Samsung NF310 Netbook Review

42 User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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7 Expert Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Samsung NF310 Conclusion

The Samsung NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with special wave design which gives it a distinctive look. Performance wise, it's similar to its 2 competitors, the Eee PC 1015PEM and Aspire One D255, which offers great porformance for web browsing, document processing, and doing most of the tasks you generally do on a computer, but not for CPU-heavy tasks like gaming and video editing.

Its 6 hours battery life is shorter than its competitors, and $399 price tag is higher than other netbooks of its class. However, it boasts a modern-looking design, a 1366 x 768 high-resolution display, excellent quality stereo speakers, and Fast Start Technology (instant recovery from sleep mode), which are not found on its competitors.


Samsung NF310 Review Summary

Design
The Samsung NF310 measures 1.2 x 10.8 x 7.4 inches and weight 2.8 pounds. While it’s a little bit thicker than a typical 10 inch netbook, its wavy design and metallic paintjob somehow makes it look classy. It has a glossy lid which attracts some fingerprints, but not too many. Samsung currently offers only one color option for this netbook — charcoal gray. We wish Samsung would offer more color options in future.

Keyboard and TouchPad
The NF310 comes with a 95 percent full size keyboard, which offers great typing experience — almost as comfortable as typing on a full-size laptop. Most keys are large enough and well-placed, including the two wide shift keys on both sides of the keyboard. The 2.9 x 1.5-inch touchpad is also comfortable to use. There’s a nice texture to the touchpad which makes sliding very easy, and it offers multi-gesture support which is generally less finicky than the one on Eee PC 1015PEM.

Performance
The main specs of the NF310 are identical to those found on the Asus Eee PC 1015PEM and Acer Aspire One D225: 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel’s integrated GMA 3150 graphics, and 32-bit Windows 7 Starter edition.

As expected, the NF310 performs similarly to its 2 competitors as well, scoring 1,646 in PCMark05 and 147 on 3DMark06. Here’s the benchmark score comparison for the 3 netbook:

Samsung NF310 Asus Eee PC 1015PEM Acer Aspire One D255
PCMark05 1,646 1,729 1,696
3DMark06 147 149 151

Overall, all 3 systems are pretty close to each other in terms of performance. They offers decent performance for web surfing, document processing, watching locally stored HD videos, and doing most of the tasks you generally do on a computer. But it wouldn’t be the best device for gaming, watching HD Flash video online, and doing some CPU-heavy tasks like editing video files or running Photoshop to edit high resolution images.

Battery Life
The NF310 comes with a 6-cell 48Whr battery, which Samsung claims will last for up to 9.4 hours. This is when the netbook is in idle state with minimum screen brightness and WiFi off. For day to day use, you should get around 6 hours of battery life if you do continuous web surfing over WiFi at 60 percent screen brightness. This is 2 hours shorter than its competitors, the Eee PC 1015PEM and Aspire One D255, but still pretty good for a netbook.

Samsung NF310 Customer Reviews


Samsung NF310 Expert Reviews

K.T. Bradford from Laptop Magazine says:
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The Samsung NF310 is our new Editor’s 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 battery life. Among dual-core Atom netbooks, some may prefer the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM, which costs about $25 less and offers 1.5 hours of more endurance, while the Nvidia Ion version can be had for $30 more than this netbook. Overall, though, the NF310 is our favorite 10-incher for the money.

Cisco Cheng from PC Mag says:
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With the latest dual-core Atom processor, high-resolution screen, and a great user experience, the Samsung NF310-A01 is our new Editors’ Choice for netbooks.

Catharine Smith from Computer Shopper says:
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At $399, the Samsung NF310 is a sleek, affordable netbook that offers acceptable performance for its class. The Fast Start technology is one feature everyone can appreciate, and while AllShare may seem a little narrow or gimmicky for some people, it will likely be very useful to others. The competition in this market is tough, however, and models like the $369 Asus Eee PC 1015PEM and the $349 Acer Aspire One D255 offer similar performance levels at slightly lower prices. Nonetheless, we’d still choose the NF310 among these three netbooks for its more professional-looking design.

Brad Linder from Liliputing says:

There are a lot of things to like about the Samsung NF310. It may not have the latest high power graphics chip, or the fastest CPU available for a 10 inch mini-laptop. But it does have a low power dual core Atom processor which offers slightly better performance than the chips that came before it, and it does have a high resolution display if that’s a feature you’re looking for. For $399, I think the Samsung NF310 is a pretty good buy. If you can find it on sale for less than that, it might be a really good buy.

Samsung NF310 Specification

Weight (lbs)2.80
Display Size10.1
Resolution1366 x 768
Display TypeMatte
CPU1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual Core
RAM1 GB DDR3
Hard Drive250GB
Graphic CardIntel GMA 3150
Battery6-cell (6600 mAh)
Max Battery Life9.4 hours
Webcam0.3MP
Bluetooth3.0
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter