SAMSUNG 310E5C Review – Budget, But Functional


The company Samsung when releasing their laptops, often focuses on the production of not very expensive models. This is due to the fact that this niche is the most popular and in great demand among consumers. Notebook Samsung 310E5C of those models that fall within the price bracket. It is equipped with a decent 15.6-inch matte screen has a relatively small size and weight, which makes mobile, its appearance is quite simple and concise, and the filling is different super-power. In fact, this gadget is designed to solve daily tasks less demanding users.

Technical characteristics

Processor: Intel Core i5-3210M 2500 MHz
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
Storage: 500 GB HDD
Display: 15.6 “1366×768 WXGA LED, matt
Video: Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 1GB
Drive: DVD-RW
Wireless: A Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0,
Audio: 2 speakers
Interfaces: 3xUSB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45, card reader SD / SDHC / SDXC, combo audio jack,
In addition: 1.3 megapixel webcam
Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion 4400 mAh
Dimensions and Weight: 368x243x35 mm, 2.3 kg
Operating system: Windows 8 64-bit
Options: Samsung 310E5C (NP-310E5C-U03)

Design

As mentioned above, Samsung 310E5C refers to the range of low-end models, so naturally he made of black plastic, which makes it a versatile, suitable for both men and women, both for business and for the students. On the cover with hardly noticeable brushed texture (like a tinted aluminum) near the right edge you can see the logo of Samsung, and it also makes the device a certain solidity. The substrate glossy keyboard of the laptop, because it seems darker than all the other aspects of the notebook. This transition is a kind of feature gadget. Naturally, in contrast to other surfaces, partly made of matte plastic, glossy substrate immediately covered with fingerprints. The touchpad surface and a few shades lighter than likely this shade can be called graphite. This solution has a great look at the overall design of the laptop.

The build quality is well made, all parts are fastened, the only thing that if much pressure, it may bend a little keyboard. The hinges that hold the display, rather rigid. On one side of the laptop open with one hand be very problematic to the other – the cover securely in the selected position and does not swing during operation of the notebook. To access the replaceable components, one big enough to stay on the bottom cover. Under it we will see the memory slots and the hard drive bay.

Notebook has such dimensions: width – 36.8 cm, length – 24.3 cm, height, in turn, 3.5 cm device weighs just 2.3 kg.

Display, audio and webcam

Samsung 310E5C has a widescreen 15.6-inch TN-matte screen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Display backlight LED. Fringing is a very narrow frame, so that the screen seems bigger, and the weight gadget is getting smaller.

Given the availability is not the best template, the viewing angles are poor, which, however, expected. Perhaps to mitigate the disappointment of the quality of the display, the manufacturer has made it a matte anti-reflection. This is a definite plus, because the matte finish is much better than the glossy, because of glare contribute to a comfortable and pleasant with the user. Overall, for a full web browsing, watching movies and less demanding games of touch screen is quite enough, so any visible discomfort you feel. Samsung 310E5C has a 1.3-megapixel webcam and integrated microphone. Of course, in order to make high-quality images, this is not enough, however, to communicate with Skype enough with the quality of the head.

Traditionally, the laptop is equipped with two stereo speakers and a power of 3 W, the characteristics are not the most demonstrative, but the sound for watching movies or videos will be sufficient, and if not, to the laptop always have the option to connect the speakers.

Keyboard and Touchpad

This model is equipped with a very comfortable and functional island-type keyboard. Its keys are square-shaped edge – rounded. A feature of this keyboard is the embedded numeric keypad. The key travel is average, and the response is fast enough. Digital control pressed down somewhat in width, but the arrow keys to get practical usefulness. It’s especially nice because in many models now you can find much height up and down arrows. Backlit keyboard is not, but it’s not a problem, because all the main features are marked in blue, the same bezel and dial a block.

As mentioned substrate glossy keyboard, although it is refreshing design, dust and dirt have accumulated most readily, thereby delivering a certain amount of inconvenience to the user. Above the keyboard in the upper right corner is a button on your notebook, it is round in shape, with light, it is easy to find even blindly.

Under the keyboard has a touchpad, it is not centered, but slightly offset to the left. Touchpad is large, has a nice textured surface and a very fast response. The touchpad also has two keys that essentially duplicate the actions of the left and right mouse buttons. They pressed a little harsh and emit a distinctive clicking sound.

In general, the input devices are very pleased, nothing extraordinary, but they are executed efficiently and conscientiously.

Performance

Samsung 310E5C (NP-310E5C-U03) is supplied with the operating system Windows 8 64-bit. In addition, the filling gadget includes a dual-core Intel Core i5-3210M -generation Ivy Bridge processor with a clock frequency of 2.5 GHz. Enlisting the support of mode Turbo Boost, CPU operating frequency can be increased up to 3.1 GHz. In addition, the processor is made on 22nm process technology, along with an integrated graphics card consumes 35 watts. It is fair to say that the different configuration of the notebook can be equipped, and other processors such as the Intel Core i5-2410M or Intel Celeron B820. For graphic processing in the laptop meets the integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M with 1 GB of video memory.

Last supports DirectX 11, made on 40nm process technology, since it was based on the chip GF108. Integrated graphics, in turn, is made by more modern 22nm process technology and is more energy efficient. In the symbiosis of these two cards are coping fairly well, performing daily work without any delay. So, FIFA 13 with a resolution of 1366×768 at medium settings go with 135-140 fps, with the same resolution, but on the highest settings with 100-105 fps.

The game Diablo 3 is also on medium settings shows a little less than 50 frames per second. At Samsung 310E5C there is one bracket memory of 4GB of memory standard DDR3-1600 MHz, in addition to this there is one empty slot SO-DIMM, which you can put the same memory stick volume, thus obtaining a maximum of 8 GB. Information is responsible for the storage of a hard disk of 500 GB with a spindle speed of 5400 revolutions per minute, the laptop segment of the budget is the usual indicators.

Ports and Communications

You can not say that the laptop is equipped with a large number of interfaces, but here there is the absolute minimum. On the left side there are ports USB 2.0, VGA video outputs or HDMI, LAN port RJ-45, headphone and microphone (by 3.5 mm), and the power connector.

Right sides together two ports USB 2.0, Kensington lock slot, optical drive DVD-RW.

Card Reader 3-in-1 (SD / SDHC / SDXC) located on the front of the notebook.

Perhaps the main drawback is the lack of standard ports USB 3.0, and it’s quite strange, because modern laptops are already being squeezed out a model with USB 2.0. As for wireless communications, the Samsung 310E5C already equipped with the usual Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi standard 802.11 b / g / n.

Battery

The laptop is installed 6-cell lithium-ion battery capacity of 4400 mAh. In principle, the battery has a good autonomy, declared by the manufacturer battery life is 3.5 hours. In practice, such a measure is possible only when you surf the web. But watching the movie will not be a problem, because in this case the notebook will last up to 3 hours. At full load the battery life of just over 1 hour. Besides, what assures us again Samsung, the laptop is endowed with a special battery saving technology – BatteryLife Plus, thanks to which the battery is stored for about 80% of its original capacity, even after 1,000 recharges . In addition, it does not damage the environment, because the need to frequently change the battery is no longer alone.

Conclusion

In summary, I would like to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the laptop Samsung 310E5C (NP-310E5C-U03). This model has a cute and practical design, universal for people of both sexes and of different professions. Display laptop is certainly not the best, but better quality matrix would lead to a substantial increase in the cost laptop. In this case, the display will be enough for watching movies and browsing the web. The keyboard and touchpad are also pleased: classic-style, comfortable and functional. Performance, given that the budget laptop, very, very bad.

The presence of a discrete graphics card is an added plus, and a modern processor and enough hard disk Samsung 310E5C make a good choice for everyday use. Among the shortcomings, perhaps you can highlight the lack of USB 3.0 ports and an insufficient number of interfaces in general. As you can see, the number is much higher than the number of merit weaknesses, and they are not serious enough to be the decisive criteria when selecting a device. Therefore, if you want to buy a laptop for home use, perform simple tasks on it, the Samsung 310E5C is the best option!

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