Samsung SF310 13.3" notebook, I5 , 512mb GFX , 4gb ram - £549.47 @ Save On Laptops
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Samsung SF310 13.3" notebook, I5 , 512mb GFX , 4gb ram - £549.47 @ Save On Laptops

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Found 2nd May 2011
Been a few asking on here recently for a good deal on sub 14" notebook with I5 processor.

At the moment this is about the best out there pound for pound with I5 and dedicated graphics.

Still retailing for £750+ at many stores both offline and online

Amazon seem to be around £565 and reviews on there are pretty good.

Processor Intel® Core™ i5-480M Dual Core (2.66 GHz, 3MB Cache, with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
Screen 13.3" (1366x768 HD Resolution)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
RAM 4GB (DDR3)
Hard Drive 320GB
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Dedicated (NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M with 512MB DDR Dedicated Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 3-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC,MMC)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Bluetooth Bluetooth® 3.0+HS
Speakers Integrated Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
E-sata 1x eSATA Port
Warranty 12 Months Samsung Collect & Return Warranty
Battery Life 3-4 Hours (up to 4 hours with power management)
Weight 1-2 Kg (This Model 1.99 Kg)

8 Comments

Original Poster

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81rMQhmr2fL._AA1500_.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61x5Nwx4cNL._AA1500_.jpg

Hot from me.

Has everything I'd need in a portable laptop.

Just wish the battery life was a bit better.

Beautiful design, poor battery, and too expensive

Original Poster

£550 I don't see as being expensive for what your getting, this is a 13" notebook that are not as mainstream as some of the 15" & 17" models, so this is a niche market.
There are far less 13" notebooks produced in comparison to the bigger screens and less choice of manufacturers.

I suppose you would be hard pressed to find a 15" screen with I5 , 4gb ram , 320gb hd , bluetooth and dedicated graphics for less than the price of this machine.

It retails at the likes of John Lewis for £750...

What do you think would be a fair price for this??

How much would an Apple 13" with this spec cost??
Edited by: "margamboy" 2nd May 2011

I think it's a great spec and price and I almost bought it not long ago at a similar price but couldn't live with the trackpad. HP do similar track pads and I hate them for the same reason, I just can't get on with these track pads with built in buttons.

A review that confirms my issues with the pad:
reviews.cnet.co.uk/lap…90/

Sadly I use it on my lap so a mouse isn't an option either. Shame.

Voted hot though because it's a good deal.

A very good 13.3 laptop although quite expensive for what it is, especially at £750.
I wouldn't wanna pay £150-200 more over the Q330-430 series just for an i5 + gigabit LAN and 310m on Q330 since you also get 310m on the Q430 which is a 14" screen.
Previous Q330 - Q430 was £389-£399.
But this is one of the best spec 13.3" laptop I've seen at this price.

about the trackpad issues there is a way to sort it out though, I bought one for my HP DM3 laptop the horrible mirror trackpad!
skinstyler.com/pc
just measure your current trackpad and order it. Not only does it protect the trackpad it makes it easier to slide your finger around.
Edited by: "remyxx87" 2nd May 2011

For the performance available in this form factor upto 4 hours battery is not bad at all.

Also people saying its expensive compared to a 15" model. You need to keep in mind keeping a 35w cpu and a 23w gpu cool in such a small form factor cool will require heatpipes, copper heatsinks a quality fans and lots of heat shielding on the other components, this doesn't come cheap unfortunately.

Unfortunately, I believe this is one of those laptops where the battery is actually builtin.
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