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Samsung has chosen to play the design card to try and stand out in what is an increasingly crowded netbook market and has launched the NF310 Shark. According to Samsung, it'll be 'love at first sight'. Lets see if we can hold out against its charms! The NF310 is generally pretty nice on the eye. No hard lines here, rather a nice rounded shell. Note the two shark-like fins on either side of the keyboard. Samsung has gone for a mix of plastics: glossy for the hood and around the screen and matte for the inside and bottom. It's well-finished, except for the wrist rest which gives too much when you press down on it too hard. The keyboard with separated keys (14 x 14 mm) gives supple and quiet keying. Our main reproach is with the keys on the right hand side. The 'Shift' key is too small when touch typing and you might find yourself hitting the 'Alt' or 'Enter' keys in stead of the arrow keys. The 7.5 cm long metal-coloured multi-touch touchpad stands out nicely. The glide is fluid and precise. We would however have liked it to be slightly wider. The webcam is ok for occasional use, with acceptable fluidity. Note however the weak contrast and a tendency towards overexposure of the light areas of the image.
Samsung is a laptop maker that's been on a tear lately. Though the company is largely known for its TVs and smartphones, its U.S. assortment of computers has stood out lately for offering a great mix of design, features, and affordability. That's been true for Samsung's larger laptops, and it's also true (but to a lesser extent) for its Netbooks. The $399 NF310 is a dual-core Atom 10-inch Netbook that's certainly well-built, but doesn't rise far above the competition. That's not entirely Samsung's fault: Atom Netbooks, in general, have pretty much come to a standstill in terms of features, performance, and price. While $399 is higher than the $299 price of some low-end 10-inchers, this model has a dual-core Atom N550 CPU, an HD 10-inch display, and a larger keyboard than most Netbooks. On the other hand, it's also a bulkier Netbook, and its curvy looks, while appealing, are gloss more than function. It's certainly one of the better Netbooks we've seen, but for only $50 more, you could be looking at an affordable, more powerful 11.6-inch ultraportable instead, such as the Toshiba Satellite T215D. Samsung has taken to bold designs for its recent laptops, and the NF310 is no exception. A sleek, gray-silver exterior is made of plastic and shows off smudges easily, but has a raised and curved design that looks organic to the eye.
Netbooks are still key products despite claims that the Apple iPad and the rest of the tablet space are eating into sales. Intel recently launched the first dual-core version of its Atom processor for the mobile space. Standing out from the latest batch of dual-core netbooks is the Samsung NF310-A01 ($399.99 street). It comes with a great user experience, a high-resolution screen, and more than 7 hours of battery life. Its price, meanwhile, is close to the Toshiba mini NB305-N410 ($340 list, 4.5 stars) - the netbook it replaces as the new Editors' Choice in this category. The NF310-A01's dark silver lid is dubbed "Titan Silver," which is basically a spruced up marketing lingo to describe its reflective plastic. The laptop's glossy plastic lid is a magnet for fingerprints and smudges, although it doesn't collect as much as the Asus EeePC 1215N ($500 street, 4 stars). Matte-finished lids, like the ones found on the Asus EeePC 1015PEM ($370 street, 4 stars) and Toshiba mini NB305-N410, require less wiping with the cloth. But no other material used for laptops is more desirable than aluminum, which can be found in the HP Mini 5103 ($650 street, 4 stars).
If you're going to shell out $399 for a netbook, it has to be special. The Samsung NF310 makes the case for its premium price with a futuristic-chic design, a dual-core Atom processor, and a high-resolution display (1366 x 768) for a 10-inch screen. While this mini laptop doesn't offer the longest battery life, it's an excellent choice.The NF310 is a bold departure from your traditional netbook. With the charcoal gray lid closed, you can see the outline of a wave along the sides. Once open, the curve creates a shallow well on the silver deck where the keyboard sits. This bump makes the 1.2-inch thick system a little bulky, but the rounded corners and tapered edges help give the NF310 an air of sleekness. The chunkier back half and slightly jutting battery make the 2.8-pound netbook comfortable to carry one-handed.The lid gives off a metallic impression, but the plastic coating collects smudges easily and leaves it looking messy. We wish Samsung would offer more color options. Underneath the lid, a glossy plastic bezel with a dotted pattern surrounds the display. The pattern is cool, but the bezel is a bit larger than we'd like.Throughout our hands-on time, the NF310 stayed relatively cool, even when sitting on our lap.