Samsung NF310- classy 10 inch netbook with premium HD screen
The Samsung NF310 is not your usual 10 inch netbook. It has some very interesting features and hardware setup and is surely a step forward from most mainstream netbooks.
This should be the weapon of choice for those who seek a little more from their everyday mobile computing (and of course are willing to pay a little extra in comparison with what you would normally pay for a modest netbook).
In terms of appearance, the NF310 looks classy, and has a faux metal finish, namely the Titan Silver finish. It sure looks great, but it might attract a fair amount of fingerprints after a while.
The construction is very sturdy, we might add, so on the build side this surely is a winner. The keyboard and touch pad are also very well made, with the keys having little to no flex and being very silent.
And there’s so much space between them that typos are hardly an issue (maybe the space bar is a little small, though). The touch pad has a metal feel to it, being very pleasant to work with. The metal feel is present also on the palm rest, which is very comfy and will hardly get hot. Now, the screen. This is something you rarely get on a netbook and we’re talking about the 1366 x 768 wide screen display, which is able to play true HD video.
Most netbooks come with a 1024 x 600 screen and deliver fair performance, but the NF310 raises the stakes and comes with an extravagant display. Also, the screen has a matte coating, meaning you can use it also in sunny places, like a park or something. The screen uses LED technology, which allows for thinner screens and better battery life, as well as crisp and sharp images.
Moving on to the hardware, we’re as happy as we were when talking about the screen. At the core of this netbook, there are actually two cores . I’m talking about the Intel Atom N550, which has two cores running at 1.66 GHZ. The N550 offers twice the performance in comparison with single core processors. Plus, it’s much better when it comes to power management, as it takes in less than first generation processors.
In terms of graphics, there’s also an on board video card, namely the Intel GMA 3150, which is able to decode HD video up to 720p (add that to the dual core chip and HD screen and you have a great multimedia netbook). A less bright side of the netbook is that it comes with only 1 GB of RAM, but you can of course add up to 2 GB.
The limited amount of RAM is motivated by the OS, which is Windows 7 Starter, the cheapest version of the OS not being able to cope with more than 1 GB. Most manufacturers put in only 1 GB to keep the price down, but users usually go for a clean Home or Premium install after purchase, so adding more system memory will be very easy.
The HDD has a 250 GB capacity, which should be enough to keep all your stuff in one place (or most of it, anyway). In terms of ports, everything is there, including USB, card reader, audio jack and the works. If we’re at the audio part, you should know the netbook comes with SRS Premium Audio, which should complement the HD experience.
Connectivity wise, nothing spectacular, as you get WiFi and blue tooth 3.0 Battery tests indicated that the juice maker can go on a single charge for about 9 hours, but I doubt it can do that while playing HD video. The NF310 is available from Amazon for a reduced price of $369.99, which is a no brainer, basically, considering the great screen and HD capabilities of the processor.
It’s a setup you don’t find on any netbook and the extra 60 or 70 bucks in comparison with mainstream netbooks is surely worthwhile. Also, like other Samsung netbooks, the NF310 has a very stylish design and a great keyboard.
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Last updated: April 10, 2012 | Tags: samsung netbooks