A 14 inch LED powered laptop
Samsung is another company that produces great quality products which are loved by people everywhere. They have recently launched a new laptop, namely the Samsung Q430. According to Korean manufacturers, “The Q430’s 14″ LED-backlit display with edge-to-edge glass delivers bright, colorful HD images for a rich viewing experience.” We decided to test the device for ourselves and see what it can do. Here is our review.
Very easy to use keyboard
As we all know, Samsung excels in the design department and the new Q430 is no exception. The product looks very appealing with its black brushed aluminum lid and silver brushed aluminum keyboard. The sides and bottom of the product are made of black plastic. The upper lid is covered in edge-to-edge glass. The Samsung Q430 weighs 2.35kg and measures 13.5″ x 9.4″ x 1.04″; while not quite light, the device was nonetheless easy to put in a backpack and carry around. The front sports a 14-inch widescreen HD LED-Backlit display; this one features edge-to-edge glass and offers beautiful colors and brightness. The 16:9 aspect ratio further enhanced, during the test for our review, the brightness aspect. It also helped us watch HD movies in 16:9 widescreen format and there were no black bands whatsoever. The keyboard and touchpad felt very comfortable and were very easy to use.
Intel Core i5-460M processor
The Q430 notebook uses a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5-460M dual-core processor which includes 3 MB L3 cache and 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology. The latter did the following: it maximized speed for demanding applications; this resulted into accelerated performance for our workload. The technology also offered NVIDIA GeForce 310M with 512MB of dedicated video memory, which provided both 3D capabilities along with high-quality and smooth HD video playback. NVIDIA Optimus technology optimized our laptop and also extended battery life.
Concerning memory and storage, the latest Samsung Q430 boasts the following: 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM and 500 GB SATA hard drive. The former can be extended to 8GB. They both offered superb overall performance whenever we watched a movie, played a game and the like.
SRS TruSurround technology
In the sound department, the newest Samsung laptop sports a pair of stereo speakers and the SRS TruSurround technology. Overall sound quality was good, but we noticed some treble heavy. The device also features a webcam which offers a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. It wasn’t that impressive when we chatted with our friends.
When talking about connectivity, this laptop doesn’t boast that many ports and inputs. There are only 1 HDMI high-definition audio/video output, 3 total USB ports with 1 eSATA/USB combo port, microphone input port with Sleep and Music functionality plus headphone output jack, 1 VGA video output and 1 multi-format memory card reader. The latest Samsung device also ships with Wireless Connectivity (802.11b/g/n), DVD Dual Layer Burner and USB Sleep and Charge.
Good battery life
The latter offered us the possibility to keep our portable devices (MP3 player, smartphone and many more) powered up without having to open the laptop.
The new Q430 laptop produced by Samsung is preloaded with Microsoft Office 2010. When we wanted to activate the full-featured Office suite we simply bought a product key; you can also purchase a traditional disc (FPP). Some other software this device comes with: Norton Internet Security (60 day trial). The 6-cell battery offers up to 4.5 hours of life.
All in all, after the test performed for this review we can say that the latest Samsung Q430 is, without a doubt, worth a buy. The laptop is Energy Star 5.0 certified, RoHS compliant and has Gold EPEAT designation that reduces impact on the environment.
|* Superior 14 inch LED Image Quality movies|
|* Intel Core i5 460M, 4 GB of Memory, 500 GB Hard Drive|
|* Outstanding Graphics – The Q430’s NVIDIA Optimus technology.|
|Processor, Memory, and Motherboard|
|* Processor: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5|
|* RAM: 4 GB|
|* Number of Processors: 1|
|* Hardware Platform: PC|
|* RAM Type: SODIMM|
|* Type: Serial ATA|
|* Size: 500 GB|