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Samsung SF310 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £722
inc VAT

Apart from the underpowered graphics card and average screen, the SF310 a great all-rounder thanks to a long-lasting battery, decent performance and an excellent design.


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.5kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-370M, 3.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The SF310 is the second Samsung laptop we’ve seen that has the company’s ‘wave-style’ design. The first was the ultra-stylish NF210 netbook and this 13.3in ultraportable continues the excellent design scheme.

Samsung SF310

The Intel Core i5-460M processor runs at 2.53GHz and supports Turbo Boost to automatically increase clock speed for demanding tasks. In our multimedia benchmarks the SF310 scored 92 overall, so the SF310 will be able to run most applications. Multi-threaded programs will benefit from Hyper-threading support, effectively doubling the processor’s two physical cores. It might be powerful, but the mobile Core i5 chips can also be very energy efficient. The SF310 lasted an impressive seven hours in our light use battery test. It has the benefit of Nvidia’s Optimus graphics switching technology, which helps extend battery life by reverting to the built-in graphics chip when away from the mains.

The decision to install a GeForce 310M graphics card is odd as it doesn’t improve much upon the processor’s integrated chip. Both can handle HD video smoothly at the laptop’s native resolution, and can also play back 1080p content on an external display over HDMI. When it comes to games, the 310M’s 15fps score in Call of Duty is only 2fps higher than the integrated chip’s.

Screen quality was average: brightness wasn’t particularly high and colours had a slight blue tint to them. Contrast was reasonable, but vertical viewing angles were very limited. There’s not a huge amount of tilt, so finding the perfect angle could become an issue as you also try to avoid reflections in due to the glossy finish. Despite having no obvious speaker grilles, the SF310 was very loud. Although the mid-range was clear, treble was slightly harsh and there was hardly any bass at all.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i3-370M
Processor clock speed 2.4GHz
Memory 3.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 30x371x256mm
Weight 2.5kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce 330M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,024MB


Total storage capacity 320GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, MMC
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included CyberLink DVD Suite
Optional extras £80

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £722

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