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Samsung NF310 Guide

March 28, 2011 By: lilybird Category: Desktop and Laptop

Samsung is a laptop maker which has been with a tear lately. Though the company is largely noted for its TVs and smartphones, its U.S. choice of computers has stood out lately for offering a terrific combination of design, features, and affordability. That’s been true for Samsung’s larger laptop, as well as being true (but to a lesser extent) because of its Netbooks. The $399 NF310 can be a dual-core Atom 10-inch Netbook that’s certainly well-built, but doesn’t rise beyond the competition.

Design
The NF310 is really a sleek, attractive, professional-looking unit whose low body volume (2.9 pounds) won’t weigh down your travel bag much. The NF310’s slim body measures 1.2×10.8×7.4 inches which is rimmed in mock chrome. The curves of the NF310 add visual interest to the netbook all of which will definitely help it become stand out. The lid is covered with glossy charcoal-gray plastic, which can exhibit smudges readily. Matte-silver plastic covers the keyboard-deck area and complements the glossy black screen bezel and matte-black keys.

Keyboard and Touchpad
Rimmed in chrome, the NF310’s silvery touch pad wil attract but small compared to the extra-wide touch pad situated on the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM. The touch pad offers multi-gesture support and is also generally less finicky than the Asus 1015PEM’s, but we noticed occasional lag after we experimented with scroll and zoom. Furthermore, the silver seesaw button below it, which you use for left and right mouse clicks, feels cheap to the touch, while it is reasonably responsive. Overall, the touch pad is one kind of the NF310’s weaker features. I was more impressed with the the way they look of the island-style keyboard, whose black keys sit atop decking of silver plastic. The keyboard is spill-resistant, and then we were also pleased that the letter keys were designed with adult fingers as the primary goal. Thanks to the netbook’s wider chassis, the keyboard is slightly roomier than the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM’s. However, the Asus 1015PEM’s keyboard feels rigid and sturdy, while the NF310’s keyboard flexes slightly below your fingers during typing.

Display
The 10.1-inch display is backlit by LEDs and sports a matte, nonreflective finish. The native resolution is 1,366×768 pixels (for 720p HD playback) and tends to make a fair multimedia viewing experience. As you’re watching a nearby HD video that came preinstalled on the hard drive, we noticed crisp detail and rich, bright colors. After we streamed video on the Wi-Fi connection, however, we noticed the same choppy playback that’s common among netbooks.

Performance
The 1.5-GHz dual-core Intel Atom N550 CPU and 1GB of RAM inside the NF310 delivered a score of 1,646 in PCMark05. Though well above the 1,425 average, that showing is a bit below the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM (1,729) and the Acer Aspire One D255 (1,696), which both have the same processor. However, it’s a big improvement over single-core netbooks such as the Samsung N150 Plus (1,300).

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