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If you’re going to shell out $399 for
a netbook, it has to be special. The
Samsung NF310 makes the case for
its premium price with a futuristic-chic design, a
dual-core Atom processor, and a high-resolution
display for a 10-inch screen.
With the charcoal gray lid closed, you can see
the outline of a wave along the NF310’s sides.
Once open, the curve creates a shallow well on
the silver deck where the keyboard sits. This bump
makes the 1.2-inch thick system a little bulky,
but the rounded corners and tapered edges give
the NF310 an air of sleekness. The lid gives off
a metallic impression, but the plastic coating
collects smudges easily.
The island-style keyboard was easy to use, with
large and well-spaced keys. We just wish the space
bar were longer. The 2.9 x 1.5 -inch touchpad is a
comfortable size, and we like that it’s bordered by a
strip of metal so our finger knew when it had strayed
from the touch surface.
You don’t typically find a
1366 x 768-pixel display on
a netbook, which makes the
Samsung NF310 feel more
like a regular laptop. The
10.1-inch matte display has
wide viewing angles, plus
rich, deep colors.
The two speakers sitting
above the keyboard supplied
great audio. Thanks to SRS
Premium Sound drivers, we
heard the distinct bass line
in Superchick’s “One Girl
Revolution” on just 50-percent volume.
Unfortunately, the 4-in-1 memory card slot lacks
a spring lock, which means that
SD cards hang off the side of
the netbook. And this model
doesn’t come with a chargeable
USB port, so users can’t keep
a phone or other bus-powered
accessory juiced while the
NF310 is asleep.
The 0.3 -megapixel webcam
won’t wow with quality, but it
gets the job done.
On PCMark05, the NF310
scored 1,646, which is a
big improvement over the
N150 Plus (1,300).
While the transfer
test score was not as
impressive, the 45-second boot time was well
below most other netbooks.
The NF310 also incudes
Samsung’s Fast Start software.
When the lid is closed, the
netbook goes into a deep
sleep, which conserves battery
life so well that most users
won’t need to bother with
Hibernation. When you open
the lid, the NF310 wakes up
in 3 to 4 seconds. That’s not
as fast as the new MacBook
Airs, but it’s still good.
When it comes to graphics
performance, the integrated
Intel GMA 3150 earned a
middle-of-the-road score that was on par with the
HP Mini 5103. The NF310 handled streaming Flash
video with ease, andit kept its
cool while doing so.
The NF310’s six-cell
battery lasted 6 hours and
32 minutes, in line with the
average netbook. However,
the Aspire One D255 and the
Eee PC 1015PEM lasted more
than 8 hours.
The wireless throughput
scores of 21.8 and 17.5 Mbps
are less thanstellar for a net-
book, but we didn’t have any
issues maintaing connectivity
when surfing the web.
Samsung bundles a fair
amount of branded software
one of the best-looking netbooks yet combines sleek
lines with a dual-core CPU and a high-res display.
and utilities, including a content and file sharing
app, Support Center and Recovery Solution, as
well as Movie Color Enhancer.
The Samsung NF310 is our new Editors’ Choice
pick for 10-inch netbooks. While it doesn’t last
as long on a charge as some competitors, this
machine boasts a modern-looking design and
a high-resolution display. We also like that the
NF310 wakes almost instantly from sleep, which
both boosts productivity and saves batter y life.
— K. T. Bradford
CPU: 1.5 -GHz Intel Atom N550 operating
system: Windows 7 Starter Edition RAM/
Upgradable to: 1GB/2GB Hard Drive size/
speed: 250GB/5,400 rpm Display size/
Resolution: 10.1 inches/1366 x 768 Graph-
ics/ Video Memory: Intel GMA 3150/Shared
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
Ports: Three USB 2.0, Ethernet, VGA, headphone,
mic, Kensington Lock Card slots: 4 -in-1 card
reader size: 10.8 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches Weight:
2.8 pounds Warranty/support: One-year
parts-and-labor/24/7 toll-free phone
Unique, stylish design
High-resolution display for netbook
Good keyboard and touchpad
Excellent audio quality
Wakes up and boots quickly
Battery life not as long as the competition
Lid picks up fingerprints
No chargeable USB ports
LAPTOP Batter y Test
LAPTOP Transf er Test
Boot Time (min:sec)* 0:45
Oxelon Transc oding
* Lower is better
Laptop | January 2011
With the charcoal gray lid closed, the wave pattern cuts a sleek shape.
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