Samsung SF310 review

  • £750

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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Product features

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

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For

  • Subtle yet pleasing design
  • Powerful processor performance
  • Discrete, efficient graphics core
  • Decent storage

Against

  • Horrible touchpad
  • Graphics aren't powerful enough
  • Uninspiring battery life
  • High price tag

Any new thin and light weighing in at £750 has a lot to prove in a crowded market. It needs to stand out stylistically, yet still offer strong value for money.

It's not an easy task, because on one side you'll find Apple's impossibly thin MacBook Air redefining style, while on the other you have the ever-expanding glut of netbooks, typified by the likes of Samsung's own N230 proving that a little cash can go an incredibly long way if the right components are used.

What hope is there for the likes of the SF310 then? What can it do to raise more than a passing interest?

First impressions are positive – a run-down of the components list used in the Samsung SF310 will placate the techno savvy.

The presence of an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia discrete graphics, LED screen and good storage options all quickly put to bed any notion that this is a trumped-up netbook. No, the Samsung SF310 is a fully fledged laptop, and it just so happens to be wrapped up in a delightly designed shell.

The sculpted curves on displays may not be quite to Apple's Macbook Air levels, but this is a machine that celebrities won't be embarrassed to be seen holding.

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