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Samsung Q330 - Connectivity, Usability and Audio-Visual

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Connectivity on the Q330 is pretty solid, comprising three USB ports, VGA, HDMI and all the usual necessities. These are all arranged in a logical manner, particularly as the memory card is at the front for easy access. It's also good to see one of the USB ports, the one of the left edge, supporting standby charging - whereby you can charge USB devices even when the laptop is turned off. It's an extremely handy feature.

Samsung Q330

Of greater import, however, is the usability of the machine itself and here Samsung hits most of the right marks. The keyboard in particular is excellent, sporting firm, accurate key actions and a sensible layout. You have to press very hard to create any flex too, ensuring it's never a problem in normal use. This is a great machine for regular typing tasks.

Samsung Q330

Slightly less encouraging is the touchpad, but only because Samsung has plonked it slap bang in the middle of the machine instead of directly below the spacebar. This means your palm rests on the right edge of the pad, jogging the cursor (and potentially the button) as you type.

This can be mitigated by adjusting the 'palm check' feature of the touchpad driver, but this isn't set correctly (it needs to be at its maximum) by default and is a devil to find. For the record it goes a little like this: Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse (under Devices and Printers) > Device Settings > Settings > Pointing > Sensitivity > PalmCheck. Try finding that without directions!

Samsung Q330

Considering the price we weren't expecting great audio-visual delights from the Q330, but it performed above our expectations. Though viewing angles are quite shallow, looked at straight on the screen on the Q330 is brighter, sharper and has greater fidelity than most of its kin. These strengths serve it well in all walks of use, be it web browsing, film viewing or productivity.

Samsung Q330

We were also pleasantly surprised by the speakers, if only because they're much better than we're accustomed to hearing on Samsung laptops. Don't be under any illusions, bass is still mostly absent, but this pair achieve enough clarity and volume for general use.

PoisonJam

July 26, 2010, 3:11 pm

Can you get from one end of the screen to the other in a single swipe of the trackpad?





This is really important to me as I'm considering moving anyway from my IBM x40, with TrackPoint, for something a bit faster for today's software. So many laptops I've tried required several finger swipes just to get from the top of the screen to the bottom.

hankb6d

July 26, 2010, 3:32 pm

No spec sheet page? I always want to know the page estate. :(

Matt G Baish

July 26, 2010, 3:41 pm

@PoisonJam I thought this depended on the `pointer speed` as set up in control panel (as per mouse pointer speed)? Unfortunately you can only set one common speed for the trackpad & physical mouse s o if you switch between both then you may have to change it manually or, alternatively, buy a custom program to handle it, see http://www.mouseswitcher.com (never used myself bus seems to have good things said about it).

Andy Vandervell

July 26, 2010, 3:54 pm

Don't have it to test I'm afraid, but in general you can adjust the sensitivity of the touchpad to make what you want possible - it's just rarely like that out of the box.

Andy Vandervell

July 26, 2010, 3:55 pm

@hank: I'll be adding that late, was in a rush to get home Friday! ;)

HarryGlass

July 26, 2010, 7:24 pm

@PoisonJam: As Matt says this is configurable on just about any laptop, trying it in PC world means nothing... It should be the last of your concerns when buying a new laptop. If this Sammy fits your bill specs wise go for it, it looks like a wonderful machine for the money.

cliche

July 27, 2010, 4:13 am

I'd really like some Optimus switchable graphics on this !

Tom Brown

August 2, 2010, 1:16 am

You say this laptop has gigabit ethernet, but the amazon website, along with others ive seen say it only has 10/100 ethernet...?

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