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Even if you factor in the weight of carrying two batteries, the Q40 is hardly going to weigh you down. Using the standard battery the Q40 weighs in at a feather light 1.1kg, which is a whisker lighter than the Sony TZ1MN and a whisker heavier than the Asus U1F. With dimensions of 288 x 197 x 25mm (WxDxH) the Q40 will slip unobtrusively into pretty much any bag, making it ideal for anyone who likes to hop on a plane with only hand luggage.
The core components inside the Q40 may be slightly dated, but this machine will still do pretty much anything that an ultra-portable notebook buyer will want it to do. I’m probably what you’d call a mobile power user, with lots of Photoshop, office, and bespoke app work, and I didn’t have any problems getting my job done with this machine. Personally I’m willing to compromise a little on raw performance, since the size, weight and inclusion of an HSDPA module make the Q40 a very attractive proposition.
Now, when I reviewed the Q30 you were paying a lot of money for such a thin and light machine, so I expected this HSDPA equipped Q40 to be equally pricey. I was however very wrong, with this machine available for under £1,200 on the street. That makes the Q40 at least £200 cheaper than both the Asus U1F and Sony TZ1MN and neither of them have HSDPA functionality.
The Samsung Q40 isn’t a massive step forward from the original Q30, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What you’re getting is a very thin and light notebook, with a clean and stylish design and some of the best connectivity options I’ve seen in a mobile computer.
There’s no denying that the Sony TZ1MN is a more advanced mobile computer, with its dual-core CPU, LED backlight screen and carbon fibre chassis. But if you’re looking for an ultra-portable notebook that can keep you online no matter where you may be, and won’t cost the earth, the Samsung Q40 is well worth considering.