The Samsung RF711-S02 notebook packs an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GT540M graphics and a Samsung solid state drive in a slim 1.5" thick design. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey test out the $950 notebook for its official Gadget Pr0n rating.
What You Need to Know
This 1.5” laptop is slimmer than most and it's also much wider than a normal laptop.
The wider screen means you wind up with lots of extra real estate for multimedia apps like video editing, or Photoshop.
Movies and games look great on the LED back-lit screen.
The extra width also gets you a full-sized keyboard and a number pad, which is a nice bonus.
It has three USB ports and full HDMI out so you can connect it to most TVs for watching movies or surfing the web.
The disc drive is only DVD read write and not Blu-ray.
Even without the Blu-ray, it's still a good all-purpose laptop.
It performed as well or better than other laptops in this price range, but we tested two versions of this laptop.
The $950 one had a standard hard drive.
This one here has a 256 GB Samsung 470 Series solid state hard drive installed, which means no moving parts; it increases the total price to about $1,400.
As expected, both laptops performed about the same when we ran our 3D gaming benchmarks; games looked and played great on the medium settings.
The upgraded laptop far outperformed other laptops in its class at things like booting up, launching applications, and loading games; it cold boots to the desktop in about 20 seconds and most applications launched nearly instantly.
The Samsung rf-711 starts at $950, but we're recommending that you install a Samsung solid state drive to get the most out of it with the faster drive.
This laptop is a great value; the extra 256 GB solid state drive is about $400 and is easy to install yourself or save some money and add a smaller 128 GB drive for about $200.
You can get one starting at $950 and upgrade from there.