Samsung SF510-A01 review: Samsung SF510-A01

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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The SF510 has no dedicated graphics, only Intel's integrated processor. That's plenty for HD video and any basic casual gaming, but it's not enough to handle most retail mainstream games.

Juice box
Samsung SF510-A01 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.43
Sleep (10%) 0.95
Idle (25%) 10.95
Load (05%) 42.45
Raw kWh number 45.67
Annual energy cost $5.18

Annual power consumption cost

The Samsung SF510's six-cell battery ran for 4 hours and 36 minutes in our video-playback battery drain test. That's a decent number for a larger laptop, but nothing spectacular for a Core i3 notebook lacking power-hungry discrete graphics. In a budget laptop, however, it's well above average, and hits the right balance between price and performance.

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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Samsung includes a basic one-year warranty with the SF510. Samsung's Web site is easy to navigate, and documentation and drivers were easy to locate. A toll-free phone number is available for customer service calls as well, and is open 24-7. We found it easy to reach a live support representative without navigating too many menus.

System configurations:

Samsung SF510
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 M370; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Samsung NP-R580-JSB1US
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 M430; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Dell XPS 15
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M460; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 420M + 64MB(Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Acer Aspire 5742G-7200
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M460; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

HP Envy 14 (Beats Edition)
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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