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Samsung should be congratulated for making sure that the right keys are treated to a bit of extra size. The Caps Lock, Shift, Return and Backspace keys are all large, and while the Fn key is in the bottom left corner where the Ctrl key should be, at least Samsung has made the Ctrl key large to make it easy to hit.
Below the keyboard is a touchpad, with two brushed silver buttons below it. The touchpad has a widescreen aspect ratio to match the screen, while you can scroll vertically through documents and web pages using the right hand side. It’s good to see that Samsung has actually marked the right side of the touchpad to indicate the scrolling area, something that few notebook manufacturers seem to do.
To the right of the keyboard are two round, silver buttons – one for power and one for Samsung’s AV Now media playing environment. There’s no programmable soft keys that have become popular on notebooks these days, but I rarely use shortcut buttons, so I can’t say that I’ll miss them.
When it comes to specification the Q35 doesn’t disappoint. Unlike Sony’s TX2XP, Samsung has equipped the Q35 with a dual core Intel Core Duo CPU. My review sample had a T2300 1.66GHz CPU and an 80GB hard disk, but Samsung has informed me that this model has now been upgraded so you’ll get a T2400 1.83GHz chip and a 100GB hard disk for the same price. There’s a decent complement of memory with 1.25GB on offer – the reason for this rather odd total is that the motherboard has 256MB hard wired to it, and Samsung has augmented this with a 1GB SODIMM. The Intel integrated graphics take a small amount of system memory, so having that extra 256MB is quite handy.
You’ll have no problem getting connected with the Q35. There’s an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless adapter, giving you the option of connecting to 802.11a, b or g networks. There’s also built-in Bluetooth in case you want to get online via your mobile phone, while the inclusion of a PC Card slot means that you can use a 3G Data Card if you wish. Wired connectivity comes in the shape of a 56k modem and a 10/100 Ethernet port. I would have liked to have seen Gigabit Ethernet, but complaining about that really would be nit picking.