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Samsung Q330 review

A stunningly well made and powerful ultraportable at a great price

The compact Samsung Q330 only just fits into the sub-2kg ultra-portable category, but it's all the more impressive considering the quality of the solid chassis. While there are undoubtedly slimmer and lighter laptops out there, the Samsung boasts a Core i3 processor and a premium build that few laptops at this price range can match.

We liked

Build quality is excellent, with a firm brushed aluminium chassis that feels as solid as it looks. Despite this, the Samsung Q330 is highly portable, with a weight of just 2kg and a maximum thickness of 30mm.

An Intel Core i3 processor provides great performance for the price, and can capably multi-task with a variety of applications. This beats most other ultra-portables in this price range and even above.

Samsung q330 review keyboard

Usability is another strength of the Q330, with the isolation-style keyboard providing a comfortable typing experience. Networking and features are impressive, with a 320GB hard drive providing plenty of storage space.

We disliked

Although this is a highly portable laptop, the 255 minute battery life is less than you'd get out of some other ultra-portables. Even so, the Samsung Q330 will do you for the daily commute and shorter journeys.

The glossy screen is too reflective in bright light, which hinders use outdoors. This is a laptop best used inside or in darkened train carriages.

Finally, although the Core i3 CPU provides great performance, there's no dedicated graphics card on board. You'll still have enough power for photo and light video editing and even running older games, but that's the limit.

Samsung q330 review front view

Verdict

The Samsung Q330 is a fantastic mid-range laptop and a strong ultra-portable. Its performance particularly impresses given the slim chassis and slimmer price, while the overall build quality is something we'd expect from a more expensive machine. We'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants a reliable machine for use on the go.

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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