 machine that offers as many positives when using it as it does negatives. It's a little too heavy to compete with the netbooks, but not quite punchy enough to deal with the full-size laptops. It's not awful, it just struggles to define a place in the overcrowded market.

We liked

The screen is bright and vivid, and the native resolution of 1,366 x 768 works well on the 13.3-inch LED panel, making for a great way to work and enjoy movies (although the vertical viewing angle is narrow, so you'll need to get the screen angle just right).

The sculpting of the chassis certainly puts it above its often drab peers; while the raw processing power on offer could put many a desktop machine to shame. The inclusion of Windows 7 64-bit is a definite positive too, making the most of the 4GB of RAM present.

We disliked

While Samsung has done a lot right with the SF310, there are enough little niggles in its design to prevent it being a must-buy piece of kit. The touchpad is simply horrible to use. The Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics core is uninspiring and the battery life doesn't do enough to make it stand out from the crowd.


The issues above, coupled with the high price tag and the recent release of the second generation of Core i5/i7 chips from Intel, seem to conspire to work against an otherwise beautiful and well thought-out laptop. Not a howler by any means, but just not good enough.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 310M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
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
Product ModelSF310
Product NameSF310 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-SF310-S02UK
Manufacturer Website Address
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