Ion-powered Samsung N510 hits U.S. e-tail

Samsung's N510 netbook has taken its sweet time crossing the Atlantic, but it's finally here. After its appearance at European e-tailers last quarter, the system is now available at Newegg for the tidy sum of $599.99. Shipping is free, though.

For that price, you might expect a dual-core, consumer ultra-low-voltage processor. But the N510 only has an Atom N280, which it pairs up with an Ion LE integrated graphics chipset from Nvidia. There's an 11.6" 1366x768 display, too, alongside 2GB of system memory, a 250GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a six-cell battery. Samsung pre-loads this puppy with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Physically, the Samsung N510 isn't all that slender by today's standards—Newegg quotes a thickness of 1.08-1.17". However, the machine won't break your back at 3.08 lbs.

The Ion LE graphics chip should also come in especially handy now that Adobe has released a beta of its GPU-accelerated Flash Player 10.1. You ought to be able to enjoy full-screen HD Flash video despite the anemic Atom CPU, and you may enjoy better battery life than on a faster CULV notebook. Just don't try running any demanding games on this thing.

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