Samsung RF510 - A Fleeting Workhorse

Launch SRP: S$1999


Samsung RF510 - For All Seasons?

It has been almost two years since Samsung first reinstated their presence in the local notebook market. With their recent refresh, Samsung is eager to breathe new life into their existing line-up with an influx  of consumer models, which includes the SF, NF, QX and RF series. This brings their laptop portfolio to a grand total of twenty models as opposed to the previous eleven. We'll be turning our attention to the RF series in particular, touted by the Korean CE giant to be the highest performing notebook under Samsung's mobile PC suite. The RF series consists of two discrete screen sizes - a 14-inch RF410, and the 15.6-inch RF510 which we'll be harping upon.

Trim, curvaceous, and set in piano black, Samsung's 15.6-inch RF510 offers rather attractive aesthetics apart from its innate potential to tackle meatier tasks. If you prefer something a little more compact, Samsung has a smaller 14-inch RF410 to offer although it comes with a less competent Core i5-560M workhorse.

Apparently, Samsung wasn't kidding when they were tooting the extreme performance horn. The RF510 is armed to the teeth with a quad-core Core i7-720QM processor, discrete GeForce GT 420M graphics, plus the fastest I/O and communications platforms the industry has to offer such as USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. Such specifications sound good on paper, undoubtedly, but we'll let the benchmarks determine the laptop's proficiency against the likes of similar 15-inch multimedia icons such as the LG R590 and Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 when it comes to the crunch. We'll also discuss its construction and usability in the following pages as well. It's hard to say if Samsung's latest mobile computer is efficient enough to make the cut as a multi-purpose notebook at this juncture, but do read on as we explore the RF510 in detail.

The Good
Decent Performance
Spacious & Responsive Touchpad
Excellent Keyboard
The Bad
Poor Battery Life
Expensive For Its Class

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