When Samsung forayed into the portable PC segment in India in December 2008 with a comprehensive lineup of netbooks and notebook PCs, there were many expectations from the Korean consumer electronics giant.
Two years down the line, Samsung has not really been able to establish a name for itself in Indian mobile computing space. It is only recently that the company has started aggressive sales promotions for its notebooks with TVCs and other advertising.
We bring you a lowdown on Samsung notebooks available in India.
The R Series is made up of all rounder, mainstream notebooks featuring latest Intel Core CPUs, advanced graphics, large hard drives and a sleek glossy design. Samsung currently has 16 models in its R Series with processors varying from entry-level Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500 to the high-end Intel Core i5- 460M. Depending on your budget, Samsung offers you DOS-based notebooks or Windows 7 Home Premium OS.
The R Series notebooks come with Samsung Recovery Solution software which automatically creates system restore points on your HDD in case of sudden loss of power. Also see: Best laptops for business travelers
Do keep in mind that these notebooks don’t have 3G support. So, if you have or are planning to get a 3G data connection, you may want to look at some other options. Here’s a detailed look at the low-end and the most expensive model in Samsung R Series of notebooks.
Samsung R580 notebook
Price: Rs. 47,990
Features: The top-of-the-line Samsung R580 boasts an eye-catching design that parallels its high performance features like the 16:9 HD LED display, Intel Core i5-460M processor, Windows 7 Home Premium OS, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, SRS 3D sound effect, Bluetooth 3.0 and an expansive 17-key numeric keypad.
The R580 is as luxurious as it is powerful. The Samsung notebook is built to withstand bumps and knocks and its crystal S-pattern design comes in an appealing gradation of colors. The haptic-enhanced LED touch pad is extremely responsive. Samsung R580 is powered by a 6-cell battery and weighs 2.6 kgs.
Samsung RV508 notebook
Price: Rs. 25,990
Features: The entry-level Samsung RV508 is powered by a bit out-dated 2.30 GHz Intel Pentium T4500 processor. While that may loose you some bragging rights, the processor is fast-enough for most day-to-day tasks. Samsung RV508 notebook has DOS as its operating system so be prepared to shell out extra for Windows OS.
But this is where cost-cutting stops. RV508 has a 15.6-inch LED HD display with a 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio and 2GB RAM and 320GB HDD are pretty standard for this price point.
Other features of Samsung RV508 notebook include Bluetooth 3.0, webcam, SRS 3D sound effect, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Wi-Fi and a 4-in-1 card slot.
The N series comprises netbooks in Samsung’s lineup. These are stylish, powerful and affordable. The Samsung netbooks deliver up to 13.5 hours (6 cell 5900mAh)/10.0 hours (6 cell 4400mAh) of battery life, which is excellent for those who want their entertainment on-the-go. It sure helps that these netbooks weigh just 1.24kgs. Related: Future of netbooks
The N Series is available in a variety of colors and the durable casing protects against scratches and fingerprints. The 10.1-inch LED anti-reflective display performs well even in direct sunlight.
Samsung claims that its N Series netbooks power up in as little as 3 seconds. As a form of data protection, the Samsung netbooks back up data onto HDD as well as memory, so, even if the battery dies or power is suddenly lost, all your contents will saved just as you left them, once you restart.
Samsung N Series netbooks are cleverly styled with an integrated hinge. That means the screen blends together seamlessly with the keyboard even when it’s open, which makes adjusting the screen easier.
The Samsung netbooks are DLNA-enabled and come with an international warranty service. Let’s check out some models from Samsung N Series netbooks.
Samsung N150 Plus netbook
Price: Rs. 19,490
Features: The top-of-the-line N150 Plus is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and comes with Windows 7 Starter edition OS. It has 2GB internal memory and 250GB storage space.
Samsung N150 Plus comes with an integrated VGA webcam, supports HD audio and features SRS 3D sound effect technology. The netbook offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity. It has 3 USB 2.0 ports and a 4-in-1 card slot.
Samsung N148 Plus netbook
Price: Rs. 15,990
Features: The entry-level N148 Plus offers all the features of its big brother Samsung N150 Plus, with the exception of its RAM and OS. Samsung N148 Plus is powered by Intel Atom N455 processor and comes with 1GB RAM. This netbook is DOS-based.
If you want the convenience of a notebook but performance of a hardcore desktop, the SF Series might be just the thing for you.
Samsung SF510 notebook has a unique and stylish designs with its fluidic shape and ergonomic profile setting it apart from the conventional, straight-line, box-type notebook designs. The SF510 comes with a 15.6-inch high resolution, anti-reflective LED backlit display.
Powered by an Intel Core i3/i5 processor, Samsung SF510 runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS. The notebook boasts 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD, along with a NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphic processor, enough to take care of your intensive 3D gaming needs.
The Samsung notebook is said to deliver for 7.5 hours of before its battery dies out on you. The notebook boots from a sleep mode into a full-working mode in just 3 seconds. Not only that, the SF510 notebook lets you charge your mobile devices right through its USB charging port. And it doesn’t even have to be turned on for that! Also see: Top long battery life laptops in India
Samsung SF510 notebook is DLNA-enabled and boasts Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and Samsung’s AllShare technology for easy content sharing.
Two models are available in this series:
Samsung SF510 – powered by Intel Core i3 processor
Samsung SF510 – powered by Intel Core i5 processor
Price: Rs. 57,490