Samsung QX410 Laptop Review: Impressive Specs For Price

By Jamie Pert - Dec 7, 2010

Samsung first announced the new QX series in September along with the SF and RF series, but not only did the look of this laptop take our fancy, also did the specs. But wait until you hear the price.

At just $799, Samsung have gone out on a limb to bring us perfection with specifications and a price to match. For that price you get a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 310M GPU (512MB RAM) with Optimus, a 14-inch glass display (1366×768 resolution) and a 640GB hard drive.

The lid is made of aluminium, it is only an inch in thickness and on top of that you get yourself access to TV streaming with Intel’s WiDi and get on a fast WiMAX network without the need of an extra dongle to take up unnecessary USB slots.

You get your usual wide range of ports — VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, standard audio ports (headphone and microphone), and two USB slots. Although there are latches covering the HDMI and USB ports that can be a little fiddly, we also have an optical drive, 5-in-1 media card and another USB port on the right side.

Watching movies and videos also comes naturally to the QX410. Not much adjustment is needed as viewing angles are surprising good, and the speakers are not too bad either, although it was not as loud as people would like.

The trackpad is responsive, and the keys feel rather plush next to typing fingers. There is also a SuperButton integrated into the trackpad, However not perfect, it is still one of the best out there for a single button laptop.

Graphics are said to good, running graphic-intensive games without much trouble. Naturally, the machine only managed 26 FPS when playing Arkham Asylum as the grahics card is not all that up to date when considering other modern laptops. But you can’t complain for the price, and a laptop that is intended as an ‘everyday activity-type machine.’

Last but not least, battery life. You can get a solid 5 hours or so of use out of this, which beats off that of the HP Envy and the XPS 14. One slight problem though is that there is no way to swap out the battery, meaning that those long trips are going to need some time management.

So to conclude, the price you pay for this laptop not just sounds good on paper, but is good. Impressive even. The only gripe is the amount of software Samsung bundle in these things. It can be annoying to say the least, so if you do decide to purchase — take a look at all the stuff you will never need and remove it from the system. As a side note, why don’t Samsung integrate all of their pre-installed apps into one? Just an idea.

Have you looked at the Samsung QX410? Are you as impressed as us?

Source: Engadget

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  • Guy Thomas

    I want it – there doesn't seem to be any UK distributor though.