Summary

Our Score

8/10

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Samsung Q40 HSDPA Notebook - Samsung Q40

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.
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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.
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Verdict

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.

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