The Samsung has been a less popular brand in the area of the notebooks in US where quality conscious customers prefer Sony ( Decent quality for $100 to $200 extra) or Apple ( Way expensive and therefore avoidable). And then, we have Toshiba, HP, Dell and Lenovo, Gateway and Asus brands. For a given price range the number of the notebooks available are myriad making it difficult for the customers to choose a particular brand or a model.
The best course of action for a customer will be to look for available models available in a price range and read the reviews including, most importantly processor, display, graphics, availability of inbuilt camera and whether it offers a DVD or a Blu Ray player. There are few things that are offered almost universally in all notebooks and possible does not need an in depth check. These include the USB, wired and wireless internet ( yes almost all notebooks now a days come with wireless internet). Of course, you may also like to check availability of HDMI port, if that concerns you and the battery life if you plan to use your notebook a lot without power supply.
There are few things special about the Samsung SF510-A01, that makes it part of the reason we chose to review it. The Samsung SF510-A01 is available at bestbuy for a decent price of $629.99 at the time of writing. If the core i3-370M processor ( it is 2.4 GHz, 2 core, 3 MB Cache), 4 GB DDR3 RAM and, Intel Wireless Display, Embedded 4G WiMAX along with inbuilt camera and 500 GB hard disk looks attractive, you may like to rush to best buy – it is probably a decent deal for the price it is offered. For more details read on.
Samsung SF510-A01 Pros
– Top of the line core i3 processor core i3-370M
– In Built Intel WiDi ( Wireless Display)
– Embedded WiMax
– Good price to performance
– 7 Hours of battery Life
Samsung SF510-A01 Cons
– The screen resolution is only 1,366×768
– Do you rely on Samsung Brand
– Speakers not great
– No Bluetooth
The Look, Style and Keyboard
White and cream colors have started to become the synonym of the stylish look ( remember Apple and Sony Viao), but Samsung SF510-A01’s cream color gives a out a cool look that you will really appreciate. The curvy edges and glossy finish that further adds to its charm, if you care for its “looks”.
Inside, we have a contrasting dark color, unlike typical Apple or some of the Sony series notebooks. The dark brown inside has raised keyboard which is very good for typing. HP, for example had highly disappointed with it flat keyboards with some of its notebooks making it hard to feel as we type. While we find, for example, the Sony Viao VPCEB23FC to have even better keyboards we found Samsung SF510-A01 to be almost as good.
Samsung SF510-A01 Processor
Samsung SF510-A01 is powered by the core i3-370M processor, a dual core processor which has a clock frequency of 2.4 GHz. If you are tech savvy, we encourage you to read the Intel Core i7-370M review and its exotic properties including integrated memory controller, smart cache and the fast DMI bus. If you do not wish to go into details, bear in mind that core i3 processors are the newest processor which has significantly better performance at compared with similarly clocked Intel core 2 processors. If you do think you need higher processing power you may like to take a look at Intel core i5 based processors ( and the notebooks that are powered by them) that has turbo boost enabled.
Samsung SF510-A01 Display
Display is the next important parameter in any notebook and Samsung SF510-A01 impresses with the quality of the 15.6 inch display at 1366 x 768 resolution. The Graphics is driven by Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. The Samsung SF510-A01 also has an HDMI output that you can use to watch movies on a HDTV, in case you need.
The Intel WiDi and WiMax
There are two key ingredients worth mentioning in the Samsung SF510-A01 as these are not available in all notebooks. The First is the support for the Intel Wireless Display – with which you can display the content of the notebook on a Tv wirelessly. Of course you will need a Netgear Push2TV unit ( that hooks with your TV). You will get a 720p resolution of streaming video. Do not expect that you will be able to play any game when you use the WiDi because of the time lag. But it is decent for watching movies. The second ingredient worth mentioning is the included WiMax antenna which should be a good option if you want to add a 4G wireless connectivity.
Other Key Features
Without going into too much details it is worthwhile to point out few key feature that will make you appreciate points about this notebook
– Integrated 0.3 MP Camera
– HDMI Coonection
– Weight without AC Adapter 5.4 lb
– 500 GB Hard Disk, 5400 rpm
– 4 GB RAM
We found the Samsung SF510-A01 to be better that many other notebooks around the same price range in best buy. For example the Dell I15R-1835MRB selling for $649 has the i3-350M ( has 2.26 GHz) Vs core i3-370M processor in the Samsung SF510-A01. The Dell I15R-1835MRB has the same amount of the RAM, Hard Disk, same display size and resolution but does not support WiMAX.
Sony Viao VPCEE25FX/W at $649 is another notebook at $649 that impresses us. It has however AMD Athlon II X2 320 processor (2.1 GHz dual core), which turns out to be inferior than the Core i3-370M in the Samsung SF510-A01 . Sony viao vaio ( thanks lol for pointing typo), though, impresses with its quality and durability. It also has 4 GB RAM, a 15.5 ” Display but a smaller 320 GB Hard Disk.
Dell Studio S1558-5691MSL at $699 will get you a core i3-350M processor ( 2.26 GHz), 4 GB RAM, 15.6″ screen and a 500 GB RAM Hard Disk.
If you are looking for a notebook with greater power we recommend you take a look at Gateway Nv55c26u – for $699 you get Intel core i5-460M (2.53 GHz, with turbo boost to 2.8 GHz). The extra money is worth given the processing power you get. In case you are a developer you need to do video processing.
Asus U52F-BBL9 is another $699 processor that also features faster Core i5-460M. There has been customer complaints about this notebook and the way its keyboard is arranged. Asus still needs to do something more in terms of the quality.
Sony Via VPCEE37FX/WI at $699 could be a decent buy. You can rest assured with the Sony quallity. You get a decent white out look. The processor is AMD Turion II P540 ( dual core 2.4 GHz).
We at starredreviews, expect that the review is helpful in the process of decision making, if you are considering to by a notebook in the $600 to $700 price range. In the conclusion we highly recommend this notebook unless you come across something better than this in sale and deal. We also recommend to explore Gateway Nv55c26u for a better processing power. Sony Via Viao ( Thanks again lol for pointing out the typo) is a perennial quality notebook, but you do not get a higher end processor in this price range.