AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 3.8 WITH 14 CONSUMER REVIEWS
Samsung lists the RV510 as a powerful and an affordable laptop. We don’t have any doubts about the affordable part. The same, however, cannot be said about its performance. The Samsung RV510 has great looks, excellent keyboard, and fast connectivity, but a sluggish processor.
Like P530, this laptop too has a keyboard that is a hybrid of traditional and isolated design. The keys are flat—a trademark feature of an isolated design—but are grouped closely as in traditional keyboards. The overall result of this mixing is that one gets a keyboard which is fast and easy to type on. The layout of the keys is impressive too. Its full-sized keys and a separate numerical keypad are just great. However, the touchpad’s size is smaller than average. That said, the touchpad’s size is not a big handicap. It’s matte surface, which allows users to maneuver the touchpad easily with two fingers, and the 2 chrome-finished, responsive mouse buttons more than make up for its smaller-than-usual size.
The screen is matte, a deviation from the usual glossy screen that is usually found in budget laptops. The matte coating allows users to work comfortably for long periods. The color quality is better than most other laptops in this range, as are the viewing angles. The 1366×768 resolution, however, is standard.
The key specifications in the model we reviewed include:
- Operating system – Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- CPU – Intel Celeron T3500 (dual-core)
- Graphic – Intel GMA 4500
- Hard disks space – 320 GB
- RAM – 2GB
- Screen – 15.6 inches
- Weight – 5.37 pounds
With a price tag of less than 300 pounds, it is but natural for the Samsung laptop to be lacking in certain areas. Nevertheless, the fact that it chose to compromise on performance is disheartening. Samsung laptops always had the looks, and RV510 is no exception. The looks, however, are not backed by great performance. To accommodate the price, the company has opted for an Intel Pentium T4500 (dual-core) processor. It delivers decent performance, but doesn’t even come close to the much sought after Core i-3 chips.
Given its unimpressive CPU, it was not surprising that the RV510 failed to complete the PCMark05 test. When we used the machine, its limited processing capabilities were obvious. The laptop’s performance declined sharply and considerably when we ran demanding applications. However, we had no problem in completing day-to-day tasks such as word processing, emailing, or browsing the Internet. So, to be fair, this laptop is sufficient for average use.
As far as graphics are concerned, they, too, are a disappointment. To run high-intensive tasks or demanding games, discreet graphics is an absolute must. Samsung, however, has opted for integrated graphics, which are considerably inferior in performance to discreet graphics. If you are harboring any thoughts of running the latest graphics-intensive 3D games on the RV510, you are in for a big disappointment. This laptop doesn’t have that kind of ammunition. It can, at best, run older 3D games. The laptop’s performance in our 3DMark06 benchmark test confirms this: the RV510 recorded a meager score of 904, which was worse than many netbooks. However, the graphics are sufficient for running high-definition videos and other mundane tasks.
On the brighter side, the less powerful graphics and processor work to its advantage when it comes to battery life. In our ultra-intensive Battery Eater test, the machine recorded a time of about 1 hr and 30 mins, which is not unimpressive for a 15.6-inch laptop. Its need to be pointed out here that this test simulates the worst conditions as far as battery life is concerned. Under normal conditions, the laptop can be expected to perform a lot better. In fact, when we used with moderate settings, its battery lasted for about 4 hours.
With a 320 GB hard drive, the Samsung RV510 offers ample space to users. As far as the wireless networking technology is concerned, the Samsung laptop doesn’t disappoint. It offers 802.11n Wi-Fi, which is as good as it gets in under-£300 laptops. So, networking speed is not an issue at all with the RV510.
VerdictIf you want a great-looking laptop for basic everyday tasks, the RV510 is the one for you. It has excellent looks and has enough power to easily handle everyday tasks and mild multitasking. However, if you are looking for more power from your laptop, we recommend you give this machine a miss. It has decent features, no doubt, but its sluggish CPU and integrated graphics are a big letdown.
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