Calling a 15.6-inch laptop 'thin and light' is a stretch by our estimation, but the Samsung Q530 certainly claims as much. In fairness its 2.4kg weight is low for such a machine, but we suppose 'slightly lighter than you expect' isn't quite as catchy a tagline.
Setting such cynicism aside, however, the Q530 - which has the excellent Q330 for a stable mate - still retains all the qualities we typically expect of Samsung laptops. While not a design triumph, it's solidly put together and offers a decent spec for the £750 asking price.
At the heart of things is the 2.26GHz Intel Core i3 processor. It's supported by an ample 4GB DDR3 RAM (including 64-bit Windows 7), a capacious 500GB hard drive, and a 1GB Nvidia 330M graphics card that should be up for a little gaming action. Also included is 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, though wired networking is of the slower 10/100 Mbit variety.
Unlike the company's R-series of laptops, the Q530 has a fairly demure exterior. Its lid is clad in semi-gloss, semi-textured dark grey, while the innards are dominated by matt silver plastic. Not design to set pulses racing, then, but the Q530 won't suffer mucky fingerprints or scratches as readily as its peers.
While the physical connectivity covers the basics okay, the Q530 does lack in a few departments. There's no eSATA for instance, and only three USB ports despite the ample space for a fourth. That said, with HDMI and VGA on-board, the Q530 should suffice for most users. A memory card reader is conveniently placed on the front edge, and naturally there are two dedicated audio jacks as well.