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Today we're looking at another entry into Samsung's 'Touch of Colour' series of notebooks and having been impressed with the Q210, which won our coveted Recommended Award, the 13.3 inch Q310 has a lot to live up to. Moreover, unlike the Q210, the Q310 has some pretty stern competition from the likes of the Dell XPS M1330 and Apple's MacBook to contend with, so it's going to need a good performance to match both of those.
Surprisingly, Samsung claims that despite being larger than the Q210, the Q310 only weighs fifty grams more - making it 2kg compared to the 1.95kg of the Q210. However, I was a bit sceptical of this claim and indeed our weighing scale revealed the Q310 coming in at 2.15kg with its supplied six-cell battery. While this is heavier than even the Dell XPS M1330, it's still light considering the amount of power you're getting and is no heavier than the Toshiba's Portégé M800, a machine that suffered from a far inferior battery too.
So despite the extra size, the Q310 is still pretty portable and as you might have guessed already it looks more or less exactly the same as the Q210. Indeed, from the moment you unpack the Q310, you can't help but feel it's a bit of a looker, regardless of your fondness or otherwise for the daub of red on the palm-rest - something that's divided opinion in the office.
Quite apart from the coloured front, most of the machine is finished in Samsung's trademark piano black. This includes the lid and it's simple and sleek, with only the Samsung logo in discrete white lettering marring its clean surface. Its edges are also subtly curved, lending the machine a sleek overall appearance. Of course this kind of finish is as susceptible as ever to fingerprints and marks, but at least Samsung has included its usual soft cleaning cloth for keeping things looking tidy.