Samsung N510 - 11.6in nVidia ION Netbook - Samsung N510

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Battery life is always an important factor where netbooks are concerned and one in which Samsung generally excels. This is still true of the N510, although to a slightly lesser extent. Samsung quotes a very realistic 'up to seven hours' and this marries pretty well with our testing.

Utilising a six-cell, 5,900mAh battery, the N510 managed 5.71 hours of standard definition video playback at 50 per cent brightness. This isn't outstanding by netbook standards, but is more than adequate by any other metric and should be enough for anyone but the most demanding user. Typical usage will vary between four to five hours for web browsing and close to seven hours if you maximise every power saving measure - something Samsung makes easier with its excellent power management tool.

All of which ought to leave the N510 in excellent shape, but unfortunately we feel it's priced a little on the high side right now. At £399 it's not quite extortionate given its benefits and compares favourably with some of the more expensive netbooks of recent months, but as ever things have moved on quite quickly, rendering such comparisons somewhat moot.

More pertinently the HP Compaq Mini 311c, another 11.6in, Ion LE touting netbook, goes for £319 and matches the Samsung in most important aspects. As such, though the N510 is a good step in the right direction, we'd hold fire until we get a better look at HP's effort - our initial impression of which was very favourable. There's also the Acer Ferrari One to consider. It doesn't offer the battery life of the N510, but its dual-core processor is far nippier and it can also handle HD video and

Verdict

If a netbook with HD video credentials is what you've been craving, the Samsung N510 is an excellent example. It's a little on the expensive side, though, so it's worth checking competing offerings before settling.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 7
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Battery Life 8

MSIC

October 28, 2009, 2:07 pm

There is also as a comparison Dell's new Inspiron 11z, which (as with the Samsung) costs £399 (and that means that you can -actually buy it- for that price rather than having to hunt it down), comes with an 11" screen at the same resolution, plus a proper CPU. Windows 7 too!

justinh

October 28, 2009, 2:24 pm

Still think products like the Acer 1810T range is way better for nearly the same money.


Have the superior CULV SU4100 dual core proc, HD video playback, 4Gbyte RAM, good battery life etc. Has not been available in UK but appears to be available through Play at the mo.


Have tested BluRay playback (using mounted ISO) and works a treat on the almost identical larger 3810T.

Andy0d2

October 28, 2009, 3:29 pm

I want to know what the performance difference between a 1810T and an ion netbook (N270 or 330), meaning which is more powerful / (ion better for games etc, whilst better office performance from the CULV). Can get the 1810T at pc world (even in store - went to have a look @ the weekend - very nice looking - waiting for the 1820P tablet version). Amazon had a few but may be out of stock.

bv121

October 28, 2009, 5:11 pm

No mention of the keyboard - did they really switch the windows menu key to the other side of the space bar or is this just some library image? In comparison to a NC10 or almost any other keyboard - is it because it doubles up as the Fn key? Doesn't it make all the usual windows key short cuts less intuitive?

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