September 28, 2009 at 8:22 pm
The Samsung N510 is one of the first Nvidia ION-powered netbooks on the market. It has just seen its retail release in the UK, where it is selling for around the £400 mark. Whilst it is towards the top-end of netbook price-points, it is worth remembering that the Samsung N120 cost around £370 on launch. Not too bad considering that the Samsung N510 offers an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) LED-backlit display, ION chipset and 7-hour battery.
The much-anticipated Samsung N510 has landed at NbC HQ and we’ve promptly done an unboxing to show you what to expect inside the box. We would like to clarify that we have the UK SKU and it seems that Samsung has been kind to us. The UK model has a 1.66GHz N280 Atom processor and 5900mAh battery. This is an improvement over the mainland European version that is sold with the 1.6GHz N270 Atom and lower capacity 5200mAh battery.
Initial impressions are mixed. We don’t like the glossy lid that is an extreme fingerprint magnet and the touchpad could have been a bit wider, given the room available. Also, the mouse rocker bar doesn’t offer much feedback. However, we do like the high-resolution matte display and keyboard feels just as solid as the Samsung N120. We also like the fact that Samsung has made it easy to access the RAM & HDD, through a large panel on the bottom. Another positive point is that the Samsung N510 doesn’t ‘feel’ much bigger than 10-inch models and at 1.4kg, it’s not too much heavier either.
We’ll be putting the Samsung N510 through its paces in the coming weeks followed by a full review. As always, if you have any questions regarding the netbook, then please do not hesitate to ask in the comments below. Check out our unboxing photos below.