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Below the screen are two array microphones, much like the ones seen on the original Q1. The array microphones will provide clearer sound quality when using VoIP or video calling, but once again I would expect anyone partaking in this to be using a headset – although with no Mic port, you’d need a USB version. Of course if you don’t have a headset handy, it’s good to know that the person you’re calling will have a chance of understanding you.
The right side of the chassis has a plastic flap that hides a D-SUB port, an Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port. The power socket is also located on the right. The top edge is home to the aforementioned Shutter button as well as a headphone socket, a second USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot. On the left side is the power switch and a button that activates Samsung’s AV Station application, which gives you quick access to your movies, photos, music etc.
At the rear you’ll find a handy fold out stand, which is useful if you want to use the Ultra for watching movies, or if you plug an external keyboard into it. Below the stand is the release catch for the battery pack. Samsung ships two batteries with the Q1 Ultra, one standard unit that sits flush with the rear of the device, and another high-capacity battery that protrudes slightly at the rear. Samsung claims running times of around four hours for the four-cell battery and six hours for the six-cell. Subjective testing suggests that Samsung is pretty much on the money with those numbers, which means you should be able to get a whole day’s use out of the Q1 Ultra if you carry both batteries with you.
The Q1 Ultra definitely looks larger than its predecessor, but in reality it isn’t. Both devices are the same width, but the Ultra is both shorter and slimmer – 227 x 124 x 24mm (WxHxD). The Ultra is also lighter than the original Q1, weighing in at 685g with the four-cell battery, compared to 779g. With the six-cell battery, the weight rises to 812g, which makes it slightly less comfortable in the hands.
Driving the Q1 Ultra is an Intel A110 CPU. This chip was specially designed for ultra-mobile platforms like the Q1 Ultra. It falls under Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage range and with a core speed of 800MHz, it’s not going to break any speed records. The Level 2 cache is also pretty modest at 512KB, while the latest Core 2 Duo mobile chips sport 4MB of cache serving two cores. What the A110 does offer is low power draw and low heat – an ideal solution for a PC as small as this one.