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Samsung Q320-JS03UK review

Will Stapley
11 Nov 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
570
inc VAT

The Q320's excellent design, great keyboard and small size make it a decent travelling companion.

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Specifications

13.4 in 1,366x768 display, 2.2kg, 2GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

At 2.2kg, Samsung's attractive Q320 is 200g heavier than our limit for ultra-portable laptops, but it's still light enough to carry regularly.

With a battery life of four hours and 21 minutes, it can survive for long enough away from a power socket to be useful.

While it may be heavier than a standard ultra-portable, the weight has been put to good use, with Samsung fitting high-quality components. The 2GHz Pentium Dual Core T4200 processor and 4GB of RAM are a potent combination, helping the Q320 to an overall score of 51 in our 2D benchmarks. The Nvidia GeForce 105M graphics are a step up from integrated Intel graphics, although the score of 9.2fps in our Call of Duty 4 benchmarks shows that it still can't cope with the latest games. Less demanding strategy games and older titles at low resolutions should be fine, though.

The bright 13.4in display has a resolution of 1,366x768. Viewing angles aren't very good, though, and moving off-centre makes the screen look washed out. We also found that text wasn't quite as sharp as on other laptops.

Despite the small size of the case, Samsung has managed to squeeze in a slot-loading DVD drive for watching movies. A minor annoyance is that there's no eject button and you have to press Fn-Insert to remove a disc. The speakers are useful for watching a film on the move, although they distort at full volume.

They keyboard's great. Samsung has used all the available space, and all the keys are a good size. They're responsive and comfortable to type on, too, making the Q320 a decent computer for work as well as pleasure.

There's a lot else to like, too. The generous 500GB hard disk provides plenty of storage space. VGA and HDMI outputs mean that this laptop is easy to connect to almost any external display, from a projector to an HD TV.

Samsung's Q320, by virtue of its weight, isn't quite an ultra-portable, but its small size means that it's still a decent travelling companion. Its screen isn't quite as good as we'd hoped, however, so this laptop just misses out on an award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Processor clock speed2GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size37x325x231
Weight2.2kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle23W
Power consumption active46W

Display

Viewable size13.4 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce G 105M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory256MB

Storage

Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive modelTSST TS-T633A
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/34
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC
Other ports1x eSATA

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedCyberlink DVD Suite
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£570
Detailswww.samsung.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk

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