The Samsung N510 netbook is expected to begin shipping in a few weeks. And today Netbook Choice discovered that Samsung has posted the user manual for the laptop on its website. You can click this link to download it. For the most part, the manual confirms what we already knew, but it is nice to see that the RAM and hard drive can be easily upgrade. There are also instructions for connecting an HDTV using the computer’s HDMI port.
But there’s a bit of moderately bad news in the product specifications section. It turns out that the laptop will ship with NVIDIA ION LE instead of the ordinary NVIDIA ION platform. What does that mean? Basically, the NVIDIA ION platform bundles an Intel Atom processor with an NVIDIA graphics processor to provide higher quality graphics on low power netbooks. Up until recently, most NVIDIA ION powered devices were nettops that were capable of handling HD video, some modern video games, and tasks that required DirectX 10 support. NVIDIA ION LE, on the other hand, will only support DirectX 9. This probably helps keep the cost down a bit, but that’s small comfort for anyone hoping buy the N510 and then install Windows 7.
Now, the Samsung N510 will ship with Windows XP Home, which doesn’t support DirectX 10 anyway. So if you’re not planning on upgrading the operating system, this shouldn’t be a big deal. But if you were planning on installing Windows 7 on this laptop, you might want to wait until a fture version is released with DirectX 10 support.