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I have had this laptop for almost two years now and I can quite honestly say that it is one of the best laptops I have ever owned. It has been so reliable and I have never had a problem with it. If I'm honest I'm not the biggest fan of windows 8 but most laptops run off it nowadays so nothing to do with the laptop itself. The laptop is well powered and has a great graphics card on it so any games you play look great! The laptop starts up very quick and is really quiet. It is also very speedy and everything runs very quickly with minimal waiting times. If you are after a laptop for browsing and office usage this is the one for you as it is not the most costy on the market and is perfectly able the usual requirements without any problems. It is also has a very good battery on it as when it is fully charged it can last around 5 hours which is great if you're out and about !
... 12 months after buying, i had to replace the hard drive. ok for watching live streaming although will depend on broadband speed, running word processors, picture editing but struggles with video editing. it's a celeron processor so as expected. i hate the mousepad, cursor jumps and scrolls the screen unnecessarily. fan and hard drive (western digital) is pretty quiet. the back of the screen is glossy, you can happily leave your fingerprints for the CSI. stereo speakers are reasonably good. battery life is very good as well. the laptop is heavy, the bottom of the laptop gets very warm, good in winter, annoying in summer. it doesn't feel solid, feels like something's going to come off at any time. easy to replace the SATA hard drive. only bought the item as a rider on one of those mobile networks. on hindsight, the total price paid is expensive for the quality of unit. i would probably go for something else next time.
I bought this laptop two and a half years ago to take to university with me and it is still going strong, although I do think I will have to replace it within the next year or so.
The only problem I have with it this that the bottom of it can get extremely hot, which can become quite uncomfortable if you are resting the laptop on your lap, and when it is attempting to cool down it can become a bit noisy.
I have not had to replace the battery or the laptops charger in the time I've owned it, and the battery life is pretty reasonable. The only time I find the battery runs down quickly is if I am using things like youtube, or watching DVDs. Although I believe this would drain the battery quicker on almost any laptop.
Whilst not particularly suitable for gaming, I attempted to install the sims 2 on it at one point but the laptop struggled to function and the game was slow and glitchy, it is useful for generaly surfing of the internet and creating documents.
I paid approximately £215 for this laptop and for that price I would say its extremely worth its money. I've even dropped it a couple of times and never had any problems afterwards!
Specifications: (can also be found on the Samsung website)
It runs a Windows 7 operating system.
15.6" LED HD (1366 x 768) 16:9 Gloss Display
Intel GMA 4500M (Integrated Graphics)
Shared Memory (Integrated Graphics)
320GB (5400rpm S-ATA) Hard Drive (HDD)
Super Multi Dual Layer (S-ATA) (ODD)
HD (High Definition) Audio
SRS 3D Sound Effect
Mic Noise Suppression
2 Watts Stereo Speaker (1 Watts x 2)
Integrated Web Camera
Intel® Celeron® Processor T3500 (2.1GHz, 1MB)
379.6 x 255.5 x 32.6 ~ 37.4mm (14.9" x 10.0" x 1.28" ~ 1.47")
2GB (DDR3 / 2GB x 1) Graphic Memory
2 x SODIMM (Up to 4GB) Memory Slot
I would definitely recommend this as an everyday laptop, but would recommend something more pricey to people who are after something to use for gaming etc.
I take my hat off to the Samsung RV510 laptop. It was bought t three years ago and it is running as well now as it did then. I was very pleased when I bought it and remain very pleased now. It has really given me GREAT service.
The RV510 was and still is a brilliant piece of technology. At its heart is an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor and an integrated Intel graphics card giving me all the processing power and graphics quality that I need. However I should point out that I am not a "gamer". There is also a 15.6 inch screen providing comfortable viewing of dvd's or movies. This is enabled by a DVD rewriter and an integrated sound system.
Its impressive memory capability, that's 3GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, has proved more than sufficient up until recently. Having become a prolific photographer I have had to purchase an external back- up storage device (better safe than sorry, as they say). Its operating system is Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium edition providing a pretty simple but very effective interface that can be used by anyone.
The RV510 also offers great connectivity. It comes Internet ready offering WI-Fi and a 10/100mbps Fast Ethernet ensuring a high quality connection. There are also available 3xUSB 2.0 ports to support connection of USB enabled devices. You will also find a Webcam and microphone, very useful if you are into "Skypeing".
I must mention the battery life which is good for up to 4hours and recharging, when necessary is relatively quick. Must be good for most commuting journeys! Microsoft Office is already installed and ready to go, very useful for teachers, students or office workers. If you do have to use it on your knee/lap you will soon discover that it doesn't get warm, let alone hot.
I am as happy as larry to continue with this machine. We will see who gives out first. As you might of guessed by now I give the RV510 a hearty recommendation.
After having my previous laptop for almost 4 years it finally gave up completely and thus it was time to invest in a new one. I am not one to jump into large purchases therefore I availed of my boyfriends help while searching online and eventually we landed on this. I am glad we did.
With an i3 core processor the load-up and run time is fantastic. It never lags regardless of how many tasks I am doing on it. The LCD screen, is large, bright, crisp and sharp. Images and video have never looked better or clearer. Game graphics look amazing and games load quickly. I regularly use video editing software which runs superb on this device, it loads quickly, never lags or crashes.
I bought the laptop with Windows 8 installed and while it has taken a bit of getting used to it is fantastic. It automatically knows all my details without having to enter much in and stores all apps on the home page. It comes with 2 USB ports as well as ports for SD cards, which is pretty useful to charge my phone, camera and load photos at once. And again, this doesn't seem to slow the speed of the laptop down. It also features a built in webcam and has a mass amount of space.
The keyboard is easy to use, raise slightly which I like as it gives better access to the keys. Battery life is superb. A full charge does me over a whole day.
It is also worth pointing out that I actually broke my screen on the laptop (my own fault) within a month of getting it and although the warranty states that it doesn't cover the LCD screen, Samsung did actually replace the whole laptop for me after I contacted them, which I thought was remarkable and excellent customer service. I would definitely invest in a Samsung laptop again.
i bought this laptop of ebay since m,y other one broke i think its really easy to use and its very highspeed and doesnt crash it also lets you download alot of things which is very useful i find the mouse pad a bit hard to use though because its a bit small but overall its very good the screen picture is also cvery clear and not blurry so its easy to use and the screens a reasonable size to and it ha a long lasting battery whch is handy if your out and on it
I recently bought a new laptop, a Samsung model, RV510. I bought it online, from eBay. It was from an eBay shop which is part of Argos which sells refurbished laptops. So the price was quite good and I only paid £240 for this which I think is a bargain.
I read a lot of reviews before buying this laptop as I wanted to make sure I bought the right one for me. Most of the reviews were very positive. I know that Samsung is a popular brand as well, and I have only ever good heard things about Samsung and its never let me down in the past. I also made sure the laptop had a guarantee on it before I confirmed my bid. I made a very careful well thought out decision about whether to buy this or not.
The laptop looks good. It has a shiny black lid on which looks stylish. Around where the buttons are it is silver and the buttons themselves are black. The keyboard is very easy to use and the keys are all spaced out very well and in the right places so I can type really quickly and with ease. I really like the feel of the mouse as well, which I was worrying about, as normally I don't like the mouse on laptops, but this one is actually OK.
Apart from looking good this laptop also works really well. It is quick and when you turn it on it takes less than a minute to get it to turn on. With my computer it used to take about ten minutes for it to turn on and for everything to load on, so this is very fast in comparison which is great.
This didn't come with Microsoft Office built in but I have since installed it and it works fine on here. I have also installed some PC games such as Beach Life. And I have also burned some music CD s and I didn't have to install anything new to the laptop to be able to do this so I think it must already have a CD burner built in. It also has Windows Movie Maker, Paint, and Windows Media Player built in already.
There seems to be loads of space on this laptop as I have transferred all my documents and music and pictures from my computer and they have all fit on, and there is still loads of room for more. I don't know how to find out the exact memory of this laptop but trust me that it has lots of memory as I had tons of documents etc in my libraries.
Internet explorer and firefox are both installed to this, I installed firefox myself but Internet Explorer was on here already, They both work really well but personally I think firefox is better.
Overall this is an excellent laptop and for the price I paid it is better than I expected it to be. I would definitely recommend it. I don't know much about laptops but I do know that this is a very good one.
It has 3 USB ports two are on one side and one is on the other side. This also has ports for headphones and a microphone. This also comes with a built in webcam, to find this just go to Start, then Cyberlink YouCam. It is a good webcam which takes good quality photos and you can add special effects to these photos as well, which is good fun. You can stretch out your face and make it fatter or thinner and make it look really funny. This is a great feature to the laptop, in my opinion.
Other features which are already built in include a calculator, some sample pics and music, and games. So just all the usual stuff really that you would expect to get on a laptop or computer.
Well anyway this is just from a student's point of view, nothing technical but just an opinion so hope it has been helpful to you. If you are thinking of getting a good, budget laptop to be used for home, school sort of stuff then this will do the job for you. It suits me perfectly and I would definitely recommend it. The only downside I can think of is the fact this didn't come with a battery so I always have to have it plugged in by the charger which obviously limits where I can go on it. But I could buy a battery so this isn't too big of a disadvantage.
So overall I recommend this.
hello good friends.I think For a budget laptop that one uses as a back-up, or if you're a low level user - this machine is ideal. It processes well and fast enough in my opinion.and has a large hard drive that is ideal for home working and entertainments.and has a comfortable keyboard for typing.keyboard with a cross between an isolated and traditional design. It has the wide, flat keys of an isolated keyboard but they're more tightly grouped together.another feature that is important to say is its bright screen Thanks to the LED backlight, the screen is very bright, which in turn helps colours to really make an impact.If you compare how it looks and feels to rival machines in the same category and price range - Samsung has come up with something that doesnt look or feel as nasty. Very very happy for the price - very good deal.
Sadly my beloved laptop (which I have only had for a few years) recently passed away. It now just shows me a blue light and has no life left. I didn't have much time to grieve as I needed a new laptop and quick! Having looked at various shops and prices and ratings etc. I decided on purchasing a Samsung RV510 from Argos at the price of £379.99. I thought this was a reasonable price for a laptop, a nice kind of middle price range.
=== Setting up ===
When I got this home I set it up straight away. Set up was incredibly easy and guided you through creating a password, setting up a wireless connection and other general settings. The laptop comes pre - set up with media player, a link to the internet, sticky notes (which I find incredibly handy when I need a reminder) and a trial version of Microsoft office. I purchased a product key for office and found it incredible easy to activate should you wish to do this.
This laptop took some getting used to as it is quite different to my previous Toshiba. There is a HD widescreen which I believe is 15.6 inches. I am not a very technical person but I think that the quality of the picture on the screen is brilliant. This laptop is fairly lightweight I would say considering it is a fair sized laptop and looks very sleek when closed. The lid is a lovely shiny black with Samsung written quite simple on one side. When you open the lid you can see the widescreen with a built in webcam (which I have not yet tested), and a basic keyboard with silver surroundings. I found that the keyboard took quite a lot of getting used to. There is no space between the main keyboard and the number keys so I find I often hit a button that I didn't want to. I also found the keys themselves a little tricky to get used to. My previous laptop had buttons that were slightly slanted and so were very comfortable to use. This laptop's keys have raised squares on them which mean that I end up having to apply more pressure than previously but after some time this is not a problem as I have now become more used to this. The touch pad for the mouse is easy to use and not too sensitive. There are the usual left and right buttons, nothing special there.
=== Power and battery life ===
The plug in charger that comes with this laptop is pretty standard. The chunky part of the charger has a light which turns on when plugged in correctly which I find is a nice touch. Depending on what is being used on the laptop I find that battery life alone can last for up to 3 hours or so which I think is fairly good. There is also the option of changing the power plan which can be handy should you wish to extend battery life a little longer.
=== Sound ===
The sound on this laptop I would say is average. It is really nothing special and almost has a slight tinny effect although this doesn't bother me massively. The maximum volume is reasonable, it goes as loud as I need it to so this suits me fine.
=== Windows 7 ===
This laptop is equipped with windows 7 which I haven't used before. I find that everything is easy to navigate on the laptop although use of the internet can annoy me. When you have multiple windows up they do not come up as separate tabs at the bottom of the screen. You need to hover over the internet tab to select which window you want to view. This really irritates me as I like to be able to see very quickly exactly what I have up on view. I find the speed of the internet is fine but as I am not a very technically minded person I don't know if this is due to my internet provider, internal things inside the laptop, or a bit of both!
=== Other things ===
I find that I can often need to use lots of cables at once for the laptop, e.g. printer cable, memory stick and this laptop is well equipped with 3 usb ports. I always use wireless internet but there is a slot for a cable should you have wired internet. There is a disk drive which is pretty standard and I also believe there is a dvd/ cd writing programme on here although I have never used it and so could not comment on abilities in that sense. This laptop works very quickly and I do not have to wait very long between my actions and the laptops responses e.g. if I want to open a programme it does so very quickly. There is an option on this laptop to back up all of your files onto a sectioned off part of a drive which I think is something I desperately need to do, and is a great idea if, like me, you are a bit forgetful and don't back up your files as you should do. I am frequently notified when new updates are available although sometimes when I shut down the laptop it automatically installs these which irritates me. I would like to choose when to install them as sometimes I just need to very quickly switch my laptop off before going out somewhere and do not have the time to wait around for it to turn off.
=== Some technical bits ===
I'm not going to list specific technical things but I will mention a few. The storage has a space of 640GB on the hard drive - I have to be honest in that this doesn't mean a great deal to me but so far what I do have stored has taken up a tiny fraction of the overall space so I would say that this is a very reasonable GB for a hard drive. There is a 4GB RAM memory (again not too sure what this means , and also a 2.1Ghz processor speed. I think that this contributes to the fast running speed which I love as nothing frustrates me more than a slow running laptop.
=== Overall thoughts and would I recommend? ===
Overall, although it did take me quite some time to get used to, I think that this is a very good laptop especially for the price considering some are far more expensive. This laptop does everything I need it to do and works at a high speed which I love. I would like to choose when I would like to install updates and am not particularly keen on the way tabs show up for the internet, but I guess you can't have it all. Overall I would say this is a fantastic laptop at a reasonable price and I would recommend to anyone who just has basic needs and doesn't need it for anything particularly fancy.
Thanks for reading.
I bought this as my third laptop whilst studying for my three year degree and so far it has proved itself to be a valued member of my classes!
Not only is it sleek and stylish but it is also surprisingly light for a full sized laptop and so perfect for taking to lectures, seminars and the library. As it is more of a usual size than the small netbook machines available now I found it easy to pick up a reasonable priced snazzy laptop bag to carry it in, rather than those only available in computer shops.
I have definitely put this to the 'hardwearing test' by lugging it around everyday shoved in a bag full of books and it has resisted every bump scratch free thus far!
The glossy screen is a pleasure to look at and doesn't have that glare that some screens give off that give headaches. As its quite large, its good for watching DVDs between writing essays!
The only downside is, it has an inbuilt camera which may encourage parents to video call you, which means tidying your room!
We have had many laptops/pcs the last two years, my son broke one screen, other the connection for the battery broke and the the pc...Well it was just old :P
I am not that technical so needed something that wouldn't confuse the hell outta me. So my partner bought this for us, and i must say he has made a great choice :D
Fast start up a must as i am rather a impatient person and this day and age we are all so busy who has the time to sit and wait for the laptop to load up!
Brightly lit as well, great display quality for watching HD disney movies with the son.
Not too heavy either, i reguarly need to take the laptop to and from the kitchen, on the train and doesn't break my arm in the process.
Intergrated webcam, not used it yet so can't comment on this i have no need for it but very useful if i do need to use it as no need to buy a webcam to try stick on the top and keep sliding off.
Battery life, its ok about average i would say if browsing. Gets eaten quickly if your watching films.
Applications load up quickly, i like the tabs and how you can switch quickly and swiftly between two on a browser. Even move them to their own or together again.
Sound quality not all that great in my opinion. Not that loud and sounds a bit tinny at times.
After saving hard for quite some time I decided it was time for a new laptop so started to shop around and have a good look at what was available at the lower end of the price range. After not finding anything that really suited for the little I wanted to spend because I specifically wanted a full size laptop rather than a netbook I started looking at free laptops with mobile broadband without much luck so decided to hold fire for a while. My main reasons for wanting a laptop over a netbook was the need for a built in CD/DVD drive along with preferably a full size keyboard and a decent size screen.
Whilst browsing in my local 3 mobile store for my recently purchased HTC Wildfire that I have also recently reviewed, I checked out their mobile broadband deals. I was soon drawn to the "free" laptops with mobile broadband again as my current contract had actually come to an end and I could get a laptop along with 15GB of internet usage and a new dongle for just £15 a month more than I was paying for my current contract. Meaning that I could keep my wad of hard earned cash in my pocket, have a decent amount of internet usage each month, and walk out with the Samsung RV510 that I am reviewing I was sold and walked out more than happy with my new smartphone and laptop.
Once I had my laptop home it really was as simple as getting it out of the box clicking the battery into the back and turning it on. There was enough battery to get it through the initial start up which at a guess I would say lasted around 15 minutes including setting the time, date and passwords then also have an explore of the computer. During this process Windows 7 initialised and I was also pointed to the pretty comprehensive instruction manual that is installed on the computer for future use. I only really give this a cursory glance as the laptop was pretty straight forwards to begin to use and get the hang of. Recovery discs can be made at this point or put off until later if like me you just want to enjoy the new purchase. The initial start-up is as it sounds and is only a one time operation, after this the computer just heads straight into Windows 7 every time it starts up in pretty quick time.
Looks and Style:-
This Samsung comes with a glossy black lid with just "Samsung" written on the top in white and not overbearing lettering. The inside consists of a black and silver colour scheme with a full keyboard where pretty much all the keys are full sized, along with a full size number pad on the right hand side just like a standard keyboard. The keyboard is also very sturdy with no movement or flex in the middle like other laptops that I have used that feel like they could break over time if a little heavy fingered with typing, no such problem here. There is plenty of space in front of the keyboard allowing for an area to rest your wrists making it quite comfortable to type with.
The mouse pad has a matte silver finish which I do prefer to shiny with the usual two left and right mouse buttons. The only thing I think it is missing is a scroll bar by the side of the mouse pad to allow quick scanning through webpages and the like, but this is a small price to pay for an otherwise decent looking and stylish laptop. There is a feature that allows you to tap and hold your finger on the mouse pad and scroll down without using any buttons but I have found this to be a bit hit and miss as to whether it works properly and prefer just to use the mouse buttons and the on-screen side/bottom bars.
Overall a sleek and decent looking laptop I know the rage know is for the textured lids for laptops but in my personal opinion I do like the glossy shiny black finish with the only disadvantage being that it does attract or rather show up dust like nothing else I know. The gloss finish just needs a quick wipe over with a cloth though and it looks like new again. The overall dimensions aren't too bad either with the totals measuring approximately 38x27x3.6cms, the weight is around 2.5kg which does seem a little heavy at times but when you think this is roughly equivelent to 2.5 litres of water dosen't seem too bad for what you get.
Spec and Performance:-
This is by no means a top spec laptop or the best in the RV510 range however it does everything that I expect it do well, but would probably lack the power to play games or complete tasks that require and demand a lot from the system, I get the feeling it would start to run slowly at times.
I will just provide the basics on the processor and technical bits and bobs as I am by no means a computer buff but will do my best to give a decent overview. The laptop come provided with an Intel Celeron T3500 dual core processor, with a speed of 2.1GHZ which I am aware is by no means the fastest. Intel however is a brand I trust and not really heard anything bad about, the main thing I was concerned about here though was getting a dual core processor knowing that this would be more than be quick enough to suit my needs.
Not being top spec meant it come with 3GB of RAM rather than the 4GB in the more expensive models available in the same range, I have found this to be plenty and the laptop has always run fast enough for me, having me into my computer within 30 seconds of hitting the on switch and opening programs quickly. It does complete tasks such as using multiple internet windows very well, streams television from popular sites without any stuttering or loading times, and also downloads at a decent enough speed getting me a music album on my hard drive usually within 2 minutes of being purchased.
The screen is large clear and bright, measuring 15.6 inches from corner to corner, with LED HD technology in built giving excellent image quality and making viewing DVD's, TV and the like easy on the eyes not leaving them feeling strained and tired after just half hour of viewing. The only disappointment I had here was that the laptop doesn't have a HDMI out port so I cannot connect to my TV in HD but again not a major problem just a minor grumble.
At the top of the screen hidden discretely between the rubber tabs that stop the monitor closing onto the keyboard is a webcam. This produces nice clear images and there is no pixelation distortion or delay in images unless moving about really quickly, again another feature of this laptop that is well appreciated and works well enough to satisfy the at least the average consumer and probably more on top.
There is a standard monitor lead connection on the side which does allow this laptop to be connected to my TV or a bigger screen which is handy for catching up on programs or watching films when it isn't only me that wants to watch it. Sound does not transfer through this connection mind so a decent set of computer speakers may be a good investment here being simply connected through the standard headphone jack. The speakers do offer a decent quality sound but as with most laptops do struggle a bit at full volume with louder sounds, shouting, loud guitars etc do become a little tinny and grating on the ears. At this point I will quickly mention there is a microphone in port also connected by a standard size jack allowing the use of headsets for the use of Skype and voice recognition typing programs.
This laptop come pre-installed with Windows 7 Premium which was another important consideration as I will be paying for this laptop over time and wanted the most recent operating system I could lay my hands on so that it didn't become outdated as soon as I got my laptop home and out of the box. Another bonus I was not expecting was that a Microsoft Office Starter kit was included with Word and Excel provided free as far as I'm concerned these are the only Office programs I use so saved me further investment once I had my laptop. I will not go to in depth on the operating system as this review is of the laptop, however I will say it is supplied with everything needed to make the laptop useable from the offset such as, Media Player, Skype, the fore-mentioned Office Starter and the usual array of windows games, minesweeper, solitaire etc.
Connectivity wise there are 3 USB ports which are handy as one always has my broadband dongle plugged into it which leaves me with a couple available usually for a printer and memory stick or camera when sorting through and printing pictures. The automatic hardware recognition works well and I have not had to search for a single driver when it comes to installing products, on top all products that have come pre-installed with their own drivers have worked without a glitch.
There is a decent wireless connection that I have only had to use on a few occasions whilst at my parents' house and to transfer the odd file, their house is pretty large and I didn't manage to get out of signal from their broadband router, and when transferring files I needed from their computer to mine the connection was both simple to set up and give a decent file transfer time. It is also possible to transfer files to and from the computer using the Bluetooth facility which is most handy when using the laptop alongside older phones or those that do not have wireless capabilities, saving the need for unnecessary wires hanging about.
There is also a wired connection port to allow connection to laptops or PC's that do not have wireless capabilities. Unfortunately I cannot really comment any further on this as I have never had the need to use it.
The CD/DVD drive was an essential piece of kit for me as I do prefer to use copied CD's when taking them out in the car as I am not the most organized of people and find that once the originals are in my car they are often not seen in the house again having been lost under a seat in the glovebox or footwell, only to be scratched and ruined beyond any sort of use whatsoever. I also like to keep a library of my originals on my laptop for when out and about or staying away from home.
When writing files onto CD's and DVD's I have found the drive to be quick enough. By no means the quickest I have used but by the same token nowhere near unbearably slow, perfectly acceptable for a laptop of this sort of spec. There is also an SD slot handy for transferring pictures especially from our camera onto the hard drive, unfortunately no MicroSD slot though so most phone memory cards cannot be read. The pre-installed program supplied with Windows 7 for reading MicroSD cards works well and quickly and has never caused me any problems whilst transferring various types of media.
This leads nicely onto the hard drive which on my model is 320GB minus what the operating system and few extras take up. For some this may be considered as quite small but was not a major concern for me when choosing my laptop as 500GB external hard drives can now be picked up in the £40-£50 price range, a small investment for a lot of extra storage.
Last but by no means least the battery life on the laptop seems to offer on average around 3½ hours depending on what being used for. I find that if I use it solely for playing music or watching TV over the internet this can drop to around 2 - 2½ hours but still a pretty respectable battery life compared to other laptops I have used that can scarcely last an hour. When it comes to charging the battery tends to take around an hour just over to reach full charge from completely empty, again nothing to complain about here.
Overall a great all round laptop with nothing really to complain about other than a couple of issues, those being the lack of scroll bar on the mouse pad, and no HDMI output. I do however feel these are such small issues and that they are more things worth mentioning rather than complaining about and do no way detract from the overall usefulness of the laptop as a whole.
A great looking laptop now available on the spec reviewed for around the £260 mark offering great performance and style for the price as far as I'm concerned. I feel that this laptop fulfils my needs well for the reasons stated in the review and I would not hesitate at all to recommend a Samsung Laptop especially this model the RV510 to anybody at all.
If your willing to spend out £100 or so more the top spec crammed into the same model as this is pretty impressive and I should think will run as quick as anybody using a laptop could really expect it to, not that I have had any problems at all with the spec I have and it still runs at pretty quick speeds as far as I am concerned.
I do apologise for such a long review but wanted to get everything in as I understand a laptop is a major purchase for most people. I just hope everthing included has been of help and interest to those reading and/or considering a new laptop purchase.
5/5 Dooyoo Stars From Me.
I enjoy using computers and have purchased and used many computers so last year i decided to purchase a cheap e-system laptop and just shy of £200. I broke this by accident and therefore decided to purchase a new laptop... the Samsung Rv510. In argos they have the Rv510 and an upgrade to it again called the Rv510, i purchased the upgrade which basically meant 4gb of ram over 3 for just shy of £400.
Setting the laptop up was exteremly easy and it was suprisingly very basic to set up where i think anyone, even with little knowledge could set one up. It took little under 10minutes to completely set up and the built in wireless adaptor was very quick to connect to my bt home hub.
Ability to perform
The upgrade i have features a good 4gb of ram which in anybodys view is VERY GOOD and is more than enough and together with the 2.1ghz processor it is very easy to play games, listen to music and make a skype/msn video call... with the built in webcam which is very well positioned in the centre.
The battery life on this laptop i have found to be excellent and have made a 2 hour journey to and 2 hour journey back in a car with music playing full blast and it has lasted so in my view the battery life is anywhere from 3hours to 5 hours however if you decrease the brightness of the screen and decrease the volume the laptop will last a lot longer.
The features on this laptop are very good as it comes with : McAfee VirusScan, Samsung Battery Life Extender, SAMSUNG Support Center, Samsung Recovery Solution, Samsung Easy Network Manager, Samsung Easy Display Manager, Samsung Easy Speed Up Manager, CyberLink Youcam and Microsoft Office 2010 Starter. Also it comes with a 60 day free trial of norton anti virus which is very handy however i recomend download free anti virus software.
The Samsung Rv510 comes with windows 7 home premium 64 bit which in my opinion is very easy to use and will not let you down when it comes to navigating your way around.
The graphics are also very good and in most cases it feels high definition with it's 15.6 inch screen it is wide enough to watch movies and is good enough to play nearly all computer games.
The Samsung Rv510 features a 4 in 1 card reader supporting : SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card. It has a large 320gb hard drive which is very good and is capeable of holding over 400 feature length films. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack which is usefull as many headphones are 3.5mm and they are very cheap also the sound quality in the earphones is rather impressive. The speakers are high definition and the laptop also has SRS 3D Sound you can tell the sound is decent because the speakers are very good quality and the sound level is brilliant also when you plug additional speakers into the laptop they can be made VERY loud so this laptop can definatly boast its sound system. Also it has 3 usb ports which i suppose is enough however most laptops do come with 4 but 3 is plenty.
Execllent laptop has never let me down and was well worth the £400 if you can get cheaper which by now im sure you can it is well worth it but be sure to purchase the upgrade with 4gb ram. The features are brillaint and the graphics and sound are of an excellent quality. It is a reasonable weight and is definatly not flimsy whilst the black and silver design look stunning. The mouse is very responsive and i do not care what anyone else says it is not hard to use the track pad mouse as it is just brilliant. It never over heats like some laptops and the processer is just excellent. Anybody after a new laptop should definatly consider the Samsung Rv510 it will not let you down!
I really ought to start this review with the disclaimer that whilst I consider a laptop to be an essential possession, I know very little about the terminology. After a child-related mishap with my previous laptop my husband immediately started scanning websites and contacting my full on techno-nerd brother to find the right laptop at the right price for me. I rarely play games on my laptop and mostly use it to write/surf the internet and socialise so they chose this Samsung laptop for me. Its RRP is around £449 but at the time Sainsburys had it for £330 so my husband was dispatched to buy one. It is back up at its previous higher price at Sainsburys but I see it is available at less than £300 online from retailers like Dabs.com.
*What the manufacturers say**
Giving you more for less, the Samsung RV510 Laptop features an Intel Dual Core Processor running at 2.13GHz, so it does more of what you want, faster. With a memory of 3GB and a hard drive of 320GB it's also got plenty of capacity for multi-tasking and space to store music and video content.
The 15.6" screen has 16:9 aspect ratio, so you see movies in widescreen, while 1366x768 resolution gives plenty of detail. An added bonus is that the screen uses less power than previous Samsung models, so you can watch for longer and preserve battery life.
The laptop comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit as its operating system, while a selection of trial software is pre-loaded on the machine
The computer was very easy to set up, it took just five minutes to go through the motions, including connecting to our wireless internet. It comes with Windows 7 preinstalled and we were able to transfer all my files and bookmarks from my old computer using the Windows Transfer programme within about half an hour.
This laptop is lighter than my old one (only two years old) and thinner too, but it still feels robust and sturdy. The webcam is well positioned and works well. The silver and black colour scheme is smart and stylish and a little bit different to other laptops.
However, there are some design flaws in this laptop. The most major one to me is that the mouse pad and keyboard are slightly out of alignment with each other. This means that when I am typing I have to have my right wrist and hand held at a slightly odd angle in order to avoid having parts of my hands touching the mouse pad and moving the mouse around. I have quite small hands and its an issue for me, so I can imagine for someone with larger hands it would be quite a source of irritation and discomfort.
Another flaw is that the power cable sticks straight out the side at right angles to the machine for about five centimetres. On my previous machine it stuck out less than a centimetre and then turned at a right angle to follow the line of the machine. If you plan to use the laptop mainly on a desk then this will not be an issue for you, but I often use it on my lap on the sofa and the sticking out cable is a liability with children and chair arms.
A final flaw is that the mousepad is quite sticky and sensitive which can be frustrating if you want to use it to scroll down or up. In addition even the slightest pressure on one of the mouse buttons can cause it to move slower or freeze, which is annoying if you prefer to use the mouse buttons to actually click on something.
Listed as around 4 hours if you have charged it fully. I have found that it is closer to three, even if I am only browsing the web and am not running any other programmes. It takes about 90 minutes to charge fully from empty.
Wordpad and Notepad, Paint, Media Player, Internet Explorer, Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Media Centre, Sticky Notes, Windows Fax and Scan, 60 day Norton Trial, Skype etc. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 with Word Starter 2010 and Excel Starter 2010 (but not Powerpoint or Outlook 2010) which includes advertising. However this is not a limited trial (on my last computer I got 20 uses before I had to buy the programme).
*Sound and Graphics*
Obviously the speakers are laptop speakers and thereby limited, but I have found them to be much less tinny than my husband's Macbook, or my old laptop. Graphics are excellent and we watch a lot of films on my laptop as it is often a better quality than our main TV.
I think that if you can get this laptop under £350 then you have got yourself a nice little bargain as this laptop is fast, has good graphics and sound and is very simple and easy to use. However it has some obvious flaws which detract from it overall and make it overpriced at £449 (for this you can buy a Sony Vaio laptop which is apparently greatly superior). I use it daily for several hours and I am very happy with it, although I never have more than two or three programmes running at once. I think this would make a very good laptop for a student, a child or a technophobe as it is simple, easy to work and very intuitive to use.
I particularly like the fact that it runs very quietly and doesnt get as hot as my last laptop, which had a whirring fan which was intensely annoying. However having taken it outside to work today, it became clear that it was reluctant to work at a slightly higher temperature than usual - claiming that the battery had disappeared and then shutting down. The problem was quickly resolved by going inside, but it has a much lower tolerance for warmth than my husband's laptop. I also found that the wireless connection struggled to connect from the garden, whereas my husband was happily connected on his laptop next to me.
It comes with a one year guarantee, manuals and a power charger.
Would I buy it again.....perhaps not, I love it, but its flaws are annoying.