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WinLab Reviews
Samsung SENS 810
This Multimedia Portable Makes SENS

-- by John D. Ruley

Samsung's SENS 810 delivers 133MHz Pentium performance in a full-featured multimedia notebook.

The SENS 810 features a built-in 28.8Kbps modem, 8MB to 40MB of EDO memory on board (16MB in the configuration I tested), 256KB of level 2 SRAM cache, a removable 1.2GB hard drive, and an interchangeable 1.44MB floppy and quad-speed CD-ROM drive.

The display is outstanding, among the best I've used on a portable. The bright 12.1-inch TFT color LCD supports 800x600x16-bit SVGA resolution, and is driven by a 32-bit PCI local bus accelerator (Cirrus 7548 chipset with 1MB of video RAM-up to 2MB available). As an option, NTSC/PAL television output is available.

Built-in multimedia support includes 16-bit stereo sound (Sound Blaster 16-compatible) with MIDI and joystick interfaces on board. An internal microphone and surprisingly powerful speakers are provided.

At 2.5 by 11.7 by 9.7 inches and 7.7 pounds (sans CD-ROM and power supply), the SENS 810 isn't the smallest portable you'll find.

Our Wintune 95 benchmarks showed impressive performance: 243MIPS, 5.2Mpixels-per-second video and 2.7MB-per-second uncached disk throughput. These results are comparable to many 133MHz Pentium desktop systems, though slow compared to the WinMag recommended Dell Latitude LM P133ST, which uses a 128-bit NeoMagic video controller chip.The SENS 810 is larger and heavier than the Dell and Winbook FX, but it offers more features.

W Info File

Samsung SENS 810
Price: $3,599
Pros: Excellent display; removable CD; first-year "executive" support
Cons: High price; weight; short battery life
Platforms: 3x, 95
Samsung North America
800-933-4110, 201-229-7000
WinMag Box Score: 4.0

Copyright 1997 CMP Media Inc.


(From Windows Magazine, January 1997, page 182.)