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Samsung RF511 Review

Samsung RF511

 

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Pros:

  • Powerful performance
  • Good display
  • Good Sound
  • Well-Designed keyboard

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  • Expensive
  • Annoying pre-installed software
  • Could be built better
  • Short battery life

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Product Type
Notebook
Hard Drive Capacity
1TB
Processor Manufacturer
Intel
Graphics Controller Manufacturer
NVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller Model
GeForce GT 540M, HD 3000
Bluetooth
Yes
Wireless LAN
Yes
Optical Drive Type
Blu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
HDMI
Yes
Webcam
Yes
Backlight Technology
LED
Operating System Architecture
64-bit
Processor Model
i5-2430M
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor Speed
2.50 GHz
Processor Type
Core i5
Screen Size
39.6 cm (15.6″)
Screen Resolution
1366 x 768
Standard Memory
8 GB
Weight (Approximate)
2.60 kg
Processor Core
Dual-core (2 Core)
Chipset Manufacturer
Intel
Optical Media Supported
BD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory Capacity
Up to 1 GB
Display Screen Type
Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Ethernet Technology
Gigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports
4
Height
37 mm
Width
379.6 mm
Depth
255.5 mm
Memory Technology
DDR3 SDRAM
Product Name/Model
RF511 Notebook
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Manufacturer Part Number
NP-RF511-S03UK
Manufacturer Website Address
http://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information
Seeing is believing – especially with the Samsung RF511 notebook. Hidden beneath its stylishly minimalist design is the very best in digital technology to provide an extremely powerful mobile multimedia centre. You can experience the ultimate in state-of-the-art 3D gaming and high definition (HD) multimedia thanks to a 15.6″ HD/HD+ LED SuperBright display, with up to 300nit brightness, and the blistering performance of a powerful nVIDIA graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory. It also sounds just as good thanks to the immersive audio of its unique Enhanced Acoustic Chamber system. And to make sure you always get the best possible performance, the latest Intel Core i5 Processor automatically allocates processing power where it’s needed most, while Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium enables effortless multi-tasking.
Package Contents
  • RF511 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty
1 Year

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The Samsung RF511 is certainly the best computer I have ever owned, however, I haven’t owned many ‘good’ computers so that doesn’t mean a great deal. When you have a play around with this wonderful laptop you’ll be stunned at how well it runs, how smoothly it plays most games and how wonderful the display is. But – and this is a big but – you then take a look at the price and compare the performance to wallet sacrifice ratio and it leaves you wondering if it is indeed worth buying.

Under the cons section you will see I have added ‘could be built better’, this is because the RF511 sort of contradicts itself, the keyboard is extremely well designed and made to last but then you have the screen and disk tray which are the complete opposite. The RF511 has quite a large screen and the two tiny support mechanisms holding it up simply don’t do the job. After a few months of opening and closing the laptop you will start to realise that the screen becomes wobbly. The disk tray is not much better; although it isn’t completely terrible you just have to pretend it has a fragile sticker on.

Taking all of the above into account still doesn’t change the fact that this computer is a little beast with a Core i5 processor that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it (including half-full beer bottles). I’ve owned this laptop for a long time now and I have put just about every single operating system onto it, played some extremely good games and ran more applications than most computers could dream of running simultaneously. At the moment it dual-boots in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 and has been this way for a while, yet there seems to be very little change in terms of performance.

There are two versions of the RF511 available: one with a Nvidia graphics processor and one with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU of which I own the latter. Yet even though it doesn’t have the Nvidia boost it still seems to work seamlessly with most games. You can’t reasonable expect to flawlessly play on some of the latest games with the Intel graphics, but it will easily play things like Call of Duty Black Ops II, Far Cry 2, Arctic Combat (when that was a thing), Counter Strike or even Crossfire.

For all of the above reasons and more I would say that the Samsung RF511 laptop is worth buying if you can hook up a reasonable price. When I bought the computer in question it cost around £700, but now that you can pick one up for less than £500 I would definitely keep it open as an option.

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