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Samsung Q330 review

A stunningly well made and powerful ultraportable at a great price

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Solid, premium chassis
  • Portable build
  • Strong usability
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Crisp and vibrant display

Against

  • Battery life is fair, but not a match for some other modern ultra-portables
  • Glossy screen is highly reflective
  • Limited integrated graphics

In 2010, Samsung has produced a strong range of laptops, spanning from entry-level portables that offer fantastic value for money, such as the Samsung R730, to excellent Blu-ray multimedia machines, such as the Samsung R780.

The Samsung Q330 fits neatly in the middle as a mid-range laptop that packs impressive power and specs for a great price.

This 2kg machine just about fits into the ultra-portable category (any laptop weighing 2kg or under qualifies), despite featuring a solid brushed aluminium chassis that looks a lot heavier than it feels.

You can find plenty of ultra-portables that weigh less, such as the Sony VAIO VPCZ12V9E/X and the Packard Bell Dot U, which both tip the scales at just 1.4kg. However, with a compact 13.3-inch chassis that measures just 30mm at its thickest point, the Samsung Q330 will still comfortably slip into most bags and briefcases without weighing you down.

Samsung q330 review: chassis

The Samsung Q330's silver chassis is highly attractive and tough enough to take some punishment. The lid, featuring a streaked black finish, is also reassuringly solid. Unfortunately, it only bends back 45 degrees past the vertical position, which can make it tricky to find a comfortable viewing angle on your lap.

An excellent isolation-style keyboard sits atop the chassis, with individual keys poking up through separate holes. This separates out the keys for a comfortable typing experience, while also preventing crumbs and other debris invading the Samsung Q330's insides.

It's a solid board and the keys are all well sized, with the exception of the left-hand Shift key, which is a little squashed. The Samsung Q330's wide palmrest also aids comfort, and we found we could type for hours with no strain or fatigue.

Samsung q330 review: touchpad

There's also enough room for a reasonably sized touchpad, which is both smooth and responsive. Beneath the touchpad, you'll find a short row of indicator lights that display when Caps Lock and Wi-Fi are turned on, if the hard drive is active, and if the Samsung Q330 is plugged in and charging.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyQ
Processor Modeli3-350M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.97 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height32 mm
Width329 mm
Depth230.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesQ
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelQ330
Product NameQ330 Notebook PC
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNP-Q330-JA01UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationFor slimline sophistication and blistering performance nothing can match the Samsung Q330 notebook. Even though it's thinner than most modern smart phones and digital cameras, it still boasts the power of the latest Intel Core i3 Processor, Geniune Windows 7 Home Premium. It's also packed with user-friendly features, including a super slim-line (9.5mm) Optical Disk Drive (ODD), island keyboard with a comfortable 19mm key pitch, USB and HDMI ports, and 3-in-1 card reader, for maximum connectivity and performance on the go.
Package Contents
  • Q330 Notebook PC
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter