Samsung Q210 12.1in Centrino 2 Notebook - Samsung Q210

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Further changes can be seen in the keyboard, one area where the Q45 wasn't as strong as it could have been. Samsung has finally corrected the placement of the Fn key, which now sits inside the left-Ctrl key rather than outside - hooray! This is a welcome change, but we're not so keen on how it has placed the forward-slash key next to the right-Shift key, instead of on the left as it normally would be. When you start hitting that instead of the Shift key, you'll understand why.

As for the keys themselves they're good, but not outstanding. On the plus side keyboard flex is near non-existent and this reflects the overall build quality of the machine, which is exemplary. We did, however, find that the depth of travel and response wasn't as positive as we'd like, proving a little shallow. Again, it's not terrible and with a little use you'll quickly get used to it and even begin to like the feel of the keyboard, but it doesn't have that instant comfort we look for.

No such complaints can be made of the touchpad or its accompanying buttons. Both are nicely proportioned and positioned, never interfering with typing. There are both vertical and horizontal scroll zones, though oddly only the vertical one is marked on the touchpad itself.

Either side of the keyboard are the two integrated speakers. This marks another positive change from the Q45 that had them underneath the front edge, hardly an ideal place for speakers. This said you shouldn't expect great sonic pleasures from the Q210. Volume levels are disappointingly low and even the speakers on an Eee PC 901 or Eee PC 1000 would best those on the Q210, though the Eee PC speakers are unusually good for their size.

Connection options have unequivocally improved. For instance, gone is the long since out dated PC Card slot in favour of a 34mm ExpressCard slot. There's also one more USB port, three in total, and an HDMI connection joins VGA in the external video options. One touch we rather like is the labelling of ports around the edges. This makes it that much easier to find the port you want and unlike similar efforts from some manufacturers, the labels actually line up with the corresponding ports properly!

As is often the case with Samsung laptops the screen is a very good one. A native resolution of 1,280 x 800 is par for the course, but colour reproduction and brightness levels are good and the glossy "high contrast" coating on this model doesn't appear as thick as on previous models. Backlight bleed is kept to an acceptable minimum and text is typically sharp at the sizes people are likely to use on a laptop. Viewing angles aren't amazing, though this is less of an issue on this machine as they might be on a larger multimedia targeted notebook.

TL1210

August 1, 2008, 3:44 pm

I dont think ive seen a laptop with a touch of red before.. Im liking it, looks really smart.

Wackywavinginflateablearmflail

September 5, 2008, 2:08 am

I don't like it! The red, it looks like the laptop is bruised!

flashcorp

October 4, 2008, 12:10 pm

I can't wait for the price of this machine to drop, and yes the shiny red is cool but messy !

rav

December 1, 2008, 7:21 am

Trying to decide which one to get out of this and the Q310.

Sven Okonomi

December 28, 2008, 5:37 am

I can apreciate this notebook, just like I apreciate a classic car. ;) Its got a sweet deep red curvy look and a black bonnet all shined, just like a car. This puppy just needs alot of love to keep looking pristine. But if you do keep it clean youll have yourself one of the more elegant ultramobiles out there. I dont think samsung is aiming for the boring office crowd with this one, or it would have been black and featureless. Its appealing to gamers and geeks, a shiny hitech gadget to show off with. ;) One of these under your arm is a geek badge of honor.





Im quite shocked by the batterylife these overgrown netbooks can still grunt out with a nVidia chip thats constantly on duty. I origionally planned on getting an Asus 1000H, purely because of all of the more powerfull ultramobiles being so misserably impaired by the short lived or otherwise massive batteries, but this one shows me it can be different.





Im gearing towards buying this one right now, as this seems to be the ultimate portable gamestation for under that ugly 1000 euro marker. Its the only truely gamegeared portable I can find without going to the lumpy heavy 15" range.





One question though, is the recharger as magnificantly small as the netbooks that seem to use the same size batteries? Or is this one already sporting the usuall wired brick?

DavidW

January 26, 2009, 1:03 am

Less than 6 months down the line and it seems impossible to get this laptop with the spec reviewed! What's going on? Plenty of Q210s around, but all with a much inferior processor (T6400 which, incidentally, I can find absolutely NO reference to on Intel's web page). What's worse is that the inferior models are priced the same or even higher than this one. When I questioned one large online retailer about why the out-of-stock model with the 2.26ghz P8400 processor (as reviewed) was priced exactly the same as the inferior T6400 model on their website, the response was that pricing wasn’t really much to do with spec but more to do with what’s in stock and what the demand is like. Great.





Anyone know why this laptop seems to have disappeared so quickly?

Gary H

March 11, 2009, 12:56 pm

I bought a Q40 when they first came out and it has been fantastic so as I am now changing it I am definitely going for the Q210 in my opinion you have to go a long way to beat Samsung's lightweight notebooks and for the price.

Gary H

March 11, 2009, 5:24 pm

DavidW Amazon have the T6400

Alexa08

April 1, 2009, 8:17 pm

DavidW, I'm having the same problem! My guess is that Samsung have changed their mind and holding the P series processors over for their next Q model, whils putting them in their lower-specced-in-every-other-way P210 laptop, aimed at business.

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