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15.6 inch Entertainment Notebook
The Samsung RV511 (NP-RV511-S02DE) represents a good office notebook with some weak points and a not-very-sturdy case. Mostly the weak Core i3-380M (2x2.66GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce 315M are responsible for the low performance score that kept the RV511 from receiving an overall rating of Very Good (88% and up = Very Good). The notebook always stays cool no matter the stress on the hardware and can be kept very quiet using Silent Mode. The large, very responsive touchpad is supplemented well by the comfortable keyboard. The matte display and the 3-hour battery life make for a well-rounded notebook. The high-gloss surface encompassing the keyboard can be seen as a downside since it looks a bit too flashy for the office. Moreover, fingerprint marks collect here and make it hard to recognize the keys in dimly lit rooms. If you can come to terms with the easy warping of the case in some places and place a high value on comfortable use and good application performance, you'll find what you need in the 15.6" RV511 (NP-RV511-S02DE). If you can go without the dedicated graphics card, you might want to pay the lower 440 Euro for the otherwise identical RV511-A02DE.
Rating: 4

Specifications

System

Category: Entertainment
Released: January 2011
RRP: £649
Display: 15.6 inch Glossy LCD (LED-lit) (1366x768 px)
Processor: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3 380M (2 cores)
Memory: 6 GB DDR3
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Warranty: 1 Year Collect-and-Return

Storage

Type: HDD 5400 rpm
Capacity: 640 GB
Optical Drive: DVD RW

Graphics

GPU: nVidia GeForce 315M
Memory: 1 GB
Type: Dedicated
3DMark06: 3299

Connectivity

Express Card Slot: None
Memory Card Reader:
USB 3.0: 0
USB 2.0: 3
IEEE 1394 (FireWire):
eSATA: 0
VGA:
DVI:
HDMI:
DisplayPort:
Thunderbolt:

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 33 mm
Width: 382 mm
Depth: 256 mm
Weight: 2.4 kg

Input Devices

Numeric Keypad:
Fingerprint Reader:

Multimedia

Webcam:
Microphone:

Communications

Ethernet (LAN): 10/100/1000
Wi-Fi (WLAN): B/G/N
Mobile Broadband (WWAN):
Bluetooth: 3.0

Power

A.C. Power Adapter: 60 W
Battery Capacity: 44 WHr
Battery Size: 6-Cell
Battery Life: 2 hours

Reviews

NotebookCheck  
The Samsung RV511 (NP-RV511-S02DE) represents a good office notebook with some weak points and a not-very-sturdy case. Mostly the weak Core i3-380M (2x2.66GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce 315M are responsible for the low performance score that kept the RV511 from receiving an overall rating of Very Good (88% and up = Very Good). The notebook always stays cool no matter the stress on the hardware and can be kept very quiet using Silent Mode. The large, very responsive touchpad is supplemented well by the comfortable keyboard. The matte display and the 3-hour battery life make for a well-rounded notebook. The high-gloss surface encompassing the keyboard can be seen as a downside since it looks a bit too flashy for the office. Moreover, fingerprint marks collect here and make it hard to recognize the keys in dimly lit rooms. If you can come to terms with the easy warping of the case in some places and place a high value on comfortable use and good application performance, you'll find what you need in the 15.6" RV511 (NP-RV511-S02DE). If you can go without the dedicated graphics card, you might want to pay the lower 440 Euro for the otherwise identical RV511-A02DE.
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TechRadar  
While there are more portable and desirable machines, the Samsung delivers on almost all fronts, and at a price that can't be beaten. Performance is solid, due to the Intel Core processor and generous amount of memory, while the vibrant screen and decent speakers make it a good machine for enjoying movies and TV shows.
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PC Advisor  
The Samsung RV511 is a well specified laptop that provides plenty of the features and certainly most of the performance you can expect of any laptop under £1000. Build quality is also fairly solid, if a bit chunky and plasticky feeling. Itís a well-rounded package and certainly worth short-listing if youíre shopping for a no-frills laptop under £500.
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