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Samsung RF510 review: Samsung RF510

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The Good Strong performance; comfortable keyboard; really sensitive trackpad, well built.

The Bad Screen could be more vivid; not particularly portable; battery life isn't great.

The Bottom Line The Samsung RF510 is a powerful, although not particularly portable, laptop that offers plenty of computer for your cash. Even though no particular feature blew us away, it's a great all-rounder.

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We've been dead impressed by some of the laptops Samsung has spawned over the last few months, so our hopes were sky-high for the 15.6-inch Samsung RF510. It'll set you back a fairly reasonable £760 or thereabouts, but is this laptop machine enough to satisfy the hungry technophile?

Radial blur

The RF510 has a really cool pattern on the lid. It's very subtle and you probably won't notice it at first, but there's a radial pattern that catches the light in an interesting way, much like the underside of a CD.

On the inside, there's a charcoal brushed-aluminium effect on the wrist rest, and a patterned, black glossy bezel. We also like the splash of silver that covers the power keys and a few media buttons along the top of the chassis.

The whole package weighs 2.6kg, which is on the weighty side. It also measures 380 by 37 by 256mm, so it certainly isn't the most portable laptop ever built. It feels very solid, but it isn't the perfect machine for chucking in a backpack and whisking away on your whirlwind adventures.

Rather, the RF510 is a sort-of-portable desktop-replacement machine. We can see this laptop squatting quite happily in your living room, using its array of ports and tasty hardware to take care of your home media needs, coming with you on your travels only if absolutely necessary.

We were impressed by the big keyboard that straddles the RF510 like some unholy monument to a long-forgotten god. It's spacious and comfy to type on, and doesn't rattle when you're typing with vigour.

The trackpad is also worth a mention -- it's really large, with wide, sensitive click buttons. This is also one of the only trackpads we've ever used that offers effective multi-touch support. It's not up to MacBook standards, but cruising up and down Web pages is a pleasant experience indeed.

The laptop's connectivity is really comprehensive. Around the sides of this beast, you'll find VGA and HDMI outputs, an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a multi-format card reader, two 3.5mm sockets for headphones and a mic, and a DVD rewritable drive. There's a webcam mounted above the display, and a 640GB hard drive spinning around inside too. 

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