Samsung QX410 laptop features Nvidia Optimus technology; RF series offers Core i5 or i7 CPUs

Summary:Hot on the heels of Samsung's roll out of the SF series, the company is introducing the new QX410 and RF series laptops for those who want to pay a little more for improved performance. The QX410 is the first Samsung notebook to use Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics.

Hot on the heels of Samsung's roll out of the SF series, the company is introducing the new QX410 and RF series laptops for those who want to pay a little more for improved performance. The QX410 is the first Samsung notebook to use Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics.

The QX410 will be a Best Buy exclusive, and comes with an Intel i5-460M processor, 4GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics card, and a 14-inch LED-backlit display. Optimus switches between integrated graphics for apps that don't require much graphics power, and the discrete card for gaming, photo editing and other graphics-intensive tasks. The QX410 also includes a gesture pad so you can use multi-touch commands and a new lithium polymer battery that Samsung claims can provide up to 7 hours of battery life per charge. The laptop costs $929.99 when it hits Best Buy shops this fall.

The RF series comprises three models: the RF510-S01, RF510-S02, and RF710. The 510 systems have a 15.6-inch screen, while the RF710 sports a 17.3-inch display (both LED-backlit). While the RF510-S01 includes a Core i5-460M CPU and 500GB hard drive, the RF510-S02 and RF710 sport i7-720QM quad-core processors and 640GB hard drives. The RF710 also comes with a Blu-ray drive and a second (empty) hard drive bay. All three include an Nvidia GeForce GT 330M graphics card, 4GB of RAM, and USB 3.0 ports -- the first Samsung laptops to do so.

Like the QX410, the RF series is due this fall, with the RF510-S01 priced at $939, the RF510-S02 at $1,079, and the RF710 at $1,099.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Processors, Samsung

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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