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Samsung Q35 Red Core 2 Duo
I first looked at the Samsung Q35 back in June where it grabbed itself a Recommended award. The original Q35 offered light weight, solid specification and very impressive value for money. About half a year later I'm looking at the Q35 again, but with a fair few upgrades - can Samsung make its updated Q35 as attractive today as the original was six months ago?
The most obvious difference between this Q35 and the one I reviewed before is the colour of the lid. Whereas the original machine was finished in matt silver, the lid on this model is a striking deep red colour. To be honest, I'm not generally keen on bold colour being thrown at an otherwise subtle product, but I have to say that it really works with the Q35. Perhaps it's because it's such a deep red, or maybe it's the fact that the finish is so glossy, but either way the red finish definitely makes the Q35 look a bit more special. Samsung has also been smart enough to not go overboard with the colour, so it's just the lid that's red, with the rest of the chassis finished in matt silver and black.
The other big change is internal, with the inclusion of a Core 2 Duo CPU rather than the Core Duo seen in the original Q35. Samsung has equipped this bright red beast with a Core 2 Duo T5600 which runs at 1.83GHz. If you want a bit more power, you could always go for the slightly less striking silver Q35 which comes equipped with a 2GHz T7200 chip. To be fair though, the 1.83GHz chip seen here will be able to handle pretty much anything you're likely to throw at a thin and light machine like this. The CPU is backed up by 1.24GB of memory - the strange memory complement is because the Q35 has 256MB of memory hard wired to the board, then a 1GB SODIM in the expansion slot. A small amount of system memory is also eaten up by the Intel integrated graphics chipset.
You've also got an 80GB hard disk, which is par for the course for a notebook this size. That said, considering that the Q35 uses a 2.5in drive, I would like to see a bit more storage on offer. Thankfully the Q35 has hard disk options from 60GB up to 120GB. Connection wise there's a Broadcom 10/100 Ethernet adapter, an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG 802.11a, b and g wireless controller, as well as integrated Bluetooth. It's Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR too, so you could in theory stream music in stereo over Bluetooth, if you really wanted to. Oh, and there's a 56k modem for all those old school surfers out there.