Aesthetically, one can again see that the Q70 shares the same basic chassis as the Q45; all the connections are identically arranged and it shares an identical keyboard to boot. Unfortunately, this means that it also has the Fn key to the left of the Ctrl key; to my mind and others this is the wrong way around and it would be appreciated if Samsung would take note.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t some differences, with Samsung adding a very smart graphite coloured brushed aluminium finish to the inside of the notebook. It certainly adds a sense of class and quality to the Q70, and it provides a nice counter balance to the more eye-catching shiny black exterior.
Another small difference between this and the Q45 is the lack of a web cam. Considering this is the more expensive of the two I’d expect the Q70 to at least match the Q45 in this regard, thus it seems like something of an oversight.
Connection wise on the left you’ll find the Ethernet port, Type II PC Card and a 4-pin FireWire port along with the optical drive. The front features a combined Headphone and S/PDIF socket, a Mic socket and a memory card reader. All the usual formats are supported, including MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, SD, MMC, MMC Plus and xD.
One of the few differences can be seen on the right edge, where the modem, D-Sub and USB ports that were exposed on the Q45, are covered by a small plastic flap. This helps tidy up the look of the exterior edge, but it can be a little annoying to open every time you want to use one of the ports – especially considering the only other USB port is on the back of the unit.
Once again Samsung has furnished the Q70 with an excellent display. A native resolution of 1,280 x 800 is fairly par for the course these days, as is the high contrast glossy finish. It’s noticeable that the back light bleeding evident on the Q45 is much less pronounced on the Q70, and the viewing angles are improved too. However, if anything the black levels aren’t quite as deep as on the Q45, though they’re still very good and the display produces crisp clean text, nice colours and a generally good contrast level.